Universal Access To Modern Energy Services

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 It is believed that replacing outdated cookstoves and open fires with modern energy services would save the lives of 800,000 children each year.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.

Building The Future We Want Through Sustainable Energy

In my last post I introduced you to the United Nations Sustainable Energy For All Initiative.

Capstone believes its microturbine technology can help with the SEFA initiative and so does the United States State Department.

At the Rio+20 conference Capstone executives met with Carlos Pascual, Special Envoy and Coordinator for the Bureau of Energy Resources, and Dr. Robert Ichord, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Transformation. It was a very positive meeting where the US State Department encouraged Capstone Turbine Corporation to get involved with the SE4All.

So I thought we should take a deeper look at the initiative and its objectives.

The Sustainable Energy For All Initiative was created because one out of every five people on the planet lacks access to modern electricity. And three billion people rely on wood, coal, charcoal, or animal waste for cooking and heating. In today’s global economy this is both inequitable and unsustainable.

And on the other end of the spectrum in industrialized countries the problem is not lack of energy but waste due to inefficient energy use. As well as pollution in the form of greenhouse gases that effect the whole planet.

Sustainable energy for all then is vital for both poor and rich countries. The world needs energy that is accessible, cleaner, and more efficient.

As the world continues to climb out of the recent economic downturn sustainable energy is even more important. Sustainable energy enables businesses to grow thus creating new jobs. Also children around the world can study after dark and countries can grow more resilient and competitive economically.

The UN seeks to achieve sustainable energy for all with these three 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.

In my next post we’ll explore the objectives and talk about how Capstone Turbine Corporation can help with those objectives.



Sustainable Energy For All

The world needs electricity. A lot of electricity.

And that is what the U.N.’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative is aiming to address because right now many people around the planet to not have access to electricity.

It is also a reason that Capstone Turbine is the chief corporate sponsor of “The Future We Want” initiative at the United Nations’ Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro.

At the conference Kandeh Yumkella who is the co-head of the U.N.’s sustainable energy initiative said “You can’t save the forest if you don’t have gas. It’s one of the solutions we need to reduce deforestation and reduce two million people who die every year because of indoor air pollution because they use firewood.”

The use of natural gas as a sustainable energy solution is often met with doubt because it is a non-renewable hydrocarbon that creates green house gas. But this doubt is based on out dated technology.

Capstone’s low emission microturbine technology can attain 75+ percent energy efficiency – much higher than the 30-50 percent efficiency of many traditional power sources.

And microturbines cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions 50%; they slash nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions 95% and operate in tandem with solar and wind power.

And this is what has us excited to be in Rio and working to be a part of the solution because we believe our microturbines are part of a holistic approach to clean decentralized energy.

Kandeh Yumkella and the U.N. know that solutions such as natural gas and shale gas are feasible thanks to the investment the United States and companies such as Capstone have put into new technology.

Together it will help us get to The Future We Want.

This post is based on information found in the Reuter’s article: U.N. sees natural gas a key to forests, helping poor