Why today’s renewables cannot power modern civilization

By Dr. Lars Schernikau Dr. Lars Schernikau has founded, worked, and advised many organizations in the energy, raw material, and coal sectors in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. Lars finished his PhD on the economics of energy, commodities, and the global coal business and published two industry trade books (Springer, available on Amazon) in…

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The decline of Weather Dependent Renewables in Europe: 2008 – 2018

Reposted from edmhdotme Introduction The EurObserv’ER organisation publishes data annually on all types of EU28 Renewable installations and their productivity.  EurObser’ER is backed by the EU and promotes the transition to Renewables.  Their report for Solar power in 2019 here is a typical example of their annual data output for each technology. Photovoltaic barometer 2019…

Limits to Solar and Wind Power in Australia

By Richard D. Patton South Australia (SA) is the smallest state in Australia and its government has made a goal of being a leader in renewable energy production. As a consequence, it has a large amount of installed wind and solar generation. After a series of blackouts in 2016, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)…

Racial Inequality in the Deployment Of Rooftop Solar Energy in the US

From EurekAlert! Fewer rooftop solar photovoltaics installations exist in African-American and Hispanic-dominant neighborhoods than in white-dominant neighborhoods, even when controlling for household income and home ownership Tufts University MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. and BERKELEY, Ca. (Jan. 10, 2019)–Although the popularity of rooftop solar panels has skyrocketed because of their benefits to consumers and the environment, the deployment…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #279

  Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) Data Quality – Surface Temperatures: Writing in Energy Matters, Roger Andrews has begun an examination of efforts to adjust measurements to a preconceived idea. His first part deals with land-based, surface-air temperatures (SAT). Ideally, these are taken…

The Solar-Powered Oil Field… An Adjustocene Fable

Guest post by David Middleton This post is sort of a sequel to Charles the Moderator’s “Climate impacts of super-giant oilfields go up with age, Stanford scientists say.”  It was also inspired by comment from my friend Griff on the utility of solar power in oilfields. This section of the article, in particular, caught my…

Ouarzazate

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach The BBC, that bastion of slanted reportage on all things green, has an article about a new solar power plant entitled “The Colossal African Solar Plant That Could Power Europe“. It’s full of all kinds of interesting information about the plant, located in Ouarzazate, Morocco. Man, how come Africa gets…