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2003-01-19 Energy Solutions for 60% Carbon Reduction

A study prompted by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution Report No. 22, "Energy - the Changing Climate", and by the U.K. Government Cabinet Office Performance and Innovation Unit Energy Review.

2010-05-03 The CRI Renewable Methanol Process and Potential

The Icelandic company Carbon Recycling International has developed a process for synthesising methanol from renewable sources. The feedstocks are hydrogen produced by the electrolysis of water with geothermal and hydro electricity and carbon dioxide captured from geothermal hot water boreholes.

2011-08-15 Measuring the Heat Losses and Solar Gains of Buildings

Before the Solar World Congress 2011 in Kassel, Germany, I submitted the Abstract of a paper: 'Measuring the Heat Losses and Solar Gains of Buildings via a Novel Analysis of the Data'.
This was accepted for oral presentation.
To complete the paper, I had to process three years' data and subject it to my novel analysis. However, this went well and I was very pleased with the results.


2013-07-22 Carbon Budgets and Switching to Renewables

This paper assembles a chain of evidence from the global Carbon Budget for permissible climate change to the choice of components of the solution based on their Energy Return on (Energy) Invested (EROI). It shows that for an 80% chance of limiting global warming to 2 C, only 565 GtCO2 can be emitted (up to 2050).

2013-11-01 Nuclear Power's Fatal Flaws

I had produced a 73-page study 'The Real Lessons of Fukushima', dated 2012-04-11, based on the evidence from over 230 references. This showed the crucial importance of 'decay heat' – an inherent characteristic of nuclear fission – in the event of a 'Loss of Cooling Accident' (LOCA). It also showed that the probability of a LOCA was unknowable, as the chains of events number billions, each requiring data on reliability, and failures could lead to catastrophic radioactive releases to air, land and sea. So nuclear disasters are inevitable, as the record shows.

Quantifying the Narrowing Net-energy Pathways to a Global Energy Transition

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'Planning the appropriate renewable energy (RE) installation rate should balance two partially contradictory objectives: substituting fossil fuels fast enough to stave-off the worst consequences of climate change while maintaining a sufficient net energy flow to support the world’s economy. The upfront energy invested in constructing a RE infrastructure subtracts from the net energy available for societal energy needs, a fact typically neglected in energy projections. Modeling feasible energy transition pathways to provide different net energy levels we find that they are critically dependent on the fossil fuel emissions cap and phase-out profile and on the characteristic energy return on energy invested of the RE technologies. The easiest pathway requires installation of RE plants to accelerate from 0.12 TW p yr –1 in 2013 to peak between 7.3 and 11.6 TW p yr –1 in the late 2030s, for an early or a late fossil-fuel phase-out respectively, in order for emissions to stay within the recommended CO 2 budget’.

So the early fossil-fuel phase-out requires the installation of RE plants to accelerate by 7.3/0.12 = 61-fold and the late phase-out by 11.6/0.12 = 97-fold. Further delay would mean that there is no solution.


2008-10-10 Renewable Synthetic Fuels for Transport

Gordon Taylor & Richard Pearson

I met Dr Richard Pearson when I attended a talk he gave on biofuels and synthetic liquid fuels for road transport. In this he mentioned with approval the paper 'The Future of the Hydrogen Economy: Bright or Bleak?'. I therefore proposed that we collaborate - to which he agreed.


2013-06-07 The Consequences of Major Nuclear Releases

The consequences of the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear releases are horrendous. Yet the 'worst-case' nuclear releases are 100 times greater, with far worse consequences.

2011-06-09 Evidence for the Energy Bill - the Green Deal

I submitted the pdf file in response to the The Green Deal
and Energy Company Obligation, Consultation Document.

2012-08-14 Regarding 'Solar Energy in the Context of Energy Use'

The late Professor David MacKay, FRS submitted to the Royal Society the paper: 'Solar Energy in the context of energy use, energy transportation, and energy storage',
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