A top science question the candidates for president should answer is:

Will you support substantial funding for high capacity energy storage and enhanced long distance electrical grids?

It is critical that the world switch as quickly as possible from fossil-fuel based electricity generation to a variety of renewable systems, principally wind and solar thermal and solar photovoltaics. However both sources of renewable energy are variable in time and space. Fortunately, wind and solar are getting less expensive as fossil-fuel-based electrical sources are costing more, but the transition from fossil fuels to renewables is not going fast enough.
Question: Will you support substantial funding to greatly improve electrical storage systems and an advanced, long distance electrical grid enabling transport over large distance to send available renewable energy to relatively distant locations where it is needed?

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Google TED Talks, Donald Sadoway, The missing link to renewable energy, or

        https://www.ted.com/talks/donald_sadoway_the_missing_link_to_renewable_energy?language=en

        Sawoway and his students have developed a very energy-dense molten magnesium power cell with grid-level energy storage in mind, and they have already formed a company to produce them. We need to deploy technologies we already have available, or we’ll still be “researching and developing” when he planet melts.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Google TED Talks, Donald Sadoway, The Missing Link to Renewable Energy or

        https://www.ted.com/talks/donald_sadoway_the_missing_link_to_renewable_energy?language=en

        Sadoway and his students have developed a super-powerful molten Magnesium battery designed for grid-level energy storage, and they already have a company formed to produce it. It's time to begin deploying the technologies we already have available, or we'll still be "researching and developing the next generation" when the planet melts.

      • Chan DonahowerChan Donahower commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        In addition to researching Battery-storage technology/capacity (at Land-grant Univ's?) ,will you support substantial funding to greatly improve electrical storage systems and an advanced, long distance electrical grid enabling transport over large distance to send available renewable energy to those areas badly in need of > capacity? cwd

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Nuclear power is the only way to stop making CO2 that actually works.

        A Myth is Being Foisted on you:

        Fact: Renewable Energy mandates cause more CO2 to be produced, not less, and renewable energy doubles or more your electric bill. The reasons are as follows:

        Since solar “works” 15% of the time and wind “works” 20% of the time, we need either energy storage technology we don’t have or ambient temperature superconductors and we don’t have them either. Wind and solar are so intermittent that electric companies are forced to build new generator capacity that can load-follow very fast, and that means natural gas fired gas turbines. The gas turbines have to be kept spinning at full speed all the time to ramp up quickly enough. The result is that wind and solar not only double your electric bill, wind and solar also cause MORE CO2 to be produced.

        We do not have battery or energy storage technology that could smooth out wind and solar at a price that would be possible to do. The energy storage would "cost" in the neighborhood of a QUADRILLION dollars for the US. That is an imaginary price because we could not get the materials to do it if we had that much money.

        The only real way to reduce CO2 production from electricity generation is to replace all fossil fueled power plants with the newest available generation of nuclear; unless you live near Niagara Falls. Nuclear can load-follow fast enough as long as wind and solar power are not connected to the grid.

        MYTHS: The myths being perpetrated by wind turbine marketers are that:

        Wind and solar energy are free and will lower your electric bill

        and

        Wind and solar energy are CO2 free and will reduce the total CO2 produced by electricity generation.

        But

        Californians are paying twice as much for electricity as I am and Germans are paying 4 times as much as I am. The reason is renewables mandates. Illinois has 6 nuclear power plants and we are working hard to keep them. I am paying 7&1/2 cents /kilowatt hour. What are you paying?

        And

        Californians and Germans are making more CO2 per kilowatt hour than Illinoisans. It turns out that even without burning natural gas or coal to make up for the intermittency of wind and solar, wind turbines and large scale solar collectors require more concrete and steel per kilowatt hour than nuclear power does.

        FALLACIES: The fallacies in the myth are failure to do the math and failure to do all of the engineering required. The myth is easy to propagate among most people because there is quite a lot of math to do and there is a lot of engineering to learn. University electrical engineering departments offer electrical engineering degrees with specialization in power transmission [electric grids]. That is only part of the engineering that needs to be done to figure the whole thing out.

      • Chan DonahowerChan Donahower commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Will you create effective efforts to enhance basic research into cost-cutting programs for new energy-efficient hardware? c

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