Oils: from mineral to vegetable The first use of mineral oil goes back thousands of years. But it wasn't until the 19th century that people started using it for commercial purposes. However, it was ultimately the economic growth from around the mid-twentieth century that ensured the rapid increase in oil consumption. Today, we can no longer imagine our lives without mineral oil. In fact, it's the most important source of energy these days. Yet people are becoming increasingly concerned with the fact that oil resources are exhaustible. What's more, oil is responsible for a great deal of pollution, making it one of the causes of climate change that has become such a hot topic worldwide. A typical power transformer contains some 80,000 litres of oil. That means that manufacturers (and users) of transformers are looking for alternative resources. Which is no easy feat, as not all types of oil 10 ONE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY IS THE USE OF VEGETABLE OILS. FOSSIL FUELS ARE A SCARCE RESOURCE, SO PEOPLE ARE INCREASINGLY EXPERIMENTING WITH ALTERNATIVES TO MINERAL OILS. THE APPLICATION OF SUNFLOWER OIL OR SOYBEAN OIL IS BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, AS THESE OILS ARE BIODEGRADABLE.
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