I’m in Stanford at a workshop on Net Energy Analysis. Quite an interesting discussion of energy inputs and payback. And check out the middle clip art – clearly an endorsement of Catalytic Engineering!
Below is former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu who gave the keynote. He’s very quotable. (These were paraphrases – some of them I didn’t catch exactly)
Set-top boxes, flared natural gas, others easily preventable losses: “A profound waste of energy which can only be solved by regulation”
On the cost of wind power being 4 cents per kWh: “Wind doesn’t really need a subsidy now.”
“Artificial meat is being developed that will compete and win a blind taste test, like California wines against French wines.”
As countries get wealthier: “You have to put your kids through college, and that’s a deterrent to fertility”
“It’s all about the money. The technology development is for the money”