It is safe to say that technology has touched every industry. Revolutionary changes have been made from changing our books for modern and compact ‘Kindles’ to developing Artificial Intelligence to unimaginable extents.
Different Types of Renewable Sources
Renewable energy can now be produced in various forms and from multiple resources – wind and solar energy have acquired well-earned popularity due to their ongoing presence across Europe and Asia. Renewable resources can also be found in rain, tides, waves, geothermal heat and most recently, biofuels and bio-energy have joined the renewables revolution.
Due to the typical high cost that comes with making technological advances in renewable energy, there has been little headway by the industry in the continent. However, things look to be changing, with several investments in recent years that could see renewable energy take off across Africa. These technological advances will not only affect African countries but also expand throughout regions in Europe and Asia, including the UK. There is a desperate need for sustainable sources of energy to emerge over the next 10 years, particularly in the developing parts of the world which lack natural resources found elsewhere. Africa serves as an excellent example of a continent in a general desperate need for energy to power the economies of many countries that have been hampered by overly expensive oil and gas imports and a lack of modern infrastructure to utilise them to their best potential.
There Is Still Much Room For Technological Advances
Despite several movement attempts, such as the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme and Morocco making a movement to light the way for Africa on renewable energy, there is still much room for development and the technological advances are allowing for the implementation of renewables to occur in all areas – including the most remote villages in the heart of Africa. Celebrity and singer, Akon, has begun the introduction of solar projects in Gambia, which will benefit 4,000 villagers. Further development has been witnessed in Kenya, becoming one of Africa’s most active user of renewable energy sources.
In 2016, the world experienced some of the most significant advances in renewable energy. Shortly after the Paris Climate Agreement went into effect, the focus was driven away from solar energy and spread throughout wind energy – particularly impacting areas of the UK and the US.