View Full Version : After oil & gas there's renewable sources

02-19-2018, 09:04 AM
Worth considering how the world will adapt as renewable sources compete with oil & gas. Imagine a world where OPEC is redundant for example.

The 20th century was dominated by coal, oil and natural gas, but a shift to zero-emission energy generation and transport means a new set of elements will become key. Solar energy, for instance, still primarily uses silicon technology, for which the major raw material is the rock quartzite....In considering this future it is necessary to understand who wins and loses by a switch from carbon to silicon, copper, lithium, and rare earth metals.

The list of countries that would become the new “renewables superpowers” contains some familiar names, but also a few wild cards. The largest reserves of quartzite (for silicon production) are found in China, the US, and Russia – but also Brazil and Norway. The US and China are also major sources of copper, although their reserves are decreasing, which has pushed Chile, Peru, Congo and Indonesia to the fore.
Link:https://theconversation.com/meet-the-new-renewable-superpowers-nations-that-boss-the-materials-used-for-wind-and-solar-91680? (https://theconversation.com/meet-the-new-renewable-superpowers-nations-that-boss-the-materials-used-for-wind-and-solar-91680?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20 for%20February%2019%202018%20-%2094928140&utm_content=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20f or%20February%2019%202018%20-%2094928140+CID_33eaf0b553ef6762b37454a597b9a151&utm_source=campaign_monitor_uk&utm_term=Andrew%20Barron%20looks%20at)

On a quick read is China aware of this?