Wind Energy is a Key Contributor in the Northern Hemisphere
A major shift is taking place in renewable energy, and it’s something that few people would have predicted just a few years ago.
Take Portugal, for example. Three years ago, that Iberian nation was generating 7.5% of its electricity from wind energy. Two years later, in 2015, Portugal had increased its wind-generated power to 22% of the national total. THREE-FOLD IN TWO YEARS! In total, the country took almost half of its energy requirements from clean-energy sources.
And this trend continues: Just two weeks ago, from May 7 – May 11, that amazing country went 100% fossil-free for that four-day period, with ALL of its energy coming from renewable sources.
This is probably the first time ever, anywhere in the world, where an entire nation has gone fossil-free for a measurable period of time. Extraordinary!
But I’ll remind you of what Bob Dylan wrote a long time ago: “You don’t have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing.”
Of course, all this is happening because rising temperatures around the world are pushing more and more countries towards clean sources of energy.
Germany is another example. Earlier this month, on May 8, renewable energies — wind, solar, hydro and biomass — were supplying 87% of the nation’s total energy consumption. In fact, for a few hours, power prices went negative, meaning commercial customers were being paid to consume energy.
In Denmark, wind power alone is now meeting 42% of the electricity demand — and that was 2015, with the number still trending upwards, getting closer to 50%
In another historic event, the amount of electricity generated from coal in the UK fell to zero several times in May 2016. And the last time this happened? 1882!
Sauer and the coming ‘small wind’ revolution
Of course, all this wind-generated power has been coming from those huge windmill towers, up to 600 feet high, that are becoming increasingly more efficient. But now get ready for the next generation of wind energy — smaller units for home, rural and small industrial use, often to be paired with lithium batteries.
In our case, soon after receiving official certification, Sauer will begin commercial sales of what could be the world’s most efficient ‘small wind’ turbine, the WindCutter.
This market for personal energy independence is huge, and hasn’t even been scratched. For example, watch for an upcoming Sauer story on wind-generated power for small islands — an overlooked, below-the-radar market that’s surprisingly large and perfect for wind power.
You ain’t seen nothing yet!
President & CEO