The Nobel Prize touches renewable energy - again.

Grameen bank

and its creator Muhammad Yunus has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2006. The Grameen bank provides so called micro credits for real small scale applications and one of them is renewable energy solutions, Grameen Shakti. And as so many small scale solutions they add up to a large impact in numbers and even more so in the lives of the people concerned. Grameen Shakti works with Photovoltaics, PV, wind-power and bio-gas. The PV solutions has been delivered to approximately 5500 projects with a total capacity of 275 kW up to 2001. It would be reasonable to assume that the Grameen Shakti, who is also dealing with training and Research, through these activities and the Nobel Prize, may leverage much more in the years to come.

It is however not the first time a winner of the Peace Prize has a track record that contains energy issues. Jimmy Carter, former president of the U.S., took initiative to a comprehensive energy programme in which e.g. Solar energy was an important part. His presentation of this to the American People already 1977 (!) is still valid and could be delivered with few changes.

The Right livelihood award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize, has also acknowledged energy alternatives e.g. by awarding Amory Lovins already in the early 80's. Not to mention that several of Nobel Prize award winners in chemistry and physics have both in their science and in the debate come into the subject. One of them being Richard Smalley.


Christy Corley's picture

I am looking forward to the various systems of renewable energy that are being released on the market. I believe that the new air of a competitive market will inspire many new innovations and bring a much needed wind of change to the energy market.

Thank you and have a good day,

Christy Corley

By Christy Corley 11/02/2007
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