By Great.com (with supervision from Jane Kruse & Daniele Pagani)
Emil Ekvardt from Great.com interviewed the Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy as part of their ‘Great.com Talks With…’ podcast. This series is an antidote to negative news stories that aims to shed light on organizations and experts whose work is making a positive impact on the world.
In a recent interview, serial entrepreneur Elon Musk said we would soon look back on gasoline powered cars in the same way we look back on coal: a quaint anachronism in a museum. Whether we like it or not, there will be no more oil and gas in a few decades’ time. Daniele Pagani from Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy discussed the importance of investing in renewables.
One Renewable Source Gives Denmark Half Its Energy
The Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy aims for a world that runs on 100 percent renewable energy, offering training programs about renewables to people from all over the world.
Daniele explained that one of the biggest misconceptions people have is that renewables are a cool idea for the future but not a practical one right now. In reality, they are a solution that’s already working in many countries. Denmark, for example, gets over half of its electricity from renewables power (51% covered by wind and solar in 2020).
Another aspect of education is showing people that renewables can benefit them directly in a way fossil fuels don’t. Renewable energy installations can be built cooperatively where locals can own shares and influence development. Excess wind energy can also be stored and exported and it can be a very valuable way of diversifying a country’s energy network when used in conjunction with solar, hydrogen, biomass, and fossil fuels.
Listen to the whole interview to find out how the Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy is helping to implement renewable energy sources in Africa. You can also become a member to support the organization and add your voice.
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