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Is Solar And Wind Energy Feasible Worldwide?

by: Hans van der Broek
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Currently, the global electricity sector amount to 11 Gt of CO2 equivalent. According to a new study from the German non-profit Energy Watch Group and the Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland, that could be brought down to zero by 2050 and perhaps even sooner through a transition to 100% renewable electricity with significant energy storage.

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The study, entitled. Global Energy System Based on 100% Renewable Energy Power Sector was released at the COP23 UN climate summit in Bonn. It claims that this transition is feasible and would actually end up costing less than business-as-usual too. According to the study's modeling, the total Levelized cost of energy would come down to 52 euros per MWh by 2050, compared to 70 euros today. And the transition would create 36 million jobs in the process too. Here's what the energy mix would look like. 
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Of course, I'm sure there will be plenty of naysayers who argue that this isn't feasible. And there will be others who say that 2050 isn't fast enough. To the former, there's not much I can say. To the latter, it's worth noting that the study models a more than 80% drop in emissions between 2020 and 2030, with the period between 2030 and 2050 being used to more gradually wean the system down to zero. (Remember, too, most cars will be electric by then-or gone). 
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Critically, while the report's authors emphasize that all types of renewable energy and all types of energy storage, efficiency, and demand management technologies will be needed, they envision an increasing amount of the heavy lifting to be done by solar plus battery storage as costs drop. (Wind will briefly out compete solar in the 2020s but will eventually be eclipsed.) This isn't, of course, the first time we've heard claims that;100% renewable energy is possible. But it's yet another data set suggesting a path forward. With favorable policy support like; phasing out fossil fuel subsidies (yes!), promoting research and investment into renewables, and moving from emissions trading to a tax on carbon, the reports' authors claim that the transition could be complete even earlier in 2050.

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Founder and CEO of WhatsOrb, world traveller, entrepreneur and environmental activist. Hans has countless ideas and has set up several businesses in the Netherlands and abroad. He also has an opinion on everything and unlimited thoughts about how to create a better world. He likes hiking and has climbed numerous five-thousanders (mountain summits of at least 5000m or 16,404 feet in elevation)

 

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Founder and CEO of WhatsOrb, world traveller, entrepreneur and environmental activist. Hans has countless ideas and has set up several businesses in the Netherlands and abroad. He also has an opinion on everything and unlimited thoughts about how to create a better world. He likes hiking and has climbed numerous five-thousanders (mountain summits of at least 5000m or 16,404 feet in elevation)

 

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Is Solar And Wind Energy Feasible Worldwide?

Currently, the global electricity sector amount to 11 Gt of CO2 equivalent. According to a new study from the German non-profit Energy Watch Group and the Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland, that could be brought down to zero by 2050 and perhaps even sooner through a transition to 100% renewable electricity with significant energy storage. 100% Renewables The study, entitled. Global Energy System Based on 100% Renewable Energy Power Sector was released at the COP23 UN climate summit in Bonn. It claims that this transition is feasible and would actually end up costing less than business-as-usual too. According to the study's modeling, the total Levelized cost of energy would come down to 52 euros per MWh by 2050, compared to 70 euros today. And the transition would create 36 million jobs in the process too. Here's what the energy mix would look like.  Recommended:  Climate Change: Reducing CO2? Why Not Recycle It? Renewable Energy On The Rise Of course, I'm sure there will be plenty of naysayers who argue that this isn't feasible. And there will be others who say that 2050 isn't fast enough. To the former, there's not much I can say. To the latter, it's worth noting that the study models a more than 80% drop in emissions between 2020 and 2030, with the period between 2030 and 2050 being used to more gradually wean the system down to zero. (Remember, too, most cars will be electric by then-or gone).  Recommended: I s Michael Moore, right? Solar Energy Busted! Critically, while the report's authors emphasize that all types of renewable energy and all types of energy storage, efficiency, and demand management technologies will be needed, they envision an increasing amount of the heavy lifting to be done by solar plus battery storage as costs drop. (Wind will briefly out compete solar in the 2020s but will eventually be eclipsed.) This isn't, of course, the first time we've heard claims that;100% renewable energy is possible. But it's yet another data set suggesting a path forward. With favorable policy support like; phasing out fossil fuel subsidies (yes!), promoting research and investment into renewables, and moving from emissions trading to a tax on carbon, the reports' authors claim that the transition could be complete even earlier in 2050. Cover photo by Induced Source Treehugger Before you go! Recommended:  Solar Panel That Fits On A Soap Bubble And Robots Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about renewables? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
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