Wind energy is one of the most common types of renewable energy. Experts predict its popularity will increase even more in the future. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimates that by 2050, wind power might account for up to 35% of the world’s energy needs, which translates to 6,000 gigawatts.
Future Uses of Wind Power
As Kurz explains, wind-derived power will be used in many ways in the future, including:
One of the most common uses of wind-derived power is to produce electricity. That trend is expected to increase in the future, as more turbine farms and standalone systems will be constructed to meet energy demands around the world. Collectively, onshore and offshore production will produce the majority of electricity around the world in the next few decades.
Lower Carbon Emissions
The increased use of wind power worldwide will also increase energy efficiency and reduce over six gigatonnes in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually. In order to reduce large volumes of CO2 emissions worldwide, however, wind capacity must increase worldwide by more than three times its current capacity onshore and by nine times its capacity offshore, which translates to more than 1,000 gigawatts.
Transportation and Industry
In the future, wind energy will also continue to play a key role in the transportation industry, and it will be an even more important source of power for food production and water power generation. Countries around the world are increasingly using wind to power their economies and industries, including Germany. Wind power is also projected to become even more cost-effective in the future, which makes it an even more appealing alternative to electricity derived from coal and fossil fuels.
Oil and Gas
Although it sounds counterintuitive, wind energy is also playing an even more prominent role in the oil and gas industry. Oil and gas companies are turning to wind-energy partners to further expand their capacity to drill at sea. Because wind is a cost-effective source of power, oil and gas companies are increasingly viewing wind farms offshore as a sustainable and affordable source of energy for their projects.
Because it is predicted to be a primary source of the world’s electricity in the future, wind power is also projected to be a source of economic growth. The industry is expected to produce more jobs through an increase in demand for wind system construction. New York State alone, for example, has dedicated over $27 million to training opportunities for individuals working in the wind industry. The industry will also stimulate economic growth through the production of more technology, and it is expected to attract the attention of more investors.
For more information about the value of wind energy and its many projected uses in the future, ask the experts at Kurz for more details.
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This post was written by Matt Passannante