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what are your solutions and strategies to help reduce energy consumption

  1. Apr 17, 2017 at 12:01 PM #1
    Tackling the challenges in sustainability, energy efficiency and climate change requires a strong commitment from companies and private sectors, governments, agencies and NGOs. As an organization, what are your solutions and strategies to help reduce energy consumption and contribute the change towards a more sustainable world?
     
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  3. Apr 17, 2017 at 12:26 PM #2
    I think the most important consideration at the moment will be developing more efficient methods of energy storage,
    this eliminates the problems of many renewable sources of their being unpredictable.

    Much more efficient kinds of battery are work in progress, but there are other methods which exist and can improved, such as pumping water uphill locally where supply is exceeding demand.
     
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2017 at 3:18 PM
  4. Apr 18, 2017 at 1:20 PM #3
    Reducing energy consumption is not theoretically difficult. Using cogeneration systems (rankine cycle being powered by waste heat) on internal combustion engines is an example of increasing the thermal efficiency of a system. The problem, however, is that nobody will pay $10000 extra for a car that will only save them $5000 on fuel over its lifetime.
     
  5. Apr 20, 2017 at 12:04 PM #4
    I think the storage of energy as hydrocarbon liquid fuel offers the best hope.
    The process looks much like a modern refinery cracking unit.
    Audi's Sunfire, and the Naval Research labs are working on the idea.
    As we move towards more solar power, the grid will begin to see periods of large oversupply.
    These seasonal oversupplies will have to be "dumped" to prevent grid damage.
    Storing the excess as liquid fuels, compatible with existing needs and infrastructure,
    could address many of our energy issues.
     
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