The Future of Renewable Energy
Assuming that human civilization will exist for another at least 1000 years, then we eventually arrive at the system 100% renewable energy. Whatever may be said of existing reserves and undiscovered sources of fossil fuel, other flammable or radioactive minerals, they will eventually be exhausted or become too expensive for production. The press service of the AVE "Alternative", referring to Steve Sawyer, director general of the World Council of wind power.
According to scientific research, CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gases should reach the peak and start to decline less than a decade, if we want to achieve an increase in average global temperature by more than 2 ° C - the goal to which the government pledged 192 member Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
According to a new report on the impact of climate change Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), published in March this year, exceeding temperatures of 2 ° C can cause serious trouble for the human civilization. To avoid their need now to ask the question "how to achieve 100% renewable energy?" And "what will it cost us?". And quickly find answers to them.
"We do not need to sacrifice the world to save the planet" - Ottmar Edenhofer said, co-chair of Working Group III of the IPCC. Adherence to strict environmental objectives based on what we know now, would cost about 0.06 per cent of GDP by the end of the century - and it is not given the lives that will be saved.
While there are many experts who claim that renewable energy can not fully ensure our energy system, it is almost impossible to find confirmation of their words. Often hear questions like "what to do when the sun does not shine or the wind does not blow?". Such statements seem ridiculous. People forget that hydro, bio, geothermal energy is not as volatile as solar and wind. They forget that Brazil, Norway and New Zealand for almost 100% of the electricity provided from renewable sources, and that Denmark, Sweden and other countries soon also achieve this goal.
With reasonable storage, comply with the measures of energy efficiency and energy conservation, use of intelligent networks and systems of demand, the economy is technically possible to transfer completely to renewable energy.
100% renewable energy in the future is technically achievable, and for a small cost or even free to GDP, especially when you consider fuel economy in most countries, and needed about $ 650 billion / year to subsidize the production and consumption of fossil fuels. The question is whether it is possible politically. But political aspects are relevant when we really have very little time to take action before the situation becomes catastrophic climate, root decision out of the hands of democratically elected governments and pass it into the hands of emergency services.
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