Renewable energy will emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic positioned to expand its dominance of global power generation, with wind and solar plant capacity more than doubling to 2.7TW by 2025 en route to producing the vast majority of the world’s electricity by mid-century via an almost 16TW installed base, according to the latest calculations DNV GL Energy.

The international consultancy’s annual Energy Transition Outlook (ETO) predicts renewables will be meeting more than 83% of electricity demand foreseen exploding to almost 60 Petawatt hours (PWh) a year by 2050 from current the level of 24PWh, as “higher standards of living” and unprecedented electrification of the world’s energy system continue to have a combined impact.