Scientists conclude that 100% renewable energy scenarios are viable

Signal of change / Scientists conclude that 100% renewable energy scenarios are viable

By Ella-Louise Micallef / 29 May 2018

A new paper in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, authored by Professor Brian Vas Mathiesen and colleagues, has debunked the myths used against the feasibility of 100% renewable energy. The team analysed hundreds of studies throughout the scientific literature to address each of the apparent issues supposedly affecting the viability of fully renewable future, before concluding that it was possible.

Prof Mathiesen is a Danish engineer and professor at Aalborg University. He was listed among ISI Highly Cited researchers in 2015 and 2016, making him one of the leading engineers in the world. 

The paper was written largely in response to a review paper published last year, by Benjamin Heard and colleagues who presented their case against a 100% renewable energy future in the same journal.

So what?

With this latest paper debunking a lot of myths traditionally associated with a renewable energy based future, are we now more likely to see an increase in the amount of scenarios modelled on the premise of a 100% renewable energy future?

What will this mean for national and local energy strategies and plans? 

Sources

https://www.leonardodicaprio.org/new-report-proves-100-renewable-is-achievable-and-affordable/

https://s3.amazonaws.com/takeshape-api.prod.assets/1f1d0876-be74-4b33-99c8-6ac93f1d70db/dev/1483d453-2c78-4c90-bf19-955ffba62cc4/Article-Brown-RSER.pdf

What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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