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EMERGING INFORMATION ABOUT POSITIVE ENERGY FUTURES
New solar power technologies emerging:
Imagine a city that’s actually a vast solar energy harvesting system. A team of Michigan State University researchers has developed a technology that can turn transparent surfaces, from building windows to cell phones, into solar collecting surfaces – without obstructing the view.
2016 Overview of the ongoing revolution in energy economics:
Cost of solar power per kilowatt falls below
cost of energy from fossil fuels!
2015-06-08: Stanford engineers develop state-by-state plan to convert U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050
2015: The Solutions Project: A 100% Renewable Energy Vision
2013-06-13: Desert Project Could Produce 20% Of Europe’s Power
Europe could import up to a fifth of its electricity from solar and wind parks in North Africa and the Middle East by 2050, and the CEO of a Germany-based consortium studying the expensive project says stakeholders must act, or face a jump in power prices.
The Desertec Industrial Initiative, set up in Germany in 2009, says Europe could import up to a fifth of its electricity from desert regions, saving $46 billion per year, according to a report in Climate Spectator.
Deserts get more power from the sun than can be used by mankind in a year, Desertec claims.
Notable Quote from the above article: “The power output of the Sun that reaches the Earth could provide as much as 10,000 times more energy than the combined output of all the commercial power plants on the planet, according to the National Academy of Engineering. The problem is how to harvest that energy.”2012-09-16: Power East Coast via wind? Doable with 144,000 offshore turbines, study says 2012-09-14: Wind Power Potential of Planet Earth is 25 to 40 Times Larger Than the World’s Current Total Energy Use. 2012-09-09: Geophysical Limits to Global Wind Power — Analysis from Lawrence Livermore Laboratory
Geothermal Power to The People: Forget Iceland, Hot Rocks Are Everywhere Geothermal power as an alternative to wind and solar 2012 article by Mark Halper on ecomagination.com
Full Steam Ahead For California Geothermal Plans? NPR story from August 2010
Geothermal Energy — Clean Power From the Earth’s Heat A 43-page report from the U.S. Geological Survey (2003)
The Plus Side of Volcanoes — Geothermal Power (from the US Geodetic Survey)
Geothermal Energy Facts (from the Geothermal Education Office)