By Ron Pernick
Whilst giants similar to GE, Toyota, and Sharp and funding organisations reminiscent of Goldman Sachs are making multibillion-dollar investments in fresh expertise, the message is obvious. constructing fresh applied sciences is not any longer a social factor championed through environmentalists; it is a lucrative firm relocating solidly into the company mainstream. actually, because the financial system faces unheard of demanding situations from excessive power costs, source shortages, and international environmental and protection threats, fresh tech-technologies designed to supply more advantageous functionality at a cheaper price whereas developing considerably much less waste than traditional offerings-promises to be the following engine of financial progress. within the fresh Tech Revolution, authors Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder establish the key forces that experience driven fresh tech from back-to-the-earth utopian dream to its present revolution one of the internal circles of company boardrooms, on Wall road buying and selling flooring, and in govt places of work world wide. by way of highlighting 8 significant clean-tech sectors-solar power, wind strength, biofuels and biomaterials, eco-friendly constructions, own transportation, the clever grid, cellular functions, and water filtration-they discover how traders, marketers, and contributors can benefit from this subsequent wave of technological innovation. Pernick and Wilder shine the highlight at the winners between applied sciences, businesses, and areas which are more likely to acquire the best advantages from fresh tech-and they exhibit you why the time to behave is now. Groundbreaking and authoritative, The fresh Tech Revolution is the must-read e-book to appreciate and cash in on the cleantechnologies which are reshaping our fast-changing global.
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Administered and funded by the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation and the Global Environment Facility, PVMTI focuses on nurturing and growing replicable business models for the selling and servicing of solar PV equipment in those countries. Throughout rural areas in developing nations, solar and other distributed clean-energy technologies are often the simplest and cheapest electrification option, compared with the expense of building new central power plants, installing a massive grid infrastructure, and running wires from the power grid.
Nationwide, 20,000 solar home systems are sold annually by more than 50 vendors in Nairobi and some 500 providers in smaller towns. 5 million rural homes by the end of 2008, 10% of them with clean energy. The marriage of efficiency and clean energy is particularly critical in remote rural areas. “You can’t stop people from wanting TVs and refriger- 52 THE CLEAN TECH REVOLUTION ators, but you can make them run better,” says Kristin Peterson, cofounder and chief development officer of Inveneo, a San Francisco nonprofit that provides computers with Internet and voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) capability—and the solar PV panels to power them—to villages and schools in Uganda, Afghanistan, and other countries.
34 THE CLEAN TECH REVOLUTION In fact, many current and emerging clean technologies take advantage of manufacturing breakthroughs perfected in the computer and high-tech industries. As in the high-tech revolution before it, semiconductor-based chips and circuits also lay at the heart of grid innovation and energy delivery. Semiconductors—silicon-based devices such as microprocessor chips and transistors—have shaped our modern era by enabling the mass manufacturing of computers, radios, TVs, and other consumer electronics.