Tag Archives: Solar Energy

Ocean Thermal

Ocean Thermal Energy is an interesting technology.  This post on The Energy Collective covers many of the details.  However I think it unlikely that it will be pursued aggressively.  The infrastructure that would need to be put in place would … Continue reading

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Renewable Energy Databook from NREL

Better late than never, NREL put out a renewable energy databook that covers RE through the end of 2013.  It is full of charts and graphs that do a nice job of illustrating RE progress in the US and the … Continue reading

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Energy Bootcamp

  This post offers a good overview of the basics needed to understand energy.   Physics, energy introduction.

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Norway Hydro

Norway has large hydro resources of about 30 GW.  This offers storage that can be used to balance intermittent renewables in Europe.  This article lays out many of the details of the opportunities, problems and pitfalls of using Norway as … Continue reading

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Lazard’s LCOE Report is Out for 2014

Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy report looks at energy costs both with and without subsidies.  Wind and solar continue to improve their position compared to other sources. This report is very helpful in teasing apart fact from hype regarding subsidies … Continue reading

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Tesla is the Most Important Car Company – Morgan Stanley

Photo Credit Hans-Johnson CC Tesla is the Most Important Car Company – Morgan Stanley. Tesla mainstreaming EVs, from the world class design to safety to disruptive cost reduction of Li-ion batteries, Tesla is leading revolutionary change in the auto industry … Continue reading

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What Percentage of the Worlds Land Area Would Be Required to Run Everything With Solar?

0.3% of the earths surface is what is required to harvest the energy needed for all of humanity’s electrical and auto transportation needs.  That is for 10 billion living with the same energy intensity as in the US.  In the … Continue reading

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Renewables In Perspective

This Sandia paper offers insights as to the potential for various renewable energy sources.  This is one of the sources that Elon Musk is using to guide his vision. Richard Perez offers similar information graphically, see below.

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Utility Scale Solar Cost Halves in 4 Years

Great progress is being made in lowering the cost of PV.  This report on utility scale PV generation shows recent progress. UPDATE:  Dubai paves the way and gets there several years early. Other renewable energy and related cost reduction trends … Continue reading

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LCOE Comparision

Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis offers a great comparison between various energy sources.  It shows subsidized and unsubsidized so that better comparisons can be made. UPDATE Aug 2015:  Lazard’s updates this every year.  Historical context is helpful as it … Continue reading

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