Peter Fairley said: New tech lets occupants work with (rather than against) building systems, boosting comfort while reducing energy use
Peter Fairley said: Design teams are producing intriguing structures to harness urban wind flows. But making them work is a challenge.
Peter Fairley said: Solar already beats the grid where utility rates are high and the sun is strong -- a sweet spot that's growing fast
Peter Fairley said: DC power tech is improving fast -- making market barriers the rate-limiting factor renewable energy supergrids
Peter Fairley said: OSU's coal reactors strip the pricey oxygen purification step out of oxyfuel power tech and capture 99% of CO2
Peter Fairley said: Europe's flooded carbon market could help make the case for carbon taxation in the US
France Is Debating Whether To Shift Its Energy System Away From Nuclear Power | MIT Technology Review
Peter Fairley said: France, a nuclear innovator, is debating whether to reduce its reliance on atom power. Whither its nuclear R&D?
Peter Fairley said: Greater agility in output may keep Old King Coal in place in a nonnuclear Germany
Consider the massive lignite-coal-burning power plant that German utility RWE Power started up near Cologne, Germany, in August 2012. Each of the dual 1100-megawatt steam turbines can ramp generation up or down by 500 MW in less than 15 minutes. While admittedly one-third slower than GE’s new natural-gas plants, that rate is still twice as fast as the best achieved by recent gas-fired plants supplied by Siemens, and more than six times as fast as the average coal-fired plant running today.
Peter Fairley said: A 2-tier grid is emerging as those with means install backup power capacity. But even the “have-nots” could benefit.
Kenny Grigar, cofounder of Taos, New Mexico–based Off-Grid Hardware, specializes in installing self-sufficient PV systems. Solar panels that don't deliver in a blackout, he says, are only “half a system.”
Peter Fairley said: In the face of cheap photovoltaics, a Turkish start-up is relaunching solar thermal power