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Is demand-side the way to go?

Because wind and solar production depends on weather conditions, it is subject to the variability and intermittency of weather. The challenge of renewable integration is to cope with the resulting variability of the “net load,” or total load minus intermittent renewable production. (Click … Continue reading

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Renewable chic and the expense of small-scale solar

This is what I came across recently: a luxury brand store window display of “renewable chic,” where a solar panel, as part of the vignette, is being used to partially illuminate the mannequin. Putting aside the irony that the solar panel itself … Continue reading

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Carbon emissions: Why can’t Texas be more like Germany?

Energiewende, German for “energy transition,” was the theme of the “Texas-Germany Bilateral Dialogue on Challenges and Opportunities in the Electricity Market” conference held in Austin in late February. The conference was organized by the German American Chambers of Commerce and … Continue reading

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Pumping water uphill: storing energy without batteries

It’s been my pleasure for the past several years to supervise a senior design project in my Electrical and Computer Engineering department at The University of Texas at Austin. The project is aimed at avoiding battery storage in off-grid solar applications … Continue reading

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