Tagged: solar power

Cheaper solar power and electric vehicles are going to change our world over the next 5 years - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Sep 17, 2017

This will be the best hour you’ll spend in front of a screen this week, I promise.     Tony Seba explains how the plunging costs of battery storage and solar power generation, coupled with the rise of electric vehicles and autonomous driving technologies are going to first disrupt and then transform both the transport and power industries worldwide, … Read More

New Zealand needs climate leadership - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Nov 10, 2016

Professor Ralph Sims We’ve got to get cracking – grow trees, stop wasting food, stop burning coal, electrify the vehicle fleet. That’s the message from Massey University’s Professor Ralph Sims, who chaired the panel which produced the Royal Society of New Zealand report Transition to a low-carbon economy for New Zealand. Six months after the report we still lack … 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

Turning point: Al Gore’s new hope - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jun 22, 2014

Al Gore has written an impressive long article in Rolling Stone magazine. I read it with gratitude and wanted to recommend it to others. It’s a highly readable text packed with rich detail which reflects the wide spectrum across which Gore operates and the considerable intelligence which informs his thinking. It deserves wide readership. The […] … 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

The Climate Show #33: Salinger, carbon carnage and recursive fury - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Feb 08, 2013

In this week’s news-packed edition of The Climate Show we have an exclusive interview with Jim Salinger, probably New Zealand’s highest profile climate scientist, talking about extremes and the shape of things to come. John Cook discusses his new paper with Stephan Lewandowsky, Recursive fury: Conspiracist ideation in the blogosphere in response to research on [...] … Read More

Can I do that again? Dramatic demonstration of the power of the sun - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Sep 21, 2012

Powerful stuff, sunshine. Two square metres of mirror can generate 3,500ºC temperatures — enough to burn/melt anything. Let no-one tell you that solar power hasn’t got the potential to be a game-changer. Video from the BBC series Bang Goes The Theory a couple of years ago. Mirrors at the Solar Furnace Research Facility in France. [...] … 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