Superhighway to zero emissions?

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In a late January edition of The Conversation, NOAA scientist Christopher Clack shares results from the National Energy with Weather System (NEWS) simulator that suggest how high-voltage direct current lines, integrated into a transmission network rather than simply point to point delivery systems, could vastly improve the cost competitiveness of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, even in the absence of the breakthrough in battery technology everyone is anxious to see.

Acceptance of alternative energy sources by the public is closely tied to cost and the increased efficiency of direct current transmission opens exciting possibilities for increasing their price competitiveness.  A combination of such data-driven production and consumption patterns, parallel technological advances including both transmission and storage, and a bridging strategy from the status quo to something approaching meeting energy needs with zero emissions paints a very hopeful picture of the future.

Dr. Clack’s contribution to The Conversation and his recent article in Nature are linked below:

https://theconversation.com/the-cheapest-way-to-scale-up-wind-and-solar-energy-high-tech-power-lines-53597

http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nclimate2921.html

 

 

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Quentin Wheeler is the 4th president of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
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