A battle for supremacy is raging between nation-states. They’re upping the ante at home and abroad. Thankfully, though, there’s very little historical precedent this time to start getting worried.
The new global power game we’re talking about is that of the wind power industry. As a generation hooked on home appliances and gadgets, making the globe’s grids less carbon intensive has never been more important – leading to ever-growing stature for green technologies, and most prominently, those which harness the wind.
And hey, it’s not just us framing this as an international competition in greening power networks – Reuters, no less, has been bigging up the fight, suggesting it’s a three-pronged (pardon the slightly oblique turbine reference) Europe v USA v China affair.
Regular followers of this blog will now we’ve been tracking Chinese efforts in reigning in their carbon footprint while expanding their economy exponentially for a while: try here and here for starters. So, let’s be honest, it’s no surprise the great innovators of the noughties and onwards are big players in this territory.
Europe’s powerhouses to compete with the East and Uncle Sam are cited as the UK- valued as being worth $4.5 billion in power production revenue in 2017 by Pike Research – Germany, and the green tech pioneers of Denmark, who famously generate a quarter of their voltage from wind.
So we’ve even got a fight within a fight on this side of the Atlantic, and what’s this, if not an underestimated competitor coming from the rear? It seems the Spanish are also claiming to be Europe’s big boys in the wind power game.
According to figures from Red Eléctrica de España, wind is now Spain’s single largest source of electricity – ahead of nuclear, hydroelectric, coal and solar power at over 20 percent of capacity. And it would be remiss not to mention Ireland staking a claim for a share of wind’s great potential…
All in all, we reckon this game’s a win-win, without so much of the Risk: more green electricity, less carbon on grids, more public familiarity with the technologies and a continued drive to innovation – the kind of innovation that conceives the likes of the floating wind turbine and, since we’re comparing this to the space race, the wind work that NASA are up to.
Basically, a bit of a scrap should benefit everyone, so long as the competitors keep playing nicely, of course.