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10 fun facts about renewable energy

By Aylin Erman Monday 27 July 2015

As the global environmental crises dawns upon us, renewable energy models are taking center stage.

Around the world conversation is swirling concerning what we, as a global society, will do to combat the negative effects of climate change and become less dependent on oil and other fuels to power our energy needs. Fortunately, renewable energy sources are becoming increasingly more fashionable and economical around the world. Here are 10 facts about renewable energy you may not know.

Renewable energy is any energy derived from natural processes, such as sunlight and wind. They are replenished faster than they are consumed, hence "renewable". Some forms of renewable energy include solar, wind, geothermal, hydro and biomass. They've been around for quite some time but are only picking up steam recently, when the world has found itself in a position where it has no other choice but to embrace renewable technologies. The following 10 fun facts about renewable energy highlight its growth, efficiency, and effectiveness.

  1. Renewable Energy creates three-times more jobs than fossil fuels.
  2. Fossil fuels get 4 times the subsidy of renewables.
  3. Renewable energy is expected to jump to 25 percent of global gross power generation in 2018, a rise on 20 percent in 2011 and 19 percent in 2006.
  4. One wind turbine is able to generate enough electricity to power up to 1,400 households.
  5. Within a 5-year period, Portugal’s electric grid jumped from 15 percent to 45 percent renewables.
  6. If taken advantage of to its fullest extent, sunlight that beams on the earth for one hour could meet world energy demands for an entire year.
  7. Europe and North Africa could run on 100% renewable energy by 2050.
  8. In 2014, China built two wind turbines per day.
  9. Solar power may account for the world's main energy source of power by 2050.
  10. 20% of the UK's population live in areas suitable for Geothermal District Heating using heat pumps.

 

Sources: Cleantechnica, Oilprice.com, Greenpeace.org  

This article is by Aylin Erman from ecosalon.com.

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