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By Peter Droege

The maximum problem of our time is to construct a global in line with the sustainable use of renewable energy. Our vast dependence on fossil fuels has disillusioned the very climatic approach that made human evolution attainable. the worldwide economic climate and its economic system are in jeopardy, working scorching on openly affordable but more and more expensive and speedy depleting oil. A a hundred% renewable global is obvious by means of many as an very unlikely dream in something however the very long-term. yet not just do an increasing number of projects and plans dare to make the switch yet many have already accomplished it.

This wealthy assortment offers a chain of pioneering efforts and their champions, and the trails to their successes. starting from projects by way of contributors to visions for corporations, groups and full nations, it defeats drained monetary and technical counter-arguments, exhibiting how the schemes featured not just can and do paintings yet achieve this economically and with on hand know-how. The publication is brought through incisive writing through Peter Droege, explaining the demanding situations and framing a roadmap in the direction of a a hundred% renewable fact.

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By resisting the inexorable end of the fossil power era, the dream of extending its life through pollution trade has also evoked a nightmare. Yet here lies an opportunity for the 100 per cent entrepreneur. A growing number of companies and their CSR unit heads, board members and investors grow weary of the lack of progress while lip service continues to be paid in rich quantities. They grow anxious about the lack of progress in combating the processes of global ecocide, and in capturing opportunities arising from the historical innovations prompted by a global technological shift.

Nested supply: A new geography of power and a new social contract emerge No single level of support will work on its own. At a country or continental level, comprehensive grids are being discussed and advanced to facilitate 3474 EARTHSCAN 100% Renewable:Layout 1 22 21/9/09 12:25 Page 22 100% RENEWABLE Energy Autonomy in Action renewable energy interconnection. These massive connections can involve high-voltage DC links supporting long-distance transmissions at a low loss rate. Continental solar fields, biofuel resources, offshore wind parks and the like are envisioned to be linked with pumped-storage and other reserve systems to replace declining fossil and nuclear power resources.

A legacy of globalized and tightly interconnected resource flows resulted but also led to great social imbalances evident in vast pockets of poverty around the world. A mechanized, homogenized and corporatized global food production, distribution and profit system has emerged with it, epitomizing the current crisis of resilience. 3 Windmill in Crete, Greece: The return of appropriate technology – the new technology is advanced but the principles are timeless. Good systems are still those appropriate to location, season and societal setting Source: Martin Carter 3474 EARTHSCAN 100% Renewable:Layout 1 6 21/9/09 12:24 Page 6 100% RENEWABLE Energy Autonomy in Action shocks (Homer-Dixon, 2009).

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