Sunday, 23 November 2014

It's Googlicide - Renewables Murdered - And It's Google In The Dock!

Ross Koningstein - PhD Aerospace Engineering. 
David Fork - PhD Applied Physics.

Now here's two guys who should know a thing or two about energy systems. On different trajectories they'll have learned all that needs to be known about the Laws of Thermodynamics and the efficiency of heat engines.

So, talking about Climate Change - what do they conclude?
"...Today's renewable energy technologies won't save us..."

What Else?

"...Google’s boldest energy move was an effort known as RE<C, which aimed to develop renewable energy sources that would generate electricity more cheaply than coal-fired power plants do.....Its aspirational goal: to produce a gigawatt of renewable power more cheaply than a coal-fired plant could, and to achieve this in years, not decades..."

What Happened?

In 2011, the company decided that RE<C was not on track to meet its target and shut down the initiative.

So what now for these two?

Ultimately, the two of us were given a new challenge. Alfred Spector, Google’s vice president of research, asked us to reflect on the project, examine its underlying assumptions, and learn from its failures.

And What's Been Learned From The Failure?


The title of their article: What It Would Really Take to Reverse Climate Change

But apparently neither highly educated individual has ever heard of Gen IV Breeder Reactors (be they IFRs or MSRs).

They have no problem in acknowledging James Hansen as " of the world's foremost experts on climate change..." and using Hansen's climate model.

Maybe they should follow Hansen's thinking on "what it would really take" - and get themselves involved with Hansen in the activities of:
Science Council for Global Initiatives 

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Plonk 1000 tons in the Countryside - Power under 2 tons in the City

Just What Goes Into A Wind Turbine?
Here's an Interesting Little Fact Sheet.
"What Mineral Products & Metals Are Needed To Make Wind Turbines"


Just What Comes Out Of A Wind Turbine
In the UK, for the whole of 2014, on average, each one of the 5,635 Wind Turbine generated just 569 kW each.
That's just enough to power 1 decent size of industrial electric motor:  

That's over 1,000 tons Steel and Concrete plonked in pristine countryside, destroying ecosystems and wildlife, to power under 2 tons of industrial electric motor in the city.

We need thousands of these prime movers to power all of our industrial and commercial activities, to perpetuate our way of life - standard of living ! 

The purveyors of this technology, based on such an obscene imbalance in the use of precious resources, have succeeded in getting it past the specialist advisers to our Prime Ministers and Presidents.

Their wicked success has stalled the progress of Gen IV Breeder Reactor programmes, taking us to the edge of the several precipices - a sick race between water wars, energy security wars and/or climate change!

It's time to get angry - really angry - with these morons.

Certainly, these 2 contrasting images should be plonked in front of every politician we come across, up to ministerial level and beyond!