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Renewable Solar Energy Revolution Is Already Here

by: Hans van der Broek
renewable solar energy revolution is already here | Upload

Over the period of one decade, the capitalized cost of generating solar energy has decreased to as low as one-sixth of the price 15 years ago. I believe it will not take long for solar energy generation to be economically cheaper than thermal power generation worldwide. The renewable solar energy revolution is already here!
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Every year at the World Economic Forum, energy consumption and climate change are always hot topics. Looking back at the history of human civilization, for a long time, firewood was the primary source of energy; however, since then, energy utilization was low, and as such, air pollution emissions were also down.

The invention of the steam engine in the 18th century marked the beginning of the industrial revolution, which led to the mining and consumption of coal on a large scale. In 1920, coal accounted for 62% of primary energy consumption, indicating that the world had entered the Coal Age.

In 1965, petroleum replaced coal as the most consumed energy, which led the world into the “petroleum age.” In 1979, oil contributed 54% of the world's energy consumption, marking the second energy revolution from coal to petroleum. Up until now, fossil fuels have continued to dominate as our energy resource.
With each new age, the use and efficiency of energy have increased significantly - as have, unfortunately, levels of severe environmental pollution. Therefore, our future energy system must be clean and low-carbon to ensure human civilization's sustainable development.

The Features Of The Future Energy System:

  • Low carbon energy production. Fossil fuels have to be burned to release energy, which caused emissions and environmental pollution. The existing intensive industrial usage of fossil fuels has significantly harmed the environment. Meanwhile, for most economically under-developed countries worldwide, the cost of clean energy is too high to be affordable.
  • Solar power, however, is one of the best solutions. Not only is solar energy production clean, but it may also soon become a much more affordable source of energy as technology development and innovation continues to reduce the cost of solar power generation.
  • As mentioned, solar energy generation's cost has decreased to as low as one-sixth of the price in 2005. Shortly, solar power will be less expensive than coal power. Renewable clean energy replacing fossil fuels is the trend of the ongoing energy revolution.

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Photo by Panda Green Energy Group/Handout

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Energy Independence And Connectivity

As a typical outcome of the industrial age, the existing electrical energy system has been made of large-scale hydropower plants and coal power plants in resource-rich regions, supplying their output to consumption centers through a grid system. Such development not only requires enormous investment, but it also causes serious environmental problems.

The energy system of the future, dominated by renewables, will be built based on regions. Each region will have its own energy supply system. Thus, forming a new design with a regional power network would also be interconnected with networks in other regions to balance the system and ensure a consistent energy supply. An energy system like this would be far more optimized than our existing one.

Energy sharing. When solar energy is adopted by hundreds of factories and thousands of houses, the power supply system will be totally changed. Every school, every factory, and every family will become a micro clean energy power station. We will be both energy consumers as well as energy producers.

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The new energy revolution's direction is to build an energy-sharing system based on an extensive database and a smart-energy connection platform. Such a vision has already been realized in Germany, where many households are equipped with solar panels on their rooftops. If one family produces more electricity than they use, they share the extra power with other families via the regional grid. Establishing an energy-sharing system can further decrease the cost of adopting clean energy. It can be a new model of shared life and a shared economy.

Promoting the new model of energy consumption in less-developed regions. While developed countries are changing their energy structure from fossil fuels to renewables, many less-developed parts are still short of any energy supply model. Those countries could skip the traditional power system and directly adopt new clean energy.

At present, 1.4 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity, of which 500 million are in Asia. In the future, we can build a clean energy supply system featured by solar power, with distributed and micropower networks, to make electricity accessible to everyone on earth by 2030. This plan can totally meet the requirement of access to energy under the UN’s Agenda 21. This kind of energy revolution will bring universal value and significance.

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Throughout the history of humanity, industrial revolutions have also been energy revolutions. Every change of a dominant energy source has been a revolution. Each time, a change had resulted in industrial and social developments. The next energy revolution is now at an accelerating pace, propelled by technology development and innovation. Consequently, the connection to the grid of PV (solar) energy at a fair price will become a reality faster than we expect.

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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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Renewable Solar Energy Revolution Is Already Here

Over the period of one decade, the capitalized cost of generating solar energy has decreased to as low as one-sixth of the price 15 years ago. I believe it will not take long for solar energy generation to be economically cheaper than thermal power generation worldwide. The renewable solar energy revolution is already here! Every year at the World Economic Forum, energy consumption and climate change are always hot topics. Looking back at the history of human civilization, for a long time, firewood was the primary source of energy; however, since then, energy utilization was low, and as such, air pollution emissions were also down. The invention of the steam engine in the 18th century marked the beginning of the industrial revolution, which led to the mining and consumption of coal on a large scale. In 1920, coal accounted for 62% of primary energy consumption, indicating that the world had entered the Coal Age. In 1965, petroleum replaced coal as the most consumed energy, which led the world into the “petroleum age.” In 1979, oil contributed 54% of the world's energy consumption, marking the second energy revolution from coal to petroleum. Up until now, fossil fuels have continued to dominate as our energy resource. With each new age, the use and efficiency of energy have increased significantly - as have, unfortunately, levels of severe environmental pollution. Therefore, our future energy system must be clean and low-carbon to ensure human civilization's sustainable development. The Features Of The Future Energy System: Low carbon energy production. Fossil fuels have to be burned to release energy, which caused emissions and environmental pollution. The existing intensive industrial usage of fossil fuels has significantly harmed the environment. Meanwhile, for most economically under-developed countries worldwide, the cost of clean energy is too high to be affordable. Solar power, however, is one of the best solutions. Not only is solar energy production clean, but it may also soon become a much more affordable source of energy as technology development and innovation continues to reduce the cost of solar power generation. As mentioned, solar energy generation's cost has decreased to as low as one-sixth of the price in 2005. Shortly, solar power will be less expensive than coal power. Renewable clean energy replacing fossil fuels is the trend of the ongoing energy revolution. Photo by Panda Green Energy Group/Handout Recommended:  Which Renewable Energy Trends To Watch  Energy Independence And Connectivity As a typical outcome of the industrial age, the existing electrical energy system has been made of large-scale hydropower plants and coal power plants in resource-rich regions, supplying their output to consumption centers through a grid system. Such development not only requires enormous investment, but it also causes serious environmental problems. The energy system of the future, dominated by renewables, will be built based on regions. Each region will have its own energy supply system. Thus, forming a new design with a regional power network would also be interconnected with networks in other regions to balance the system and ensure a consistent energy supply. An energy system like this would be far more optimized than our existing one. Energy sharing. When solar energy is adopted by hundreds of factories and thousands of houses, the power supply system will be totally changed. Every school, every factory, and every family will become a micro clean energy power station. We will be both energy consumers as well as energy producers. Recommended:  Solar Zero Energy Homes: Green Prefab Realty The new energy revolution's direction is to build an energy-sharing system based on an extensive database and a smart-energy connection platform. Such a vision has already been realized in Germany, where many households are equipped with solar panels on their rooftops. If one family produces more electricity than they use, they share the extra power with other families via the regional grid. Establishing an energy-sharing system can further decrease the cost of adopting clean energy. It can be a new model of shared life and a shared economy. Promoting the new model of energy consumption in less-developed regions. While developed countries are changing their energy structure from fossil fuels to renewables, many less-developed parts are still short of any energy supply model. Those countries could skip the traditional power system and directly adopt new clean energy. At present, 1.4 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity, of which 500 million are in Asia. In the future, we can build a clean energy supply system featured by solar power, with distributed and micropower networks, to make electricity accessible to everyone on earth by 2030. This plan can totally meet the requirement of access to energy under the UN’s Agenda 21. This kind of energy revolution will bring universal value and significance. Recommended:  Vaccination Shame: No Jabs For The Poor. Updates Throughout the history of humanity, industrial revolutions have also been energy revolutions. Every change of a dominant energy source has been a revolution. Each time, a change had resulted in industrial and social developments. The next energy revolution is now at an accelerating pace, propelled by technology development and innovation. Consequently, the connection to the grid of PV (solar) energy at a fair price will become a reality faster than we expect. Cover photo by Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg Before you go! Recommended:  Gravitricity: Key Energy Storage, Or Too Good To Be True? Do you like this article about Gravitricity, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write and publish your article about solar energy? Send your writing & scribble with a photo to  [email protected] , and we will write an interesting article based on your input.
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