Materials & Technology

Report shows an increased interest in renewables

Thu, 07/21/2011 - 08:39

Greenpeace International released a new report that examines the emerging trends in the global power plant market and the promising future for many of the types of renewable energy that are being used around the world, Energy Matters reported.

Though there was significant progress within the renewable energy sector, fossil fuels still dominated the market. China led the expansion of the coal-fired energy generation industry, installing nearly 80 percent of the world's plants in the past ten years, according to the news source.

While China has expanded its use of the fossil fuels as a source of power, the country is making an effort to switch to renewable energy. The nation is shutting down the dirtiest of its coal-fired plants and is investing heavily in renewables, reported Energy Matters.

Between 2000 and 2010, 26 percent of all new power plants worldwide were renewables, and 42 percent were gas power plants. These numbers show a concerted effort by countries to invest in alternative forms of energy, the news source reported.

Countries all over the world are beginning to see the advantages to new types of power. Individuals in these nations may participate in the change, as investing in technology like radiant floor heating may help to save on energy costs and reduce the amount of personal emissions.