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In the Netherlands the energy intensity of the sun is too low to produce electricity from the sun on a large scale. The large-scale, centralised solar power generation is more obvious for countries with an abundance of solar hours, under the assumption of efficient facilities for transportation through high-voltage lines or hydrogen. Therefore, western countries could consider investments in solar power plants and hydrogen production utilities in other (developing) countries, thereby contributing to better-spread welfare.

A. Tropisch« regenklimaten

H Tropisch regenwoud klimaat (Al m Am) ■ Savanneklimaat (Aw en As)

B. Droge klimaten

I Steppeklimaat (BS) I Woestijnklimaat (BW)

C. Maritieme klimaten van de gematigde zone

HJ Met droge romer (Meditetraan kllmaat; Cs) ! Met drogewi nier (Chinaklimjjt:Cw) I I Necrslag in aile jaargettjden (Cl)

D. Continentale klimaten

^^ Neerslag In aile jaaigetijdeo (Df) BHU Met dioge minier (Dw)

L Polaire klimaten

I I Toendraklimaai (ET) I i i .l Snctim (en hooggebergte-) kllmaat (fF en ru)

I Zuidgrens van de permafrost Peimafrosl - altijd (geheel of gedeetlelijk) bevioren ondergrond r ~ j Relalief waime zeestroom

1-1 Kelatief koude/cirstioom

In hel moessongebied: hi- J Circulate van rdatief warm «ewate»

CED Clrculaile van rdatief koud /etrwaler j-^-j D^ijvêndewieren in noordelijkc winter

(Klinwatgcbieàcn vtfj noor Köppcn/Gtkfci)

I 1 Koude kustwateien

(opsiijgend dieptewatei)

I---t Grempakljs

(winterioesiand) l Koraalnffen w

Fig. 6.8 Climatic zones of the earth (Wolters Noordhoff, 2007)

Fig. 6.9 Extreme climates and their temperature and precipitation differences (Wolters Noordhoff, 2007)

In spite of current conversion efficiencies of photovoltaic (PV) systems and a limited energy content of solar radiation in the Netherlands and other countries from the northern hemisphere, electricity from the sun can play a significant role in the energy provision of dispersed, small-scale clusters of buildings and individual buildings. For isolated villages a combination of PV and small wind turbines could already largely or completely provide the need for electricity. With PVT (PV thermal) panels heat can also be generated.

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Solar Panel Basics

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Global warming is a huge problem which will significantly affect every country in the world. Many people all over the world are trying to do whatever they can to help combat the effects of global warming. One of the ways that people can fight global warming is to reduce their dependence on non-renewable energy sources like oil and petroleum based products.

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