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Wildcards – the Path to 2050

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Senior Consultant, Microgrid Labs

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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Two weeks ago, I completed a five-volume series of posts that were summaries of the six section NREL Storage Future Study and report (SFS). This study strongly suggests that we have at least one clear path to Net-Zero greenhouse gas (GHG) by 2050. Furthermore, SFS took a really conservative approach in that it largely used existing technologies, and safe estimates of price reductions by 2050. But there may be multiple alternative paths, and some of these will come from new technology.

This paper will demonstrate that (1) a revolutionary new technology can be developed in approximately 20 years and (2) such new technologies frequently have major spin-offs.


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