By Hermann Scheer

For many years, Hermann Scheer used to be one of many world’s prime proponents of renewable power. during this, his final publication earlier than his demise in 2010, he lays out his imaginative and prescient for a planet a hundred% powered via renewables and examines the basic moral and monetary imperatives for any such shift. And most significantly, he demonstrates why the time for this transition is now. In Scheer’s view, speak of "bridging applied sciences" akin to carbon trap and garage or nuclear power – even (and probably particularly) by means of environmentalists – is actively harmful the extra the urgent schedule of the circulate to a hundred% renewable power. as a substitute, he deals up examples of the applied sciences that are operating (economically) this present day and information the coverage and marketplace stipulations which might let them flourish. In 1993, Scheer’s A sunlight Manifesto laid the rules for the line which has ended in annual newly put in renewable means this present day rivalling that of traditional strength assets. The power critical offers a realistic, inspirational map for the subsequent degree of the adventure.

Show description

Read Online or Download The Energy Imperative: 100 Percent Renewable Now PDF

Similar alternative & renewable books

Switching to Renewable Power: A Framework for the 21st Century

Renewable strength has loved quite solid - and infrequently remarkable - development in recent times, specifically photovoltaics and wind; however it should be tough to maintain such premiums of diffusion on a world foundation. A extra entire transition to renewable strength is needed on a tough timescale set via weather swap and fossil gas depletion.

Energy storage for smart grids : planning and operation for renewable and variable energy resources (VERs)

Power garage is a prime element of any holistic attention of shrewdpermanent grids, really whilst incorporating energy derived from variable, allotted and renewable strength assets. power garage for clever Grids delves into special insurance of the total spectrum of accessible and rising garage applied sciences, provided within the context of monetary and functional issues.

Solar Energy in Buildings: Thermal Balance for Efficient Heating and Cooling

Solar power in constructions offers sunlight radiation basics and their functions in structures, supported through theoretical research and result of unique simulation reviews in solar power availability, assortment, and conversion for either lively and passive use. In-depth insurance of power stability and warmth move in development envelopes is supported by way of the inclusion of calculations and case reviews, whereas contextualizing inside of an built-in layout technique.

Intellectual Property and Climate Change: Inventing Clean Technologies

'A traditionally grounded learn on a state of the art subject, highbrow estate and weather swap has all of it. not just is it well-written, concise, and highly informative, it's also a well timed intervention addressing actually worldwide demanding situations. comfortably, a must-read. '- Eva Hemmungs Wirtén, Uppsala college, Sweden 'Rimmer presents a miles wanted, good written, authoritative e-book at the highbrow estate features of weather swap, average mess ups, fresh automobiles, and renewable strength.

Extra resources for The Energy Imperative: 100 Percent Renewable Now

Sample text

It determined decisions which took on physical forms, becoming a matter of course for the majority of the population. People usually try to understand the world in terms of what they see and according to their patterns of behaviour. A paradigm becomes a world view, and this world view determines our thoughts and deeds — even unconsciously - if alternatives are presented. These paradigms are even more persistent where strong interests with the ability to influence opinion are determined to uphold them.

G. research centres and international energy organizations such as the IEA) for fossil and nuclear energy which assume fossil energy reserves of a magnitude for which there is no empirical evidence. They are more realistic than scenarios which integrate nuclear plants such as 32 NO ALTERNATIVE TO RENEWABLE ENERGY fast breeder reactors into their future projections, although to date no reactor of this type is in operation. Or where, as noted above, the IEA recommends the building of new nuclear power plants, without indicating where the necessary quantities of uranium can be sourced or how to guarantee the long­ term, secure storage of the enormous quantities of atomic waste they generate.

It is therefore particularly striking that most of the more recent scenarios which focus at national level still assume an extensive, global supply network (with the exception of the German Federal Environment Agency’s network of regions and local autonomy, and one of the three options presented by the SRU). In contrast to these large-scale network scenarios, the 100 per cent plans and initiatives aimed at municipal and regional level are already being actively implemented. Therefore we have yet to discover how a comprehensive transition to renewable energy, one that meets all our energy needs, will actually be realized.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.15 of 5 – based on 28 votes