Updated: 11/24/2005; 11:47:01 PM.

SED
Sustainable Energy for Development: People, organizations, and projects active in environmentally benign energy sources for developing countries.


daily link  Monday, August 30, 2004


Global Village Energy Project: GVEP is a partnership of UNDP, World Bank, donor governements and NGOs for sustainable rural energy development.  ITDG the Intermediate Technology Development Group is the new host for the GVEP Technical Secretariat.  The site has a useful database of documents and pointers on renewable energy work around the world.   They participate in several EU programs on RE.  A brief 2003 survey of 9 related programs is online.  10:20:39 PM  permalink  

Solar lanterns to light up 1,000 villages:  A product that is getting more popular in developing countries.  "As many as 660.000 houses in 1,000 villages in the State will get at least one solar-powered lantern as part of a `self-village energy security programme' involving the State Government and the Union Ministry for Non-conventional Energy Sources (MNES). This is part of a scheme to electrify `remote' hamlets using renewable energy..  The 1,000-village electrification project would cost Rs. 100 crores ($20 m). The MNES would provide 90 per cent of the funds and the State the rest. The project is to be facilitated by Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd. (KREDL). The Managing Director of KREDL, B. Shivalingaiah, said the organisation was identifying the 1,000 villages. Villagers would initially have to pay Rs. 40 to Rs. 50 a month under the scheme, he said. "  4:36:59 PM  permalink  

Technology already exists to stabilize global warming: Article published in Science identifies portfolio of options to cut emissions now.  They refer to a stabilization triangle composed of emission reduction wedges:  "Keeping emissions flat for 50 years will require trimming projected carbon output by roughly 7 billion tons per year by 2054, keeping a total of ~175 billion tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere [graphed as a triangle]. We refer to this carbon savings as the "stabilization triangle."

To keep pace with global energy needs at the same time, the world must find energy technologies that emit little to no carbon, plus develop the capacity for carbon storage. Many strategies available today can be scaled up to reduce emissions by at least 1 billion tons of carbon per year by 2054. We call this reduction a "wedge" of the triangle. By embarking on several of these wedge strategies now, the world can take a big bite out of the carbon problem instead of passing the whole job on to future generations. "

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