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  • Building Elon Musk’s Hyperloop

    September 6, 2015

    Bibop Gresta, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies’ Deputy Chairman and COO


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  • SNS: Special Letter: Enabling the Smart Grid with Massive Storage

    May 28, 2013

    Volume 16, Issue 18
    Week of May 27, 2013
    In This Issue
    Feature: Special Letter: Enabling the Smart Grid with Massive Storage
    • Alternative Energy: Decentralized Grid
    • The Importance of Grid Storage
    • Financial Realities of Grid-Scale Storage
    • What Does It Take to Make Grid-Scale Storage Work?
    • What Are Those "Other Pieces"?
    • Flow Batteries and Other Grid-Scale Batteries
    • Conclusions, and Looking Forward
    • Zinc Air Product Technology
    • About the Author

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    Publisher's Note: People around the planet are getting nervous, if not outright scared. Outside of Germany, there is little or no sign that the world's leaders have what it takes to resist short-term re-election jitters and the intense lobbying campaigns of those destroying the planet. These lobbyists for coal, oil, and natural gas may control the halls of power today, but if their bosses don't properly review "what business are we in" and come up with a new answer involving alternative energy and no more CO2 emissions, they will be perceived by following generations as perhaps the most destructive organizations of all time.

    Solving this requires a new kind of "smart grid," and perhaps the greatest challenge we now face is not only the rapid deployment of alternative energy sources, but also a grid designed to provide storage and "firming" (see definition below) so that these new sources can work in a stable fashion as their share moves beyond 20%.

    It turns out that, with the proper grid storage systems, revenues also rise for both the vendors and the utilities, without need for government subsidies or tax incentives. Finally, these integrated systems are perfectly suited to emerging national economies, where we may soon expect to see the kind of leapfrogging typical of new technology, even as the more established countries wrestle with politics and spending issues.

    I expect that SNS members interested in the requirement for an accelerated deployment of alternative energies will be cheered to see that there is, indeed, at least one technology and company prepared to provide scalable, safe, integrated, grid-scale energy storage for the smart grids of tomorrow, today. - mra.


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  • Planning the Earth’s Energy Sourcing

    May 23, 2013

    "Planning the Earth's Energy Sourcing": A conversation with Michael Shellenberger, President, Breakthrough Institute; Kevin Surace, CEO, Appvance; Tom Arnold, CEO, Gridium.com; Stefano Poli, CEO, Electro Power Systems; and Michael Pfeffer, CEO, Ibis Networks; Hosted by Ed Butler, Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC


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  • “Connecting Digital Earths”

    October 4, 2012

    An SNS Weekly Report, including Building the Sensor Planet; M2M and Nature; Earth II and World Wind; Commercial vs. Academic Earths; Uniting Worlds; and The Reality Machine and the Global Prediction Machine


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  • “Zero Footprint: A New Model Linking Energy and Materials”

    July 18, 2012

    An SNS Weekly Report, including The Carbon Cycle; The Geometry of Life; Twinning, Global Warming, and the New Carbon Cycle; Toxicity; and A New Model, and the Beauty of Two Cycles


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  • “Let’s Turn Carbon Emissions into Something Useful”

    May 29, 2012

    A KPLU "The Digital Future" interview with Mark Anderson on all that carbon could be used to make fuel, chemicals, and other products.


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  • “Re-Inventing FiRe: Selecting a Preferred Energy Future”

    May 25, 2012

    A conversation with Amory Lovins, Author, and Co-Founder, Chair, and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute; hosted by Scott Foster, Senior Analyst (Sustainability), BNP, Paribas (Tokyo)


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  • “The Future of Cleantech”

    May 25, 2012

    A Conversation with Tom Matzzie, Founder and CEO, Ethical Electric Company; Dan Kapp, Director, Powertrain Research & Advanced Engineering, Ford Motor Co.; and Tony Lammers, President and CEO, MAR Systems; hosted by Sheeraz Haji, CEO, Cleantech Group


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  • “From Carbon to Carbon”

    May 24, 2012

    With David Sarna, CEO, WoodallTech; and Dan Simon, President and CEO, Heliae; hosted by Glen Hiemstra, Founder, Futurist.com


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  • “Changing Our Buildings vs. Our Climate: From Data Centers to Residences”

    May 27, 2011

    With Jason Green, Director, Vantage Data Centers; Hank Louis, Founder and Director, DesignBuildBLUFF, College of Architecture+Planning, University of Utah; and Bradley Peacock, Principal, DwellTek; hosted by Cynthia Figge, Co-founder and COO, CSRHUB


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  • “Bringing Home Energy Efficiency into the Home”

    May 11, 2011

    An SNS Special Letter, written by guest author Brad Peacock


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  • “Federal Angels: Incubating Energy Transformation”

    April 21, 2011

    An SNS Special Letter, written by guest author John Breshears


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  • Dinner Presentation: “Scaling Alternative Energy: The Key to Survival”

    May 11, 2010

    Nathan Lewis, George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology


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  • “Blast Off! From Launching Private Rockets to the Next Electric Cars”

    May 20, 2009

    A conversation with Elon Musk, CEO, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Tesla Motors; hosted by Mark Anderson


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  • Dinner Presentation: “Identifying Tomorrow’s Energy Sources”

    May 22, 2008

    Vinod Khosla, Founder, Khosla Ventures


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  • “Trading Carbon Credits: What’s Next, and Who Benefits?”

    May 21, 2008

    A panel with Erik Blachford, CEO, TerraPass; and David Morris, EcoVerdance; hosted by Martin Tobias, past CEO, Imperium Renewables


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  • “Cautious Cars and Cantankerous Kitchens: How Machines Take Control”

    January 29, 2008

    An SNS Special Letter, written by guest author Don Norman


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  • “Russia’s Future: From Military Superpower to Energy Superpower”

    May 24, 2007

    A conversation with Bob Hormats, Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs International; hosted by Mark Anderson


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  • “Tesla Motors: The Cars of Tomorrow, Today”

    May 24, 2007

    A panel discussion with Martin Eberhard, CEO, Tesla Motors; Nate Lewis, George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry, Caltech; and Vijay Vaitheeswaran, Global Environment and Energy Correspondent, The Economist; hosted by Elon Musk, Chair, Tesla Motors


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  • “Energy Technology: The Next Wave?”

    May 16, 2006

    A conversation with Bob Hormats, Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs International; hosted by Mark Anderson


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