Technologies of energy conversion
(For battery technology see Chemistry.)
Renewable Energy Technologies
- http://www.rmi.org/images/PDFs/Energy/E77-01_TheRoadNotTaken.pdf RMI Chief Scientist Amory Lovins. Back in the 1970s, in a famous Foreign Affairs article (PDF), Lovins advocated taking "the soft" energy path, comprised of efficiency and renewables, over "the hard" path, the pursuit of fossil fuel at any price.
- http://www.academie-technologies.fr/publication/rapports/climat_accueil.html Great report on energy and climate ;
- The World Energy Council is a multi-energy organization, with member committees in over 90 countries. Their mission is “to promote sustainable supply and use of energy for the greatest benefit of all people.” They have a frequently updated list of publications, and information on energy use listed by country.
- Centre for Alternative Technology http://www.cat.org.uk/
- The National Energy Foundation http://www.nef.org.uk/ is an educational organization, based in the UK, whose objective is “to work for the more efficient, innovative, and safe use of energy and to increase the public awareness of energy in all its aspects.” Their key issues include energy efficiency, integrated and sustainable energy, and renewable energy.
- The European Renewable Energy Council http://www.erec-renewables.org/ “an umbrella organization of the leading European renewable energy industry, trade and research associations active in the sectors of photovoltaic, wind energy, small hydropower, biomass, geothermal energy and solar thermal.” They represent the renewable energy industry, and provide publications, policy, and project information.
- The Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory http://rael.berkeley.edu/ is a research organization based out of the University of California, Berkley. It focuses on designing, testing, and disseminating renewable and appropriate energy systems.”
- The Canadian Renewable Energy Network http://www.canren.gc.ca/ was founded by Natural Resources Canada, and tries to “increase the understanding of renewable energy to accelerate the development and commercialization of renewable energy technologies.”
Solar Energy Technologies
http://www.technologyreview.com/energy/22563/ Plastic solar cells
Wind Energy Technologies
- http://www.gwec.net/ Global Wind Energy Council
Renewables in the developing world
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