Vol 8 No 2 - Sustainable Energy

Issued: 1999 (36 pages)

This issue of People & the Planet explored the momentous move over the next half century from fossil fuel to renewable energy, forecast even by leaders of the oil industry. Contributors built up a picture of a world in which city roofscapes incorporate ‘thin film’ solar cells, buildings meet their own energy needs and feed surpluses into the grid, cars and auto-cycles become home energy appliances, topped up at night with hydrogen, and vegetable wastes are transformed into heat and power, while wind farms quietly feed non-polluting electricity into local and national power systems. Some, but certainly not all, of this vision is coming about. And the speed of change makes forecasting unpredictable. This issue remains interesting especially for the discussion Christopher Flavin, Lou Werner and others develops on the policies which governments adopt to speed the renewable revolution and on the impact such developments will have on the third of humanity which then had no access to the national grid. [According to World Bank 2013 estimates, a fifth of humanity still has no accesss to electricity from any source.]


  • Page 3 - Editorial: Silent revolution
  • Page 4 - Newsfile: News from around the globe
  • Page 6 - Overview: Renewable energy comes of age
  • Page 12 - Renewable options: Wind power
  • Page 14 - Renewable options: Fuel cells
  • Page 16 - Renewable options: Biomass
  • Page 17 - Renewable options: Solar energy
  • Page 18 - Renewable options: Marine power
  • Page 20 - Power to the people
  • Page 22 - Power to the people: Bangladesh
  • Page 24 - Power to the people: Ethiopia
  • Page 26 - Power to the people: Malaysia
  • Page 28 - Interview: Radhakrishna Rao interviews Dr Amulya Reddy
  • Page 30 - Last word: Made to measure
  • Page 31 - Gadfly: 200 years on...
  • Page 32 - Cairo+5 report
  • Page 34 - Book & film reviews


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