CCS paper completed, now nuclear!

CCS paper completed, now nuclear!

Yesterday I finally completed the first draft of the CCS paper. As I anticipated in the last relevant post, I will likely finalize the article only after the end of the project: for the moment, this draft version is more than sufficient for Deliverable 2.1 and I have to focus on completing the modeling activity within January 15. The next step is the final task within WP2, focused on nuclear. It is known that this technology still represents a key…

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European Researchers’ Night

European Researchers’ Night

Last Friday was a special day in the European research community, as the European Researchers’ Night (ERN) took place. The ERN is essentially one day – despite the name 🙂 – when, once per year, thousands of learning and interactive activities are organized all over Europe in order to involve the general public and increase its awareness of innovation and research activities. A lot of activities were organized in Milan as well: the biggest initiative, promoted by the main universities…

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CCS scenarios and analysis – Activity completed

CCS scenarios and analysis – Activity completed

In the past days I finally completed the scenario runs concerning the CCS exercise that I have been carrying out in these weeks. Eventually I generated a set of 28 scenarios: as anticipated in one of the previous posts, there is a main matrix of climate targets (3.5°C, 3°C, 2.5°C, 2°C, and 1.5°C – all values refer to the temperature increase in 2100 with respect to the pre-industrial levels) coupled with different years when investing in CCS is triggered (2020,…

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IRENA points to offshore energy benefits for economies at G7 – IRENA

IRENA points to offshore energy benefits for economies at G7 – IRENA

Speaking at the Oceans Partnership Summit during G7, IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin underlined the potential of offshore renewable energy to meet energy demand, stimulate economic growth and generate employment – hallmarks of the global energy transformation. Source: IRENA points to offshore energy benefits for economies at G7 Offshore wind in the spotlight: is this technology going to be a game changer in the power generation sector in the next decades? For sure, so far renewable development has mostly focused…

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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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