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Emerging Technologies to Mitigate Greenhouse Gases

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Microgrid Labs, Inc. Advisor: 2014 to Present Developed product plans, conceptual and preliminary designs for projects, performed industry surveys and developed...

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I have said many times that predicting the future is risky, and so I try to avoid it. However, when it comes to mitigating climate change, there are some emerging plans that might rewrite the future road map for this quest and plug future holes.

Recently I posted California’s roadmap for decarbonizing our electric grid. This post will examine the other primary sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) in California, how my state intends to greatly reduce those, offset any residual GHG and an emerging innovation that may help with both efforts.

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Matt Chester on Jun 8, 2021

Other on-road and off-road vehicles that are driven an average number of miles per year will be either displaced by electric vehicles or modified to emit a very low amount of GHG

I also hope we embrace ways to minimize the dependence on cars: urban design, transit expansion, micromobility. You're right that it's hard to decarbonize all cars, but if we can limit VMT through a myriad of strategies it can be quite powerful. 

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John Benson on Jun 8, 2021

Thanks for the comment and question.

I don't know if you've been to the San Francisco Bay Area, but we have a good model for urban design, especially considering how topologically challenged we are. Although we have frequent challenges (right now VTA, the South Bay's light rail system is still shut down), we try to keep moving forward. BART just opened it's (much delayed) first station in the South Bay / San Jose, and Valley Link continues to be on track to link BART to ACE.  For more information on these systems (and our high-speed rail), go through the link below.

https://www.energycentral.com/c/ec/california-rail-electrification

-John

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