Renewable Energy Is Our Future: Eric Storing solar energy in the strangest 9 months ago   11:15

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Affordable renewable energy is still science fiction, right? Dead wrong, says Dr. Eric Martinot, and he should know. A former senior energy specialist with the World Bank in Washington, DC from 1999 to 2003 and affiliated with the Worldwatch Institute, Eric created an annual compendium on renewable power in 2005 called the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report. The author of that and dozens of other influential publications on renewable and sustainable energy since 1990, he's also an editorial board member of the journal Energy Policy. Currently a senior research director with the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies in Tokyo and teaching fellow at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, Eric shuttles between Japan, China, Europe and New Zealand researching real-life examples of renewable energy to track our long-term energy future to 2050. He'll be spending most of 2013 and 2014 on a global tour speaking about his pioneering REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report, issued in January 2013.

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COMMON MAN
I spent months trying to discover a method to make my very own energy. The solution turned out to be the Papziati Energy online system. It is the number 1 method to produce your own electric power. Simply start looking on Google.
Gary Lewis
Japan has always had a trade surplus before fukishema but after Japan has a trade deficet because of importing natural gas and coal because of the closer of their nuclear plants.
David Wilkie
Telling people to throw away their futures under the guise of protecting them seems to be irresponsible. The waste is unburnt fuel and storing it is worse than a waste of money. It's true that renewables are the correct solution for households, but modular Thorium reactors are almost uniquely designed for industrial applications.
Abylaikhan D
give him some water.
K- Mar
it just doesn't work like that, what exactly do you mean with ways to store energy? what about a few numbers about how much are we are talking. this all sounds nice but the facts are different. in germany are the highes electricity prices, industy doesn't like that. co2 emmisions almost didnt get down at all. look at the stats and the facts! what we need is the 4th gen nuclear. don't say noooo, educate yourself what this is and what this does and why this isn't like todays reactors.
Rob Levesque
I hope you work with the Japanese government...if not, they should hire you asap!
Andrew Boada
Renewables are the kind of thing that's really easy to get excited about as a world-saving tech solution to climate change, until you take a closer look at how energy works and understand what it would mean to power human civilization with low density energy sources. Trillions upon trillions of dollars to build, maintain and operate energy infrastructure that will sprawl over millions of square miles of the earth's surface. Even if we could build it all fast enough to head off serious climate change, it's just not going to happen. It's simply too expensive, especially for developing countries where most of the growth in energy demand is coming from. The longer we we spend deluding ourselves with this renewables fantasy, the harder it is going to be to tackle climate change. Either nuclear energy is going to be the chief source of zero carbon energy, with renewables making modest contributions at the margins, or we're going to keep using fossil fuels until climate change stresses human civilization to the breaking point.
joan bolets
I enjoy your papers as much as I have enjoyed your talk!
Powercatsquirrel
Why do you refuse to discuss restoration recovery, dr martinot?
Orhan Yiğit
I thought nuclear power was also the part of renewable energy technology?
WTF BBQ
He was speaking in front of a Japanese audience. The last thing they need is someone trying to convince them of adopting another nuclear power source regardless of how safe you think it might be.
miamizsun
martinot, that i saw, didn't mention one word about thorium/LFTR

if he's really serious, he should do what others have done

look at the science (LFTR) and how best to bring vast amounts of green energy to improve the human condition (especially into the third world)

cutting edge environmentalists are taking notice and bringing that into the conversation

see gordon mcdowell's youtube channel

regards
King X KoK
interesting... but TOO MANY COUGHS!!!
Julian W. - Gwangju
It's really good to learn of Eric Martinot's great work producing the REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report (GFR) 2013, searchable on google and free to download and print.
I'm also glad that he name dropped John Holdren. I'm glad that people like this are working within the system; it helps to restore faith that not all of it is corrupt, and some is actually incredibly useful.
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Will Chueh is an assistant professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department and a center fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford. Chueh received his master's degree (2010) in applied physics and doctorate in materials science from the California Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Stanford in 2012, he was a Distinguished Truman Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories. Chueh has received numerous honors, including the Caltech DemetriadesTsafka-Kokkalis Prize in Energy (2012), the Josephine de Karman Fellowship (2009) and the American Ceramics Society Diamond Award (2008). In 2012, he was named as one of the "top 35 innovators under the age of 35" by MIT Technology Review.

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