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Access to “modern” energy means access to electricity and a clean, efficient and safe way of cooking food and heating the home, i.e. overcoming the systematic reliance on traditional biomass.
There is wide consensus on the objective of reaching a world access to “modern” energy. The UN initiative “Sustainable Energy for All” sets 2030 as the target year.
In the construction of scenarios, two key elements are crucial.
The development of the generation of energy from renewable sources is desirable. The potential contribution of these sources to the objective of SE4A is large. In fact, approximately three quarters of the world population without access to electricity live in areas where development of the grids is not foreseen.
The development of technology has a significant impact on the availability of energy in remote areas: storage of electricity and smart grids can combine intermittent generation from solar and wind sources with flexible generation from various sources, storage devices and flexible demand.
Renewables and innovation towards the access to energy: the contribution of scholars, policy makers and cooperation practitioners.