Guest Post by John Morgan. John is Chief Scientist at a Sydney startup developing smart grid and grid scale energy storage technologies. You can follow John on twitter at @JohnDPMorgan. A lot of ink is spilled on wind intermittency, and not necessarily based in data. So I have extracted and analyzed a high resolution dataset of a year’s […]
Hard-nosed reflections on the limitations of large-scale renewable energy, as well as canvassing possible solutions…
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This is Part II of the “Sustaining the Wind” series of essays by David Jones. For Part I, click here. At the conclusion of part 1[i] of this series, we saw that the putative demand for the element indium in order to build some 15,000,000 wind turbines (at a nominal peak capacity of roughly 900 […]
What follows on this blog over the next few weeks will be a series of five important essays on sustainable energy, by David Jones (who also blogs as NNadir on Daily Kos, bio here). A previous article on BNC by David, on world energy demand and uranium supply, can be read here. Here is Part […]
Solar Impulse; and other comedies
Guest Post by Geoff Russell. Geoff recently released the popular book “Greenjacked! The derailing of environmental action on climate change“. Many nuclear supporters tend to shy away from overt criticism of renewable technologies because they are confident that in any objective analysis, unencumbered by radio-phobia, nuclear will dominate any effective response to climate change; should the […]
Guest Post by Martin Nicholson. Martin studied mathematics, engineering and electrical sciences at Cambridge University in the UK and graduated with a Masters degree in 1974. He published a peer-reviewed book on low-carbon energy systems in 2012: The Power Makers’ Challenge: and the need for Fission Energy Firstly, what does renewable energy (RE) actually mean? Wikipedia says renewable energy refers […]