Over the week I have become convinced of the ability of renewable energy to help provide our ever increasing energy needs. As I discovered from interviews with the general public and then with industry experts, people’s concerns and fears are often unfounded or can easily be overcome. Renewable energy already makes a large contribution to world primary energy needs; in 2009 it amounted to 13% (Boyle, 2012). Renewable energy production is growing, and this is likely to continue.
A new experience and a huge learning curve for me during the week of Grand Challenges has been writing this blog. I began with a very academic approach so that the first entries I approached like an essay with some reflection added in places. Breaking through a mental barrier prohibiting me from writing in the first person was especially challenging.
A common and frustrating argument against renewable energies that I have been repeatedly encountering, throughout the week of research, is the aesthetics of them.