Q: renewable energy success stories ?
I really hope the world goes down this path sooner rather than later.
But it seems that governments drag their feet on every thing .
Ohh we need to support the Coal industry...But the oil industry is so important and employees many people.
Yeah yeah we have heard it all before ....the first country that embraces renewable energy will clean up financialy as well as environmently.
What have you seen in your travels at home and abroad that ticks the box?
Scotland has done it for a few days. So has Denmark and Spain.
It's not a case of ticking the box. It's about what is sensible.
"The main barriers to the widespread implementation of large-scale renewable energy and low-carbon energy strategies are political rather than technological. According to the 2013 Post Carbon Pathways report, which reviewed many international studies, the key roadblocks are: climate change denial, the fossil fuels lobby, political inaction, unsustainable energy consumption, outdated energy infrastructure, and financial constraints"
Not renewable, but better than current energy sources - Thorium nuclear power plants.
200 times more energy than uranium. 1000 times less toxic. About three times as much in the ground (and, a LOT of it is thrown away when mining for coal!!)
Some countries (including China!!!) are building Thorium reactors, such as Canada, Norway, India.
Here it is Shining
What gives America the right to dictate nuclear policies to other sovereign nations?
and it was Geeser not old gunslinger ...but i thing they were the same guy anyway
Heard a story a long time ago about uranium
the story goes that there is a martial that is a better source than Yellow cake but will not go bang (which does not make sence to me science wise)
so the man in charge at the time didn't want it.
Im not a Nuclear fan but that is my opinion
You are correct son. It is called "Thorium" and you can learn about it by googling "Thorium Reactors" or "Thorium Plasma Battery". China, Norway and even India have them - impossible to make weapons from the shit.
Consider a conversation I had a few month ago with a UK colleague.
Gay coloured umbrellas.
Yup. Umbrellas can make you out as gay. Riding a female style bike makes you look gay. It's a western macho thing. MEN use golf umbrelllas. They are big.
My ebike has flowers painted on it. My daughter has stuck butterfly stickers on it. I have a very feminine ebike.
But nobody in China cares. Nor do they care about the colour of your umbrella (unless it's yellow).
Nobody cares about about how it looks. People care about the cost.
My ebike is technically banned where I live, but nobody cares about the law here. My ebike is totally banned in the UK.
They want me to buy a gas guzzling 4 liter SUV.
I paid 160 quid for my latest ebike. It can get me to work faster than an SUV. I can get 2 years out of the batteries no problem, and it can go places even an SUV cant (In the lift, for example)
Putting aside the arguement about how electricity is generated, the ebike is a massive success story. But the oil people want it banned.
Just do the Newtonian maths.
My ebike is about 40Kg. A car is about 850 Kg minimum. Energy is measured per Kg Newton first law.... mass equals force times acceleration..
How many empty car seats and spare tires are being accelerated from zero to 30 on average trips to work every second?
Add up how many thousands of tons of car badges that are being accelerated and de-accelerated every second.
Then complain about the pollution. As oyu sit in a traffic jam with your engine idling.
Electric engines don't idle. They are binary. On or off.
The second law of thermodynamics states that the entropy of the universe is always expanding. That law is cast in stone. It is true, it is not fake news.
What we have to do, is keep the dy/dx of that increase as small as possible. We need to minimise the gradient of the curve. Exponential is not good. We need to keep entropy to a minimum.
Green energy is good. It converts one entropy into another, and powers things during the conversion.
Burning fossil (stored) energy is bad. It just creates more entropy rather than convert the entropy we already have.