Are we witnessing a turning of the tide in the realm of renewable energy?
30. June. 2023
Six decades ago, hydropower was at the helm...
Six decades ago, hydropower was at the helm, delivering 95% of the world's zero-emission electricity. ⚡💦 However, by the turn of the century, its share dipped to 47.2%, with nuclear power inching ahead at 48.6%.🔋💦
Fast-forward to the 21st century, and we see the landscape has evolved. Nuclear power nudged ahead, and wind and solar, embarked on an #exponentialgrowth growth journey. 🚀
In 2021 saw these two renewable giants surpass nuclear in generating zero-emission power. Wind and solar, which together accounted for a mere 4.2% in 2001, have been on an exponential rise, soaring past nuclear in 2021. 🌬️☀️
The figures from last year speak volumes: hydropower generated 4,334 terawatt-hours, while non-hydro renewables came in close with 4,204 terawatt-hours. This growth of non-hydro renewables over a single year was a whopping 500 terawatt-hours - that's more than all the electricity France used last year! 📈🇫🇷
And with a record amount of solar set to be installed this year, the transition from 'if' to 'when' non-hydro renewables will surpass hydropower is upon us. ⏳☀️
In a world marked by fluctuating trends and geopolitical dislocations, this steadfast rise of renewables is not just a line, it's an #exponential promising direction! 🌎💫🙌