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Blue skies in the UK in April were a bonanza for solar power One of the few parts of the UK economy to have a good April was solar power. The Met Office says it has probably been the sunniest April on record and the solar power industry reported its highest ever production of electricity (9.68GW) in the UK at 12:30 on Monday 20 April. With 16 solar panels on his roof Brian McCallion, from Northern Ireland, has been one of those benefitting from the good weather. "We have had them for about five years, and we save about £1,000 per year," says Mr McCallion, who lives in Strabane, just by the border. "If they were more efficient we could save more," he says, "and maybe invest in batteries to store it." Solar panels even make sense in cloudy Northern Ireland That efficiency might be coming. There is a worldwide race, from San Francisco to Shenzhen, to make a more efficient solar cell. Today’s average commercial solar panel converts 17-19% of the light energy hitting it to electricity. This is up from 12% just 10 years ago. But what if we could boost this to 30%? More efficient solar […]

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