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Lovins: energy visionary renewables revolution in full

From the Hypercar to home the early visions of the influential are becoming a reality

Amory last year harvested his small garden more 30 pounds of bananas, along guava, mango, papaya, passion and other exotic Nothing remarkable in that, that the energy analyst and scientist of the Rocky Mountain (RMI) does not live in the but in an unheated house 6,500 up a mountain near Aspen, where the temperature falls to and where last week than two feet of snow in less than 24 hours.

The fruit is grown in a greenhouse is part of the sprawling, experimental, house at Old Snowmass, built 30 ago for $500,000 (£300,000) and an inspiration for a of energy thinkers, designers and builders. Visited by 100,000 it was the archetype for the European Passivhaus

Heating systems are so 20th he says. We have found you save money by not putting in a system. It’s cheaper. The system uses more than the lights.

On a visit to the where the RMI is working with War Room NGO to help island wean themselves off expensive electricity, Lovins recalls a in the mid-1980s from the originators of the idea, Bo Adamson of Sweden and Feist from Germany. realised that you could heating systems far smaller but hadn’t realised that you save energy by eliminating the kit completely.

Lovins has always that energy conservation not pays for itself, but that technology can lead to higher of life at lower cost. He has many of the world’s largest and dozens of countries how to reduce with renewables but has also the giant car, aviation and industries to rethink the way they

Thirty years since to Colorado from Britain, he was Friends of the Earth’s first-ever the 66-year-old sees the energy which he helped kick-start a series of academic and policy now in full swing. Since half the world’s added generating capacity has been Non hydro-electric renewables, chiefly and solar, were 49% of US and 69% of European added last year.

In of the world’s top four economies, Japan and Germany, there was generation of electricity from renewables than from in 2012.

Renewables have up incredibly fast, he says. it is faster than mobile More Kenyans now get first now from solar than the China got more generation wind in 2012 than nuclear and it added more from non-hydro renewable than fossil and nuclear

It is now the world leader in seven of the 10 energies and wants to be top in all 10. It appears to added 12GW of photovoltaics in that’s more than the that have been in the US.

The US, which lagged behind for is shifting, too, he says. The US is a laboratory. Different states are at different speeds.

Texas is for wind, it now gets 10% of its energy wind because it’s at business; Hawaii is ground with one in 10 households now with a PV

The energy intensity of the US economy has 50% in 10 years, mostly because of design. In 2012 the energy to make a dollar of GDP went by 3.4% in one year. We can see a very way forward to trebling energy by 2050.

Most encouraging, he is that 14 states for electricity and 20 for gas now reward consumers for cutting That is the reverse of the use of electricity as a Electricity is an infrastructure, not a commodity.

We to reward the provider to give you bills.

Twenty years Lovins proposed what he the Hypercar, a hybrid electric/hydrogen-fuelled vehicle that had only a few was made of lightweight carbon but was than steel, used technologies, weighed half a car of its size, and could travel the of 300 miles to the gallon. It was designed to next to no emissions and, its batteries, could become a plant on wheels when eliminating the need for nuclear or stations.

2014, says Lovins, the commercial birth of the Hypercar, the arrival of the all-carbon electric BMW i-3 and the 313 miles per gallon Volkswagon XL1 emissions of just 20g/km. The car is notoriously slow to change, he but you could say the era of the hyper car is starting

The most exciting energy advances may be in the way new technologies and business can be combined, he believes. He was the first to that cars, which are on used for just an hour a be used to generate and store and then be able to despatch it to the grid.

Suppose I am a carmaker and I two identical plug-in cars, one for less than the other. that the car maker can use the battery of the one to sell to the grid at peak in other words a car-maker can from your stationary

In the future I see radically cheap energy and storage, new types of super-windows, cheap ways to LEDs in large buildings to wiring, many advances in materials, smart thermostats learn what comfort you and buildings that do not need or cooling.

But despite all the advances in and business models, Lovins for Britain, where he lived for 12 during and after a spell at University. He led the successful opposition in the to stop Rio Tinto digging up with a massive mine.

plan for a fleet of new nuclear stations is unbelievable, he says. It is daft. The guaranteed price offered to French state EDF] is over seven the unsubsidised price of new wind in the US, or five times the unsubsidised of new solar power in the US. Nuclear only go up. Renewable energy come down.

There is no business case for nuclear. The policy has nothing to do with or any other rational base for making.

In the end, he says, economics to win over stupid policy. The revolution is under way but there are of playing out to be done. It’s encouraging and frustrating that not going faster.

This requires relentless patience.

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