By Hermann Scheer
For many years, Hermann Scheer used to be one of many world’s major proponents of renewable power. during this, his final publication earlier than his loss of life in 2010, he lays out his imaginative and prescient for a planet a hundred% powered via renewables and examines the elemental moral and fiscal imperatives for this sort of shift. And most significantly, he demonstrates why the time for this transition is now. In Scheer’s view, speak of "bridging applied sciences" reminiscent of carbon trap and garage or nuclear strength – even (and possibly specially) by means of environmentalists – is actively harmful the extra the urgent time table of the movement to a hundred% renewable strength. in its place, he deals up examples of the applied sciences that are operating (economically) this present day and information the coverage and industry stipulations which might let them flourish. In 1993, Scheer’s A sun Manifesto laid the rules for the line which has resulted in annual newly put in renewable ability this present day rivalling that of traditional energy assets. The power central offers a realistic, inspirational map for the following degree of the adventure.
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The necessary effort (and the imputed aesthetic imposition of wind power plants) is far less than the imposition made on society when, instead, we continue to rely on nuclear or coal-fired power plants. The affirmation of expert pessimism It is not unusual for new technologies to be met with erroneous assessments which later sound unbelievable. They are part and parcel of our political, eco nomic and technological history, and are expressions of the pessimism typical of experts with traditional outlooks.
And, last but not least, they are also the result of underestimating the market dynamics for technologies which do not rely on only a few major buyers, but rather are purchased by multitudes of individual consumers who have recognized their value for themselves. C. 100 PER C E N T S C E N A R I O S : F R O M TECHNICAL POSSIBILITIES TO STRATEGIES At its founding in 1988, EUROSOLAR declared its aim of heralding in the Solar Age”, in which only renewable energy would be used. Although the 28 NO ALTERNATIVE TO RENEWABLE ENERGY organization claimed that this was a “realistic vision” for the 21st century, it was viewed as an over-ambitious dream.
In 1998, the EU Commission issued a further forecast, that of 47,100 megawatts of wind power by 2020 - again, already surpassed in 2008 at 64,173 megawatts. And for solar thermal energy, a forecast of 10,440 megawatts by 2020 - 13 years earlier, in 2007, this volume had already been achieved. International Energy Agency (1EA) forecasts, too, also regularly lag behind actual developments. In its World Energy Outlook for the EU 15, published in 2002, the IEA predicted a wind capacity of 71,000 megawatts by 2030, a figure already achieved in 2009.