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Renewables 24/7 Infrastructure Needed to Save the Climate
Author:
European Renewable Energy Council (EREC)
Year:
2010
Abstract:

Our future on this planet depends on a massive shift to clean energy sources worldwide, as outlined in Greenpeace’s Energy Revolution. However the grids that bring the electricity to our homes and factories were designed for big, centralized generators, now running at huge loads, providing what is known as ‘base-load’ power. Until now, renewable energy had has to fit in as an extra, small slice of the energy mix and adapt to the conditions the grid currently operates under.

Some critics of renewable energy say it is not ever going to be able to provide enough power for our current energy use, let alone for projected growth of energy demand. This is because it relies mostly on natural resources, like wind and sun, which don’t appear to be available 24/7. This report shows how that thinking is wrong….

Document Type:
Report
Source:
GridWise Alliance