Our Role - A Summary:
Through the decades of collective experience of our partners in high-risk regions, emerging markets and public-private partnerships in the developing world, we are able to identify and target regions with great potential for renewable energy technologies that will benefit local populations.
With our global network of distinguished political and financial associates, we are able to negotiate projects with governments, communities, institutions, and/or private entrepreneurs. This serves to secure the proper infrastructural conditions to see projects through from inception to completion.
With our on-the-ground technical teams, we are able to oversee architecture, engineering, installation, information technology, and financing for these applications at the local community level.
Summary of Technologies:
We promote the use of both stand-alone and grid-connected solar equipment in the developing world. Due to the natural decentralization of solar energy, the sun's resources can be used in both remote and urban environments across the globe. In sun-rich environments in Asia, Africa and Latin America, stand-alone solar entities can provide non-grid connectivity.
Solar Power: Solar energy in all its forms can be used either in stand-alone and remote applications, integrated in buildings, and inter-tied to the electric utility grid. Photovoltaic-battery systems are able to power irrigation pumps, cellular towers and area lighting. These systems can be integrated with small wind turbines, micro-hydropower and other renewable systems. Solar daylighting, solar water heating, solar space heating & cooling systems and solar photovoltaics can be near, in and on buildings. Larger solar photovoltaics and concentrated solar power systems can generate electricity at utility or facility scale generally from 1 MW – 100 MW.
Wind Power: Wind, a form of solar energy generated by atmospheric heating, is a major source for renewable energy. Electricity created using wind energy does not produce any green house gases and therefore does not pollute the environment. As wind mills are tall and can be installed on a small piece of land, space isn't issue and a single turbine can supply the electricity needs of a group of homes or properties. Wind power is safe, clean and becoming increasingly affordable. We will work with wind energy suppliers to make the case for wind energy generation in developing regions and to create cost-effective wind power facilities tailored to those regions' respective needs.
Biomass: Biomass is any kind of organic matter--wood, seaweed, contaminated and surplus crops, animal manures, food and processing wastes--that is used as an energy source. Biomass conversion technologies consist of four main categories: direct combustion, thermo-chemical conversion processes (pyrolysis, gasification), bio-chemical processes (anaerobic digestion, fermentation) and physico-chemical (the route to biodiesel). As supplies of biomass are virtually limitless, we will assist countries by giving them the technical know-how toturn such readily available resources into sustainable energy sources with proven, commercial energy systems from over 80 vendors and service providers.
Energy Efficiency: Technologies and systems that allow the consumer to do the same work with less energy – and thus less money. For buildings, superinsulating and electrochromic glass, high R-value insulation, thermal barrier and reflective coatings, LED lighting and super-efficient appliances and office machines dramatically reduce electric loads. Paired with geothermal heat pumps, small wind and solar applications, building energy use can drop 60 percent. Industrial applications can utilize the aforementioned technologies--but also waste heat, combined heat and power (CHP) as well as biomass waste--to reduce and augment power. Smart software to control building, infrastructure and electric grid load management are the newest tools in the energy efficiency arsenal. Storage technologies including smart battery banks, flywheels, compressed storage, pumped hydro and gravity storage and thermal salts are now being integrated in industrialized country grids. These are now beginning to be usable in developing country applications at the building and electric grid level.
Geothermal: With the core of the earth 5000º Celsius and with temperatures increasing toward that level at an average of 30º for every kilometer of depth, it is clear that the rocks of the earth hold a lot of energy. In global areas with significant teutonic activity such as Latin America, the SW United States, the Pacific Rim (Indonesia, the Phillipines) and Africa, geothermal plants are cost-competitive and geothermal operations require much less land than other energy options. It will be our mission to assist countries in learning how to exploit this excellent, comparatively inexpensive source of electricity from the ground up. A wide range of technologies on hot rock and hot water heat transfer and heat engines (requiring new water) are now in the market. In the building sector, geothermal heating and cooling, utilizing the static 55 degree (F) temperature, is one of the most cost-effective applications now available.
Marine Technology and Hydropower: Wave energy, tidal energy, marine current energy and ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) are the main categories of development in this latest area of renewable energy technology. According to the US Department of Energy, over $3 billion has been invested in these emerging commercial technologies. As many of these technologies are now entering commercial applications, some governments are accelerating regulatory policies to ease the rate of commercialization. Marine technology has enormous potential to provide emission-free energy since most of the world’s population lives near oceans or rivers. The newest marine energy can co-exist with marine ecosystems, recreation, and shipping.