Push to forge markets for renewable energies

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2 June 2004 , BONN - Experts from some 150 countries meeting Wednesday in Bonn have been discussing ways to promote renewable energies, with the focus on efforts to establish markets for alternative fuel sources. At the International Conference for Renewable Energies Bonn 2004, U.N. Industrial Development Organization official Carlos Magarinos said industrialised nations should expand renewable energy resources so as to lower the prices for the technology needed to exploit them. He said around 2 billion pe

2 June 2004

BONN - Experts from some 150 countries meeting Wednesday in Bonn have been discussing ways to promote renewable energies, with the focus on efforts to establish markets for alternative fuel sources.

At the International Conference for Renewable Energies Bonn 2004, U.N. Industrial Development Organization official Carlos Magarinos said industrialised nations should expand renewable energy resources so as to lower the prices for the technology needed to exploit them.

He said around 2 billion people worldwide had no access to modern forms of energy. In order to avert the danger to the environment, it was important to decouple economic development from the rising use of fossil fuels such as oil and coal, Magarinos told the conference.

Chinese expert Ma Shenghong gave an example of how this could be done, informing the conference of China's plans to supply rural areas with decentralised energy produced from renewable sources.

The speeches came as around 3,000 experts continued their discussions on ways to establish a breakthrough for renewable energy sources such as wind, solar power, hydroelectricity, biomass and geothermal energy.

The delegates are to approve an International Action Plan (IAP) on the final day of the conference on June 4 with specific commitments for renewable energy projects worldwide.

German Environment Minister Juergen Trittin said that so far more than 100 proposals had been submitted for the IAP declaration.

Meanwhile the president of the US environmental organization Worldwatch, Christopher Flavin, said in a Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa interview that hydrogen derived from renewable energies would be the ideal replacement for oil.

"Hydrogen will be the medium of the future for storing and transporting energy," he told dpa.

Flavin said offshore windpower parks and photovoltaic facilities in desert regions would be the renewable energies used in the process to gain hydrogen in the process of breaking water down into its component elements of hydrogen and oxygen.

Hydrogen can then be reconverted into energy through the use of fuel cells, an area of technological research where rapid progress is now being made, the Worldwatch president said.

"For consumers, hydrogen as an energy source of the future will not be too fundamentally different from today's system," he said.

A danger is that hydrogen is highly explosive, so that people would have to deal with it "with great care". But hydrogen is basically less dangerous than oil or gasoline because it disperses easily and does not contaminate the soil, Flavin told dpa.

DPA

Subject: German news

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