Amory Lovins – Reinventing Fire

In this TED talk Amory Lovins presents a nontechnical overview of the future of energy.  In his book Reinventing Fire he digs into the details.

From the Amazon page introduction:

“Imagine fuel without fear. No climate change. No oil spills, no dead coalminers, no dirty air, no devastated lands, no lost wildlife. No energy poverty. No oil-fed wars, tyrannies, or terrorists. No leaking nuclear wastes or spreading nuclear weapons. Nothing to run out. Nothing to cut off. Nothing to worry about. Just energy abundance, benign and affordable, for all, forever.

That richer, fairer, cooler, safer world is possible, practical, even profitable-because saving and replacing fossil fuels now works better and costs no more than buying and burning them. Reinventing Fire shows how business-motivated by profit, supported by civil society, sped by smart policy-can get the US completely off oil and coal by 2050, and later beyond natural gas as well.”

While Reinventing Fire provides a comprehensive overview of energy, a number of studies have looked at the effects of aggregating renewables and upgrading the grid to smooth out the intermittency.  Some noteworthy ones are listed below.

This post includes several studies, done by others, which examine increased renewables penetration through aggregation.  In other words, reducing intermittency by averaging many renewable energy systems over a large area.

This is a study done by another group showing a near 100% renewables scenario for part of the USA – PJM another model of high penetration renewables

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