"When accounting for dynamics in the production process, the results indicate that only for high estimates of the social costs of pollution does the value of emissions offset by wind power exceed cost of renewable energy subsidies."
Most of the afflictions wrongly attributed to nuclear power can rightly be attributed to coal. I was struck by this thought when I saw the graphics published by Greenpeace on Friday...
Shayle Kann, Vice President of Research at GTM, wanted to assess whether solar is becoming mainstream. So Kann devised a checklist to help answer the question, At what point does solar become mainstream in US? And how close are we? His conclusions:
1. Solar must be a primary source of new electric capacity in the U.S.
2. Solar must be cost-competitive without reliance on fickle incentives.
3. Solar must be taken seriously by the electricity industry.
(No mention of the minor issue of dispatchability.)
Tesla CO2/mile compared to Prius and BMW
I began my career as an aerospace engineer. I designed control systems that involved mechanical parts, electrical or hydraulic actuators, processors, feedback loops, software, and human interfaces involving anthropometry, strength, reaction time and psychological factors - all at the same time. I liked the interdisciplinary nature of this work and the seriousness and responsibility associated with designing things that have expensive or deadly failure modes. I also wrote a textbook on probabilistic risk analysis for one aerospace firm.
I enjoy hobby photography of all sorts and am a passionate scholar of ancient history, mainly republican and imperial Rome. I've shot around 30,000 photos of ancient marble portrait heads.
I currently have a Visiting Scholar Appointment at UC Berkeley in History of Science.
My wife is a far more creative and original photographer than I. I steal most of my ideas from her.