World Bank Expectations

“Solar is expected to surpass coal as the world’s most available source of energy by 2027. “

In the real world, there is no chance of that happening.

Primary energy consumption by source, World

Electricity production by source, World

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18 Responses to World Bank Expectations

  1. Terry Shipman says:

    “Solar is expected to surpass coal…”

    When I read that the first word that popped into my mind was “China.” Boys and girls, can we spell “delusion?”

    • arn says:

      The more solar panels China produces
      the more coal plants they need to do so.

      So how can solar surpass coal without going back to the dark ages?
      Every other option will require the increase in coal energy production to close the gap – and there is a breaking point before parity can be reached,
      as at one point current solar panel production won’t even be enough to maintain and replace existing panels.

  2. oeman50 says:

    What does “most available ” even mean? “Availability” is a technical term in the utility industry and those graphs show there is no way solar can claim to be the “most available.”

    • Tel says:

      Solar is available approx 6 to 8 hours per day, while coal is available 24 hours a day.

      In order to make solar more available than coal they will need to achieve at least 25 hours of sunlight in a day. Even for a bank, that’s going to be challenging.

  3. Gamecock says:

    Let coal and solar square off at midnight.

  4. Conrad Ziefle says:

    Have people in power always been this stupid? Why are they trying to starve the world of CO2? A person without a true understanding of science can never evaluate the situation reasonably. They are totally unable to understand the important issues and the worldly limitations of the various proposed solutions.

  5. Conrad Ziefle says:

    Solar may be the world’s most available source of power, on paper. But its capacity factor sucks, and it can only be the most available source of anything, if it is subsidized by the government, and other sources are penalized by the government. Solar quickly becomes even MORE unavailable in a free market of energy.

  6. czechlist says:

    ???Solar has been the “most available” source of energy since the earth formed.
    All of the fuels available on the planet originated with solar/space energy.
    Does anyone here follow Ben Davidson and have any opinion on his predictions?

  7. Laurie says:

    Available as in greater sources are not allowed…

  8. Ivan G Wainwright says:

    We have diesel-powered vehicles, petrol-powered vehicles and a smattering of LPG-powered vehicles. I call EVs coal-powered vehicles, because the electricity used to recharge them comes predominantly from burning coal. I hope the expression catches on. If it does, it will increase the public’s awareness of the EV scam.

  9. By reducing the population to a level whose energy needs can be met with wind and solar, this prediction might become reality. Is this the actual sub text of this statement?

  10. D. Boss says:

    Delusional and non feasible. You cannot make solar panels, nor install them without both coal and fossil fuels. You need these to produce things like the glass front face of the solar panels (requiring furnaces at 2000 F, and reducing agents), aluminum, and the copper and all the rare minerals, including the silicon, germanium and arsenic to make the cells, plus the silver needed for the solder to join cells, etc, etc. Also the mounting requires steel and concrete both of which require humongous amounts of hydrocarbon energy to mine and refine, and steel requires coke, which is made from coal.

    Over the lifetime of a solar panel, it cannot even make a few percent of the total energy required to obtain all the ingredients or processes to manufacture themselves…

  11. Richard E Fritz says:

    IF they tell a LIE LONG ENOUGH and LOUD Enough the simple minded MORONS will support this ideology

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