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I have selected a few papers on energy technologies and policies you may find interesting.
They’re on this list either because they have challenged the conventional wisdom in the topic covered, or because the topic is an important one but is not covered succinctly anywhere else. Some of the papers have attracted considerable attention; others, like my remarks on the “Hydrogen Economy” won few friends amongst proponents of such visions.

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The Rational Path to the Age of Renweable Energy - 15Kb
October 2001
Energy & Power

The rational path to the age of renewable energy was my presentation to the Australian Institute of Energy’s National Conference, held at what was then called the Sydney Superdome. Though I say it myself (I chaired the Organizing Committee) this National Conference was most interesting, opened by then Premier Bob Car,with Guest of Honour Bjorn Lomborg (we arranged this his first visit to Australia, just after his book The Skeptical Environmentalist had been released). As for the paper, this has generated a considerable amount of discussion. It forecasts that solar photovoltaic cells are the world's energy future, and that technological change will bring this about without political intervention—in fact, the deployment of truly renewable energy sources is likely to be delayed by well-meaning but ultimately counterproductive initiatives to stack the deck in their favour.

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The Quest for Zero Radioactivity Nuclear Energy - 21Kb
February 2004
Energy & Power

The quest for zero radioactivity nuclear energy was my presentation to the Four Societies annual meeting (the four being the Australian Institute of Energy; the Australian Nuclear Association; the Nuclear Panel of the Institution of Engineers Australia; and, The Royal Society). It represented a lot of time, but is important as it covers a body of work not summarised elsewhere. Some argue that nuclear energy only has a future if there is absolutely no consequential radioactivity. This paper presents the way to this dream.

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Power Station Dry Cooling - 16Kb & 1474Kb
July 2001
Energy & Power

Power station dry cooling: the Heller alternative preoared in 202 following visits to Turkey and Hungary, outlines all the non-specialist needs to know about how power stations can reject their waste heat without recourse to water and the consequent losses. As awareness of the value and scarcity of water grows in Australia and elsewhere, pressure will come onto the owners and operators to cut the 250 billion litres of water they lose to evaporation every year—half as much water as Melbourne consumes.

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The Economics of Electricity Storage - 16Kb  & 113kb
October 2005
Energy & Power

The economics of electricity storage explains, in a way no other paper on the subject has, why electricity storage plays virtually no role in the world’s electricity supply systems, even though many have worked long and hard to find such a role. On the other hand, there is tremendous pressure to improve storage technologies (batteries mainly) for portable appliances: computers, mobile phones etc., and from this work, storage will almost certainly increase its role.

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The Hydrogen Economy - 32Kb
December 2003
Energy & Power

The Hydrogen Economy: the Great Green Hope (Fuel or Folly)? was presented at an AIE-organised symposium on the Hydrogen Economy in 2003, just after the Federal Government issued a report on the subject. The few slides pose some questions that weren’t addressed in the report.

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Nuclear Power, Friend or Foe? - 360Kb
July 2005
Energy & Power

Nuclear Power, friend or foe? The Salon goes Nuclear was a presentation made as part of a debate on this subject organised by the Salon in Surry Hills last July 2005. Nuclear physicists were there, so was Greenpeace, and there was also an audience in this dingy setting. Much heat, little light.

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Energy in NSW, 2006 and Beyond - 173Kb
July 2006
Energy & Power

Energy in NSW, 2006 and Beyond is the title of this presentation, and of a most successful half-day conference organised by the AIE Sydney Branch in July 2006. These few slides were meant just to summarise developments since the inaugural “Energy in NSW” Symposium in 2004 (precious little has happened since then), but I added a few slides on what is shaping up to be a disruptive technology as far as the electricity supply industry is concerned: plug-in hybrid vehicles.

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Power Station Stack Gas Emissions - 21Kb & 988Kb
August 2006
Energy & Power

Power station stack gas emissions, a review of control techniques: current and projected, also represented a lot of work. This is something of a primer on a subject that gets altogether too little coverage in Australia: the control of SOx, NOx, particulates and other undesirables in power station stack gases. While carbon capture and sequestration (ccs) was not a subject of this presentation, it makes clear how current technologies can logicallhy be extended to achieve this goal.

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If you have taken the time to download and read any of these papers I would appreciate your taking a few more moments to send me your comments - nothing beats constructive feedback!

   
   
 
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