Posted by: Grant | November 24, 2014

Google Tackles “Climate” – It Needs A Miracle

~meI could have told them that!
Meanwhile other expensive, futile, attempts merely attack the poor and the disadvantaged at home and abroad and make fools of the proponents.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Spectrum Magazine needs congratulating for having the guts to publish this realistic assessment despite the huge research lobby that has grown up around it – well done. Engineers do – Scientists dream.

IEEE
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
What It Would Really Take to Reverse Climate Change
Today’s renewable energy technologies won’t save us. So what will?
By Ross Koningstein & David Fork
Posted 18 Nov 2014 | 20:00 GMT http://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/renewables/what-it-would-really-take-to-reverse-climate-change

~scientist” …Starting in 2007, Google committed significant resources to tackle the world’s climate and energy problems. A few of these efforts proved very successful: Google deployed some of the most energy-efficient data centers in the world, purchased large amounts of renewable energy, and offset what remained of its carbon footprint.

Google’s boldest energy move was an effort known as RE<C, which aimed to develop renewable energy sources that would generate electricity more cheaply than coal-fired power plants do. The company announced that Google would help promising technologies mature by investing in start-ups and conducting its own internal R&D. Its aspirational goal: to produce a gigawatt of renewable power more cheaply than a coal-fired plant could, and to achieve this in years, not decades.

Unfortunately, not every Google moon shot leaves Earth orbit. In 2011, the company decided that RE<C was not on track to meet its target and shut down the initiative. The two of us, who worked as engineers on the internal RE<C projects, were then forced to reexamine our assumptions.

At the start of RE<C, we had shared the attitude of many stalwart environmentalists: We felt that with steady improvements to today’s renewable energy technologies, our society could stave off catastrophic climate change. We now know that to be a false hope—but that doesn’t mean the planet is doomed…. “

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