It’s that time of year when holidaymakers have to grit their teeth and put up with lengthy queues at the airports, sometimes waiting hours to pass through border control. Machine-readable passports (MRPs) don’t cut the queues, but they do keep things moving a little faster.
The transmission and distribution of electricity has to gear up to meet new challenges: a soaring world population and increasing pollution mean electricity will have to be delivered to more people and more efficiently as well.
According to a new report by IRENA, off-grid renewable energy has had spectacular growth in the past decade. Capacity has tripled since 2008 and the number of people in rural communities served by off-grid renewable energy now reaches up to 133 million people.
It may not rival the FIFA World Cup in the public imagination just yet, but the international tournament that has just wrapped up in Montreal plans one day soon to become the showcase for the world’s best soccer players.