Dan Kammen presents a report on alternative energies in the Malaysian state of Sabah on the island of Borneo and is featured in the Malaysian TV. Confronted with an estimated rise of 7% in electricity demand per year, the construction of coal and gas fired power plants currently are debated by the electric utility company Sabah Electricity Sdn. Bhd (SESB). The report explores viable alternatives of investments in increased energy efficiency, alternate palm oil waste bioenergy, geothermal energy, run-of-the river hydro facilities and in the long run solar power which can meet the rising demand as well. With costs comparable to those of the fossil fuel scenario Sabah could position itself as a renewable energy leader in East Asia.
323 Barrows Hall (ERG Reading Room)
Summary: The talk will provide an overview of recent research on electrified vehicles and connect it to other research on climate science and climate policies. Furthermore, future RAEL research opportunities connected to electrified vehicles will be discussed.
Derek Lemoine is a Ph.D. candidate in Energy and Resources at the University of California, Berkeley. His interdisciplinary research investigates the policy implications of uncertainty about temperature change and about technological change. This involves statistical work quantifying uncertainty in climate science as well as economic modeling of policy options and designs over time.He has previously published on the energy and environmental implications of electrified vehicles and on real options methods for valuing plug-in hybrids' battery capacity. He has a Master's degree in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley and has filed for a Master's in Economics. He also holds a B.A. in Philosophy and in Integrative Environmental Solutions from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN.
Dan Kammen will participate in a panel on Energy, the Environment and Climate Change during a two-day conference organized by the University of California, Berkeley and the University of British Columbia.
The primary focus of his talk will be the "energy shock", which is the challenge to confront the rising demand for energy on a global level while moving towards a more sustainable and less carbon intensive economy. Special attention will be given in this regard to the key role of policy.
Dr Arthur H Rosenfeld, the scientist and energy policy expert who helped turn California into a global leader on the efficient use of electricity, will be honored with a new measurement unit to describe energy savings, under a proposal published in IOP Publishing's Environmental Research Letters by more than 50 leading climate scientists.
RAEL lunch seminar: Development and Test Plans for a small Vertical Axis Turbine Designed and Built by the Russian State Rocket Center, under Berkeley Lab auspices
Location: 323 Barrows Hall (ERG Reading Room)
Summary: Berkeley Lab Engineering Division teamed with Empire Magnetics, Rohnert Park and the Makeyev State Rocket Center under a DOE NNSA non-proliferation project to develop and test a series of small wind turbines of vertical axis design. Over the years, about 100 Russian scientists and engineers worked on the project and the hydrodynamic, aerodynamic and mechanical test facilities of the SRC were used. The objective was to create a highly manufacturable Darieus unit with a modest Tip Speed Ratio (quiet and low impact damage potential) that would be suitable for urban or village use. Test units of 1, 3 and 30 kW were completed and 5 3 kW beta units arrived in California in December. They will be tested to the new Small Wind Certification Committee standards of AWEA in the next few months under funding provided under the Technology Commercialization Fund of the lab. Commercial sales have begun in Russia and Empire Magnetics is forming a company for sales outside the FSU. Presuming the test program to be successful, future contributions by Berkeley Lab and the Campus will be discussed.