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Сompetition of renewable energy sources

20.11.2017 — 0

Introduction of Renewable sources of energy (RES) is becoming more popular today, even in those states that are distinguished by the presence of fairly solid reserves of natural gas and “black gold.”

Ilon Mask, the head of Tesla stated earlier that only alternative energy will help to avoid a collision of modern mankind with regress. 
Authoritative experts say at the same time that some types of “green” energy are much more harmful to the environment, if we compare them with traditional ones.

Ilon Mask spoke not so long ago that only active and effective development of renewable energy sources can give a full guarantee of the rapid development of modern civilization. At the same time, the expert stressed that otherwise we risk being in the “dark ages” again. Mr. Mask is one of directors of SolarCity. (Let’s clarify that this company specializes in the production of solar panels, occupying about 40 percent in the market of solar power generation facilities in the US.)

The world community has long known Ilon Mask as the most active lobbyist for the use of alternative energy sources. Tesla has signed a contract that provides the construction of a 100 megawatt battery system in Australia.

World experience

Australia is one of the world leaders in installations of PV power stations. Their share in the electric power industry of the country exceeds three percent at the moment. At the same time, each year the country manages to increase the total power of its solar generation by approximately 1 GW.

Australia is ahead of Britain. The total indicator of solar power stations in this state has already reached 12 GW, and this is twice much bigger then Australia has.

Absolute leader in the renewable energy industry is China. Together with Taiwan, the Republic now produces about 60 percent of all solar panels on the planet.

Not long ago, the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced its new calculations, according to which the total capacity of generating plants built in the territory of the PRC only last year reached a level of 34 GW. However, this is only a 1% of all energy that is consumed today in China. Most of it is generated from coal.

The United States was also moving towards the transfer of its energy sector to the use of renewable sources. Meanwhile, in the administration of US President Donald Trump, a decision was made to abolish “Clean Energy” — the plan that Barack Obama at one time approved.

In New York, during the work of the Climate Week three years ago RE100 was founded — a structure that united companies and enterprises that decided to move to renewable energy sources. Later IKEA and Google, Apple and BMW, as well as Carlsberg Group and some other world-famous corporations began to work in the RE100.

Moreover, the RE100 structure created in 2014 is being replenished with new members on a regular basis. Last month (September 2017) Vestas Wind Systems from Denmark (one of the largest producers of wind turbines in the world) also joined this organization.

In general, according to the IEA, the total share of renewable energy in global electricity production reached about 24% by the end of 2015.

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Renewable Energy stasistics for 2017

05.10.2017 — 0

We gathered up-to-date information and facts about the use of renewable energy. So…

  • Almost 90% of the new power plants in Europe (since 2016) operate on renewable sources.
  • In 2016, renewable energy was enough to provide more than 23% of the world’s electricity.
  • By 2016, about 70 countries around the world have installed out-of-grid SPS or opened sponsorship programs for their construction.
  • The production of solar energy increased in 33% by the beginning of 2016.
  • In 2015, the global capacity of solar collectors increased by more than 6%.
  • In 2016, the leading countries in using renewable sources were China, the United States, Brazil, Germany and Canada.
  • World investments in renewable energy sources and fuel reached a record $ 285.9 billions in 2015.

  • In 2015, bioenergy accounted for more than 90% of modern renewable energy production.
  • Developing economies have surged ahead of developed countries for total investments in new renewable energy sources.
  • Renewable energy (excluding large hydropower plants) accounted for 53.6% of the installed capacity of all new energy sources in 2015; The first record.
  • Hydropower is the leading source of renewable energy for electricity generation, providing 71% of the current from all RES.
  • In 2015, world energy production by wind stations reached 432 GW; 7% of the total global capacity for electricity generation. In 2015, the record added 63 GW, and the total investment in the global wind energy sector was $ 109 billions.

Info from: The Guardian, Ren21, BP Global, FS-UNEP Centre, World Energy Council.

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