Renewable Energy : Features

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  • Making solar townships viable in Malaysia

    5 August 2005

    Solar cells are notoriously costly. But this will soon change with the launch of a project aimed at making them affordable for Malaysians, reports Tan Cheng Li.

  • ANALYSIS Biofuels can power cars of the future

    5 July 2005

    At the fuel pumps in São Paulo, customers have a choice: gas or alcohol? Since the mid-1970s, Brazil has worked to replace imported gasoline with ethanol, an alcohol distilled from locally grown sugarcane. Today ethanol accounts for 40 per cent of the fuel sold in Brazil. Danielle Murray reports on the potential of this new form of green energy.

  • Short path to oil independence

    18 October 2004

    With the price of oil above $50 a barrel, with political instability in the Middle East on the rise, and with little slack in the world oil economy, oil guzzling economies such as the United States are in urgent need of a new energy strategy. Fortunately, says Lester Brown, the outline of a new strategy is emerging with two new technologies.

  • Creating the climate for change

    1 June 2004

    As the world meets in Bonn this week to discuss the future of renewable energy, Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), calls on the world to look beyond the oil crisis to two more fundamental threats.

  • Electric olives

    26 May 2004

    In the hills of Andalucia, olive farmers are doing their bit in the fight against climate change - turning waste from olive oil into green electricity. Claire Doole reports on this enterprising endeavour.

  • Europe leads way to wind energy age

    20 April 2004

    Europe is leading the world into the age of wind energy. In its late 2003 projections, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) shows Europe's wind-generating capacity expanding from 28,400 megawatts in 2003 to 75,000 megawatts in 2010 and 180,000 megawatts in 2020. By 2020, just 16 years from now, wind-generated electricity is projected to satisfy the residential needs of 195 million Europeans, half of the region's population.

  • Coal: US promotes while Canada and Europe move beyond

    5 December 2003

    On Monday, November 24 (2003), the US Congress abandoned all hope for this year of passing an energy bill laden with subsidies for fossil fuels, including coal. While the White House strongly supports heavy subsidies to expand coal burning, other industrial countries are turning away from this climate-disruptive fuel, including Canada. Lester Brown reports.

  • Restructuring the energy economy

    20 February 2003

    The year 2002 was the second warmest on record. The three warmest years on record since record-keeping began in 1867 have come in the last five years. Here, Lester Brown reviews the prospects for a stablising the world's climate by creating a world economy based on renewable energy.

  • Barefoot, female and a solar engineer

    14 January 2003

    Gulab Devi, 45, comes across as the quintessential rural woman from Rajasthan, in north east India. Completely illiterate, and mother of four, she is now a successful pioneer in the Barefoot Solar Engineering Project which is bringing solar power and women's liberation to hundreds of villages across India. Shruti Gupta reports.

  • Renewable options 2: Fuel Cells

    6 November 2002

    "No car company will be able to thrive in the future with 100 per cent dependency on internal combustion engines." The speaker was the chairman of the world's largest car maker, General Motors, a company generally regarded as fairly conservative and not given to rash assertions. Thus, the comments by GM CEO John F. Smith a few years ago at the Detroit Auto Show, predicting that environmental pressures will force a fundamental shift in the automotive industry by moving away from gasoline-fuelled cars to fuel cells, were seen as a sort of official seal of approval.