Patrick Takahashi on energy economy

Patrick Takahashi has a short article about this at the Huffington Post. He says among other things “abandon building any new uranium/plutonium and coal power plants, and install as many wind farms and residential and utility-scale solar thermal systems as fast as possible”. More of Patrick’s writing can be found on his blog.

Solar boosted OTEC

OTECAn interesting theoretical paper on solar boosted OTEC [PDF] systems by Noboru Yamada, Akira Hoshi and Yasuyuki Ikegami, the latter working at Institute of Ocean Energy of Saga University, Japan. (I wish IOE hadn’t abandoned their English language site.)

Nuclear power stations instead of clean free energy?

OTECThere is a resurgence in the interest in using nuclear power to fuel desalination facilities around the world, even though it produces nuclear waste, can be very expensive and often is considered unsafe to operate in many of the target countries. The Guardian has an article about it.

For some countries which are close to the right water conditions, such as India, OTEC powered desalination plants would be a lot more attractive solutions. Marocco is… Continue reading

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