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25 Years of EUROSOLAR - From Seizing the Initiative to Being A Pioneer - From Vision to Practice

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!

BOOK COVER Green Energy for a Billion Poor Nancy Wimmer

Green Energy for a Billion Poor: How Grameen Shakti Created a Winning Model for Social Business
Witness the innovations of Grameen Shakti, sister company of the Nobel Prize winning Grameen Bank.
· Discover how Shakti masters the unique art of rural business, letting five million people benefit from light, electricity and additional income.
· Learn about Shakti's inner mechanics, services and values - and understand its success.
· Enjoy the lively stories told by the pioneering engineers in the hinterland of Bangladesh 
· Read what Shakti's founder and Nobel Laureate, Muhammad Yunus, says about the book: "I congratulate Nancy Wimmer for getting interested in the activities of Grameen Shakti and studying it so deeply to bring out what makes it work. She did not stop at presenting the philosophy and the impressive results produced by Grameen Shakti, she went beyond them to discover and understand the foot soldiers-cum-creators of Grameen Shakti. That makes this book very unique."

the energy imperativeThe Energy Imperative: 100 Percent Renewable Now

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 worldThe 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.

100percent renewable100 Per Cent Renewable - Energy Autonomy in Action

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.

IRENA Long Road BookThe long road to IRENA - From the Idea to the Foundation of the International Renewable Energy Agency

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.

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