Electricity has its limitations about being able to energize (no pun intended) the societies around the world to support worldwide transportation which is the basis of international commerce.
Let’s take a closer look at a few deficiencies of intermittent renewable electricity from wind turbines and solar panels as its obvious that any “super grid” of electricity will be unable to support the two prime movers that have done more for the cause of globalization than any other: the diesel engine and the jet turbine, both of which get their fuels from oil.
AIRLINES are accommodating 4 billion passengers per year:
More than 40,000 airports of which more than 1,200 are commercial airports.
There are about 39,000 planes in the world – including all commercial and military planes.
Airlines that are consuming more than 225 million gallons of aviation fuels PER DAY to move almost 10 million passengers and other things PER DAY, and that is increasing every year.
Boeing, one of the world’s biggest aircraft manufacturers, says that 39,620 new planes will be needed over the next 20 years. This estimate puts the number of aircraft in the world at 63,220 by 2037.
Passenger projections in 2036 are in excess of 7 billion.
CRUISE LINERS are accommodating 25 million passengers per year:
More than 300 cruise liners are consuming around 80,000 gallons of fuel PER DAY, per liner.
As a side note, billions of vehicle trips to and from airports, hotels, ports, and amusement parks are increasing each year.
MERCHANT SHIPS with 60,000 ships in commercial maritime transport moving products around the world:
The merchant ships fuel consumption is more than 200 tons of fuel PER DAY, per ship to move merchandise around the world.
TRUCKING with more than 15 million are moving products in America alone:
Fuel consumption is astoundingly more than 140 million gallons of fuel PER DAY.
VEHICLES to move people around the world:
Today, there are 1.2 billion vehicles on the world’s roads with projections of 2 billion by 2035. By some estimates, the total number of vehicles worldwide could double to 2.5 billion by 2050.
Registration of electric vehicles is projected to only be in the single digits, around 5 to 7 percent. If projections come to reality by 2035, 5 to 7 percent of the 2 billion vehicles would equate to 125 million EV’s on the world’s roads. The bad news is that would also represent more than 125 BILLION pounds of lithium-ion batteries that will need to be disposed of in the decades ahead.
MILITARY needs around the world are increasing in every country, each year:
Military needs to move ships, planes, tanks and armor, trucks, troop carriers, weaponry, supplies and anything else needed to assault and occupy nations is increasing each year.
SPACE travel and exploration:
The world’s participation in the space program, is increasing each year. The Saturn V rocket was 363 feet tall and weighed 6.2 million pounds, the weight of about 400 elephants.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the world energy growth projected through 2040 reflects the populations of India and China joining an energy society that continues to decrease its coal usage and increase its use of electricity from nuclear and from renewables of wind and solar. This new energy society of developing countries has yet to find an energy replacement for petroleum and natural gas.
The evidence appears to illustrate that electricity cannot replace the products from the deep earth minerals/fuels that are the basis of today’s civilization and lifestyles.
Granted we need to continue to pursue greater efficiencies and conservation in our daily lives. While we in the developed countries with thriving economies continue to seek out an “alternative energy” that can maintain our lifestyles, the billions of people in undeveloped countries are starting to enhance their lifestyles with the most abundant and cost-effective energy source available to them today; coal. China, India, and Africa are using, planning and building thousands of the dirtiest, coal-fired power plants in the world to provide electricity to billions in their developing countries.