Coronavirus – a different view of the problem or the transition from hydrocarbons to other energy sources

Coronavirus – a different view of the problem or the transition from hydrocarbons to other energy sources

The modern economy is heavily dependent on fossil fuels – coal, natural gas, oil and other combustible minerals. And this is despite the fact that the carbon dioxide produced by burning this fuel is a known, proven greenhouse gas, which is a major contributor to the global climate crisis.

The current pandemic of the deadly coronavirus first started in the largest polluter in the world – China. The paradox is that the slowdown in enterprises in China turned into a slowdown in carbon emissions. According to S&P Global Platts experts, «Even a 1% reduction in China’s energy consumption could lead to a 96 million tonne reduction in annual CO2 emissions, equivalent to France’s annual regulated emissions».

It’s time for humanity to think about switching to renewable energy and hydrogen. Such a transition has already begun in a number of countries and should be accelerated, while oil and gas production must be slowed down. At the same time, it is necessary to develop technologies that reduce and preferably capture emissions from the use of fossil fuels. The use of such technologies is an optimal transition from carbon to carbon-free energy.

One of the latest developments in alternative energy is biofuels derived from organic waste of animal or vegetable origin. The main advantages of this type of energy are its environmental friendliness and renewability. It is also important to remember that these wastes will decay naturally in the environment, causing uncontrolled emissions of CO2 or even methane – an even more damaging greenhouse gas. It’s only sensible that we manage this process.

However, alternative sources of energy do not include all types of biofuels. For example, ordinary firewood is also biofuel, but still it is not strictly an «alternative» source of energy. It has not undergone engineering to produce a uniform, predictable and clean fuel. Alternative biofuels are divided into solid (peat, wood processing and agricultural waste), liquid (biodiesel and biomass, as well as methanol, ethanol, butanol) and gaseous (hydrogen, methane, biogas). Not so long ago, installations for processing substandard wood for the production of charcoal, pellets and other useful things began to be used in the world.

The products of the Ukrainian company Greenpower are designed for low-temperature pyrolysis of carbon-containing materials of plant origin in order to obtain high-quality charcoal, a source of clean-burning carbon and energy!