Thermal energy could supply a quarter of global electricity in 2050

The report, prepared by experts from Greenpeace along with the European Association for Solar Energy Thermoelectric (ESTELA) and the Solar PACES program of the International Energy Agency, highlights how solar thermal concentration (ESTC) could achieve 7% of global electricity demand by 2030 and more than a quarter in 2050. "Thermal energy is the great protagonist of the new energy revolution. First came wind, and now photovoltaic solar thermal power plants are already here to produce large-scale, renewable electricity every hour, clean, indigenous and secure" said Jose Luis Garcia Ortega, leader of the campaign for Climate Change and Energy from Greenpeace. "The Spanish Government should promote, not slow, its development to realize its full potential." This technology is key in combating climate change, with the potential to save 4,700 million tonnes of CO2 per year by 2050, ie 20% of all emissions to be reduced in the energy sector to save the climate. Spain is ahead of the rapid expansion in recent years in this industry, with 14,231 MW of projects, of which 132 MW and produce electricity. Since the first commercial stations were installed over twenty years in California, experience and research in these years has more power efficient, so that today are a direct alternative to power stations or nuclear.

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