Solar benefits for the fossil fuels industries
Some people consider that there would be a conflict between renewable and fossil energy. In fact, there are mutual interests for their co-operation.
Fossil fuels (coal, gas and oil) are the biochemical remnants of plants and animals which used solar energy to grow. So fossil fuels energy is actually fossil solar radiation.
All energy sources have changed during history, but none disappeared. Burning wood, which was the first source of heat and later replaced by fossil fuels, still exists.
Coal was replaced in buildings by oil and gas, but continues to be used in power plants. All sources of energy will continue to be used, but the field of application may change.
Fuels will be used a long time from now as a fuel because of their high energy density and availability at any time and anywhere, unlike renewable energy.
However, fossil fuels are much more valuable in the chemical industry than for burning. Many processes from steel making to producing plastics are impossible without fossil fuels.
Since the organic molecules of fossil fuels would be too expensive to reproduce from other sources, it is a pity to burn them while their value for the chemical industry is higher.
Solar energy and wind energy can produce power and heat, but cannot be used in the chemical industry. Therefore the largest use for fossil fuels should be in the chemical energy.
As a result, solar and wind energy should be used to produce electric power and heat when and where possible, while fossil fuels would complement these kinds of energy where necessary.
The price for which fossil fuels can be sold to the chemical industry is larger than that paid for burning them, so saving them for the chemical industry is financially very beneficial.
Additionally, since using fossil fuels in the chamical industry prevents burning them, we also solve most of the greenhouse gas problem.
Basically, renewable energies will help postpone the depletion of fossil fuels and will extend their use in the future and for higher financial benefits.
This interdependence and complementarity of the two energy sources require co-operation and advanced planning, for mutual benefits.