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Emissions Nuclear Policy Renewables

Nuclear power to do the heavy lifting in reducing China’s greenhouse gas emissions

he exact mix of nuclear with renewable energy will be for individual countries to decide. China clearly sees a great advantage in using significantly more nuclear in the future to reduce its use of coal. Hopefully, the actual mix in each country would be driven more by cost and reliability than ideology and politics.

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Climate Change Future Policy Renewables

The Left vs The Climate

I’m still in the process of moving house (I’ve now arrived in Tassie, but my furniture is still in transit…). But I have my Notebook computer, so I’m set, right? Anyway, on the weekend I had time, over a large coffee, to read through Will Boisvert‘s essay on pastoral fantasies and the alternative ‘high energy planet’ (a […]

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Future Nuclear Renewables

The Catch-22 of Energy Storage

Pick up a research paper on battery technology, fuel cells, energy storage technologies or any of the advanced materials science used in these fields, and you will likely find somewhere in the introductory paragraphs a throwaway line about its application to the storage of renewable energy.  Energy storage makes sense for enabling a transition away […]

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Future Policy Renewables

Battery electric vehicles in Australia

Graham Palmer, author of the recent book “Energy in Australia: Peak oil, solar power and Asia’s economic growth” (reviewed on BNC here), has just done an excellent ABC radio presentation on Robyn William’s “Ockham’s Razor” show.  This is Robyn’s intro: Robyn Williams: Now I wasn’t in the room at the time, but it is claimed that George […]

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GR Policy Renewables

Four Corners and its field of dreams

On Monday 7 July 2014, the usually hard-hitting investigative current affairs program “Four Corners” (Australian Broadcasting Commission) showed “Power to the People“. Here was the tagline: While the rest of the world moves to embrace renewable energy why is Australia drawing back? Four Corners documents the revolution in power generation taking place across the globe. The […]