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Scientists Warn Iraqie Oil Will Be Depleted in Less Than 30 Years

Alternative Energy

The solar revolution is coming. It’s been building momentum for years and is quickly becoming unstoppable. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, installations in the United States have grown 35-fold since 2008. This trend is expected to continue, with installations set to double between 2019 and 2023.

Some people may doubt that the future of energy production lies in harnessing the power of the sun. After all, it’s taken more than half a century to get where we are today. Despite the initial slow rate of growth, the shift from non-renewable energyproduction to renewable sources like solar is coming.

1. Solar Energy Helps Humanity

Let’s be honest the world is facing some pretty serious challenges. Many of these can be attributed to climate change. Luckily for humanity, solar energy provides solutions to these issues.

For example, switching from oil and gas to solar energy would lower carbon emissionsand reduce the severity of climate change. Becoming less dependent on oil and gas will also cut the rate of global conflicts which are often caused by competition over energy sources.

Solar energy can alleviate problems with food security as well. The droughts, flooding, and extreme temperatures caused by climate change are threatening the livelihoods of farmers around the world and putting our food supply in jeopardy. If farmers were to adopt solar agriculture practices, they could generate power for their farms, improve water retention and reduce carbon emissions to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Global access to clean, safe drinking water can also be improved through solar power. Teams of researchers are currently working on technology that can desalinate salt water to make it acceptable for drinking.

2. Businesses Are Embracing Solar Energy

The exponential growth of solar energy has been driven in large part by commercial users; in fact, corporations account for two-thirds of all solar capacity installed since 2015.

Google, Target, Apple, Prologis, Facebook, Kaiser Permanente, Amazon, Switch, and IKEA are just a few examples of the companies that are embracing solar power and contributing to its growth. Business leaders know that adopting solar energy is a wise decision because in addition to powering operations and reaching environmental objectives, they can also lower their electricity expenditures.

3. The Solar Industry Continues to Innovate

The solar energy industry has come a long way, but they’re not resting on their laurels; researchers continue to move the industry forward through innovation.

The biggest advancement has come in the efficiency of the PV cells. When modern silicon-based cells were first developed, they were only 6 percent efficient; the average efficiency rate of most modern solar cells is around 15 to 20 percent. But even that is changing — the industry continually works to improve solar cell efficiency.

There have also been significant innovations in the most common type of residential installation: solar roofing. In the past, homeowners had to mount bulky, unsightly solar panels on their roofs. Thanks to innovation, photovoltaic shingles that imitate the appearance of traditional roofing materials are being developed.

The solar industry has likewise been focusing much of its attention on transportation. In recent years, researchers have used solar energy to power both cars and planes. Learning how to use roads, bike paths, and walkways to generate solar energy is another target researchers have been working towards.

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4. Solar Energy is Becoming More Affordable

The price of solar installation continues to decline. In just the past decade, the cost has dropped more than 70%. Prices are currently at their lowest levels in history.

These low rates in addition to various government incentives have made solar power more accessible than ever. While the median income of homeowners installing solar systems remains higher than the national average, it has been trending downwardsince 2010. That means more moderate-income families are investing in solar energy.

5. Non-Renewable Resources Are Running Out

Oil, gas, and coal are finite resources. The undeniable fact is that these, and other non-renewable resources, will inevitably run out. Scientists estimate that if we don’t alter our current rate of consumption, the remaining oil supply will be depleted by 2050.

Even conservative estimates place oil depletion within the next 50-100 years — that’s just one generation away. To prepare for the unavoidable depletion of non-renewable sources of energy, the world must continue making the shift away from oil, gas, and coal towards solar.

Related: Big Data and Solar Energy Are a Match Made in Heaven

Advancing the Growth of Solar Energy

Despite the unprecedented growth of solar energy, there’s still room for improvement. Although most Americans believe the United States should prioritize solar and other renewable energy sources over coal, oil and gas, we continue to rely heavily on non-renewable resources.

One of the primary barriers to mass adoption of solar energy is our infrastructure, which was designed for non-renewable resources. Social, political and economicbarriers also hinder the growth of the solar industry.

Even with these barriers in place, the solar revolution is imminent. With more education and funding, the solar industry will continue to set installation and usage records and eventually become our primary source of energy.


11 Comments on "Scientists Warn Iraqie Oil Will Be Depleted in Less Than 30 Years"

  1. DT on Sun, 7th Feb 2021 7:20 pm 

    “Oil, gas, and coal are finite resources. The undeniable fact is that these, and other non-renewable resources, will inevitably run out.”

    Yes they will, and when that happens no more so called renewable clean green sustainable transition to FF extenders such as solar, wind and the rest.

  2. Anonymouse on Mon, 8th Feb 2021 4:11 am 

    So, if Iraq’s oil, or economically recoverable oil at least, will be largely gone in 30 years, we can at last put a date for the end of the end of the amerikan occupation there.

    This, if the above is reasonably accurate, then we can say with some confidence that us troops, and (proxy) troops should be out of Iraq in … roughly 30 years or so, give or take.

  3. DT on Mon, 8th Feb 2021 8:38 am 

    Anonymouse, I got a chuckle out of your comment thinking, “damn I should have thought of that point”. Thanks.

  4. Cloggie on Mon, 8th Feb 2021 9:56 am 

    Linde to build a 24 MW electrolyser, they claim will be the largest in the world (for a brief moment):

    The electrolyser could be used to power a fleet of 600 buses.

  5. DT on Mon, 8th Feb 2021 10:22 am 

    “Central to the production of hydrogen is an electrolyser, a highly complex piece of equipment that can’t simply be bought off the shelf.”

    Again Cloggie this might be possible but is this clean green Hydrogen scheme practical?

  6. Cloggie on Mon, 8th Feb 2021 10:50 am 

    You can’t buy a nuclear power station “from the shelf” either, or an oil tanker or an Airbus 320.

    Yet they are important factors of today’s economy.

    What you CAN buy from the shelf is toilet paper.

    Now, wtf do you bring up the useless concept of “off the shelf”?!

    As if that explains anything. Or soap-boxes running down from the hills around the world’s drug capital Medellín.

    But since you have no real arguments, you bring up those.

    Is it true that this is windmill technology from your neighbourhood, DT?

    No further questions, you honor.

  7. DT on Mon, 8th Feb 2021 11:33 am 

    Cloggie I love those old farmers windmills. There are fewer and fewer of those old timers.
    I think off the shelf is referring to Things at scale that now exist. Such as a gallon of gasoline that can be bought anywhere, virtually any time, “off the shelf”. As I have pointed out Hydrogen in the lab and used in things like the space shuttle are feasible and available. The problem always comes back to the hydrogen industry at scale.The practicality and scalability let alone costs are what make me skeptical.

  8. FamousDrScanlon on Mon, 8th Feb 2021 9:50 pm 

    clog, are you still flossing your teeth with your boy friend’s foreskin?

    Good dental hygiene is important.

  9. Cloggie on Tue, 9th Feb 2021 1:27 am 

    Absolutely I am Famous. What about it?

  10. Biden's hairplug on Tue, 9th Feb 2021 1:40 am 

    FamousDrScanlon and his permanent obsession with “gayness”. I thought you were the local flikker (Dutch for poofter) here, with you describing how you kissed your boyfriend in tears.

    And please, change your knickers after you had one of your frequent liquid sharts again, will ya. You smell.

    “Das böse Gas”

    Even the German media lefties are now promoting Nord Stream 2, quite a development.

  11. Biden's hairplug on Wed, 10th Feb 2021 9:49 am 

    China’s One Child policy was a little too successful: it has become second nature:

    “Nobody wants to have children”

    The Chinese population anticipates economic prosperity, children are just a hindrance for unrestricted consumption and travelling.

    Economic growth = death of a nation. It applies to East Asia, Europe, America, Russia.

    Children: too much trouble, let others have them.

    In the Third World: children = retirement.

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