Dealing with grave Environmental Issues
with wisdom and mercy
A continuation has been added to
this article I posted earlier.
The added section is the following
・Renewable energy facilities
in China with dramatic growth
・US renewable energy situation
Below are some excerpts.
US renewable energy situation
Next in the US, in 2017, Google in
the US purchased over 7 billion
kilowatt hours of electricity from
solar and wind power plants. This is
70 times the amount of 100 million
kilowatts of Chinese company
“Envision” mentioned earlier.
And Google covered all of its annual
electricity consumption with
In the United States, companies (1) “Paris Agreement”ー The total generation capacity of Kate Gordon, director of the California “California is one of the first states However, “California’s renewable “No matter how the US government As described above, in the United Japanese circumstances Japan’s solar technology and its Currently, technology to make materials
are extremely aware of global
The Trump administration withdrew
the “Paris Agreement,”(1)
an international framework for global
warming countermeasures, but the
American society as a whole is
active in environmental measures.
Many companies invest there.
In particular, major information
technology (IT) companies such as
Apple and Google are actively using
renewable energy. In that background,
the power cost of renewable energy
is extremely low.
The agreement concluded by
countries all over the world to
tackle climate change at the
International Conference on the
Framework Convention on Climate
Change (COP21) held in Paris,
France in December 2015.
renewable energy in the US has
doubled in the 10 years to 2018.
One of the reasons is that the power
generation cost can be set low.
The cost of onshore wind power,
for example, in a windy state in the
middle south is 2-3 cents per
kilowatt hour. Much cheaper than
the average nuclear 14 cents.
Cheap electricity is suitable for
major IT companies such as Google,
which has many servers.
Governor’s Planning Office, said:
to set standards for power companies
to supply a certain amount of electricity
from renewable energy. By 2045,
the “SB100” law was enacted in which
all electricity used was supplied by
a power source that does not generate
carbon dioxide (CO2). This is the basic
measure that determines all renewable
energy ratio currently exceeds 30%,
but renewable energy generation is
intermittent. Therefore, it requires
a lot of storage capacity,” she says.
As a result, California mandated the
introduction of a certain amount of
storage batteries. And Gordon
expresses the following determination.
policy changes, our efforts will not be
affected by it.”
States, the proactive introduction
of renewable energy by the state
government and private companies
has made the United States
independent in terms of energy.
One of the strengths of the United
States is that “Innovation” led by
the private sector occurs one after
spread increased for a period of
time, but in 2012, the Tohoku big
earthquake and tsunami occurred,
causing a major accident at the
Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Since then, the government and
power companies have focused
on restoring power shortages.
As a result, the purchase price of
sunlight could not be set low.
Since then, many solar power
generation companies and
manufacturers in Japan have not
been able to become independent
as an industry, and many have gone
out of business.
Therefore, as an alternative plan,
Japanese large companies have put
their efforts into researching
technologies for reusing Carbon
Dioxide(CO2) to produce various
products from CO2.
For example, 16 major Japanese
companies such as “Mitsubishi
Chemical” and “J Power” currently
aim to establish technology to collect
carbon dioxide (CO2) from power
plants and use it as raw materials
to produce clothing, building materials,
This is the concept that if CO2 is
used in reverse to change to another
substance or product and reduce
them, it will lead to global CO2 reduction.
such as concrete using CO2 as a raw
material has already been established.
However, at the present stage, the
manufacturing cost is too high and
commercialization has not been
achieved. But in the long run, the
concept is indeed a great concept.
If a highly convenient product can
be manufactured using CO2 as a
raw material and it is established
as a global industry, it can greatly
contribute to the global reduction
of Carbon Dioxide.
In the United States, companies
(1) “Paris Agreement”ー
The total generation capacity of
Kate Gordon, director of the California
“California is one of the first states
However, “California’s renewable
“No matter how the US government
As described above, in the United
Japan’s solar technology and its
Currently, technology to make materials