COVID-19 has exposed the vulnerability of energy value chains but solar power could be an indigenous solution to keep the lights on during a crisis.
Yongping Zhai (翟永平)
Dr. Yongping Zhai has been working on energy development in Asia and Africa for 25 years. He is currently in charge of overall energy policy coordination and technical support to ADB energy sector operations. He is also in charge of developing energy sector knowledge work for ADB and interacts with worldwide energy sector partners.
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Solar power is helping Asia get electricity to people, particularly in rural and remote areas, but it has fallen behind in its use as a clean energy cooking source.
Investment in renewable energy around the world is entering a new phase that will require governments and the private sector to re-think the way they develop projects.
To get energy efficiency programs back on track, governments need to focus on education, incentives and improved regulations, as well as artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Hydrogen has the potential to be the next breakthrough energy source but key challenges need to be overcome before it can be scaled up to widespread use. Developing countries could be at the forefront of this new “hydrogen economy”
It's time to invest in developing countries where solar energy has yet to be tapped in scale.
Demand-side energy efficiency brings benefits to four key stakeholders amid India’s low-carbon energy transition program.
With innovative business models, financing and procurement, developing countries can leapfrog to secure, affordable, and clean energy systems.