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COP26 and nuclear energy.

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CEO Birdseye Energy Consulting GmbH

I am on a quest to bring more Energy Managers into industry. Energy Efficiency is behind on Renewable Energy and that is because it is less exciting (is it?) and labour intensive (each situation...

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Why is the COP26 so important? I can think of:
- Emphasis on ‘building back better’ from COVID-19 through a green recovery.
- COP26 is being viewed as a follow up on COP21 “Paris Agreement” in 2015.
- The world has had a wake up call from global climate events.

There are two COPs going on. On the one side are the decision makers and I hope they are all thinking more about the long term interest of the planet than on short term political pressures. Then there’s the COP taking place among the real stakeholders and I see that the younger generation is really present here. They will take over the world.

And now we come to another development: in Brussels. The EU might classify nuclear energy as green. This will have a significant effect on money streams for the coming years that cannot be turned back so easily. My opinion on nuclear energy is not so important here and I admit that nuclear at the production side and efficiency at the consumer’s side don’t exclude each other. Both will address the shortage of energy on the market and the CO2 emissions. However, I am convinced that the endorsement of the latter will give faster results and will arouse less social unrest. It can also be combined with flexibility and thus resolve the peaks on the demand side.

I gave my opinion in the past: the potential of Energy Efficiency is far from exhausted and experts agree that the societies around the world are slow to adopt this potential. Slower than renewables. But that must not be! Energy Efficiency is available in all flavours and for all budgets. Return on Investment can be short or long. You also know my solution to boost Energy Efficiency: capacity building in Energy Management, also with little educational effort on a broad level will enable Energy Efficiency to capillary creep into the technical assets that exist and allow new assets be designed better.

I hope this will not be forgotten in Glasgow.

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Bob Meinetz on Nov 8, 2021

"However, I am convinced that the endorsement of the latter [efficiency] will give faster results and will arouse less social unrest [than nuclear energy]."

Norbert, with respect to climate change, social unrest is less dangerous than indifference. You might find that for the 6 billion members of the global population who live in underdeveloped countries, or poorer parts of developed countries, efficiency is of trivial concern. Such concerns are exclusively the domain of those with more than enough access to energy (or too much, by some accounts). For that reason I would assign priority to nuclear energy, for several reasons:

1) Improvements to efficiency are. by definition, limited
2) They rely on self-interest to address a public problem
3) They don't increase access to energy for those without it
4) On a nuclear-powered grid, wasted energy has no environmental impact

Before the era of climate change awareness, energy dependence made conservation and energy efficiency necessary to assure existing demand would continue to be met. With the rapid growth of less-developed economies, however, our #1 priority should be making sure new demand is met by 100% carbon-free supply.
 

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Jim Stack on Nov 9, 2021

Norbert, Great. I think energy efficiency has the potential to cut the power being needed by 50% or more. In my home I cut by about 80%.  QUOTE=Energy Efficiency is available in all flavours and for all budgets. 

Just look at the simple LED light. It makes 90% less heat last longer and uses 90% less electricity. Next is windows that are only an R3 or 4 rating to resist heat or cold. Solar screen make that an R6 or 8 in summer heat . With an inside inflector covering that lasts forever adds R10 to the R3-4 window. the Inflector can also be revered in seconds so it's helps in cold or heat unlike window films. 

Building have lots of room for improvements. Like RMI Amory Lovins has done on many buildings. 

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Norbert Vasen on Nov 12, 2021

Hi Jim, 

yes, there are many Energy Conservation Opportunities (ECOs) with such high saving rates, and if they have correspondingly high RoI, they can be the trigger to finance other ECOs. The same with the windows. Thermal energy takes indeed a large part of the budget.

I was on your site and saw EV to Grid. That is also nice and I wonder when that becomes more common. A big number of those projects will make the grid less vulnerable, if used in the right way.

My Chevrolet Volt from 2012 is far from that, I can't even change the charging rate, but OK, that's nearly a decade ago.

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Jim Stack on Nov 14, 2021

The was replaced with the Bolt with 250 mile range. It can do V2G as well as millions of other cars and trucks and buses. It is catching on more and more. 

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