Climate Change: Are We Losing the Carbon-Free Energy Market to China?

When:
November 15, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm America/Toronto Timezone
2017-11-15T16:00:00-05:00
2017-11-15T17:00:00-05:00
Where:
MIT Lincoln Lab Auditorium
244 Wood St
Lexington, MA 02420
USA

Life Members & New Hampshire Life Members

Paul H. Carr, PhD, IEEE Life Fellow

Refreshments 3:30PM

The global carbon-free energy market, valued at $6 trillion, is increasing exponentially. This is because emissions from fossil fuel burning have raised carbon dioxide concentrations 35% higher than in the last millions of years. These emissions are warming our planet via the Greenhouse Effect and increasing weather extremes, like higher intensity hurricanes.

In 1995, the US had 43% of the solar manufacturing market compared to China at 1%. Now the US market share has declined to 10%, as compared to China’s 30%. China now dominates wind turbines with 27% of the market share with the US at 9%. Although China is the world’s largest carbon emitter, the per capita emissions of the US are the biggest, twice those of China and Europe.

Solar energy is available only 26% of the time and wind 33%. Nuclear is 24/7. The energy returned divided by the energy invested (EROI) in manufacturing and construction for nuclear plants is 47 times that of solar and 19 times that of wind.

Fear of nuclear reactors is hurting our environment. We are decommissioning them faster than the increase in wind and solar. To make up for this net decrease, we are increasing our burning of fossil fuels, raising carbon dioxide emissions which are warming our planet.

Westinghouse’s nuclear reactors being built in S. Carolina and in Georgia have gone bankrupt. China has 23 nuclear plants under construction and 33 planned. Bill Gates’ TerraPower nuclear pilot plant is being built in China with the Chinese National Nuclear Corp. This traveling wave reactor converts depleted uranium, a byproduct of the nuclear-fission process, into usable fuel, solving the nuclear waste storage problem.

Biographical Sketch of Paul H. Carr: BS MIT, PhD Brandeis U, IEEE Life Fellow. From 1967 to 1995, he led the Component Technology Branch of the Air Force Research Laboratory, Bedford, MA. His branch developed the surface acoustic wave (SAW) technology used in compact, signal-processing filters for radar, cell phones, and TV. Two former branch member were Dr. Ken Laker and Dr. Tom Szabo. Ken Laker in 1999 was elected president of the IEEE. Tom Szabo’s Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging: Inside Out (2003) has been cited over 1000 times. After Dr. Carr’s retirement from AFRL, he taught philosophy courses at U Mass Lowell that inspired his book, Beauty in Science & Spirit (2006).

He published “Weather extremes from anthropogenic global warming” in Natural Science, Jan 2013 and participated in an IEEE Climate Discussion/Debate on NewTV in August 2014. He championed the www.iras.org conference on climate change on Star Island off Portsmouth, NH in June 2017. His web page: www.MirrorOfNature.org

The meeting will be held at the Lincoln Lab Main Cafeteria, 244 Wood Street, Lexington, MA at 4:00 PM.

Refreshments will be served at 3:30 PM. Please use the Wood Street Gate. For directions go to http://www.ll.mit.edu/

For other information, contact Paul H. Carr, 603 413 6566