100% Renewable Energy Worldwide by 2030

Study claims 100 percent renewable energy possible by 2030

Achieving 100 percent would mean the building of about four million 5 MW , 1.7 billion 3 kW roof-mounted solar photovoltaic systems, and around 90,000 300 MW solar power plants.

Mark Delucchi, one of the authors of the report, which was published in the journal , said the researchers had aimed to show enough renewable energy is available and could be harnessed to meet demand indefinitely by 2030.

Delucchi and colleague Mark Jacobson left all fossil fuel sources of energy out of their calculations and concentrated only on wind, solar, waves and geothermal sources. currently provide over 80 percent of the world’s energy supply. They also left out biomass, currently the most widely used renewable energy source, because of concerns about pollution and land-use issues. Their calculations also left out nuclear power generation, which currently supplies around six percent of the world’s electricity.

To make their vision possible, a great deal of building would need to occur. The wind turbines needed, for example, are two to three times the capacity of most of today’s wind turbines, but 5 MW offshore turbines were built in Germany in 2006, and China built its first in 2010. The solar power plants needed would be a mix of photovoltaic panel plants and concentrated solar plants that concentrate solar energy to boil water to drive generators. At present only a few dozen such utility-scale solar plants exist. Energy would also be obtained from photovoltaic panels mounted on most homes and buildings.


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  1. who cares? the world will always despise Norwegians!!!!
    Not only don’t they rise up to protest the Iranian denial of the feast of St Valentine, but they have some sort of defiantly denialist ideas of their own!

    The origin of Valentine’s Day celebrations in Norway

    Modern people believe that the concept of this holiday has been borrowed from Roman holiday traditions. But that is not the case. Many people in Norway hold that Valentine’s Day has originated from an old belief of the local people. Long ago, Norwegians believed that February 14 was the time when birds mated to give birth to their babies. For this belief, lovers in Norway consider it as an auspicious occasion to express their feelings to their beloved.

    Birds! Filthy, disgusting birds!

  2. Scott Miller wrote:

    Good thing I’m not Norwegian.

    yes, it is.

    all the years I spent playing ball with them, half the time they were knocking me on my ass was unintentional. strong, real strong. not graceful.

  3. @ fuster:
    Did you, perchance, grow up near the neighborhood in Brooklyn that was once considered part of Bay Ridge but is now called Sunset Park? The Norwegian population there has shrunk considerably, but there is still a parade every year on May 17, the Norwegian national holiday.

  4. @ George Jochnowitz:

    I worked there George, while it was still Norwegian. Watched as it changed to Spanish-speaking, then watched as the northern part, 8th Ave, which was the home to the last few Norwegians went Chinese after Hong Kong changed hands.

    The precinct and the fire house, in addition to the folks who worked with me, supplied the Norwegian guys for the church gym full-contact basketball games.

  5. Beautiful beautiful street scenes. Thank you, fuster.
    I remember an overhead expressway over 3rd Avenue in 1943. I’m not sure how far it went. There was no Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel in those days, and I don’t think there was a highway going over the Gowanus Canal. But 3rd Avenue, with its elevated road, seemed like the end of the world, or at least, the boundary of the parts of Brooklyn one might live in before the warehouses began.

  6. fuster wrote:

    supplied the Norwegian guys for the church gym full-contact basketball games.

    The most interesting “full-contact” games I played in happened at an LA Treatment Center where I coached. The place was funded by the Jewish Federation and it had a gym. The staff and their friends who played late every Wed night (starting at 11pm) were all African-Americans. I was the only white guy. Most fun nights of my life, but it was hardcore. On a given Wed, there was always a handful of pro football players (LA Raiders) and some even more aggressive shoulda-been pros who screwed-up (Hollywood Henderson’s cousin, etc.). I remember the first shot I took. It was in the lane. Maurice Cheeks’ cousin Bob (6’9”) blocked it easily and looked down at me: “Not in this lifetime, Scott.” One night the head of the Treatment Center happened to be working late and saw all the cars at the gym. He was a little Jewish guy. He came in, took a look around, opened mouthed at all the black giants filling his gym, practically shit in his pants. Next day, word came that there would be no more Wed night games.

  7. I played against a 7 footer only a couple of times. You drive the lane against a guy that much taller, they usually don’t have to block you. You corkscrew yourself enough that you’re gonna miss more than you hit.

  8. Scott Miller wrote:

    He was a little Jewish guy. He came in, took a look around, opened mouthed at all the black giants filling his gym, practically shit in his pants. Next day, word came that there would be no more Wed night games.

    Kinda sad, but believable. However, before I sit in judgment of him, I have to confess that I’m a little frightened by the concept just sitting here reading about it however-many years later. I hasten to add it’s more by the idea of playing than of the mere fact of the crowd you describe, but it wasn’t my gym. Also you should probably explain what you mean by “treatment center.”

  9. @ CK MacLeod:
    Vista Del Mar Treatment Center: a large, residential child-care facility for emotional disturbed kids. I referred to the residents as emotionally disturbing because it was our call as adults how we reacted to them. The administration was in the habit of hiring very large African Americans to visually intimidate the kids into behaving properly, but they were actually very sweet with the children. I wrote a script about the place. Never sold. Too bad–it’s was a good script.

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