At the Rio+20 conference Capstone Turbine executives met with the Special Envoy and Coordinator for the Bureau of Energy Resources Carlos Pascual and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Transformation Dr. Robert Ichord.
And those US State Department officials believe that Capstone can play a part in the United Nations Sustainable Energy For All initiative.
That initiative has three main objectives:
1. Ensure universal access to modern energy services.
2. Double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.
3. Double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
Let’s take a look at the first objective: Ensure universal access to modern energy services.
If you are reading this your most likely take electricity for granted but globally one in five people do not have electricity to even light their homes or conduct business. They do not have the electricity needed to power water pumps or refrigerate medicines and food.
And almost 40% of the world uses wood, coal, charcoal, or animal waste to cook their food. Nearly two million people are killed by indoor air pollution each year. It is believed that replacing outdated cookstoves and open fires with modern energy services would save the lives of 800,000 children each year.
Energy is vital to modern day life and prosperity. Sustainable energy could allow a farmer to double his crop size thanks to irrigation or it could provide income to a family through something as simple as a sewing machine and a light to work by.
The United Nations Sustainable Energy For All initiative states that:
“Through innovation in energy products and investment in deployment, businesses can create jobs and supply millions of people with the tools they need to make a better life.”
A low-emission Capstone MicroTurbine is an innovative energy product. And due to the size of microturbines it is quite possible to deploy them anywhere in the world reliable and sustainable power is needed. In fact our microturbines have already been successfully deployed in Russia, Africa, Asia, Latin America, Canada, Europe, Asia Pacific, and of course the United States.
Some of our distributors in Africa are currently working on projects to provide sustainable power to villages and remote areas lacking grid power.
Capstone technology can provide the world with universal access to sustainable energy and bring us closer to the future we want.