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Thu, Sep 13, 2012 -- 9:00 AM

The Future of Wind Power


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Two new studies suggest wind could power the world in the future. One of the studies, from Stanford University, finds that wind could exceed the world's power demands several times by 2030. What is the future of wind power? How does it compete against solar power, which is cheaper? What's the latest wind technology, and could we start to see deep-water wind turbines off the California coast?

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Dan Kammen, professor of energy and director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at UC Berkeley
  • Habib Dagher, engineering professor and director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Laboratory at the University of Maine, and leader of the DeepWind Consortium, a Dept. of Energy program to develop floating offshore technologies in the U.S.
  • Ken Caldeira, climate scientist with the Carnegie Institution for Science's Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University
  • Mark Jacobson, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program and lead author of the study "Saturation Wind Power Potential and its Implications for Wind Energy"

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