FORUM: Alternative Energy — Converting to clean, renewable energy sources

Published: September 4th, 2015 at 12:01 am ET
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To get things started, here are some links regarding the work of Stanford professor Dr. Mark Z. Jacobson

  1. A path to sustainable energy by 2030 (Scientific American, November 2009) (pdf).
  2. Providing all global energy with wind, water and solar power, Part I: Technologies, energy resources, quantities and areas of infrastructure, and materials (Energy Policy, 2011) (pdf-Part I)
  3. Providing all global energy with wind, water and solar power, Part II: Reliability, system and transmission costs, and policies (Energy Policy, 2011) (pdf-Part II)
  4. Spreadsheet accompanying Parts I and II (xls-Spreadsheet)
  5. Energy and Environmental Science article ranking energy solutions to global warming, air pollution, and energy security (link)
  6. Studies on matching hourly and peak demand by combining renewables (link)
  7. Studies on wind energy resources and transmission (link)
  8. April 20, 2012 Tri-Agency (NSF-NOAA-NASA) PI Meeting Presentation (pptx)
  9. November 14, 2011 HEAL Utah Presentation (pptx) (video)
  10. May 16, 2011 Seminar, Woods Institute for the Environment (video)
  11. February 4, 2011 Seminar, Cornell University (video)
  12. January 13, 2011 Stanford Grid Integration Workshop Presentation (pptx)
  13. TED/CNN debates on renewables versus nuclear (link)
  14. April 1, 2008 U.S. House of Representatives hearing. Rep. Jay Inslee tells Exxon-Mobil executive that the vision in the “Renewable Energy Solution to Global Warming” by the Atmosphere/Energy Program at Stanford University is “one that the United States really needs” (starting at 1:35:00 in hearing video) (video) (transcript)
  15. February 7, 2012 op-ed (invited), “Securing public health forever with clean energy” (link)

h/t chemfood, MaidenHeaven

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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://www.hydrogenfuelnews.com/europe-aims-to-put-a-cap-on-renewable-energy-production/8530633/


    The intermittent nature of both wind and solar power allows them to generate massive amounts of electricity at unpredictable times. This can overload an established energy grid, which can lead to unexpected costs and limiting the capability of the grid to provide electricity to consumers. Cutting down on the amount of energy wind and solar farms can produce may help prevent mitigate any damage being caused to the grid during times when too much electricity is being generated. Per the draft law from the European Commission, renewable energy companies may only need to provide electrical power when it is needed the most.


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  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha)

    Google Says It Will Run Entirely on Renewable Energy in 2017
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/06/technology/google-says-it-will-run-entirely-on-renewable-energy-in-2017.html
    H/T Fairewinds emali


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    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha)

      "For one company to be doing this is a very big deal. It means other companies of a similar scale will feel pressure to move,” noted Stanford University lecturer Jonathon Koomey.

      “It’s good for the economy, good for business and good for our shareholders,” Google's senior vice president of technical infrastructure Joe Kava emphasized. Adding, 'We are the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in the world.'…”

      from Fairewinds email about Google on renewables entirely in 2017


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  • Jebus Jebus

    The Solar Industry Has Paid Off Its Carbon Debts

    For consumers, the researchers’ most general finding might be the most important. The solar industry is poised to prevent more carbon emissions than it has caused, if it hasn’t passed that mark already. People who want to participate in the industry—whether that’s by investing in companies or buying rooftop panels—should do so without feeling like they’re getting involved in a crypto carbon-emitting boondoggle.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/12/the-solar-industry-has-paid-off-its-carbon-debts/510308/


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  • Jebus Jebus

    2016 was the year solar panels finally became cheaper than fossil fuels.

    Just wait for 2017…

    The renewable energy future will arrive when installing a new solar panels is cheaper than a comparable investment in coal, natural gas or other options. If you ask the World Economic Forum (WEF), the day has arrived.

    Solar and wind is now the same price or cheaper than fossil fuels in more than 30 countries, the WEF reported in December (pdf). As prices for solar and wind power continue their precipitous fall, two-thirds of all nations will reach the point known as “grid parity” within a few years, even without subsidies. “Renewable energy has reached a tipping point,” Michael Drexler, who leads infrastructure and development investing at the WEF, said in a statement. “It is not only a commercially viable option, but an outright compelling investment opportunity with long-term, stable, inflation-protected returns.”

    http://qz.com/871907/2016-was-the-year-solar-panels-finally-became-cheaper-than-fossil-fuels-just-wait-for-2017/


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Solar Could Beat Coal to Be the Cheapest Power on Earth

    Solar power is now cheaper than coal in some parts of the world. In less than a decade, it’s likely to be the lowest-cost option almost everywhere.

    In 2016, countries from Chile to the United Arab Emirates broke records with deals to generate electricity from sunshine for less than 3 cents a kilowatt-hour, half the average global cost of coal power. Now, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Mexico are planning auctions and tenders for this year, aiming to drop prices even further. Taking advantage: Companies such as Italy’s Enel SpA and Dublin’s Mainstream Renewable Power, who gained experienced in Europe and now seek new markets abroad as subsidies dry up at home.

    “We’re seeing a new reality where solar is the lowest-cost source of energy, and I don’t see an end in sight in terms of the decline in costs,” said Enviromena’s Khoreibi.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-03/for-cheapest-power-on-earth-look-skyward-as-coal-falls-to-solar


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  • freebywill

    Costa Rica barely used any fossil fuels in 2016 https://insideclimatenews.org/todaysnews/03012017/costa-rica-ran-almost-entirely-renewable-energy-2016

    Renewables supplied about 98.1 percent of Costa Rica's electricity for the year, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) said in mid-December. Fossil fuels provided the remaining 1.9 percent.

    The country of 4.9 million people gets most of its electricity from large hydropower facilities, which are fed by multiple rivers and heavy seasonal rains.

    Geothermal plants and wind turbines are also prominent sources of power, while biomass and solar power provide a tiny but growing share of electricity.

    A few diesel-burning power plants round out the electricity mix, but Costa Rica has barely used them in the last two years.

    The country enjoyed a 110-day stretch of carbon-free electricity from June 17 through Oct. 6, when the power company briefly turned on its fossil fuel plants. After that blip, Costa Rica resumed its run of consecutive, fossil fuel-free days, a spokesman for ICE told Mashable on Dec. 13.


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  • freebywill

    The Mother Of All Promises And How Science Failed To Maintain It http://www.countercurrents.org/2016/10/24/the-mother-of-all-promises-and-how-science-failed-to-maintain-it/

    In the 1950s, during the high times of the “atomic age”, someone had the unfortunate idea of claiming that nuclear technologies would give us, one day, “energy too cheap to meter.” We might call it “the mother of all promises” and, of course, it was not maintained. But, as propaganda often does, it stuck in people’s minds and it seems that many people still believe in the concept that energy too cheap to meter is just around the corner and they expect it to come with one of the many scams about “free energy” or “cold fusion” that litter the Internet today.


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  • freebywill

    China Leaves U.S. in Dust With $361 Billion Renewable Energy Investment http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/05/china-leaves-us-dust-361-billion-renewable-energy-investment

    While climate activists in the U.S. mount a resistance to the incoming climate-change-denying Trump administration, on the other side of the Pacific, environmentalists have reason to celebrate: China on Thursday announced that it will invest $361 billion in renewable energy by 2020.

    Reuters reports:

    The investment will create over 13 million jobs in the sector, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said in a blueprint document that lays out its plan to develop the nation's energy sector during the five-year 2016 to 2020 period.

    The NEA said installed renewable power capacity including wind, hydro, solar, and nuclear power will contribute to about half of new electricity generation by 2020.

    [ notice newkiller is included as a " renewable ". Tell a lie, repeat it often enough, and people will accept it as truth. ]


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  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://mirrorspectrum.com/info/wind-turbines-in-sweden-generate-power-as-much-as-6-nuclear-power-stations
    Sweden is generating energy by using wind turbines. It was revealed that these are able to generate the power as 6 nuclear power stations.

    A huge proportion of Sweden’s energy has come from wind power in recent days.

    Sweden has generated more energy from wind power than it ever has before.

    Nearly 5.7 million kWh of wind power was generated as the country harvested the effects of “Storm Urd” and intense weather across the south of the country. That smashed through the previous record, set almost exactly a year ago, beating it by more than half a million kWh.

    As well as helping to reduce power generated through less clean ways, this also means that the price of energy is being pushed down. The cost of electricity has decreased by about a third for people in Sweden, and it has been reduced in nearby countries like Denmark and Sweden too.


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  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    No more burning batteries? Scientists turn to AI to create safer lithium-ion batteries
    December 15, 2016
    https://energy.stanford.edu/news/no-more-burning-batteries-scientists-turn-ai-create-safer-lithium-ion-batteries


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  • freebywill

    Solar energy powers an entire island in American Somoa thanks to Tesla, SolarCity http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/solar-energy-can-power-an-entire-island-in-american-somoa-thanks-to-tesla-solarcity/70000524

    Back in November, SolarCity announced in a blog post that a microgrid of 5,300 solar panels and over 60 battery packs had been completed on the island within a year’s time. The solar panels can generate 1.4 megawatts of energy, while Tesla Powerpacks provide 6 megawatt hours of battery storage.

    Unlike with diesel generators, which can lose power when powerful storms hammer the island, Tu'a's microgrid is able to store energy for several days, which is a huge benefit to the island of nearly 600 people.

    The Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Interior and American Somoa Power Authority, which operates the system, funded the project. The island was chosen as part of an initiative by the Manu'a islands, which include Ta'u, to become fully free of fossil fuel-generated electricity.

    According to SolarCity, the project will offset the use of more than 109,500 gallons of diesel per year.


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  • freebywill

    Solar Power to Rise From Nuclear Ashes http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/solar_power_to_rise_from_nuclear_ashes_20170112

    LONDON—It was the worst nuclear accident in history, directly causing the deaths of 50 people, with at least an additional 4,000 fatalities believed to be caused by exposure to radiation.

    The 1986 explosion at the Chernobyl power plant in Ukraine also resulted in vast areas of land being contaminated by nuclear fallout, with a 30-kilometre exclusion zone, which encompassed the town of Pripyat, being declared in the area round the facility.

    Solar power plant

    Now two companies from China plan to build a one-gigawatt solar power plant on 2,500 hectares of land in the exclusion zone to the south of the Chernobyl plant.

    Ukrainian officials say the companies estimate they will spend up to $1 billion on the project over the next two years.

    A subsidiary of Golden Concord Holdings (GLC), one of China’s biggest renewable energy concerns, will supply and install solar panels at the site, while a subsidiary of the state-owned China National Machinery Corporation (SINOMACH) will build and run the plant.

    “It is cheap land, and abundant sunlight constitutes a solid foundation for the project,” says Ostap Semerak, Ukraine’s minister of environment and natural resources.

    “In addition, the remaining electric transmission facilities are ready for reuse.”

    In a press release, GLC state work on the solar plant will probably start this year …


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  • freebywill

    14 mins How You Can Save the Bees, Our Food & Our Land – All from Your Backyard https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsZOnqsUEII

    Bees are dying and that doesn't bode well for those of us who enjoy food BUT here's something you can do about it.

    http://crownbees.com/

    [ novel idea for the micro/urban growers ]


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