WITCH-SWITCH scenarios

WITCH-SWITCH scenarios

As discussed in the last Research post, in the past weeks Marco, Simone, and I focused on the WITCH runs aimed at carrying out a comparison with the SWITCH scenarios for China. I remind that the objective of these runs is twofold: empirically validate the new modeling of grid and storage in WITCH, checking its results against those obtained with a more detailed energy model; build the scenario portfolio for the dynamics of decarbonization activity (last spring I had already…

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World Energy Outlook 2017 – IEA

World Energy Outlook 2017 – IEA

Source: WEO 2017: Key Findings As I had anticipated in this post, the 2017 issue of the World Energy Outlook (WEO) was released yesterday by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Every year, the WEO provides a full overview on the current status and prospects of the energy sector and it is considered the main publication in this field. The webpage linked above provides a great overview on the main insights of this year’s issue: as you can see, bright prospects…

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Oakland

Oakland

Last April 15, after the typical Saturday’s chores, I decided to pop over to Oakland. It was quite late to go to San Francisco, in fact, but I had some hours that had to be used. So I had decided to give a look at the main city of the East Bay. Indeed, in general Oakland does not have a great reputation, but I was told that the situation has improved a lot over the past years, and my National…

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COP23 – UNFCCC

COP23 – UNFCCC

The 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) – the yearly session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – was inaugurated yesterday in Bonn, Germany. It will last until November 17. As we can read on the conference website, COP23 has “one clear objective: making progress for a successful, inclusive and ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement. This includes negotiations on the implementation guidelines for transparent climate action under the Paris Agreement, as well as showcasing cooperative climate…

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Halloween

Halloween

This is one picture from the Halloween party that I attended on October 31: Does it effectively give the sense of nothing? Yes, indeed it was all quite disappointing. I must specify that I was not too interested in Halloween, honestly, but I was curious to see how it would be celebrated here in the States, and I expected to write a nice post on the topic. Well, in the end I do not have much to tell. By the…

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UC Berkeley rated world’s top public and fourth-best overall by U.S. News – Berkeley News

UC Berkeley rated world’s top public and fourth-best overall by U.S. News – Berkeley News

Campus retains its high standing in the publication’s 2017 global rankings Source: UC Berkeley rated world’s top public and fourth-best overall by U.S. News | Berkeley News This is not news related to climate change, but… I am very happy to share it: I am really proud of being part of this community! Go Bears! 🙂

Marie Curie Alumni Association – North American Chapter

Marie Curie Alumni Association – North American Chapter

In April I wrote a post about my meeting with another Marie Curie Fellow here at UC Berkeley, Johannes Schoeneberg. As you can read there, I managed to get in touch with him thanks to Catarina Ferreira, another former Marie Curie Fellow who was promoting the creation of the North American Chapter of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA). As the name clearly suggests, this is the association of the past and present Marie Curie fellows. The proposal for the…

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Quick stroll around SF

Quick stroll around SF

Last Sunday my agenda reported a dinner in San Francisco, so I thought that it could be nice to go there in advance and spend some time around the City in order to give a look at some places that I had not seen yet. Indeed I left a bit late (as always), so I could not have a huge tour. However, I was very satisfied, eventually: I managed to see a couple of places that could not be missing…

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Grid in WITCH completed – Conclusion of the modeling work

Grid in WITCH completed – Conclusion of the modeling work

As anticipated in the post about the completion of storage modeling, the past weeks have been dedicated to the development of a new modeling scheme for the electricity grid in WITCH. Grid is already explicitly modeled in WITCH, but the formulation is quite simplified. It is substantially based on two equations: one aggregated equation linking the grid stock to the power capacity and VRE penetration, and one capital equation which allows calculating depreciation and investments. First of all, the new…

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After spending €587 million, EU has zero CO2 storage plants – EU Observer… with interview!

After spending €587 million, EU has zero CO2 storage plants – EU Observer… with interview!

Source: After spending €587 million, EU has zero CO2 storage plants This article – or even just the title! – clearly explains why I decided to explore the prospects of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in my MERCURY project. Most models do project that CCS will play an important role in the future decarbonization of the energy sector, but the reality is that the actual application of this technology, despite years of efforts, is still to come. This very interesting…

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