I think this open letter from Jeremy Leggett of Solar Century to Cameron puts the current situation into clear context: 4 November 2011 The Right Honourable David Cameron MP Dear Prime Minister You will recall that five years ago you chose to host your first Shadow Environment team ‘meet the media’ event at Solarcentury. I […]Read More
Reply |Mark Delucchi to energy-discuss. show details 21:34 (12 hours ago) I tend to agree with Mark B. here. FWIW, the IEA report mentions algae but doesn’t feature it in its analysis. I’ve seen a few LCAs of algae fuel, and and the results are not particularly impressive. The IEA report includes algae in one […]Read More
On 17 February 2011 14:28, Jonathan Selwyn <email@example.com> wrote: I would like to draw your attention to the imminent threat to the Feed in Tariff for PV. Whatever your views on the efficacy of large scale land based solar, the emergency review announced last week threatens the entire sector. In 10 short months since […]Read More
Mark Jacobson and Mark Delucchi recently published two papers in Energy Policy expanding upon our article on 100% wind, water, and solar power for the world, published in Scientific American in November 2009. I am attaching corrected in-press proofs of the articles. Mark and I continue to work on various aspects of this, so we […]Read More
For latest programme see: http://tx1.fcomet.com/~claverto/cms/nec-latest-list.html IP&EE conference, NEC Birmingham, 8th – 10th June 2010, diesel generators, on independent power and energy – biomass, chp, gas engine, solar, ORC turbines, policy, feed in tarrifs, See full conference flyer – http://tx1.fcomet.com/~claverto/cms/ieee-conference.html Register for the conference Register for the exhibition at www.gmp.uk.com/ipee If you want to give […]Read More
© FSK TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH 2009 leon.dimarcotheatsymbolbtinternetdotcom WHY AN EU RENEWABLE ENERGY PLAN NEEDS SOLAR POWER Background to EU energy issues – Climate science points to a reduction in carbon emissions of at least 80% by 2050. In practice, this will require the decarbonisation of at least 90% of most types of EU energy supplies. The […]Read More
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Today, The Times has claimed that Britain’s potential renewable resources are insufficient to meet demand, and therefore that Britain needs new nuclear plants. This is reported as having been stated by the new Chief Scientific Advisor to DECC, Professor David MacKay FRS, the author of the free online book: Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air – though it appears that The Times invented this quote. Nevertheless, the claim that Britain cannot live on its own renewables, is also made in his book.
However, the claim is not true.
On the professor’s own (underestimated) calculation of Britain’s renewable potential, it is possible for Britain to power itself from wind and solar. Current energy demand (heat, transport & electricity), is 98kWh per person per day (245GW), and the professor’s book identifies 68kWh/d (170GW) of wind onshore and offshore, and 55kWh/d (137.5GW) from photovoltaics, which together gives 123kWh/d (307.5GW). That means that even ignoring wave, tidal, geothermal and biomass, Britain’s renewable potential supply just from solar and wind substantially exceeds our energy demand.Read More
In general it can be seen that there is not a lot to choose between the cost of wind energy, and coal, gas or nuclear. PV and CSP are considerablymore expensive however.Read More
Hi Andrew, House of Commons presentation, June 18th 2009- European Supergrid and 100% Renewable Energy Congratulations on organising the above meeting at the HoC about supergrids and thanks for your support in that area. In connection with supergrids, you may be interested to put some or all of the following links on to the website […]Read More