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- Publication Date: June 16, 2014
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- Language: English
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Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation: How Silicon Valley Will Make Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030 Kindle Edition
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Why I didn't give it 5 stars? At times the book feels a little rushed with a fair bit of typos (of the sort 'a utility spent $600 on the clean-up of its nuclear plant site', 'total investment equals EUR 600 billion = USD 800 million') and some mistakes (like a whole argument is made about the next Tesla Model X being half price of the Model S whereas in reality the X will probably be marginally more expensive than the S). Also the Kindle formatting made it hard to follow at times.
Other than that the author has done a great job. Recommended.
The claim on the front cover is obviously false. In fact, it is pretty laughable given the recent drop in natural gas and oil prices. Maybe renewables will overtake conventional energy sources eventually, but the authors wants to push this to such an extreme case of advocacy that he sacrifices objective analysis.
The final thing that made me dislike this book is that all of the figures are of such poor printed quality that they are unreadable.
If all of this sounds harsh, it is because I felt the author was deceitful in selecting evidence and withholding other crucial evidence. Let me explain.
The author repeatedly cites Australia as a model of success for solar power. The country has the sunniest weather in the world, which is ideal for capturing solar energy and powering the nation. Moreover, the Australian government has enacted policies and provided subsidies to ensure solar power is embraced by the country. The result of these ideal circumstances, says the author, is that one out of ten homes in Australia has solar power installed.
In discussing other countries and other states in the U.S., the author frequently cites Australia as the model. If only California or other states would go the way of Australia, they too could have the same success.
And what is Australia’s success? A quick check on Wikipedia shows that Australia currently receives 1% of its electricity from solar power. One percent! This is the successful result of ideal financing, sunny weather and governmental policies? By this measure, if 100% of Australian homes had solar power installed on their roofs, the country would still only receive 10% of its electricity from solar power.
Of course, this one-percent statistic is omitted from the book. The book boasts how much of Denmark’s total electricity is generated from wind (19.Read more ›
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Neither wrong nor uninteresting but writing 274 pages, of which 40 end notes, by repeating about 230 times the same idea ends being a bit boringPublished 9 days ago
Seba's review of renewable energy versus fossil energy is packed with sound analysis backed by solid research on costs and benefits of solar energy and electric vehicles.Published 1 month ago by William McPherson
This is a well written review of the current status of progress toward a solar future. The existing traumas of the coal or nuclear industry was eye opening. Regards. LeePublished 2 months ago by Lee V.
Great summary of Silicon Valley disruption of energy industry. This year I will be giving away electricity because solar powers my house (heat, light, and cooling) and my electric... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jeff Sutherland
The book ties together the math of using fossil fuels vis-a-vis changing over to solar energy. Why burn fuel when the sun provides the same free of cost. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Vinod Kurup
Interesting book. Makes a lot of good points about the future of electric generation and electric cars. Read morePublished 4 months ago by RBH
I am the CEO and founder of Heart Transverter (...) and have been very actively involved in the very processes you so eloquently describe in your book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Heart A.
This is mind-blowing stuff, and it's happening all around us. Nice work Tony, keep it up!Published 5 months ago by Andy Mannle
Prof Tony Seba has written a fantastic review on the energy industry, both the hidden costs of fossil fuel energy and the superior economics of solar PV. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cheung Wing Hang