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September 2016 – 10 Facts About Renewable Energy

Published on: 21/09/2016

Discover 10 interesting facts about renewable energy and learn more about our range of reliable high power semiconductors suitable for renewables

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from natural processes that are continuously replenished. Renewable energy technologies range from: sunlight, geothermal heat, wind, tides, water, and various forms of biomass. This energy cannot be exhausted and is constantly renewed.

10 Facts About Renewable Energy

1. Renewable energy creates three-times more jobs than fossil fuels

Fossil fuels image


2. One wind turbine is able to generate enough electricity to power up the equivalent of 1,400 households

Wind Turbines


3. Cost effective semiconductors reduce the cost of solar cells. SFPV (screening engineered field-effect photovoltaics) enables low-cost, high efficiency solar cells to be made from virtually any semiconductor material

Solar panels


4. Portugal’s electrical grid jumped from 15% renewables to 45% in 5 years. Portugal ran its entire electrical grid on renewable energy from May 7 to May 11, 2016.

Portugal Electrical Grid


5. China was building two wind turbines per day in 2014

China Wind Turbine


6. Sunlight that beams on the earth for one hour could meet world energy demands for an entire year if taken advantage of



7. Both Europe and North Africa will be able to run on 100% renewable energy by 2050

Sources of Renewable Energy


8. Renewable energy is expected to jump to 25% of global gross power generation in 2018

Renewable energy in a light bulb


9. By 2050, solar power may account for the world’s main energy source of power

Renewable energy worldwide


10. Today, over 20% of the UK’s population live in areas suitable for geothermal district heating pumps



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