Solar PV learning in Integrated Assessment Models – first full paper

Solar PV learning in Integrated Assessment Models – first full paper

A couple of months ago I dedicated a post to the completion of the very first draft version of the paper focused on  the solar PV learning activity. I specified that I had shared the document with my co-authors and that, once received their feedback, I would aim at producing the first full version of the paper within end August. Well, this target has essentially been reached 🙂 In fact in the past days I finalized the document and, again,…

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Off-grid Renewables are Growing, Bringing Socio-economic Benefits to Millions – IRENA

Off-grid Renewables are Growing, Bringing Socio-economic Benefits to Millions – IRENA

New IRENA brief highlights positive momentum for off-grid renewable energy, and its transformative impact as a key pillar of Sustainable Development Goal 7 Source: Off-grid Renewables are Growing, Bringing Socio-economic Benefits to Millions I had missed this interesting brief published by IRENA about one month ago! As discussed in many posts, one of the main topics within the MERCURY project is the analysis of the issues related to the penetration of variable renewable energies in the electricity grid. For this…

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Meeting 2018 – Rimini

Meeting 2018 – Rimini

Repeating the experience that I had the past year, last week I took part in the “Meeting for friendship among peoples”, in Rimini (Emilia-Romagna, Italy). To remind you what this meeting is and the reasons why I decided to participate, I report the words that I used for describing the 2017 edition of the event: This meeting is a multi-event festival organized by Communion and Liberation, an Italian Catholic association, where prominent people from culture, academy, science, society, and politics…

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Green energy is gold for California, US – SF Chronicle

Green energy is gold for California, US – SF Chronicle

I am a physicist, and an energy and sustainability science researcher, and I live in California because of its penchant for not just setting but actually achieving big goals and adopting bold visions others may consider too ambitious. What California proposes, we research, debate and then accomplish. In fact, we often exceed the goals skeptics have deemed unmeetable. This is why I believe that California should — and ultimately will — pass into law the “100 Percent Clean Energy Act”…

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CCS scenarios

CCS scenarios

About one month ago, in this post I introduced the new activity that I started before the summer break, aimed at investigating the implications of a delayed deployment of CCS technologies on the energy sector and the whole economy. In these days I am enjoying my summer break in the Lombardy  mountains… but the “work virus” is always present in me! So I thought that it could be useful to exploit at least part of my spare time running some scenarios….

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Is reliable energy storage on the horizon? – FORBES

Is reliable energy storage on the horizon? – FORBES

Green and renewable energy markets are bringing power to millions with virtually no adverse environmental impacts, but before we can count on renewables for widespread reliability, one critical innovation must arrive: storage. Source: Is reliable energy storage on the horizon? In my previous posts I talked several times about storage, grid, system integration of variable renewable energies, and so on. However, I never shared non-technical articles where these issues are discussed in an accessible way for non-experts: I decided to…

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Renewables finally completed!

Renewables finally completed!

I guess the title does not need any major explanations! As I discussed in the previous posts (in particular, here and here), the implementation of the new modules regarding the system integration of renewables, storage, and grid in the master version of the WITCH model showed some issues, which took a lot of time to be solved. Also thanks to the great help from my colleagues Laurent and Johannes, the main issues have finally been solved and the new modeling…

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World Energy Investment 2018: Key Findings – IEA

World Energy Investment 2018: Key Findings – IEA

2017 was the third consecutive year of decline in global energy investment Source: World Energy Investment 2018: Key Findings The International Energy Agency (IEA) regularly releases very interesting reports on the global energy landscape. A new document was produced in the past days, this time focusing on energy investment. News is not good, actually. The following statement by Fatih Birol, IEA Executive Director, clearly summarizes the main outcome of the report: “The decline in global investment for renewables and energy…

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CCS futures

CCS futures

After sharing with my colleagues the first version of the paper about  learning in solar PV (see the last post), in the past days I started working on another front of Work Package 2. I remind that this WP regards the prospects of low-carbon technologies, focusing not so much on pure technical aspects, but on general policy issues impacting on the diffusion of such technologies. The solar PV learning activity covers the investigation on renewables. Naturally renewables are not only…

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Solar PV learning in Integrated Assessment Models – first paper draft

Solar PV learning in Integrated Assessment Models – first paper draft

In the last post on this topic, which dates back to March 31, I discussed the end of the modeling work and my ambition to draft the first version of the paper within Spring. Indeed, due to the issues that I had with the renewables (which by the way are still pending… but completion is hopefully not far), I managed to complete this task only in the past days. Thus I am a bit behind schedule, but what counts is…

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