Gallery: Saudi Arabia Plans to Go 100% Renewable in Coming Decades

 

The Guardian reports that a top spokesman for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced plans to transition the nation to 100 percent renewable energy in coming decades. Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud told the Global Economic Symposium in Brazil that the Kingdom is moving forward with large investments in renewables, nuclear power, and other alternatives to make the transition to low-carbon sources.

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  1. jerryd October 21, 2012 at 10:37 am

    They have tried to look ahead and why they kept oil prices low for many yrs so just such tech wouldn’t replace their main product, oil.

    But they like much of OPEC know their reserves are much lower than they claim + they don’t have the output to keep prices low anymore.

    Most RE are simple low cost machines, devices that already in mass production are lowing cost than oil or even coal.

    — Wind, PV, Solar CSP, biomass CHP, tidal, etc are all more simple than a moped or an A/C unit.

    —- In fact an A/C unit run in reverse as a heat engine with either biomass/CHP or solar/CSP collector or both can supply all needed power and heat a home or building plus EV’s needed at reasonable cost once in mass production at about $2k/kw.

    —–Wind is just a 2kw alternator, some 6′ blades and a few other simple parts is also under $2k/kw. A combo of most any 2 of wind, CSP, CHP, PV for under $6k can power an eff home of 1000sq’ and EV’s for 20-50 yrs and SA knows this and getting ready for the end of the oil, coal era. Remember the stone age didn’t end because of a lack of stones.

  2. dennisearlbaker October 20, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Perhaps the Prince might entertain this idea ?

    The solution to climate change

    The primary source of GHG is fossil fuel burning electrical generating facilities. http://dingo.care2.com/pictures/causes/uploads/2012/01/GHG-emitters-2010.jpg
    7 Billion humans generate vast quantities of excrement. I believe this excrement is capable of providing all human electrical demands. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiolysis
    Right now hydrogen is perceived as a negative by product, of Nuclear Energy, when it should be the product, as the Pentagon has considered. reference info Request for Information (RFI) on Deployable Reactor Technologies … DARPA-SN-10-37@darpa.mil
    https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=d0792af88a6a4484b3aa9d0dfeaaf553&…
    Large scale conversions sites are intended to replace fossil fuel powered electrical facilities the Primary Source of Carbon Emissions.
    http://www.populist.com/99.12.krebs.blob.html
    In what officials now say was a mistaken strategy to reduce the waste’s volume, organic chemicals were added years ago which were being bombarded by radiation fields, resulting in unwanted hydrogen. The hydrogen was then emitted in huge releases that official studies call burps, causing “waste-bergs,” chunks of waste floating on the surface, to roll over.

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