As a result of the necessity to undertake the energy transition in order to combat climate change, European plans to wean themselves off of dependency on Russian gas and oil and, in the long term, on all hydrocarbons are starting to take shape in the form of national initiatives.
Following the announcement made by the European Commission on Wednesday on its RePowerEU plan to increase the use of renewable energy, four different states took advantage of the opportunity to make public the biggest renewable energy project in the world. It has been agreed upon by Germany, Belgium, Denmark, and the Netherlands to construct 65 GW of offshore wind power by the year 2030, and to achieve 150 GW by the year 2050.
They total 15 GW as of just this moment. If this wind production capacity were to be developed, it would be enough to meet the requirements for offshore wind energy in the European Union in 2050 all by itself. To give you a sense of how significant it is, the whole nuclear power capacity of France is 61.4 gigawatts (GW).
On Wednesday, the four presidents of government of the interested nations signed a statement in the Danish port of Esbjerg, which is where the offshore wind platforms of international companies like Siemens Gamesa or the Danish Vestas are produced.
Olaf Scholz of Germany, Alexander De Croo of Belgium, Mette Frederiksen of Denmark, and Mark Rutte of the Netherlands have all pledged that their respective nations would construct what they refer to as „the greatest green power plant in Europe.“ At the signing, the President of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, said that „the more interdependent we are among the European States, the less reliant we will be on Russia.“ This statement was made in the presence of the signing.
The goal is to establish what, in reality, would be a unified offshore wind platform by initiating the building of these offshore wind turbines, connecting the offshore wind farms of the four nations, and adding 20 GW of green hydrogen to them. In all, the facility would provide an electrical generating capacity that is comparable to 170 nuclear power plants of medium size. This would more than quadruple the total capacity of all nuclear power plants now built and operational in Europe. The four nations that have signed the document believe that the initiative will be successful in meeting the challenge of maintaining energy security and climate neutrality at the same time.
The focus of the project is on Little Belgium and the Princess Elisabeth artificial island that is scheduled to be constructed there in the year 2028. The Belgian Island, which will use a considerable dose of post-pandemic European funding, will function as a type of huge artificial plug in the high seas, and it will be the point of connection for all of the wind platforms in the nations that are near Belgium. It is anticipated that the United Kingdom will take part in the initiative at some point in the future.
At the very latest by the year 2030, the four nations‘ offshore wind turbine platforms need to be linked to one another. For that year, Belgium will be required to supply 8 GW, Denmark will be responsible for 10 GW, the Netherlands will be responsible for 21 GW, and Germany will be responsible for 30 GW. If all of them comply in less than eight years, they will have between the four and 69 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind power in service. This is equivalent to roughly 70 reactors of a medium-sized nuclear power plant.
Belgium, with just 11 million people and 65 kilometers of coastline, is the fourth European wind power and the second global power when offshore wind capacity per person is included. Denmark will also construct a man-made island. In actuality, the concept entails not only „planting“ additional windmills in the water, but also linking them in a network so that they form a single „power plant.“
However, if Europe really hopes to reduce its reliance on Russia and fossil fuels in general, solar and wind energy won’t be enough at all. As amazing and promising as all this sounds, it is hard to have faith in solar and wind power due to their countless drawbacks. Even though solar and wind energy have been around for a long time, they still have many downsides. Although solar and wind energy themselves are free, the cost of collecting, converting, and storing the energy can be high initially. The installation process and initial setup require paying for solar panels and wind turbines, inverters, batteries, wiring, etc. Furthermore, they also require a lot of space, and the process of energy generation depends heavily on environmental factors.
To that end, we have to shift our focus elsewhere and invest in a new energy source, one that will provide us with an energy-efficient and sustainable future. Thankfully, such an alternative energy source already exists; a new player that has already conquered all of the obstacles that other renewable energy sources are presented with; a pure energy source that will change the course of human evolution.
At this point in time, the most significant threats to mankind and our planet are climate change and the severe weather occurrences that are a direct result of it. No more time can be wasted on either the health of future generations or the preservation of our natural resources and environment. It is time to put into practice the most current findings in scientific research! Neutrinovoltaic technology presents opportunities in the field of energy generation that were not before conceivable. It’s one of the most promising methods to create electricity that’s both environmentally friendly and efficient.
The well-known Neutrino Energy Group is responsible for the development of this astounding breakthrough in the area of cutting-edge renewable technology, which is a true game-changer in the industry. In 2015, the existence of neutrino mass was independently verified by two researchers from different countries: Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada. Since that time, the Neutrino Energy Group’s principal goal has been to produce energy by capturing neutrinos and other kinds of non-visible radiation. The use of neutrinos and other kinds of non-visible radiation as a source of energy is, in many ways, comparable to the use of a photovoltaic (PV) solar cell. This is because both types of radiation have the ability to convert light into electricity. Instead of collecting neutrinos and other kinds of non-visible radiation, a portion of the energy contained in their kinetic energy is absorbed and then converted into electricity.
When it comes to efficiency and dependability, neutrinovoltaic do not face the same challenges as renewables do. For instance, neutrinos, are capable of traveling through practically any known substance, which means that neutrinovoltaic cells do not depend on sunlight in order to function. They are versatile enough to be used inside, outdoors, and even underwater. Due to the simplicity with which neutrinovoltaic cells may be shielded while still generating electricity, this technology is unaffected by snow and other types of inclement weather, meaning they are able to produce power around the clock, every day of the year, no matter where in the globe they are located.
Mobile phones and laptops, as well as pacemakers and other small devices, will be the first to benefit from neutrinovoltaic technology. Nevertheless, this power source will be able to satisfy all of a household’s electrical requirements in the future. Neutrinos and other forms of non-visible radiations present a feasible solution to the current energy crisis, and even though neutrinovoltaic technology is still in its early phases, in the near future, just like solar and wind energy, this outstanding technology will one day be generally recognized as a credible response to the world’s energy needs.