We’re always telling you that electrical energy is going to power the future. But what does that really mean? Is it inevitable? Will it be true for everyone, everywhere, regardless of country, climate or economy? And how soon? 200 years? 2 decades? Tomorrow? With a healthy portion of cynicism, it can be all-too easy to dismiss the future of electric power as a pie-in-the-sky pipe dream that we peddle to sell more radiators.
The key to understanding the future of electric power lies in understanding the inextricable ties between electricity and renewable energy. And to understand that you don’t need to take our word for it. Read around: study forecasts for growth in the energy sector, review strategies for energy investment in government proposals, and analyse expert articles predicting the future of domestic power. What you’ll find time and time again is the unanimous, predominating, exciting affirmation that a sustainable future fuelled by renewable resources is synonymous with electricity powering every home and every vehicle across the world.
This article published in the scientific journal Energy and Environmental Science is just one great example of a study which effortlessly demonstrates the central role of electric power to the future of world energy.
The recently released study is a practical strategy to get the whole of the USA on 100% renewable energy by 2050. It’s ambitious in scope but depends entirely on pre-existing renewable technologies. The study offers a refreshingly intuitive game plan which proposes an energy mix tailored to each state’s individual needs – based on the levels of wind and sunlight in each state, as well as their proximity to large bodies of water and open spaces.
The almost unspoken implication of a study recommending a gradual yet ultimately complete shift from fossil fuels to solar, wind, hydroelectricity and geothermal power, is a universal switch to electric appliances and vehicles. All these renewable technologies use naturally occurring energy sources to generate electricity – so when we go 100% renewable we also go 100% electric. This is what we mean when we say electricity is going to power the future!
So, ok, we know that electric power is inextricable from a renewable future. But, say the sceptics, how do we know that we’re going to get a renewable future?
It’s a fair question. It’s a question that, for most of us, feels very remote from our daily lives. We know all about the dangers of climate change, the time-bomb of global warming and the death sentence of fossil fuels. We read articles, listen to broadcasts and watch news reports prophesying global catastrophes if our fossil fuel dependence continues unabated – but then the clock chimes and reminds us that it’s time to go to work, time to pick up the kids, time to take that casserole out of the oven, and our daily lives continue as normal. For most of us, there’s so little we can do to influence the energy sector it’s very easy to become alienated from the issue and fear that governments around the world are finding themselves in the same position.
But for those at work every day in the energy sector, in government, or in environmental science and technology – the picture is very different. With increased pressure from campaigning bodies and scientific research organisations, governments around the world are waking up to the fact that climate change isn’t just a death threat for the environment – it’s the greatest menace to the global economy ever seen in our modern times. Increasingly expensive fossil fuels, deadly levels of pollution, geological disasters from rising temperatures and sociological disasters from unsustainable energy infrastructures spell out a world crisis which think tanks, political parties and STEM researchers are striving to avert with green strategies that will pave our way towards a sustainable future.
If you want proof that the drive towards renewable resources is really happening, look to studies like the above to see that a sustainable future really is within our grasp. A world run on renewable resources isn’t just a possibility – it’s going to happen, and the real question is whether our world leaders will be bold enough to delivery change as fast as the world needs it.
And a great example of this sort of bold decision making? After reading the study above, the state of Hawaii publically committed to going 100% renewable by 2045.
Whether it takes us 50 years or 100, renewable resources are the future of our energy economy. Renewable energy means electrical power - which means that eco-friendly electric cars, high-tech electric appliances and energy efficient electric radiators are the go-to technologies to prepare for a greener energy economy. It's an energy revolution that's going to be exciting to watch - and even though electric radiators are just the tip of the iceberg, we're proud to be part of it.
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