Would Solar Survive in a Europe Affected by Climate Change? 22 Mar 2019

Doubters of the effectiveness of renewable energy such as wind and solar might argue that it is a lost cause to invest in such sources of energy if the planet is destined for a change in climate. Whilst a change in climate is inevitable, renewable energy can at least delay the onset of its occurrence.

In addition to this, it has been reported that even in a Europe that is getting progressively warmer, the future of eco-friendly power usage remains strong.

In a report published earlier this month in the journal ‘Joule’, it was discussed how climate change would impact electricity supply from wind and solar. The research was conducted by graduate student Smail Kozarcanin at Aarhus University in Denmark.

Kozarcanin along with his team used six varied climate models to hypothesise three different futures:

  1. One where the planet maintains the Paris climate agreement in that temperatures are only permitted to rise by 1.5 degrees
  2. One where taxes are higher on carbon related industries to offer a greater reduction to emissions
  3. One worst-case-scenario where current status-quo of fossil fuel usage is continued unregulated

In their findings, it was assessed how much traditional non-renewable sources would be relied upon when not much sunlight or wind is present. The surprising finding here was that there wasn’t much variation across the three hypothetical futures. Of course, there will be some reliance on nuclear and fossil fuel generation regardless of what happens in the future.

Whilst this is a very hypothetical thesis, it does offer some hope of stability for the renewable energy industry. According to this research, solar and wind should remain buoyant regardless of the climate change that occurs, which is promising news for all.

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