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3 Reasons Germans are Going Renewable 'At All Costs'

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Germany is racing past 20 percent renewable energy on its electricity grid, but news stories stridently warn that this new wind and solar power is costing "billions." But often left out (or buried far from the lede) is the overwhelming popularity of the country's relentless focus on energy change (energiewende). 

 

Via Organic Social Media
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I love the tag line "it's about the cost, not the price"...

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Hong Kong's roadside pollution is affecting children's lungs - South China Morning Post

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Hong Kong's roadside pollution is affecting children's lungs
South China Morning Post
The survey measured lung performance, and the pollution levels in the transport children took to travel to school and on the streets they walked along.
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We adults are supposed to protect our children.  It's our main job.  It's our duty. Clean air and clean water are essential to sustain human life.  It's circumstances like this that my colleagues and I want to see change.  We can't solve all the problems and challenges facing children who live in densely populated urban environments, however we do have a solution to reduce air pollution, and will agitate Government's in those economies until they take steps aimed at:

- Eradicating carbon monoxide

- Reduce levels of Nitrogen Oxide NOx and Carbon Dioxide

- Reduce particulate matter <2.5mm (micron)

- Eliminate 90-95% of smoke and particulate matter

By focussing on cleaning up the vehicular transport system (buses, trucks, taxis, trikes), substantial reductions are achievable.  This can be done by passing regulation that stipulates emissions standards (e.g. minimum of Euro IV), and by converting polluting gasoline and diesel engines so that they can operate on gas fuels such as LPG, LNG or CNG.

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EnergyTrend: Asia-Pacific will lead global PV recovery - PV-Tech

EnergyTrend: Asia-Pacific will lead global PV recovery - PV-Tech | CleanAir Transport Solutions Pte Limited | Scoop.it

Trendforce research division EnergyTrend has issued a new report in which the company claims that Asian market demand is exceeding that of other regions including Europe. The report also predicted that 2014 would see a worldwide recovery for solar power demand, although high stable growth would be most concentrated in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

In the Asia-Pacific region however, stable growth in the region for photovoltaic (PV) energy is primarily coming from Australia and India while the report made the assertion that emerging markets in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines have good potential for growth due to their economic development demands coupled with the ample sunlight all four countries enjoy. In addition, the four emerging markets named have implemented feed-in tariff subsidiary policies and all four have set renewable energy targets for 2020 to 2030. These and other emerging Asia-Pacific markets will require one to two years to develop, Huang said, predicting that emerging markets in the region will grow at a compound rate of 33.8% annually before 2017.


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As a market for photovoltaic (PV) energy growth Myanmar also represents tremendous untapped potential.  Myanmar relies heavily on hydropower for most of its electricity generation (nearly 70 percent in 2010). The electricity sector fails to meet the country's needs, with a mere 22 percent of the population having access to electricity in 2011. Consequently, traditional biomass is widely utilized and accounts for about two-thirds of Burma's primary energy consumption. This is despite the country having bountiful offshore natural gas reserves.  They export 75% of all gas production, and new projects invested in and operated by Thai and Chinese companies respectively will result in even more of this precious energy reserve being exported.  They don't have the same level of sophisticated legal framework in place covering IPP's as other countries mentioned in this article, although are making rapid progress in that direction.  One of the biggest issues is a lack of a nationwide power grid.

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China's new Eco-Drive to Clean Energy, Sustainable Environment transport solutions

China's new Eco-Drive to Clean Energy, Sustainable Environment transport solutions | CleanAir Transport Solutions Pte Limited | Scoop.it
Urban growth with special attention to sustainable development and multi modal transportation is the next big opportunity in transportation systems. Electric vehicles with disruptive quick battery ...
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Tesla's vehicle design innovations and battery swap business model are real game changers, and a shining example of what could be, a kind of "utopia".  I've lived and worked in all of the major Asian economies over the past 25 years.  In China, without regulatory intervention that promotes clean fuel / electric vehicles or punishes those using existing fuels, and subvention of the energy companies to build infrastructure like more clean fuel filling stations / electric recharging / battery swapping stations, consumers will be underwhelmed and stick to their old buying habits.  What China can and is doing however, is taking steps to clean up and rationalise its public transport system (the multi modal model referred to). Once these initiatives gain traction, China has the potential to dramatically reduce its carbon footprint, and ease dependency on traditional fossil fuel imports, the security over resources of which is and will be one of the main motivations behind existing Foreign and Economic Policy.

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Environmental Marketplace

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Home (New blog post on http://t.co/EevBZstPys : Clean Energy to Distribute Transport Fuel Made from Waste ...
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Any move along the energy continuum in the direction of complete energy self-sufficiency and away from the point of fossil fuel dependency should be applauded, circulated and supported.

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Clean solutions for dirty fuel

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This is a move in the right direction and Mearsk should be applauded for taking such a pro-active stance, even if the underlying motivation was linked just as much to gaining a strategic marketing advantage, as it was to being a caring coporate citizen.

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Nanotrees harvest the sun's energy to turn water into hydrogen fuel

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(PhysOrg.com) -- University of California, San Diego electrical engineers are building a forest of tiny nanowire trees in order to cleanly capture solar energy without using fossil fuels and harvest it for hydrogen fuel generation.

Via Organic Social Media
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I wish I could add some sophisticated scientific accolade...but I'm just a simple ecopreneur...so I'll just sum up my thoughts in one word..."wow"!

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Nanotrees harvest the sun's energy to turn water into hydrogen fuel #energy #sustainability

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Leading Corporations Join Forces to Tackle Freight Emissions in ...

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Robert Earley, Transport Program Manager of Clean Air Asia said: “Only 9% of vehicles in Asia are trucks, but they are responsible for 54% of CO2 emissions and a similar proportion of particulate emissions.
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This reminds me of the Pareto Pareto principle (also known as the 80–20 rule, the law of the vital few, and the principle of factor sparcity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.  Knowing this should allow Public and Private interests to align in a laser like focus to draft and enact emission control legislation, as there are certainly viable solutions to the problem which a) can be implemented now, b) are cost effective, c) are unobtrusive, and d) repay themselves quickly thereafter generate cost savings for the operator.  Such solutions also reduce CO2 and particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10.0) emissions dramatically.  So you get to save lives, make others healthier and as an operator, make more bottom line profit.  How good is that!?

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Australia and India to collaborate on clean fuel production:: - Invest in Australia

Australia and India to collaborate on clean fuel production:: - Invest in Australia | CleanAir Transport Solutions Pte Limited | Scoop.it
Australia and India to collaborate on clean fuel production:: Invest in Australia In a time when Australia's liquid transport fuel supplies are declining and our transport needs are growing, a research partnership between Australia and India could...
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Good to see such collaborative endeavours.  All too often, it seems that Nationalistic pride gets in the way of strategic thinking.  There will be no winners and losers in 3 to 5 generations time if we don't pull together to solve the major threats facing future generations, i.e. shortages of food, water and energy, just losers.

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