The Challenge with Renewable Energy Breakthrough in renewable energy - VPRO 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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Breakthrough in renewable energy - VPRO The Challenge with Renewable Energy 2 days ago   46:11

It’s not in the papers but a silent revolution is moving across the world. Renewable energy is becoming cheaper than from fossil fuels. It means that progressively the choice for wind and solar energy is no longer an ethical one but an economic one. And this will speed up the transfer to renewable energy.

In countries like Brazil, Australia, Chile and parts of the United States people consider renewable energy because of financial reasons. The price of solar and wind energy will continue to drop and in more countries renewable energy will occur.

A surprising newcomer on the market is Morocco, where the government expects that in 2020 more than 40 percent of the energy could come from solar energy.

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