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What is the Potential of Distributed Generation?

HighlightsSolar PV is the flagship technology of the distributed energy philosophy due to its modular nature and low maintenance requirements.However, distributed PV has numerous disadvantages relative to utility-scale PV:Higher...

Posted September 16, 2014    

Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Energy Storage Via Synfuels

Important!Please keep this discussion focussed by following the guidelines at the bottom of this article. In particular, all comments comparing energy options like nuclear and renewables are off-topic.What is meant by "internalized costs"?...

Posted August 12, 2014    

Can Nuclear Make a Substantial Near-Term Contribution?

This article is the result of some very interesting discussions below a recent TEC article on the potential of coal, nuclear and wind/solar to supply the rapidly growing energy needs of the developing world. In that article, I...

Posted July 31, 2014    

Why we Need CCS - Part 5: Bridge to a Sustainable Energy Future

HighlightsCCS together with bio-energy form an essential bridge towards a long-term sustainable energy future. This bridging strategy becomes abundantly clear in all IPCC mitigation scenarios. Considering the great growth ambitions of the...

Posted July 22, 2014    

Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Energy Storage via Batteries

Important!Please keep this discussion focussed by following the guidelines at the bottom of this article. In particular, all comments comparing energy options like nuclear and renewables are off-topic.What is meant by "internalized costs"?...

Posted July 10, 2014    

Why We Need CCS, Part 4: Carbon Negative Solutions

HighlightsThe economic growth ambitions of the developing world combined with the very tight carbon budget prescribed for the 2 ᵒC scenario could potentially demand a very large deployment of carbon negative solutions from...

Posted June 30, 2014    

Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Mature Energy Storage Technologies

Important!Please keep the discussion focussed by following the guidelines at the bottom of this article. In particular, any general promotion/critisism of energy options like nuclear and renewables is off-topic.What is meant by "internalized costs"?...

Posted June 23, 2014    

Why We Need CCS, Part 3: Coal

HighlightsCoal use has been growing rapidly in the 21st century because it effectively delivers the very high energy surplus necessary to drive economic growth in the developing world.Developing nations will most likely continue exploiting...

Posted June 10, 2014    

Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Hydro

What is meant by "internalized costs"?Internalized costs are the costs which can be accurately accounted for in our current systems. In energy production, these costs typically consist of capital costs, financing costs, operation and maintenance...

Posted May 27, 2014    

Why We Need CCS, Part 2: Reactive Climate Change Mitigation

HighlightsBased on historical trends, a climate change policy environment of delayed/ineffective proactive action followed by a somewhat desperate reactive push towards rapid decarbonization appears to be the most likely scenario.CCS is especially...

Posted May 7, 2014    

Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Nuclear

What is meant by "internalized costs"?Internalized costs are the costs which can be accurately accounted for in our current systems. In energy production, these costs typically consist of capital costs, financing costs, operation and maintenance...

Posted May 5, 2014    

Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Gas

What is meant by "internalized costs"?Internalized costs are the costs which can be accurately accounted for in our current systems. In energy production, these costs typically consist of capital costs, financing costs, operation and maintenance...

Posted April 21, 2014