Scientists analyze the influence of shifting to 100 percent renewable energy

During the last twelve months, the solar industry witnessed a fall in the demand for solar products with the rise in inventory, bringing in financial chaos. So what will the future hold for the new advancements made in these renewable energy resources?

Wind, solar energy, geothermal and water – the four resources for renewable energy, were placed under the scrutiny of the Stanford civil and environmental engineering Professor Mark Z. Jacobson and University of California-Davis researcher Mark Delucchi. Their study intended to analyze the influence of shifting to 100 percent renewable energy resources for the generation of power for normal electricity and for vehicles.

They found that normal fossil fuels and biomass combustion resulted in the loss of 80 percent of the energy generated as heat.  For electricity, 80 percent is converted into motion, while only 20 percent is lost as heat.

Jacobson and Delucchi found that switching to renewable energy will require the world to produce 11.5 terawatts of energy by 2030.

In-depth research convinced them that solar, wind and water resources can be made capable of meeting the continuous demand for energy.  Most of the technology essential for the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy already exists.

But the cost of conversion to the renewable resources will call for greater investment to build the turbines, solar photovoltaic and concentrated solar array, transmission lines, etc.  The long-run savings can soon break-even with its huge potential.

The scientists evaluated the impact of the shift to 100 percent renewable energy on the health and other environmental issues faced today by the world. It was found that these can go a long way in reducing the emission of carbon and air pollution when compared to fossil fuels.

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