Power is of special significance in a nation's economic development. The rising cost of energy, depleting conventional energy resources and increasing social and environmental constraints against the development of large hydro and concern over pollution from thermal power plants has seen renewed interest in the development of small or micro hydro power projects. The salient features of the micro hydro are short gestation period, environment friendly and inexpensive operation and maintenance. Micro hydro power is perhaps the most reliable of all renewable energy sources which can provide electricity in environmentally benign manner. In fact, a micro hydro system does a similar job to what a solar or wind system does, which is charge batteries. In current scenario, micro hydro systems seem a more cost-effective alternative than a grid connected system. The present publication is a follow up of the International Workshop on The Role of Micro-hydel for Developing Countries organised by the NAM S&T Centre at Kathmandu, Nepal during 19-22 April, 2013 jointly with the the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) in collaboration with Alternate Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC). The book includes 19 research papers and status reports from 11 countries, presenting significant insights on role of micro hydro technology in providing wide range of benefits, especially for rural areas and developing countries. It is expected to be of great value for the researcher, professional, experts, non-governmental and governmental organizations working in the field of Small and Micro hydro industries.
Cutting carbon emissions is urgent but very challenging in wealthy democracies. Energy for the Future analyzes the changing contexts, imperatives and fault lines, and proposes ways forwards. Greater public engagement and a new approach to markets are vital, but traditional concerns with energy security and economic efficiency cannot be set aside.
This book provides a valuable resource for anyone who wishes to understand how sustainable use of energy can lead to increased efficiency of industrial supply chains and improved financial profitability. The book is organized around real examples and case studies that can be applied to real-world problems. Furthermore, insight is provided by an international panel of contributors, and the book provides comprehensive coverage of current practice and future developments in the evolution of sustainable supply chains and energy consumption.
The text underlines how organizations are now looking seriously at supply chain assets in order to help their suppliers retool and focus on renewable energy. Renewable energy technology is a fast growing market with promising financial returns and substantial environmental gains; this book shows how the right management of renewable investments can have significant advantages by:
providing critical opportunities in driving costs down and making renewable energy sources more competitive with conventional energy;
making infrastructure expansion easier;
increasing employment in manufacturing and services supply chains in order to support renewable energy generation; and
mitigating the impacts of climate change.
This book is intended for business professionals, researchers and students working in supply chain management or energy management.