Documentation for the anniversary "25 years of EUROSOLAR: From Seizing the Initiative to Being A Pioneer - From Vision to Practice", August 2013, 120 pages, English
2013 marked the 25th year of EUROSOLAR, the European Association for Renewable Energy. The chronology "25 Years of EUROSOLAR: From Seizing the Initiative to Being A Pioneer – From Vision to Practice" was presented on August 24, 2013 to document and celebrate EUROSOLAR’s initial 25 years. The book presents how EUROSOLAR was founded, how first activities were initiated and how first goals were achieved by the engagement of EUROSOLAR on different political levels. All activities are presented in the context of energy politics and they show how passionately EUROSOLAR has been fighting for a power supply with 100% renewable energy - and what successes they have had!
published by EUROSOLAR and the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE), © Published by Ponte Press Verlags-GmbH 2009
The global community has founded IRENA with more than 100 member states. The agency is now getting ready to start its crucial work. As an International Governmental Organisation, IRENA will create a level playing field for the acceleration of the deployment of renewable energy everywhere. The agency will be instrumental in overcoming the persistent bias of international organisations in favour of atomic and fossil energies. These agencies ignore, denounce or underestimate the full potential and manifold benefits ofrenewable energy. The establishment of IRENA has been overdue for decades.
This documentation displays the long road to the formation of IRENA from the first proposal in January 1990 to its founding in January 2009. The proposal for IRENA was advanced in face of doubts that were expressed repeatedly and many obstacles that turned up along the way. EUROSOLAR was the first, and for many years, the only nongovernmental organisation that campaigned for IRENA. In 2001, the newly established World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) joined the battle. We are proud that our campaign has finally succeeded; in these 19 years, it was necessary to repeatedly push the idea forward and encourage an increasing number of supporters worldwide.
The speeches in this documentation underline the central meaning of IRENA for a new energy age and its manifold benefits for the future of its member states and civilisation as a whole. Moreover, they provide inspiration and direction for the future work of IRENA. Hermann Scheer, President of EUROSOLAR, General Chair of the World Council for Renewable Energy, and Member of the German Parliament has been the main driving force behind the establishment of IRENA. He pioneered the concept and design of IRENA and advanced the initiative in all his different roles. In place of the growing number of supporters for IRENA, we dedicate this documentation to him.
Editor: Professor Peter Droege, General Chairman of the WCRE and President of EUROSOLAR, holds the Chair for Sustainable Spatial Development at the University of Liechtenstein
oekom verlag June 2014
eBook ISBN: 9783865815781
"Regions undergo a renaissance in this globalised world, re-emerging as vital domains of collective life, sources of cultural identity, as planning territories and economic spaces – and as autonomous energy systems. Regions play a critical role in working towards to a carbon emissions and nuclear free future. At the regional level resilient renewable energy systems can evolve, supporting community health and security – and producing substantial value added benefits. Indeed, in the struggle for renewable energy independence, the future belongs to renewable energy, sustainable local income generation and, urgently, regional carbon sequestration strategies.
A five-university consortium led by Professor Droege studied the Lake Constance Region, a 15’0000 square kilometre large territory across four central European countries over four years, and demonstrated how it can become a model region, and how its potentials can be fully utilised, building on the many current initiatives. The multidisciplinary and scientifically based publication is now released: it explores the energetic, organisational and economic opportunities of a renewably autonomous region. The authors present directions and tangible possibilities for the regional economy, spatial development, transport, urban design and architecture, in at once practical and model ways."
A 100% renewable world is inevitable. Not only do a growing number of initiatives and plans dare to make the change but many have already achieved it. This rich collection presents a series of pioneering efforts and their champions, and the paths to their successes. Ranging from initiatives by individuals to actions by companies, communities and countries, it defeats tired counter-arguments.
The time has come to abolish the combustion of coal, oil and gas for energy generation worldwide, along with the nuclear power threat. This is the historical challenge of today. It is unlike any other that preceded it in the emergence of human civilization. It is unprecedented because it involves a collective choice to be made across a wide array of technological, social and economic conditions – to go beyond the slow and messy process of blind evolution. A global renewable energy base is the very foundation of sustainable life on this planet. Only with it, massive afforestation efforts and lifestyle changes to higher quality and dramatically lowered material consumption become the essential elements of hope. A worldwide move to sustainable economic practice beyond green lip service may just still carry this promise: to rebuild the inherited system of wasteful abundance for the few into a basis for sustaining human life in a steady-state economy for all.
"100 per cent renewable" means an entirely renewable power base for the global economy, across the lifecycle of energy flows, embodied, operational, transport or stationary. In this world steeped in expensive and toxic hydrocarbon fuels and products it does not seem easy for anyone but isolated indigenous tribes to live up to this ideal. Nevertheless, the aim to rely on the abundant and largely free sources of the sun is clear, and it is necessary. A wave of innovations rises in infrastructure systems, personal transport or community development, successfully procuring non-polluting local electricity and thermal resources. Manufacturers begin to develop renewable production processes, and increasingly, producers of closed-cycle materials are keen on eliminating fossil carbon combustion content. This book is a snapshot of a dynamic picture, a world well on the path to sustaining human civilization on a renewable planet.
by Peter F. Varadi
Pan Stanford Publishing Pte. Ltd., Singapore, 2014
Print ISBN: 9789814463805
eBook ISBN: 9789814463812
"The meteoric rise of the photovoltaic (PV) industry is an incredible story. In 2013, Google’s investments in PV systems totaled about half a billion dollars, and Warren Buffet, one of the famous investors, invested US$ 2.5 billion in the world’s largest PV system in California. These gigantic investments by major financial players were made only 40 years after the first two terrestrial PV companies, Solarex and Solar Power Corporation, were formed in the USA. Back in 1973, the two companies employed 20 people and produced only 500 w of PV power. Now, just 40 years later, over a million people work in the PV industry. The worldwide capacity of operating PV electric generators equals the capacity of about 25 nuclear power plants. The PV industry is growing at an annual rate of 30%, equivalent to about five new nuclear power plants per year. Today, solar electricity is a significant supplier of electricity needs, to the extent that PV is forcing the restructuring of 100-year-old electric power utilities. This book describes how this happened and what lies ahead for PV power generation."
Editor: Wolfgang Palz
Pan Stanford Publishing Pte. Ltd., Singapore, 2014
Print ISBN: 9789814411875
eBook ISBN: 9789814411882
"Published in full color, this book describes the industrial revolution associated with the implementation of electric power generation by photovoltaics (PV), the conversion of the Sun’s radiation. It also describes the dramatic events in the industry that happened between 2009 and 2013: hundreds of PV companies in difficulty and the trade war between the EU and China mobilising state leaders on both sides to avoid a serious conflict. The contributing authors are protagonists all over the world who brought PV from its industrial birth in 1954 all the way up to the stormy developments during the first decade of the new century.
Virtually non-existent at the beginning of this century, solar installations worldwide have reached over 100 GW in late 2012. Eventually, in 2012, PV became cheap enough to provide decentralised power to all. In one single year, more solar power capacity was installed globally than nuclear and other types of conventional power. Investments reached hundreds of billions of US dollars, i.e. a multiple of the cost of “Apollo”, which was used to send men on the moon. Over half a million new PV jobs were created despite the financial crisis in the Western economies."
Editors: Preben Maegaard, Anna Krenz & Wolfgang Palz
Pan Stanford Publishing, October 2013
ISBN 978 - 981 - 4411-89-9
Most wind energy history writing relates to the important industrialisation that emerges in the early 1980s; but how the product, the modern 3-bladed wind turbine came into being, who, how and what in the preceding period caused the success are fragments of a broad and often subtle process. We endeavour to put more light on that period in the first part of the book entitled "The Rise of Modern Wind Energy". ...
For more on this title please view pdf-document: Wind Power for the World The Rise of Modern Wind Energy
Preben Maegard is a WCRE lifetime fellow and a member of the WCRE Chairpersons Board
by Nancy Wimmer, a WCRE network leader and a member of the WCRE Chairpersons Board
A German language edition was released in November 2012:
Nancy Wimmer, MCRE Publishing, Innovation & Energie für Millionen Dörfer - Grameen Shakti Erfolgsmodell für Social Business.
Hermann Scheer, published by earthscan from Routledge
For decades, Hermann Scheer was one of the world's leading proponents of renewable energy. In this, his last book before his death in 2010, he lays out his vision for a planet 100% powered by renewables and examines the fundamental ethical and economic imperatives for such a shift. And most importantly, he demonstrates why the time for this transition is now. In Scheer's view, talk of "bridging technologies" such as carbon capture and storage or nuclear energy even (and perhaps especially) by environmentalists is actively damaging the more the pressing agenda of the move to 100% renewable energy. Instead, he offers up examples of the technologies which are working (economically) today and details the policy and market conditions which would allow them to flourish. In 1993, Scheer's A Solar Manifesto laid the foundations for the road which has led to annual newly installed renewable capacity today rivalling that of conventional power sources. The Energy Imperative provides a practical, inspirational map for the next stage of the journey.
POWER for the World
The Emergence of Electricity from the Sun - POWER for the World
The book concentrates on photovoltaic (PV) solar power and its scientific, technological, industrial, political, environmental and social implications.
Modern PV was invented in 1954 along with the transistor; only since 2005 have the PV markets seen an exponential growth: this year, global business stands at $30 billion. It involves hundreds of companies around the world, with 100,000 newly created jobs and tens of thousands of experts. The last specialised PV Conference in 2009 in Hamburg, Germany, had 5000 delegates; the associated exhibition was visited by 50,000 people from 100 nations - more than the ‘America Cup’.
The book comes in three parts: “The Rising Sun in a Developing World”, “Solar Power for the World” and “PV Today and Forever”. It provides a historical summary and gives a comprehensive overview of the present situation worldwide and future strategies for development and implementation. The author is a world leader in PV and all renewable energies.
To write the book, the lead author W. Palz collaborated with some 41 VIPs in the sector from all over the world, and in particular from the US, Europe, China and Japan. Some of them are PV specialists, some are from administrations such as the World Bank, some represent associations such as ISES, the oldest of them all, or ACORE from Washington, and last but not the least, some are politicians who introduced the supporting legislation. The book is illustrated with about 100 pictures.