Mr. Sun goes to China: Part 2
By John Patterson, Mr. Sun Solar
John Patterson is the president of Mr. Sun Solar.
Speakers, mostly scientists and PhD's from 52 countries, shared their knowledge about solar, wind, wave energy, geothermal, concentrating solar thermal, carbon sequestration, electric vehicles, zero net energy homes and even zero net energy cities. The theme was “Pathway to 2020.”
Here are some of my favorite highlights:
Mohan Munasinghe — a 2007 Nobel Prize winner from Sri Lanka and Vice-Chair of the International Panel on Climate Change — gave the first plenary address. He spoke movingly about the social element of climate change and gave a call for all countries and all people to embrace the challenge.
Then as if standing atop Mt. Everest exhorting the world from a global perspective, Gustav Grob from Switzerland — perhaps the greatest living solar advocate for his work in Germany, China, and around the world — assured us with his “State of the Planet” address that what we must do can be done. My brain and heart were throbbing from Grob’s speech. All in attendance resonated on his wavelength throughout the conference.
A dazzling array of speakers followed conducting dozens of workshops. For example, a chemical engineer from MIT has come up with a way to sequester carbon dioxide directly from the exhaust stack of a concrete plant.
I also learned about a 250 megawatt wave energy project in South Korea delivers baseload power 16 hours a day from the reliable gyrations of the ocean. The 4,000 megawatt-hours per day produced are enough to power several cities the size of Eugene. It's resounding rebuttal to naysayers who insist that renewable energy sources such as wind and solar aren’t viable because they are intermittent. The ocean isn’t intermittent and neither are geothermal and concentrating solar thermal systems, both of which are capable of generating 24 hours a day. These technologies afford enough terra-watts to power the earth indefinitely. Let’s hear coal, oil, or gas say that.
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