29 Nov '14, 11am

Move over big power - the micropower revolution is here! - The Ecologist

Move over big power - the micropower revolution is here! - The Ecologist

The central power plants that dominated the 20th century energy landscape are seeing their market share in energy generation fall rapidly. There is no shortage of shouting and dire warnings about the state of the climate and our need to phase out fossil fuels. But there is a more silent revolution happening too - in micropower. Small-scale electricity generation is slowly replacing big fossil-fuel driven power plants, which are currently the world's single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. These micro-electricity producers are relatively small scale, inexpensive, and most importantly, produce little to no carbon emissions. Last year micropower contributed to around a quarter of the world's electricity, up from 10% in 2000 . What is micropower? Rooftop solar may be the first thing that springs to mind, but micropower is much more than just solar panels on roo...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2655134/mo...

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