That is why renewable energy cannot protect our planet

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Hydroelectric dams with tens of millions of tons of steel and concrete have already blocked two-thirds of the world's major rivers. They block nutrient flows necessary for ecosystems to function and block fish migration routes.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, the number of species of flora and fauna in freshwater bodies has decreased by more than 80% in the last 50 years.

In fact, this loss of biodiversity can be called the sixth mass extinction on the planet, and this time the cause of the extinction is not an asteroid or an ice age, but human activities that require more and more energy every year. Perhaps we were wrong when we chose renewable energy as our new goal.

Today you'll find out that not everything is so simple. Applause Before you is the world's largest solar power plant. Ben Ban Solar Park, Egypt, on the outskirts of the Sahara Desert, is the world's first energy park visible from space.

The capacity of this power plant is 1,800 megawatts, which is 80 percent more than the power of the reactor that exploded at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and released a monstrous amount of radioactive substances into the planet's atmosphere.

I think that this comparison alone should convince you in favor of solar energy because Ben Ban Solar Park will never explode. It covers an area of 37 square kilometers, which is completely covered by 6 million PV modules. But think about it: the area of the hot Sahara is 9 million square kilometers, which is almost the territory of countries.

It can easily accommodate two hundred and forty thousand such parks. In addition, some calculations show that the Sahara desert alone is capable of providing an amount of environmentally friendly electricity that is seven thousand times greater than the needs of all of Europe and easily compensates for the energy consumption of all of mankind.
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In addition, some calculations show that the Sahara desert alone can turn into a green and blooming valley after all. But now I have to point out the fly in the ointment here.

There are not so many places on our planet where transmitting electricity over long distances by wire to Europe, or Europe or Europe simply refuses to economically calculate these threats. Yes, with an energy park the size of the Sahara, not everything is as simple as it seems, but I'm sure that stations like Ben Ban Solar Park will still be developed even if only in hot countries.

The next candidate for inexhaustible energy is wind. The generation of wind energy doesn't require large areas to be used in places other than deserts and doesn't require transportation costs. This is the Jikwan power base in Gansu province, China.

The largest onshore wind farm in the world. Its capacity is eight gigawatts, but according to the plans of the Chinese government, in the near future, it will grow to 20 gigawatts, which will be generated by 7 000 towers with giant blades. This is more than four times the total capacity of the Fukushima nuclear power plant's six blocks.

It's nice to know that such power is no longer limited to traditional power generation using coal, gas, and uranium. But this is not the limit every year. The power of the projected installations and stations will only increase and I hope that the planet's atmosphere will also become cleaner every year. Of course, you already guessed that wind energy is also not such a simple solution.

Wind power still can't provide an answer to all of our problems because it doesn't blow everywhere. The opportunity to build gigantic installations everywhere doesn't exist, and so the same question of the unpredictability of power generation remains in the calm. The blades of the giant installations will be motionless.

We'll have to not only turn off and defrost refrigerators in our apartments but also shut down metallurgical plants that require a continuous cycle of metal smelting. Wind power still can't provide Now let's try to approach renewable energy sources.

This is a tidal power plant located off the coast of the Yellow Sea in Shiwa Artificial Bay, South Korea. It uses the ebb and flow of the ocean to harness the energy of hundreds of trillions of tons of water which moves under the influence of the moon's gravity. But the station's capacity is relatively low, only about 250 megawatts.

Even so, the tidal power plant is already capable of fully meeting the needs of a city with a population of half a million people. There are only about a dozen tidal power plants on the planet today, including experimental ones, but many countries are already preparing projects for such tidal power plants only one of these projects, the panjinskaya tidal power plant in the sea of Ohio, Russia, is already home to a dozen thousand people. Hydropower plants can also cause skepticism.

They're very expensive to build and can only generate energy twice a day for several hours, but they have trump cards that more than makeup for all the shortcomings. They generate extremely cheap electricity while preserving the natural balance in ecological systems. The first energy source was firewood.

After Europe's forests were cut down, mankind found another resource, coal. Eventually, oil replaced coal, and then came nuclear power plants. For example, we began to learn how to extract cheap energy from sustainable sources, and if we master this step, then really fantastic opportunities will open up before us.

For example, we'll be able to extract the necessary raw materials directly from seawater in which the entire periodic table is dissolved, or perhaps we'll simply produce the elements directly with a set of only three particles: protons, neutrons, and electrons.

Finally, I'll share something to make you think. According to the Kardashev scale, the progress of a society depends on two things. The more energy a civilization has, the more technologies it can create, and the more useful technologies are created, the more new energy can be produced.

If we can learn to extract energy from our entire planet, for example, our planet will resemble a single massive computer, and this is just the beginning. In order to get there, we must wait for scientific advancement to be able to bend the laws of physics and other craziness.

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