The Challenge with Renewable Energy Bill Gates on Energy Innovation 2 days ago   46:34

Columbia Business School
Featuring Peter W. Davidson, CEO and co-founder of Aligned Intermediary; and Nate McMurry, ’10BUS, vice president, divestiture and portfolio management at EDF Renewable Energy, this panel discussed how capital and investing is flowing into clean energy and renewables, creating opportunities for technology to be scaled to address the growing energy needs of society.

This session was moderated by Bruce Usher, co-director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise; Elizabeth B. Strickler ’86 and Mark T. Gallogly ’86 Faculty Director; and Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Business School.

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Robert Callaghan
we need the skill sets to clean up weaponized nuclear waste
Robert Callaghan
windmills and solar panels will be easily destroyed in superstorms
James Z
Some of the points in this video are so BS.
Research and develop renewable energy has become a 'politically correct' trend in many countries, some questions from developing country students just so ignorant, they only see how clean or cheap the renewable energy is, but they ignore the fact why their government stick with coal energy. First, initial implement for renewable energy is much higher than coal energy, second, the available energy output for wind energy is only half of the available energy output of coal energy, coal energy can generate electricity 6000 hours a year, and wind energy can generate 3000 hours maximum. Wind is cheap and more efficient, but you need a lot more to reach the same output level as coal energy.
These three guys sitting there in a God view to answer questions for developing countries, asking them to change coal from wind, however, you have to admit that in many developing countries, changing from coal to renewable is not a short term job. It required a few decades.
The problem is actually still economics, namely the economics of a sustainable energy storage system which is still extremely expensive. Most power on the grid is produced on demand, so academia really has no grasp on the consequences of converting to 100% renewable energy simply because this would require massive energy storage systems and there is no data to study this because no one has done it before. It just doesn’t make sense economically given todays tech.
Thank you for the informative dialogue here.
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Bill Gates on Energy Innovation The Challenge with Renewable Energy 2 days ago   55:27

The Fukushima nuclear disaster notwithstanding, technology entrepreneur Bill Gates would still bet on nuclear power as the energy source of the near future.

In a timely and interesting conversation from the 2011 WIRED Business Conference Wired, Gates points out that the nuclear plants of the future are not even remotely similar to the obsolete Fukushima design. There will be entirely new ways of ensuring plant safety.

It is now possible to simulate on a supercomputer all the possible scenarios: earthquakes, tsunamis and other disasters in order to design and construct flawless systems.

The problem is that these "perfect" technologies -- some of them funded by Gates himself -- are not quite available for deployment. Not today, and not for many years to come.

So, what do we do in the meantime?

Bill Gates is speaking here with WIRED Magazine editor Chris Anderson.

Bill Gates is chairman of the computer software giant, Microsoft Corporation. Since 2008, Gates no longer has a day-to-day role in the company, spending more time on his global health and education work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Chris Anderson is editor in chief of WIRED magazine, a position he's held since 2001. He is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, "The Long Tail" and "Free: The Future of a Radical Price". He is also one of the founders of, a free online service that connects authors on tour with potential audiences.

In 2007, he was named in Time Magazine's annual Top 100 list of the most influential people in the world. Before joining WIRED, Anderson served as US business editor, Asia business editor, and technology editor at The Economist. He began his media career as an editor at the two premier science journals, "Nature" and "Science".

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