Alternatives

“With more choices we have more opportunities. With more opportunities we have more freedom, and with more freedom we can be more human”. Emmanuel Mesthene, philosopher of technology.

“For the world and our common future, the split-energy scenario does not have to be all that bad. “Green Grid” against “New Nuclear” is an evolutionary contest that over the long term will increase the fitness of civilisation”. Matthias Horx (source: Die Welt/Presseurop).

This page collects articles and documentaries on the alternatives to nuclear technology and the production of energy from renewables sources.

  • Despite headwinds, solar energy making progress, advocates say
    Japan’s largest solar panel plant is in full swing in Kunitomi, Miyazaki Prefecture, daily churning out up to 16,000 30-sq.-cm solar panels that have a conversion efficiency rate of more than 12 percent.
    Eric Johnston, The Japan Times, September 24, 2011.

  • Permanent nuclear shutdown in Japan possible by 2012
    Japan can switch off all nuclear plants permanently by 2012 and still achieve both economic recovery and its CO2 reduction goals, according to a new Greenpeace report.
    Greenpeace, September 12, 2011.

  • Renewables 2011 Global Status Report
    In 2010 renewable energy supplied an estimated 16% of global final energy consumption. Solar PV more than doubled compared to 2009. Total investment in renewable energy grew by 30% with a record $ 211 billion invested.
    REN21, July 12, 2011.

  • 6.300 megawatt
    Italy is the second country in the world for numbers of photovoltaic installations and the first for hydropower and geothermal installations. In research field, however, the country does not excel.
    Tito Boeri, Internazionale, June 27, 2011. (Italian article)

  • Desertec to take over from nuclear power
    The end of nuclear power in Germany and Switzerland and reduced tolerance for this energy source in many countries in Europe has given a new lease of life to projects based on renewable energy, like the one backed by a German consortium in North Africa.
    Frédéric Lemaître, Le Monde, June 8, 2011 (English translation by PressEurope).

  • Study: Wind can generate power on par with nuclear plants
    According to a study published in April 2011 by the Ministry of Environment of Japan (MOE), the energy from renewable sources could be produced in the Tohoku and Kanto regions, would be able to generate the same energy produced by existing nuclear power plants in the two regions.
    Asahi Shimbun, April 23, 2011.

  • The 4th Revolution
    This video is a movie triler of The 4th Revolution, a cinema documentary based on a pamphlet by german scientist Hermann Sheer. By telling the stories of a prominent environmental activist, Nobel laureates, innovative businessmen and politicians, the film describes the possibility to switch to 100% renewables within the next 30 years.
    Carl A. Fechner, EnergyAutonomy, 2010.

  • A Road Not Taken
    A Road not Taken tells the story about the solar panels Jimmy Carter put on the White House 1979.
    Christina Hemauer, Roman Keller, A Road Not Taken, 2010.

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    Header image: Display panel about solar power plant near Dukovany Nuclear Power Station (detail) by Jiří Sedláček, 2009. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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