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Renewables and Simulating the Post-Carbon Grid

No one knows how much a renewable post-carbon grid would cost, but renewable advocates like Greenpeace, and Rocky Mountain Institute, and the proposed Google Clean Energy 2030 plan, all seem to think it will be cheap. However it is impossible for...

Posted December 1, 2009    

Solving the World Water Problems: What McKinsey & Company does not say

McKinsey & Company, the management consultant company whose advice was so helpful to ENRON, Swiss-air, Kmart, and Global Crossing, has now published a 185 page report on current and future world water shortages. McKinsey & Company is of...

Posted November 30, 2009    

Indian AHWR300-LEU Features Revealed

A pamphlet from the Bhabha Atomic research center in Mumbai, India offers a detailed description of the AHWR300-LEU reactor now under development. The reactor will feature a complex fuel mix that will include both uranium and thorium.The...

Posted November 28, 2009    

Indian Nuclear Plans

The World Nuclear Association has published a long new account of the advances in the Indian nuclear program. Things are now moving very fast and three dozen reactors reactors are either planned or under serious consideration. Indian plans include...

Posted November 24, 2009    

2025 Economic Developments in China and India, and the Future of American Solar and Wind

Brian Wang has a very interesting post based on economic projections by Rio Tinto, the international mining outfit. Rio Tinto clearly wants to know about future metal demands in the global economy. Of course this is important for Rio Tinto to know...

Posted November 20, 2009    

Alternative reduced CO2 wind back up systems

The work of Warren Katzenstein and Jay Apt, Peter Lang, and Peter Hawkins all seems to demonstrate that natural gas back up of wind generation imposes choices and inefficiencies, that almost or completely eliminates the CO2 emissions benefits of...

Posted November 15, 2009    

Do wind-gas generating systems prevent CO2 in high wind penetration environments?

Two Carnegie Mellon University researchers, Warren Katzenstein and Jay Apt recently looked at the question of how the intermittency of wind and solar effected CO2 emissions from the grid. (see Air Emissions Due To Wind And Solar Power, Environ. Sci...

Posted November 14, 2009    

Dr. Michael Dittmar on the Future of Nuclear Energy

Dr. Michael Dittmar, a CERN Physicist, has posted Part IV of his essay on the Future of Nuclear Energy, on the Oil Drum. In many respects Dr/ Dittmar's conclusions track the conclusions of thorium advocates.Dr. Ditmann has some interesting...

Posted November 10, 2009    

David MacKay turns on a light

David MacKay is one of the brighter voices in the energy conversation. Indeed I would suspect that we would need fewer lightbulbs in any room where MacKay could be found. MacKay is now the Chief Scientist for the United Kingdom, a country which...

Posted November 8, 2009    

Texas Wind Rips off Taxpayers and Rate Payers, Money to Flow to China

In 2006, the Electrical Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) published a study that showed that while West Texas Wind resources were considered among the best in the United States, they were poorly matched to the needs of Texas Electrical consumers...

Posted November 6, 2009    

Energy costs and advanced nuclear technology

Energy costs are a major concern for Nuclear Green. I am on the lookout for cost data on renewables, and one of my stated concerns is lowering nuclear costs. I contend that renewable generated electricity cost more than nuclear generated...

Posted November 4, 2009    

West Texas wind still $2,500 per kW, Chinese Rejoyce

The dough of wind cost data has been broken with a Chinese-American plan to build a big West Texas wind farm.. U.S. Renewable Energy Group, Texas-based Cielo Wind Power LP, China’s Shenyang Power Group and A-Power Energy Generation Systems Ltdm are...

Posted November 1, 2009