Identify the causes and effects of the energy crisis, but also the solutions to bring it to an end and how you can contribute.
Over the last two centuries, energy needs have skyrocketed dramatically, especially because of the transportation and industry sectors. However, fossil fuel are polluting and their reserves are limited.
We know today that these resources are close to exhaustion and our societies are facing a major challenge: the energy crisis.
The Solar Impulse Label is granted to innovative solutions to energy crisis that meet high standards of sustainability and profitability.
Each solution goes through a strict assessment process performed by independent experts.
Providing Power-to-X and Gas-to-Liquid applications to produce sustainable e-fuels and e-products
Cheap heat & power for municipalities generated from a local source
Waste conversion technology as a carbon-neutral alternative to fossil fuels
A software to enable operators to run a successful shared micro-mobilty service
A technology that transforms led lightnings into communication networks
A residential demand response solution which is hardware-agnostic, based on a profit-sharing business model
Captures solar radiation for both heating and electrical energy on a single panel at reduced cost
Moving microgrid development towards market with renewable, reliable, resilient energy systems
A non-intrusive direct-drive certified wind turbine for reliable distributed powerer production
A high-temperature electric pump enables profitable geothermal electricity from wells that were previously uneconomical
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The energy crisis stems from the foreseeable end of the cycle of oil, gas and coal, which, in addition, have been producing a considerable increase in greenhouse gases (GHG).
In recent years, many scientists have raised their voice to warn about climate change, caused notably by the burning of oil and coal in order to produce energy.
Global energy consumption is increasing and we will face a shortage of fossil fuels in the coming decades. Therefore, the availability of reserves is an important source of concern.
Our current consumption model relies almost entirely on the use of non-renewable energy sources such as oil, gas, coal and uranium. At the current rate of consumption, oil will be the first fossil fuel to run out. According to projections, there would be between 40 and 60 years of proven reserves of conventional oil. Natural gas could be exploited for another 70 years. For coal, there would be around two centuries of reserves.
These data are to be put into perspective because they are based on current consumption, while it is clear that it will increase considerably. Energy demands are and will be amplified by the demographic - the world’s population should reach nearly 10 billion people in 2050 - and economic boom of growing areas. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), global energy demand could increase by more than 50% by 2030 in the absence of public policies in this area.
Another reason for energy shortage and scarcity is the poor infrastructure of power generating equipment. Most of energy producing companies keep on using outdated equipments that limits energy production. The need to upgrade the infrastructure and set a high standard of performance is critical.
Mainly coming from the unnecessary use of energy resources, energy waste describes the wastage of energy sources, in particular fuels and electricity. Consequently, the reduction of waste is a colossal source of energy savings, which requires actions both on an individual and collective level.
The massive use of traditional energy sources leads - among other things - to the increase of greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide (CO2), resulting in global warming and harming the environment and biodiversity. Therefore, the energy crisis is closely linked to the environmental crisis.
Economic and socio-political
Energy security is one of the major concerns of the main economic centers of the planet. In fact, energy conditions the possibility of growth, which is essential to the market economy and its development model. The energy crisis could thus have a dramatic impact on the global economy. Besides, when energy markets fail, an energy shortage develops. Energy shortages and resulting economic factors may create socio-political issues.
The good news is that there are ways to reduce the energy crisis:
1. Energy transition to renewable energy sources
Unlike fossil fuels, some energy sources are totally renewable, and do not emit greenhouse gases. These clean and sustainable alternative energy solutions include solar energy, hydropower, wind energy, geothermal energy and biomass energy.
2. Energy efficiency and conservation
In order to prevent an energy crisis, it is also crucial that we consume less energy by improving and modernising energy infrastructure such as smart grid solutions, and smart cities. It is also important that we replace old devices by energy efficient solutions, such as replacing traditional light bulbs by LEDs.
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A label focused on both the environment and profitability.