Transitioning the World to 100% Renewable Energy — Part 2

Credit to Author: Winter Wilson| Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2020 03:51:47 +0000

In the second half of this special two-part episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, take’s Zach Shahan’s place as host to talk with Mark Z. Jacobson, professor at Stanford University and cofounder of The Solutions Project, about transitioning the world to 100% renewable energy

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Yikes — One Of My Favorite Political Commenters Bombs On 21st Century Energy

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2020 06:24:22 +0000

Ah, man. It’s annoying as heck to see people who you think are idiots screw up a topic you know well, but it’s an extra special kind of annoying when brilliant people screw up — massively — on that same topic. In this edition of “Smart people who don’t understand the energy industry of 2020,” we’ve got Fareed Zakaria of

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Tesla Steps Into The Utility Space With New Grid Controller Patent

Credit to Author: Kyle Field| Date: Sat, 15 Feb 2020 00:53:19 +0000

This week, Tesla locked in a new patent for a distributed electrical grid management system, with capability to control everything from massive grid-scale energy storage installations down to your washing machine to keep everything humming along nicely

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$3.6 Billion Energy Storage Project Rising From Ashes Of Coal Power Plant

Credit to Author: Tina Casey| Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2020 17:40:37 +0000

A new coal-killing energy storage proposal fits right in with the Energy Department’s vision for wind and solar grid integration (wait, what about coal?)

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PSH FAST, Pt 2: Oscillating Disk Cutters For Tunneling Could Reduce Time & Cost

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2019 19:14:33 +0000

A big part of Livingston and Conroy’s pitch to the DoE was to leverage soon-to-be-commercialized oscillating disk technology in a mostly continuous tunneling model. This would entail not only having the oscillating disk cutter, but also automated ceiling bolting and shotcreting for tunnel stabilization

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PSH FAST, Pt 1: US DOE FAST Competition For Pumped Storage Picks 4 Winners

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2019 19:07:36 +0000

Pumped storage hydro has far more resource potential than required for a fully decarbonized grid and it’s cheap per megawatt-hour (MWh) of storage. The downside is that it’s slow to build, capital intensive, and heavily regulated right now in the United States. The Department of Energy FAST program aims to change that

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Pumped Hydro Social License, Pt 2: The Usual Suspects Will Raise The Usual Fears That Must Be Countered Early

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Sun, 29 Dec 2019 23:32:23 +0000

One of the key take aways from the wind industry experience is that assuming that you have social license because of the virtuousness and safety of an electrical generation technology is a big mistake

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Pumped Hydro Social License, Pt 1: Wind Energy Experience Says Don’t Expect You Have Full Approval

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Sun, 29 Dec 2019 23:24:04 +0000

One of the key take aways from the wind industry experience is that assuming that you have social license because of the virtuousness and safety of an electrical generation technology is a big mistake

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Floating Solar On Pumped Hydro, Part 2: Better Efficiency, But More Challenging Engineering

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Fri, 27 Dec 2019 02:30:04 +0000

The concept of putting floating solar panels on pumped hydro reservoirs is fascinating, but not a slam dunk. This 2nd article covers an additional six pros and cons

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