It seems a pure renewable world is at our fingertips. A new simulation has shown the possibility of going full renewable energy worldwide, removing any need for fossil fuel-based electricity.
A new model developed by the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) showed such a system that is mainly based on solar and wind power. This model works on all regions in the world, in a way that fulfills the targets that were set by the Paris agreement – and by only using renewable energy sources.
This global Internet of Energy Model uses a 100 percent renewable energy stem for the electricity sector by 2030. It appears to be possible worldwide. According to Eurekalert, the model organized their iteration of the world into 145 regions, aggregated into nine major world regions.
Christian Beyer, one of the lead scientists from LUT, said this is the first time that scientists were able to use such a system. The model is designed to find the most economical solution for such a system, and to allocate for all the hours of the year. It seems the model also covers the best renewable energy generation, storage and transmission mixes for all regions.
This means the total electricity cost would be around roughly 55 to 70 euros per megawatt-hour for all nine major regions worldwide.
However, the team has more ambitions for their model.
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