Although solar energy is the single largest source of energy available to planet earth, the transition from fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) requires solar energy and energy carriers (like hydrogen), and it requires harnessing other renewable resources. Traditional energy planning has emphasized going from fossil fuels to applications for consumers, with technologies applied as appropriate. Under Strategy 2030 ADB needs to work from applications (consumers) back to available resources with appropriate technologies. This means that ADB has to help consumers develop value-added end uses for the last 10 feet of the last mile.
Potential topics in this session could include:
- Regenerative ocean biomass energy
- Pico- and micro-hydropower for high-value agriculture
- Experience with hydro, solar, and wind for sustainable village development
- Beneficial use of geothermal waste heat for community livelihood support
- Refrigeration/cold chain services for expanding access to fisheries industries