By Peter Droege
The maximum problem of our time is to construct an international in response to the sustainable use of renewable strength. Our monstrous dependence on fossil fuels has disillusioned the very climatic process that made human evolution attainable. the worldwide economic climate and its economic system are in jeopardy, operating scorching on brazenly affordable but more and more high priced and quick depleting oil. A a hundred% renewable international is noticeable by way of many as an most unlikely dream in whatever however the very long-term. yet not just do more and more projects and plans dare to make the swap yet many have already completed it.
This wealthy assortment offers a sequence of pioneering efforts and their champions, and the trails to their successes. starting from projects via contributors to visions for corporations, groups and whole international locations, it defeats drained financial and technical counter-arguments, displaying how the schemes featured not just can and do paintings yet achieve this economically and with on hand expertise. The booklet is brought via incisive writing by way of Peter Droege, explaining the demanding situations and framing a roadmap in the direction of a a hundred% renewable truth.
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This is still true today; sunlight continues to be the most central and elementary source of life on earth. Even when looking only at the applied energy conversion potential: this outstrips today’s conventional commercial energy supply by a factor of 10,000. Fossil fuel, while triggering the great explosion of mechanization known as the Industrial Revolution, may not have been the most essential ingredient in advancing human civilization, compared to the philosophical and scientific breakthroughs leading to it.
Reduced demand and greater efficiency aims are important but not sufficient Today, action comes on various fronts. Relevant studies confirm that a demand reduction and efficiency gain of at least 50 per cent – and in especially wasteful examples, often 80 or even 90 per cent – across all sectors is technically achievable and an essential base on which to found a renewable future. A recent European Renewable Energy Council study sees the potential for a full 75 per cent of global carbon emissions reductions to come from efficiency measures, against those projected under the business-as-usual scenario (EREC, 2007).
In doing so, he joined the long tradition of municipal-scale solar energy initiatives in the country’s southwest. As a physicist more comfortable with utility-scale technology than with local community solutions, he also abandoned his long-held hope for integrated energy systems in cities, realizing that urban communities require adequate municipal power institutions, complex arrangements and partnerships to change from within. From his new company Ausra, Mills quickly began to conceive and implement solar thermal plants based on his linear Fresnel-lens based steam power plants, building a 25MW demonstration facility in Bakersfield, and planning a field seven times that size nearby.
100 Per Cent Renewable: Energy Autonomy in Action by Peter Droege