Here’s the new view in the latest IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources:
In 2008, global geothermal energy use represented only about 0.1 percent of the global primary energy supply. However, by 2050, geothermal could meet roughly 3 percent of the global electricity demand and 5 percent of the global demand for heating and cooling.
That dramatic expansion of scope – a factor of 15 on a global scale – is a function of new technology options and forecasts for higher fossil fuel prices. But it is only one example.
Another technology undergoing a dramatic expansion of options is that of hydropower. Conventional dams, large and small, use either a natural, or more commonly, an artificial “head” or drop to harness energy.
Location: Lower level Blum Center Meeting Room
Berkeley Rural Energy Group's Seminar:
Speaker: Jacob Winiecki from SIMPA Networks will be presenting on their design and implementation their novel technology, solar systems that use pre-paid energy meters that use cell networks to electronically transfer payments.
Learn more about BREG at their RAEL project site.
BREG has expanded to it's own full site!
Visit breg.berkeley.edu for up-to-date information on BREG projects, members and activity.