This technology comes at the right moment to support the transformation of the energy sector in developing Asia.
Yongping Zhai (翟永平)
Dr. Yongping Zhai worked on energy development in Asia and Africa for 25 years. He was in charge of overall energy policy coordination and technical support to ADB energy sector operations. He was also in charge of developing energy sector knowledge work for ADB and interacts with worldwide energy sector partners.
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The burden of energy poverty falls heaviest on women in Asia and the Pacific, where governments need to strengthen 4 policy areas to boost energy access among women.
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.
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.
While coal will still keep the grid up and running for now, renewable energy-based distributed systems can meet growing demand in the near future.
As countries in Asia and the Pacific make the transition to renewable energy in a post COVID-19 world, they should strive to ensure clean energy is available to everyone, everywhere and around the clock.
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.
It's time to invest in developing countries where solar energy has yet to be tapped in scale.
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”