One planet, many energy systems
At any given moment, billions of people are interacting with energy. Inside Energy invited photographers from around the world to submit images telling a story of energy use, capture or generation. These were our favourite responses.
The solar monk
Debdatta Chakraborty, Kolkata, India
"The Hemis Monastery in Ladakh, northern India, is nestled high in the Himalayas. Until recently, the monastery’s resident monks had to burn wood from nearby forests to cook food and light the rooms. The installation of solar panels has transformed life at the 350-year-old monastery, providing much-needed access to energy for the Buddhist monks."
Svetlana Hristova, Sofia, Bulgaria
"When the Eiffel Tower first opened in Paris in 1889 the lifts were powered by water. A complicated system of underground hydraulic pistons provided the energy needed. Today, many of the lifts are electric and have been modernised to both save energy and increase lift efficiency. They travel over 100,000 kilometres every year, taking millions of people up and down this iconic tower."
Sourav Karmakar, Kolkata, India
"As dusk falls on the Darjeeling railway station in West Bengal, India, you can spot the engine men warming up the coal engines of their steam trains. Innovations in transport have now brought new, cleaner-burning trains to these lines. Compared to the efficiency of modern electric and diesel trains, this steam locomotive can sometimes seem like a thing of the past."
Train in Zermatt, 1.02pm
Felicity Millward, London, UK
"Hiking in Switzerland, you often glimpse a distant train cutting across the mountainside. Electric trains have carried people around the Swiss Alps for over a hundred years. We tend to take electricity for granted in our everyday lives but watching this train pull itself up the mountainside makes you appreciate what a remarkable and valuable form of energy it is."
Storing the last rays
Amitava Chandra, Kolkata, India
"Innovations in energy technology have the power to completely change lives. Sitting on the bank of India’s sacred Ganges river, these boatmen soak up the last rays of sun with their solar panels. Until recently, the boats used basic oil lanterns. Now many are equipped with solar cells and can generate their own electricity."
Chaitanya Shete, Pune, India
"Hydrocarbons still fuel the industrial process of many welders, such as this man in Nashik, western India. The energy these fuels provide remains the lifeblood of modern economies helping to produce vital materials such as steel, iron and cement."
Marcelo Calil, Brasilia, Brazil
"A city of clear lines and patterns of road, Brazil's capital Brasilia was made to be traversed by car. Transport accounts for one quarter of the world’s total energy use and thousands of vehicles a day use this road. It's infrastructure like this that has given Brasilia the nickname: a 'city of cars'."
Yuliana Chandra, Bandung, Indonesia
"The streets of Kowloon, Hong Kong, buzz with energy throughout the evening. From the pulsating fluorescent lights to the gentle hum of the gas stoves and the steady whir of the ceiling fan, electricity brings this city to life and permeates every part of this typical dinnertime ritual. It is a typical scene in one of the many night markets in Kowloon’s Mongkok area."
Winds of change
Pranab Basak, Kolkata, India
"Energy demand is set to increase even more over the next 20 years so it’s crucial that we find more and cleaner energy sources. Renewable technologies like these wind turbines in the Jaisalmer Wind Park in Rajasthan, western India, have already advanced our energy landscape providing cleaner energy solutions. It’ll be exciting to see where we go next."
Nazir Azhari, Kolkata, India
"Energy can be generated from the simplest of fuels. In Malaysia's Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, hundreds of oil lamps, called diya, are lit for Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. Made from clay, cotton and vegetable oil they can generate flames that can light the entire interior of the caves, creating incredible shadows on the rock walls."
Compiled by Judith Durkin
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