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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1,725 comments to FORUM: Alternative Energy — Converting to clean, renewable energy sources

  • Jebus Jebus

    Here's how every major automaker plans to go electric

    http://mashable.com/2017/10/03/electric-car-development-plans-ford-gm/#gAg44qiK5iqO

    GM Is Going All Electric, Will Ditch Gas- and Diesel-Powered Cars

    https://www.nbcnews.com/business/autos/gm-going-all-electric-will-ditch-gas-diesel-powered-cars-n806806

    It Doesn’t Matter How Much Trump, Pruitt, and America Love Gas Guzzlers – Cars are going electric.

    http://www.slate.com/articles/business/the_juice/2017/10/cars_are_going_electric_with_or_without_america.html

    G.M. and Ford Lay Out Plans to Expand Electric Models

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/02/business/general-motors-electric-cars.html

    GM: The future is all-electric

    money.cnn.com/2017/10/02/technology/gm-electric-cars/index.html

  • Jebus Jebus

    The future of a cleaner, cheaper power grid is batteries

    What the mainland can learn from Hawaii’s electricity solutions

    Unlike the diesel eyesore on the south side of the island, Kapaia project — a partnership between Tesla and KIUC (Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative) — is vast, 45 acres of solar panels situated among rolling green hills. Panels dip and rise with the contour of the land, feeding the energy of the sun to a 53MWh array of Tesla Powerpacks — white boxes filled with batteries. That's more than double that of Tesla's battery Powerpack project in California. Those storage units then release that power onto the island's grid at night. The project isn't spewing anything into the air, and other than birds and gusts of wind, it's quiet. The acres of solar panels don't completely fit into the landscape, but they aren't as intrusive as a diesel-burning power plant.

    https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/04/the-future-of-a-cleaner-cheaper-power-grid-is-batteries/

  • Jebus Jebus

    Duke Energy to Invest $6B for Solar, Batteries and EVs, Scrap Nuclear Plant Plans

    On Tuesday, Duke Energy Florida filed a revised settlement that lays out a four-year, nearly $6 billion investment into 700 megawatts of solar PV, 50 megawatts of energystorage 500 electric-vehicle chargers, and smart meters and grid modernization across the state.

    In exchange, Duke will shut down work on its Levy Nuclear Project — one of many planned nuclear power plant projects being canceled in the wake of the Westinghouse bankruptcy and broader industry disruption. And, in a turnaround from last week’s request for an 8.3 percent rate hike, the new plan would keep rates in line with inflation over the next four years.

    https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/duke-energy-plans-6b-for-solar-batteries-and-evs

    If GE and Westinghouse wanted to survive change, they would put their logo's on power packs too…

  • Jebus Jebus

    Tesla's big battery will change power and politics

    "You can essentially charge up the battery packs when you have excess power when the cost of production is very low … and then discharge it when the cost of power production is high, and this effectively lowers the average cost to the end customer. It’s a fundamental efficiency improvement for the grid."

    https://www.treehugger.com/energy-policy/teslas-big-battery-will-change-power-and-politics.html

    No wonder…

    • q q

      A skeptic could say, "Hi there, see, if you ignore a bunch of the shit we do and ignore the fact that we're not doing anything new here but that also we need subsidies and lots of pr and also please here is for you the implant and you need ai because ai is bad and my is good and we conveniently use engineered disasters for effective pr and sell fancy cars and I may or may not be working for a tesla contractor or have some stakes as a shareholder and the pe ratio seems kinda out of whack considering what we're doing and our build quality ain't so great really but you know, a new government enforced incentive, especially when it is tied to military and we need for you also to have wifi 🙂 because last time I read some people in puerto rico didn't have wifi and i mean, when you're in venezuela the first thing you think of is "fuck, I don't have porn"

  • Jebus Jebus

    Who's shutting down?

    U.S. energy-storage capacity surged 46 percent in the third quarter, mainly due to a single big project in Texas, the biggest source of wind power.

    Power companies and developers added 41.8 megawatts of storage systems, including a 30-megawatt utility-scale project in Texas, according to a report Thursday from GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association. California added 8.4 megawatts of residential and commercial systems. The industry installed 28.6 megawatts in the third quarter of 2016.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-07/u-s-energy-storage-surges-46-led-by-big-project-in-windy-texas

  • Jebus Jebus

    Elon Musk’s SA battery record will be short-lived as rivals go even bigger – South Korea’s Hyundai Electric & Energy Systems is building a 150-megawatt lithium-ion unit, 50 per cent larger than Musk’s, that the company says will go live in about three months in Ulsan near the southeast coast. And then this plant will be passed by a larger one. And then it will happen again. I remember sometime in 2016 when I used to only retweet solar projects that were 100MW or larger – and I was amazed at the project sizes. Now, 1GW gets my attention. Soon – that’ll be with batteries too. When will we see the first 1GW announcement? 2018 maybe, 2019 definitely.

    https://electrek.co/2017/12/04/egeb-new-record-size-battery-coming-soon/

  • Jebus Jebus

    PepsiCo makes biggest public pre-order of Tesla Semis: 100 trucks

    About 260,000 heavy-duty Class-8 trucks are produced in North America annually, according to FTR, an industry economics research firm.

    Navistar International Corp (NAV.N) and Volkswagen AG’s Truck and Bus are working to launch an electric medium duty truck by late 2019, while rival Daimler AG has delivered the first of a smaller range of electric trucks to customers in New York.

    PepsiCo’s 100 trucks add to orders by more than a dozen companies such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N), fleet operator J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc (JBHT.O), and food service distribution company Sysco Corp (SYY.N). Tesla has at least 285 truck reservations in hand, according to a Reuters tally.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pepsico-tesla-orders/pepsico-makes-biggest-public-pre-order-of-tesla-semis-100-trucks-idUSKBN1E61FB

  • Jebus Jebus

    It appears potential Model 3 demand may be underrated and some analysts may be underestimating just how popular the Model 3 is likely to become, not just in the U.S. but worldwide. The Model 3 car stand literally got mobbed at the LA auto show recently, and there are widespread reports that no other electric cars were generating anywhere near this amount of interest and excitement. Moreover, the Model 3 currently has over 450,000 reservations, and just may be the most highly anticipated car in history. In fact, the Model 3 is generating so much excitement and demand that numerous individuals are now buying other people’s reservation for as much as 300% markup value, just to leapfrog others waiting in line.

    Reservations would be much higher if consumers did not have to wait in line for over a year to get their Model 3 vehicles. When people want to buy an automobile most individuals want it that day, and are not willing to wait a prolonged time period to receive their car. Nevertheless, nearly half a million individuals have chosen to wait in line. Which brings us to the fact that demand would likely be much greater if consumers could just buy the Model 3 at their own convenience. Therefore, it is quite possible that Model 3 demand could eclipse 700,000 cars annually a few years from now, and Tesla is already making preparations on where it will construct these vehicles and bring them to the largest vehicle market in the world.

  • freebywill

    Rooftop Solar and EVs Save Water and Cut Pollution: Better Use of Data Will Optimize the Benefits https://www.ecowatch.com/rooftop-solar-costs-2517450048.html

    By Beia Spiller

    A new paper by my colleagues and me, recently published in Energy Economics, attempts to answer these two questions for households in Austin, Texas. These homes are part of Pecan Street Inc., a living smart-grid laboratory with the largest customer energy-use database on the planet. Using detailed household-level data from 2013-2015, we were able to track solar panel performance and EV use and charging patterns, and match these actions to two important environmental impacts: water use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

    Our paper confirms that, in Texas, using residential solar panels consumes less water and pollutes the air less than using the central-grid power (based on its electricity sources during those years), and driving an EV instead of a gasoline vehicle generally reduces the household's water and emission footprint, even though EVs charge from the grid. Moreover, our analysis demonstrates how carefully examining energy-use data can help us make sure we're maximizing clean energy's benefits.

    The environmental impacts of green technologies in TX https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0140988317303122

    [ full paper, this is the future, decentralized generation, it's what the utils are working to stop. ]

  • freebywill

    World's Largest Solar-Wind-Storage Plant Planned for India https://www.ecowatch.com/solar-wind-storage-2517664506.html

    A wind, solar and battery storage plant is being planned for the southeastern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, which has faced power woes in recent months due to grid failure.

    The renewable energy facility will consist of 120 megawatts of solar, 40 megawatts of wind, 20-40 megawatt-hours of battery backup and will be spread over 1,000 acres in the district of Anantapur.

    According to CleanTechnica, such an installation will be the world's largest once commissioned.

    The estimated $155 million project was jointly developed by Solar Energy Corporation of India, the renewable energy agency of Andhra Pradesh, NREDCAP and Andhra Pradesh Transco.

    Significantly, the plant will receive funding through a loan from the World Bank, which announced this week that it would stop financing oil and gas projects to help the global shift to cleaner energy sources.

  • freebywill

    Tesla Unveils an Electric Rival to Semi Trucks https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/business/tesla-electric-truck.html

    By NEAL E. BOUDETTENOV. 16, 2017

    HAWTHORNE, Calif. — Tesla has aimed to reinvent the automobile and the way electricity is generated for homes. With those efforts still in progress, it is setting out on another quest: to remake the multibillion-dollar trucking industry.

    In an elaborately produced nighttime presentation by its chief executive, Elon Musk, Tesla on Thursday unveiled a prototype for a battery-powered, nearly self-driving semi truck that the company said would prove more efficient and less costly to operate than the diesel trucks that now haul goods across the country. And of course, it will emit no exhaust.

    In a surprise, Mr. Musk also showed he was not letting up on the car side of the business, unveiling a new Tesla Roadster that he said would be able to reach 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds and travel 620 miles before needing to recharge. He claimed it would be the first production car ever with a zero-to-60 time under two seconds.

  • Jebus Jebus

    This forum is the most enjoyable for those who care…

    BP, like other major European oil companies, is responding to pressure from investors and governments, especially in the region, to shift away from the traditional fossil fuels blamed for climate change, like oil and gas, and into cleaner sources of energy. Statoil, the Norwegian giant, for example, is staking out a big position in offshore wind, and Total, the French company, last year bought a battery maker called Saft for 950 million euros, or $1.1 billion.

    “The European majors feel under pressure to diversify, to get exposure to different technologies so they are not left out,” said Valentina Kretzschmar, an analyst at energy consultants Wood Mackenzie. “It is what a lot of their peer group is doing.”

    Indeed, renewables like solar and wind power are increasingly seen as not just a science experiment or a concession to political and environmental pressures, but a good business opportunity in their own right. Wood Mackenzie estimates that renewable energy products return between 7 percent and 10 percent on capital invested.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/15/business/energy-environment/bp-lightsource-solar.html

    It's reality…

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