Renewable Energy The Power of the Future

"Renewable" Energies-the answer to the world's energy demand?

The adjective “Renewable” means that the object or subject in question is capable of being renewed, as contract or an agreement could be. As such, when we hear about renewable energy, we may erroneously think that we are talking about a new type of energy that after use, it renews by itself. As we all know, the....

The Solar industry in the Arab Region: today and tomorrow

At the turn of this century, the total installed capacity for solar photovoltaic (PV) modules was 1.5 giga watts (GW); less than 15 years later, according to analyst estimates, the global industry wide installed capacity at the end of 2014, was about 150GW. This is equivalent to building ten nuclear power plants a year, for 15 years. While....

How Local Governments Can Create a Clean Economy: Learning from Innovators

Cities and counties have long been recognized as the frontline in managing economic and human impacts. Managing these issues is increasingly difficult. Rising energy costs, shrinking water supplies, and rapidly aging infrastructure demand creative planning and a proactive response, all in an environment of tight budgets....

Renewable Energy Secret of interest! And to where?

There was recently much talking about many terms in the field of energy sources. Such talk is about the renewable energy, alternative energy and sometimes the green energy, new energy and sustainable energy. What is the reality of these definitions? What are these sources? To reply to these questions, let's start with....

Our Astonishing Solar Future

It is important to dream. Over the thousands of years of our history most great things have been initiated by dreamers—and implemented by practical doers. I’m sure Masdar City, with its 22 hectares of solar panels, began as a dream in someone’s mind. Today we are in dire need of dreaming. The miraculous fossil fuels that powered us into the industrial age have become a nightmare....

Energy and Materials from Waste

In the past decades there have been two exponentially growing concerns, both in the developed and the developing world. On the one hand, there is waste and its management; our consumption-driven lifestyle produces more and more waste, leading to environmental and sanitary issues. On the other hand, there is a growing energy demand around the world, and....

What does the future hold for wind power in the Middle East?

Wind power could play a key role in helping the region meet the rapidly growing demand for electricity, while addressing environmental concerns and meeting global emissions goals. A recent report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the League of Arab States found that – although concentrated....

Encouraging Rooftop Solar

The International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA – icma.org) mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional management to build better communities. ICMA identifies leading practices to address the needs of local governments and professionals serving communities globally. With 9,000 members, we provide....

Sustainable Harvested Bio-fuels Availability, Advantages and Obstacles for Promotion.

There are several components such as climate change, the increase in demand for energy, high-energy prices and scarce energy resources that have basically led to the search for other alternative forms of energy sources that are systematic, impartial and eco-friendly. The emergence of biofuel is due to the interference of agricultural....

The Road to Smarter Grids and Smarter People

The electricity grid of most countries currently runs on technology and systems developed and built more than 50 years ago. Its aging infrastructure is highly inefficient, unreliable, and unable to cope with the rising need for more renewable technologies in the energy mix such as solar, wind, biomass, and other energy sources....
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