Here are some prompts for this week's discussions.
Nuclear has been in the news with the disaster in Japan. It has caused a lot of disfavorable talk about nuclear power and the safety features involved. Moreover, nucelar is subsidized, has a finite supply to mine, and has a storage issue. Or does it? Remember, think like scientists...can these problems be solved? New energy technologies cannot be based on old ones. This is a video of Bill Gates at a TED talk (I am addicted to these litte TED videos and use them in class to spark imagination). Bill is talking about a whole new type of nuclear energy and the fuel is filtered from the ocean, not mined.
Efficiency and smart grids
According to a recent scorecard NV is #19 for energy efficiency.
What does efficiency mean for the energy grid. Most of you said that investing in efficiency for the auto industry was one of the cheapest, easiest ways to get a profit and reduce emissions. How do we expand that to the grid? What is a smart grid? The term gets used a lot, but no one seems to be able to actually explain what it is. Can you?