This week we have a special presentation from Homer Energy. The HOMER energy modeling software is a powerful tool for designing and analyzing hybrid power systems, which contain a mix of conventional generators, combined heat and power, wind turbines, solar photovoltaics, batteries, fuel cells, hydropower, biomass and other inputs. It is currently used all over the world by tens of thousands of people. Engineers and non-professionals alike use HOMER to run simulations of different energy systems, compare the results and get a realistic projection of their capital and operating expenses. HOMER determines the economic feasibility of a hybrid energy system, optimizes the system design and allows users to really understand how hybrid renewable systems work. See you all there,
The semester is winding down; its the last week before Thanksgiving! The past few weeks we have been skirting around the issue of natural gas fracking, the punchline being the glut of natural gas on the US market and its correspondingly low price. This week we will be talking about combined cycle natural gas turbines, the top technology right now for taking that gas and turning it into electricity. Environmental policy is also driving this shift since gas combined cycle processes are efficient and have a much lower carbon dioxide intensity than coal. We will also talk a bit about coal IGCC, or turning coal into a combustible gas so that it can be burned similarly to natural gas! Hope everyone can make it.
This week we will be discussing the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The act came up in discussions a few weeks ago when we talked about fracking for oil in Williston ND. Some parts of the EPAct of 2005 opened up the fracking industry and have allowed the current boom in natural gas and oil fracking in the US by among other ways exempting these practices from most of the federal environmental statutes. Sounds fishy eh? Or oily. Besides this, there were many other parts of the act which authorize loan guarantees and subsidies for alternative energy. Anyway, come out on Friday to hear more about what it is, and what it means. Bring friends and expertise for discussion!
Business School (Koebel) S110 12-1pm
Are the answers blowing in the wind? We will have a general discussion on wind energy technology, it’s advantages, and challenges integrating this technology on to the grid.
For some background feel free to check out these videos, we may watch some during energy talks depending on your interest level.
Why the wind blows: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzSqhrn2dDM
DOE Energy 101: Wind http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsZITSeQFR0
Nova Wind Energy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQpbTTGe_gk
Challenges integrating variable generation (long) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k36WC5zVC0M
See you there!
This week we will be talking about the booming shale oil economy of western ND, centered in Williston ND, about 700 miles directly north of us here in Boulder. Things are crazy in this modern day boom town. There is a glut of incredible videos and we will extend the discussion to the future of this industry in the US. Hope to see everyone there.
This week we’ll be discussing energy subsidies: should the government be involved in supporting new energy technologies, or should we let the free market decide? We’ll watch some videos with people who take opposing sides on this issue. As always, there’ll be Half Fast subs and a Daily Show clip at the end.
For some background information, check out this article, which is a summary of this report. See y’all on Friday.
This week we are going to talk about the municipalization of Boulder’s electricity grid. Yes, you are right, this was already hashed out and voted on in 2011, but on the ballot this year is another ballot measure, Ballot Measure 310, which would limit the city’s debt thus preventing Boulder from taking out a loan to buy the electricity infrastructure from Xcel and in effect killing the municipalization effort. At the end we will have a visit from a representative of New Era Colorado to provide some extra insight and to talk about voting.
Hope to see everyone there!
This week we are going to be talking about the Keystone XL pipeline, which ever since it was first proposed, a few years ago now, has been a divisive issue. President Obama has dragged his feet on making a decision about whether to approve it or not, and the debate now continues. We will talk about the pros and cons of approving it and what politics and markets are driving the decision. The debate is hotter than ever now that activists groups have created a strong hold. Hope to see everyone there!
Welcome back! This week we will be looking at the progress of solar PV. Its been a while since we last looked at this topic and as a way to kick off the semester we will look at how the market has changed and where the future might take the industry. Come out Friday at noon for free lunch and flavorful discussion. All backgrounds and majors are welcome as are grad and undergrad students. Come share your unique piece of knowledge.
We are proud to announce that this semester energy talks is back in the business school Room S125! Hope to see you all there!