Renewable Energy : Features

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  • Solar energy takes off in Tamil Nadu

    18 October 2002

    Tamil Nadu is setting the pace in solar energy use in India. Indeed, this south Indian state accounts for two thirds of the total non-conventional energy used in the country, thanks in part to strong state support. Lalitha Sridhar reports.

  • Wind power set to grow as costs fall

    13 June 2001

    Wind power is likely to add more to US generating capacity over the next 20 years than coal. World coal use peaked in 1996 and has declined some 11 per cent since then as countries have turned away from this climate-disrupting fuel. Even China, which rivals the United States as a coal burning country, has reduced its coal use by 24 per cent since 1996.

  • The last oil shock

    11 December 2000

    Recent concerns in the Middle East have raised the price of fuel for cars and lorries in Europe and revived interest in predictions of coming shortages of petrol and diesel.

  • Interview: Professor Amulya Reddy

    7 November 2000

    Professor Amulya Reddy is one of the world's leading authorities on sustainable energy. A professor at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore for over 20 years, he has acted as adviser in India and China and is now President of the International Energy Initiative. Set up in 1991, this aims "to promote the efficient production and use of energy for sustainable development". He talks to Radhakrishna Rao, in an exclusive interview for People & the Planet.

  • Renewable hope for the South

    7 November 2000

    Emerging countries will lead the way in small-scale sustainable electricity, says Walt Patterson.

  • Power for the people 2: Ethiopia

    3 November 2000

    Cooking injera Ethiopia's staple flat bread is one of the most inefficient forms of energy use in the world. Now, after numerous attempts, a new improved stove, that could cut firewood use in half, is a big commercial success. Mike Bess reports.

  • Power to the people 3: Malaysia

    3 November 2000

    One of the urgent challenges facing many Asian cities is that of pollution fuelled by ever-growing traffic. Now, a British high-tech company has designed a clean, electric, solar-powered people carrier that could help solve the problem. Maya Pastakia reports.

  • Renewable options 4: solar power

    2 November 2000

    George Porter, the British Nobel laureate in chemistry, once said, "If sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy long ago." Indeed it was the Cold War space race of the 1960s that spurred the development of photovoltaic (PV) cells, the thin silicon wafers that turn sunlight directly into electricity. Today the same characteristics that make PVs ideal to power space craft - light weight, modular, and no moving parts - are helping solar cells to compete on land.

  • Renewable options 5: Marine Power

    2 November 2000

  • Power for the people: Overview

    2 November 2000

    Some 3,000 million people, many of them in the rural areas of the developing world, can see little prospect of being connected to a mains energy supply. But, as Peter Fraenkel explains, modern technology can help to fill the gap.