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StratoSolar - blog · 2W ago

More environmentalists seeing the problems with intermittent wind and solar generation.

This article by Michael Schellenberger in Forbes is another example of a committed environmentalist that is concerned with the problems of intermittent wind and solar power as solutions to r...
StratoSolar - blog · 2M ago

Im-practicality of 100% renewable energy

This article in the MIT Technology review discusses this paper in the journal Energy and Environmental Science.  The topic is the viability (or lack thereof) of 100% renewable electricity ge...
StratoSolar - blog · 3M ago

PV not predicted to grow much in 2018

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has ten predictions for 2018. One prediction is that PV installs in 2018 will be about the same as 2017’s 98GW. PV panel prices are predicted to decline s...
StratoSolar - blog · 3M ago

Historical antecedent of StratoSolar concept

When we first evolved the PV version of StratoSolar, it was a surprise that we could find no prior mention of anything like it, despite trying hard. This has been reinforced over the years b...
StratoSolar - blog · 4M ago

Some are starting to acknowledge wind and solar intermittency issues

As the year winds down, various reports on CO2 growth and climate change have appeared. One of the more interesting is a report from a multi agency effort of the US government. Given Trump’s...
StratoSolar - blog · 6M ago

Clean energy’s only purpose is to reduce CO2 emissions. It is not an end but a means to an end. This big picture tends to be lost in the noise of adversarial energy debate.

In this blog post on 10/2/2017 I discussed the EIA’s latest 2017 world energy projection out to 2050. The EIA is America’s congressional energy information body, equivalent to the Congressio...
StratoSolar - blog · 6M ago

Follow the money

About this time last year I wrote a post based on Bloomberg's (bnef) reporting on global clean energy financing. The theme was the lack of growth in clean energy investment. This time last y...
StratoSolar - blog · 7M ago

EIA projections revisited six years on. We are still not on a path to eliminating fossil fuels

Five years ago, I produced this chart based on 2011 EIA world energy use projections out to 2050. It showed the scale of fossil fuel energy to other energy and the projected growth of fossil...
StratoSolar - blog · 8M ago

China rescues solar

In an earlier post in June, only a few months ago, I discussed GTM’s 2017 projections for the global solar PV market. This was 85GW, 30GW of which was for China. GTM did mention how opaque a...
StratoSolar - blog · 9M ago

Nuclear power in decline

Nuclear power and wind/solar are the two main contenders for a fossil fuel free energy future. My previous blog post focused on the problems with wind/solar. It now seems that nuclear power ...