Tagged: photovoltaics

30 ways to sabotage the introduction of solar power [SPOILER – we’ve tried them all!] - Guest Work

Peter Griffin Aug 15, 2016

by George Jones If for some reason someone wished to delay the introduction of solar panels into New Zealand, here are some ideas on how to do it. 1. Insist that the electrical industry eliminate any incentives that might inadvertently have been imposed in the past.  Make sure that the Electricity Authority stamps out these incentives where it can, … Read More

Electric cars – a slow hope - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Apr 28, 2016

Dr Janet Stephenson Experts, just about everyone and even the government would like New Zealanders to be zipping around in electric cars. But it won’t happen, at least not rapidly. Otago University’s Director of the Centre for Sustainability Dr Janet Stephenson explains. She also tells us why New Zealanders are buying photovoltaic solar panels, wonders why we’re buying … Read More

The Climate Show #35: elections, extremes and a big wind - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Sep 19, 2013

We’re running a bit late with this one: recorded last week before the big wind left Gareth powerless for six days (a bit like Glenn’s PC), John Cook ruminates on the result of the Australian election, the boys marvel at the Mail’s myth making about Arctic sea ice, and look forward to the release of […] … Read More

The Climate Show #32: a Cook’s tour of the Aussie heat - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jan 24, 2013

At long last: John Cook from Skeptical Science rejoins the Climate Show team for the first show of 2013. He hooks up with Glenn and Gareth to review Australia’s big heatwave, and stays around to dig into the new Greenpeace report on dirty energy, discuss Obama’s inauguration speech and Boris Johnson’s climate blunder, the latest [...] … Read More

Paper 2.0: From flexible screens to smart solar cells - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Oct 17, 2012

Sir Richard Friend, the Cambridge University physics professor who has just completed a lecture tour of New Zealand, recently stacked all 78 volumes of the 2005 editions of Physical Review on the floor of his office. Sir Richard Friend “I probably broke all sorts of OSH rules,” says Sir Richard, whose towering wall of paper comprised 80,000 pages of journal … Read More

Still time for the energy revolution - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jun 25, 2012

The International Energy Agency (IEA) continues to plug the energy transformation necessary if we are to have any hope of staying within a 2oC rise in global temperature.  This month has seen the publication of Energy Technology Perspectives 2012 (ETP 2012) in which they explain the technologies and behaviours that according to the press release [...] … Read More

The Climate Show #25: Box on ice (a polar special) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Mar 23, 2012

As the northern hemisphere starts to warm (rather rapidly in the USA), climate watchers’ thoughts turn to melting ice, and to tell us what happened last year and what might be in store this summer, Glenn and Gareth welcome back Greenland expert Jason Box from the Byrd Polar research Centre at Ohio State University. It’s [...] … Read More

The promise of renewables - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Nov 04, 2011

No sooner had I finished reviewing Fools Rule, which recounts the determination of many nations to carry on with the further discovery and exploitation of fossil fuels in blunt defiance of the warnings of science, than I read Fred Pearce’s article in Yale Environment 360 detailing how the world is in fact burning more and [...] … Read More

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