Renewable energy advocates have claimed for decades that solar and wind power are the future—and the future is right around the corner.
Some boldly state that the world could be powered by renewable energy sources as early as 2030, given the exponential growth of solar and wind electrical capacity.
And of course, the mainstream media plays up the importance of solar and wind energy in defeating the scarecrow that is climate change.
While there’s no doubt that wind and solar energy capacity has grown rapidly over the last three decades—wind power’s grown by an average of 24.3% per year since 1990, while solar’s grown by 46.2% per year over the same period—does it really matter?
Are renewable energy sources making a difference? What is the current state of renewable energy, and its future?
No. Renewable energy is irrelevant, and will remain irrelevant for the foreseeable future—wind and solar energy are simply inferior to fossil fuels and nuclear power.
3 Key Facts About Renewable Energy You Need To Know
Here are three statistics you need to know about renewable energy:
1. Wind Turbines Produce Just 0.46% of Global Energy
Despite thirty years of government subsidies and hundreds of billions in direct investments in green technologies, wind power still meets just 0.46% of the earth’s energy demands. That’s next to nothing.
Wind power is useless, and will remain useless due to limited potential efficiency gains (restricted by the Betz limit), and land space requirements—we’d need to cover an area the size of the British Isles with wind turbines just to meet our annual growth in energy consumption. There’s simply not enough land.
Never mind the problem of intermittentcy, and the hidden systemic risks it entails.
2. Burning Feces & Wood Produces More Energy Than Wind & Solar Energy Combined
Renewable energy advocates mislead the public about the truth of renewable energy consumption—they make it seem like we’re making a difference. We’re not.
According to the International Energy Agency’s 2016 Key Renewables Trends Report, wind, solar, and tidal energy combined met just 0.81% of earth’s aggregated energy demands.
And yet we’re constantly told that renewable energy makes up a much larger percentage than that. Why the disconnect?
Because green energy advocates mislead the public by either talking about (i) electrical energy or (ii) implying that “renewable energy” means solar and wind energy.
But the facts aren’t on their side: electrical energy only represents one-fifth of global energy consumption. The vast majority is consumed as fuel for transportation, heating, and cooking.
Green energy advocates also imply that wind and solar energy make up a large proportion of global energy consumption by implying that they dominate the “renewable” energy sector.
But that’s not even remotely true.
While 13.6% of world energy comes from renewable sources, the vast majority—72.8%—is just people in developing countries burning wood, charcoal, and dung for energy.
That’s right: feces is a more important energy source than wind power.
3. We’d Need 7.2 Earth’s Worth of Rare Minerals to Switch to Solar Energy
Photovoltaic cells require a staggering variety of rare earth minerals to build, one of the most important of which is silver.
Given current technology (and assuming 20% efficiency), we’d need to cover an area the size of Spain in solar panels to generate enough electricity to meet our global electricity demands by 2030.
This is a lot of land, which would be better off being farmed, or preserved.
But even if we wanted to build that many solar panels, we couldn’t do it—there’s simply not enough silver in the world.
Here are the numbers, briefly (you can read the full article on the futility of solar power here):
There are 1 million square meters in a square kilometer: this means that we’d need 11.1 million grams, or 11.1 tons, of silver per square kilometer of solar panels.
Spain is 506,000 square kilometers in area—which is how much area we’d need to cover..
This means that 5,616,600 tons of silver would be required to build enough solar panels to power the world.
That’s way more silver (7.2 times more) than we have—or that exists.
Thus far, humans only have only mined, and have access to a total of 777,275 tons of silver.
In fact, even if we mined all of the silver on earth’s crust, there still wouldn’t be enough to make the transition to 100% solar power—even if solar panels became four-times as efficient (80%) we still couldn’t do it.
Solar power’s a dead-end.