Tagged: renewable energy

Alan Jones goes after wind farms again, citing dubious evidence - Guest Work

Guest Work Nov 09, 2016

By Simon Chapman, University of Sydney Last week, Sydney radio announcer Alan Jones lambasted those concerned about climate change and what he called “renewable energy rubbish”. Jones has been loose with the facts in the past, having been Factchecked in 2015 after confusing kilowatts with megawatts and quoting a cost for wind power he later confessed “where … Read More

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

Tiwai Point uncertainty stalls NZ renewables - Hot Topic

Simon Johnson May 24, 2016

New Zealand Aluminium Smelter Limited is behind the Meridian/Genesis deal keeping the Huntly Thermal Power Station burning coal as the threat of closing the Tiwai Point smelter is stalling the construction of consented renewable energy projects. My last post at Hot Topic was about energy companies Meridian and Genesis doing a deal to keep the Huntly Thermal Power … Read More

Phasing out fossil fuels for renewables may not be a straight forward swap - Guest Work

Guest Work May 02, 2016

By Anthony James, Swinburne University of Technology To have any chance of preventing dangerous climate change, the world needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero or even negative by mid-century. Many experts suggest this means we need to completely phase out fossil fuels and replace them with renewable energy sources such as solar and … Read More

Removing atmospheric CO2 won’t save us: we must cut emissions now - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 08, 2015

Pete Smith, University of Aberdeen and Pep Canadell, CSIRO Over 190 countries are negotiating in Paris a global agreement to stabilise climate change at less than 2℃ above pre-industrial global average temperatures. For a reasonable chance of keeping warming under 2℃ we can emit a further 865 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2). The climate … Read More

How a global solar alliance can help developing countries - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 07, 2015

Xavier Lemaire, UCL The International Solar Alliance announced by India at the Paris climate conference invites together 120 countries to support the expansion of solar technologies in the developing world. The cost of solar cells has decreased spectacularly over the past four decades, and the trend seems likely to continue. Solar energy has moved from a … Read More

We should probably talk about nuclear power - Guest Work

Guest Work Sep 09, 2014

SciBlogs is running guest posts from some of the Eureka! Sir Paul Callaghan Awards 2014 finalists. In this guest post, University of Auckland student Rachael Wiltshire kicks off a conversation about the future of New Zealand energy. Three years ago, my History class was studying the Vietnam War when a question arose: why would anyone want to implement Communism? … Read More

Energy Darwinism - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Feb 20, 2014

If fossil fuels are the figurative dinosaurs in the energy landscape, are renewables the agile rodents poised to take over the world? That’s an on-going and often intense debate. Will new technologies enable the fossil fuel industry to adapt and provide us all the oil (and gas) that we could possibly ever need? Will renewable sources of energy evolve rapidly … Read More

TOSP Episode 7: October 25th 2011 - The Sciblogs Podcast

Aimee Whitcroft Oct 25, 2011

Featuring (very) bright sparks, biomimicry and flight, Dance Your PhD, NASA inventions, carbon nano-onions, Iceland’s renewable internet, spider silk, zoned-out rats, forecasting with Twitter, autistic facial characteristics, a new superconductivity, the geek book list, Tell Us A Story 2011 winners, and the economics of milk. Also featuring some Interesting Things, including a comment on a paper showing how cats lap … Read More

Energy Forecasts - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Sep 30, 2011

The US’s Energy Information Administration has released its International Energy Outlook 2011. This forecasts energy demand out to 2035.  A caveat is that their assessments assume no new policy or legislative initiatives being introduced that could affect energy markets. Drivers: Economic development, technological innovation Trends: Increasing energy consumption, diversifying energy supplies, exploitation of new sources of fossil fuels … Read More