Ever since the industrial revolution economic growth has been inseparably linked to the exploitation of fossil energy sources. Yet, since the oil embargo in the seventies and the oil price shock in 2008 it has become increasingly clear that new sources of energy will be substantial in order to allow further growth of wealth without destroying our environment. Governments around the globe have made it one of their prime issues to seriously search for alternatives.

A study by the International Energy Agency titled “World Energy Outlook, 2008” confirms the world’s energy system is at crossroads. A transformation towards a low-carbon, efficient and environmentally benign system is on its way now, and because our environment is at tipping points this transformation has to go ahead rapidly; to accelerate this is one of the intentions of DIREC (Delhi International Renewable EnergyRenewable energy is power generated from infinite sources, such as wind or solar power. Conventional energy is generated from finite sources, such as natural gas or fossil oil. Conference 2010).small_sun.gif

While energy from windWind occurs due to different temperature levels in the atmosphere (troposphere) which are heated up by the sun. A typical example are the trade winds at the equator where the sun is most powerful., hydro and biomassEnergy resources derived from organic matter. These include wood, agricultural waste and other living-cell material that can be burned to produce heat energy. They also include algae, sewage and other organic substances that may be used to make energy through chemical processes.Biomass, a ... can already be regarded as cost-efficient, it is essential that all renewable sources of energy become cost-competitive. Increasing scope, scale, research and development will bring down the cost of carbon neutral sources of energy, and the vision is that eventually we will become independent of fossil fuels. Estimations show that as early as 2050 more than half of global electric powerElectricity generation includes all technologies that turn some form of energy into useful electric energy. Electricity is a form of energy that has magnetic, radiant and chemical effects. Electric current is created by a flow of electrons. demand could be met through renewable sources.

But the increasing use of wind, sun, biomass and water as sources of energy can bring about more benefits. Millions of people even today don’t have access to affordable electricity, and locally produced electricityElectricity generation includes all technologies that turn some form of energy into useful electric energy. Electricity is a form of energy that has magnetic, radiant and chemical effects. Electric current is created by a flow of electrons. from renewable sources eliminates the need for expensive distribution systems into distant rural areas. This could seriously improve the livelihoodsSustainable livelihood includes job opportunities that are of a non-invasive type, and exclude extensive felling, heavy fishery, mono-cultures and other activities than permanently harm the environment; it also includes an lifestyle that takes care of any gives assets, such as fresh water or ... of many across the world, suddenly giving them a whole scale of new opportunities and lifting them out of poverty. It could also help women and girls in many developing countries by freeing them from daily tasks such as collecting water and wood in sparse environments; they could receive the education that is the basis for an improved standard of living.photovoltaic.gif

It has become clear that our dependency on fossil fuelsEnergy from fossil sources, such as natural gas and oil. This type of energy contributes to climate change and because of its finite nature it is not a permanent resource. brings about many issues that have been dividing the world into the rich and poor.

In recent years renewable energy technology has proved itself to be a “guaranteed-growth” sector, and even “crisis proof”.  In 2008, the sector has resisted the credit crunch far better that many other industries have. In fact, the RenewablesRenewable energy is power generated from infinite sources, such as wind or solar power. Conventional energy is generated from finite sources, such as natural gas or fossil oil. Global Status Report (2009 update) by REN21 shows that the renewable energy sector can offer a path for economic recovery and creates quality jobs without increasing carbon emissions.

India is one of the world’s leading producers of solar energy systems and National and State Governments introduced more policies to support P.V.Photovoltaics (PV) is the field of technology and research related to the application of solar cells for energy by converting sunlight directly into electricity. Solar power is sometimes used as a synonym to refer to electricity generated from solar radiation. manufactures in special economic zones, including capital investment subsidies of 20%. The Integrated Energy Policy outlines the importance of solar powerPhotovoltaics (PV) is the field of technology and research related to the application of solar cells for energy by converting sunlight directly into electricity. Solar power is sometimes used as a synonym to refer to electricity generated from solar radiation. within a mix of renewable energy sources, and India has been ranked by Ernst and Young Country as one of the world’s top three most attractive countries for investment into the sector. India comes third in their listing after the USA and Germany.sun.gif

Up to DIREC on the 27th to 29th of October this blog will keep you informed about everything relevant to the event, and later give you details about the outcome.

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