Who Is Zach?

M&Z0116Hello!

Looking for a little background, eh?…

Of course, all of this is just the external, but take it for what it is:

I’m currently the director and editor of CleanTechnica.com (the #1 most-visited cleantech-focused site on the internet) and Planetsave.com (a leading all-around-green and science site).

You can find my work all over the internet, including on Scientific American, Reuters, TreeHugger, and most Important Media sites.

I have a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and sociology (from New College of Florida, the Honors College of Florida), and a master’s degree in city and regional planning (from UNC-Chapel Hill).

I have been blogging professionally since 2008. Before that, I was the executive director of a nonprofit organization promoting sustainable development and clean transportation in Charlottesville (Virginia). And before that, I was an urban research consultant, I worked in a couple of government positions (in city planning and environmental education), and I worked in natural foods stores (ranging from small co-op markets to corporate giant Whole Foods Market – mostly during high school and college).

For some of my most notable achievements, check out my Z&M Communications page.

I currently live in Wrocław (Poland), but have also lived in Groningen (the Netherlands), Sarasota & Bradenton (Florida), Chapel Hill & Carrboro (North Carolina), Sunnyvale (California), Ithaca (New York), and Charlottesville (Virginia). I’m originally from Sarasota, FL.

  • smithjim1961

    Zach,

    I really enjoy reading Cleantechnica. I’d rather focus on solutions than argue with climate change deniers.

    I wonder why there is very little discussion about methane leakage among environmentalists. Why is this topic not covered by Cleantechnica?

    • http://zacharyshahan.com Zachary Shahan

      hello, thanks for the note. are you referring to methane leakage from natural gas fracking and use? or something else?

  • smithjim1961

    I’m no expert but I’ve read that natural gas leakage occurs from fracking and from other leaks. Sometimes I see the local gas company trucks fixing leaks and I’ve smelled the odor of natural gas (or the stuff they put in natural gas to make leaks detectable) as I drove past.

    I first learned about natural gas leakage from NPR.

    http://www.npr.org/2011/04/14/135417679/natural-gas-may-not-be-clean-energy-source

    http://www.npr.org/2012/05/17/151545578/frackings-methane-trail-a-detective-story

    Natural gas probably causes as much or more warming than coal. I’m concerned that this HUGE issue is being ignored by environmentalists.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com Zachary Shahan

      yeah, we’ve covered it a bit. we just don’t spend much time on natural gas, in general.

  • http://MrEnergyCzar.com/ MrEnergyCzar

    Great background Zach…. this field will become a greater issue in the coming years….

    MrEnergyCzar

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Definitely. Happy to now be in it.

  • Fay

    Hey Zach – Just launched a new iPad magazine which focuses on how we can make intentional choices that make a difference from sustainable living to voting. Would love you to check it out: http://www.deliberatelifemag.com

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Thanks. Looks great. Unfort., i don’t have an iPad, but good luck! :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/garry.gentry Garry Gentry

    Our local Technical College had a course in installing solar on homes/farms but lost the grant. I am in Southern GA and wondered if you are aware of any reputable on-line courses in that field.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ev-Yves/1047613834 Ev Yves

    Please visit evdomains.com and let me know if you are interested in jointly developing a name of your interest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sid.abma.1 Sid Abma

    Natural gas as stated at the World Energy Conference in Madagascar is becoming the worlds most important energy source. The drilling and transporting leakage is being dealt with by individual states and the EPA.
    Now America and the world has to learn that natural gas is an energy that can be consumed to near 100% energy efficiency. Cool exhaust into the atmosphere instead of hot. Greenhouse gas and CO2 reduction in big numbers, and this fuel can be combusted so efficiently that the Water can be recovered from the exhaust gases, and this distilled water is very usable.
    Check out the technology of Condensing Flue Gas Heat Recovery.
    Commercial buildings and industry and even the power plants can all be applying this technology.
    30 years of Proven operation.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Natural gas leaks are anything but simple to take care of, and certainly aren’t adequately addressed today.

      The GHG reductions are highly debatable still.

      As far as efficiency, I’m not sure where you’re coming up with that claim. Could you provide a link? That, again, seems incorrect.

  • Mike Diethelm

    Zachary, the last two posts I’ve read have had spelling errors. I was wondering why that would happen on such an important site. But the real kicker was the ‘fight back Obama on abortion rights’ ad. It was on your pro Obama story from today! I was really wondering if I was seeing things then. Can y’all not discriminate on ads or is that a cleantechnica.com desired ad. Do you agree that abortion is a bad thing or is that a sell out? It’s the first time I’ve wanted to leave your site and decrease your user hit count so that maybe an ad like that wouldn’t appear due to the numbers. Kinda want to fight back on that one. My disregards on that ‘choice’ as you would so elegantly write. As I rechecked my sanity on cleantechnica before posting this, I noticed lots of anti-Obama ads. Wow. Cutting off the hand that feeds us. No hard feelings… I reckon. Then again, maybe a reality check is what I’m implying.

  • Jesse Cardinal

    hello Zach, i would like to talk with you, how can i get in touch with you. Thanks Jesse

  • http://www.facebook.com/gus.escher Gus Escher

    Hi Zach -
    Great bio and nice post. We “agents of change” need many more like you !
    But why live in Poland? Come and join us here in New Jersey – the per
    capita solar zenith of the world. Best regards, Gus Escher (Princeton, NJ)

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      ha, thanks! :D

      i moved here for a lady. haven’t yet gotten her to relocate for awhile. :D

      • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

        oh yeah, btw, i expected NJ to be the per capita leader, but found out AZ actually beat it! (though, with a utility-scale solar focus, not rooftop).

        and 4 European countries also top those two states: http://cleantechnica.com/2013/01/29/top-solar-states-vs-top-solar-countries-cleantechnica-exclusive/

        • LookingForward

          Hey Zachary,
          Don’t know if you’ve read my comment/question below this one allready, just wanted to let you know it was there, incase disqus doesn’t notify comments to you on your page…

          • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

            Hmm, not seeing another one… Can you send again? Or tweet it to me.

          • LookingForward

            don’t have twitter :P

            Here it is:
            Hey Zachary,

            For a couple of weeks now, I have been commenting on cleantechnica, among other sites.

            I have some ideas for articles (if they are good ideas), but I have absolutely no idea where to start to create a proffesionally made/written article and I have no education in any field remotely in the area of the environment (my education is in sports, mostly, I was going for personal trainer).

            Maybe you could write the articles? If they be worthy of the power of cleantech? :P
            This would just be to get the ideas outthere, maybe it will spark a (better) idea in someone, give food for thought?
            Also, you probably have more sources and experience for extra information if my ideas are possible, for numbers and costs?

            3 of my ideas/questions are the following:

            CCS or trees?
            How much would it cost for a coal/gasplant to have CCS? Wouldn’t it be cheaper (in the US) to just plant a million trees in desolate (but not to dry) (remote) areas? Relatively affordable (in the future) CCS will only capture half the CO2. How much CO2 is taken out of the air by a million trees? Per year? In there livespan? Young/small trees are cheaper. CCS lasts aslong as the plant lasts, trees can last for centuries.
            To make it as cheap as possible: send people out camping (volunteers?) in remote places with few trees, give them each a bag of seeds and tell them to start putting seeds in the ground? What would it cost and what is the CO2 prevention (short term/longrun) of CCS, campers with seeds, 1 million seedlings, 1 million young/small trees and 1 million larger trees?

            Rebuilding the poles?
            Another idea I have, might comparable to a Dutch saying: “cleaning up spilling water with an open fosit”, but it might give us extra time with the 2 degrees climate change problem. Plus “if you clean up the water faster then is being spilled…”
            If read that part of the problem with global warming is the cumulative effect of melting ice. My sollution: build liquid nitrogen factories (running on nuclear) in Greenland and Antartica and other places that have/need a lot of ice and have people freeze the ice lakes forming in Greenland (and Antartica?). You could, using extra water, make ice dams (in a circle) and create new ice lakes (by pumping seawater) behind the ice dams and create new/refreezing old glaziers?
            You could even take a boat (the size of an oil tanker maybe even?) and build a liquid nitrogen factory in it, have it run on nuclear and spray behind the boat (under water) to form new icebergs? If it can be done, you could potentially even rebuild the northpole, which has shrunk 75%? That’s a lot of black ocean, instead of white ice to bounce back solar heat.
            Maybe 1 boat running for years is enough, maybe 5 or 10 boats are needed to reverse the pole melting problem.
            But if the UN asks the G20 to each build 1 boat/factory and creates an organisation to give out missions to stop/reverse (parts of) the most effected areas, the northpole could be recreated and maybe even the sealevel dropped back to normal?
            What would a factory with distribution cost?
            What would a boat with factory cost?

            Small remote towns and villages could they go off the grid?
            I also had an idea around transmission loss when reading articles about that subject.
            The US and other big countries suffer from larger then average transmission losses, mostly because of distance. Why isn’t the US doing more about getting remote buildings/towns/villages of the grid? I understand storage (even large scale) isn’t quite there yet, neither are EVs, when it comes to full scale decentralised cost effective replacement and implentation, but is that really true?
            How many remote towns/villages/counties, with less then 10.000 people and the average driver drives less then an average affordable EV, are out there? Would it be affordable for such a place?
            Such a place can easily go off grid and have zero oil, gas or coal emissions, even if such a place runs on industry or farming, but how much would that cost?
            How would such a place achieve that? How much would it cost per capita?
            First local government and the population need to be behind the idea, ideally everyone.
            Financing is an important factor too. Local government could help the population get loans and subsidies for individual costs by asking (local) banks, state and federal government for help, private loans (through products) could also help.
            Plans, goals and standards need to be made.
            Next step would be efficiency and conservation and replacing most if not all fossil fuel use with electricity use. Buildings/homes, appliances/electronics, (street)lighting cars and other machines that have engines, (water)heating.
            A local gasstation that will go out of service because of this, could buy some of the cars and become a rental service for any long distance drives.
            Machines, appliances, electronics and cars could be sold in bulk, auctioned or recycled.
            New electric machines and cars, efficient appliances, electronics and lighting, insulation and windows could be bought in bulk and with auctions to save money.
            When the new efficiency and conservation standards have been reached and all engines and heating are electrical, the town can start calculating it’s new electricity use.
            There needs to be calculated how much non-shaded roofspace there is for solar, how much is flat and south facing and how much is east and west facing. Are there windy areas for (vertical)windturbines.
            EVs need to be charged during the day, when you have sun, so EVs can act as storage at night. Where are the charging stations going to be? At home, at work, at mall/shoppingcentre or all of the above?
            Is there extra storage needed for low wind nights next to the EVS? (people need to be able to drive in the morning)
            Is it economical/neccesary/possible to build a small biowaste to electricity facility or small hydro or another renewable source for baseload use?
            After all these calculations have been done, renewables (and storage) are bought/build (in bulk when it comes to solar and wind) through an auction. Owned by the local government at worst, preferably bu the people, no PPA or leasing.
            No more electricity/gasbills, no more filling the gas tank, no more macro grid, no more utillities, maybe a loan for a few years or some extra local taxes for a few years, after that …free energy. And offcourse a cleaner (local) environment.

            I went a little overboard with the extra info for that last one,but I wanted to give a clearer picture.

            Hope your willing and have the time to write articles about these subjects, I’d atleast like to know your thoughts about my ideas?
            with regards Laurens

          • LookingForward

            Hi Zachary,
            Have you had time to read my commentpost/queations yet?
            It’s also a reply, like this one, to this commentpost of yours.
            If you can’t see it, is there a maximum amount of characters you can put in a commentpost?

          • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

            yeah, i’m still not seeing it. can you connect with me on Facebook & send there?

  • yuval Brandstetter

    Dear Zach
    Good article regarding the Blue car, and an answer concerning the issue of batt lease. Better Place incorporates the lease into the mileage charge so that you do not “feel” being taken for a ride during months in which you do not use the car as much. I pay about 15 cents a mile regardless of how many miles i actually travel. Having cut the price of transportation by about half i no longer get stingy about driving longer or taking an extra trip.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Thanks. Interesting. Sounds like a nice approach!

  • ally leather

    this sucks

    • lewis townsend

      i know! i thought this was a porn site!

      • george trick

        try saveplanet.com

  • Mckenzie

    Hey Zach, as a fellow writer I enjoy your stories on a daily basis for some time now. Keep up the great work and write an article how your readers could support you. I’m sure many would listen. Also, have you ever written a small business solar or green startup article. I would be interested in passing such along as most of the news and press releases come from larger business models that you cover. Regards

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Thanks a lot. I appreciate it. I don’t think I’ve written on that subject, actually. Maybe soon… :D

  • DanDevil
    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Hey. Thanks. We’ve covered solar-powered laptops a few times.

  • Jon Hillis

    Zach, I’m trying to promote green roof integrated PV in Washington, DC. We are a large installer of both green roofing and solar. Would appreciate a re-post. Thanks, Jon Hillis, Prospect Solar/Prospect Waterproofing . http://www.prospectsolar.com/blog/author/jon-hillis

  • AdiK

    Hi Zachary, would like to send yo an invite for a free trip to Israel for Top sustainability bloggers offered by Kinetis (www.kinetis.org.il) to learn about sustainability achievements here – how can I e-mail you an invite?

    Thanks,
    Adi Kaplan
    adik@kinetis.org.il

  • jedsled

    Zach, I ran across your article on CleanTechnica about the GM LED retrofit. I was intrigued due to its billing as the “largest”. Very interesting. If the facts in the write-up are complete, then that retrofit was not the largest. We’ve done bigger ones… :)

  • Dill Weed

    Why no story about Siemens?

  • JonathanRCole

    Hi Zach, Still waiting for a reply to the inquiry I sent through CleanTechnica about helping to promote SunPax, the PV with integrated battery storage and IT control. I thought this would be right up your alley. Take a look at http://lightontheearth.blogspot.com/p/shedding-light-on-solar.html

  • Ken

    Hey Zach,

    I’ve been following your articles for a while and really appreciate your approach. We often link your content over at Revolution-Green.com would love to chat sometime and coordinate some efforts if you’re interested. You can find our contact details over at the website. Until then, keep up the good work.

    Ken

  • Emily

    I am looking for the source data behind the jobs graphic in this article: http://cleantechnica.com/2013/10/08/advantages-disadvantages-solar-power/. Can you help?

    • Emily Rochon

      Apparently not! In the future, it would be great if you could post links to source data so people working as renewable energy advocates can more readily translate graphics and review the numbers behind them.

  • tony parkinson

    Zach- is this site supported and funded by FPL? the gentlemen from NJ raises a good point . NJ has a solar radiation level of 4.69 with a target of 22% solar by 2020 while Florida’s radiation level is 18% higher at 5.5 ( in Key West) or 5.2 in Martin County with NO RPS at all.

    ..and folks in the administration who write and speak about solar but when challenged close their email accounts…. and then the 7/50 program which estimates that Florida Solar willstay at 1% of total energy delivery from now until 2021 ( which is when the 30 year PSC territorial agreements expire)…..

    Zach, I need some validation that you are on our side or on the FPL team. I know Buck, he is wonderfula nd I mean that – BUT he does NOT support what he says…. he is the most charming BS artist you will ever meet…
    tony
    PS we are offering 4 MW of solar power to a school district at $2.30 and FPL is trying to kill it !!! so, like I said what side are you on?

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Supported & funded by FPL? You have got to be kidding me! Take a look around the site. If you genuinely think this site is supported and funded by FPL, you must be lost.

      In other words: not in any way.

    • Rebecca Davis

      Tony, I work for a solar company, and book guests for a Green topics radio show….can you refer me to more information on this offer to the school district? Who are ‘we’? Are you working with a company, charitable organisation?

  • Alexis

    Hi, Zach.
    I’m developing an energy plan 2050 for Argentina and I need lots of help and feedback.
    Could you introduce me to the right people?
    All the best,
    Alexis.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Hey, will try to do so.

  • seao2

    Hi Zach. I’d like to introduce you to ‘Intervene’ my new eco-sci-fi novel.

    Intervene tells the story of Zem, the trillionaire spaceman on a mission to save the environment.

    Zem never sleeps and every week he spends $100 billion to restructure the global economy and make it sustainable.

    Standing in his way is an American oil man and a foxy redhead called Megan.

    Perhaps I could write an article about it for one of your journals?

    more here: http://www.guylane.com

    cheers

    Guy Lane

  • Björn Ericsson

    Thank you for taking responsibilty for our planet with this website! The planet needs more People like you!

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Thank You! :D

  • Chris Van Velden

    Zach- while I appreciate your promotion of the industry, how about taking on a more controversial topic: Lease vs. loan. In California, leasing companies are making a killing but if you look at the details of their offering, their customers aren’t even getting 1/2 of the wealth the panels generate in terms of avoided utility costs and, many of those leasing customers could use the tax credits themselves. Any decent installer can take the headache out of paperwork and with quality panels & inverters (or better yet Micro’s) maintenance is next to zero for 25 years. That and the fact that leasing locks the homeowner into a 20 year commitment and from what I’ve seen, leases actually encumber the home at resale, possibly bringing down the value of the home or forcing the homeowner to buy out the total remaining energy at sale of home. Take a chance, do the research. I’d be happy to help. chrisv@pwrlogix.com :)

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Hey, Chris. I’ve done so to a small extent: http://cleantechnica.com/2013/10/25/solar-loan-admirals-bank-vs-solar-lease/

      Getting into the nitty gritty of the finances is tricky since that’s going to vary from case to case unless you have broad data/research on the matter — I’ve ever seen anything on that.

      Will email you.

      • Matt

        Zac, I would like to take a shot at formatting some of the data charts to make thing a little clearer. I’m wondering if you could share your raw data for PV (installations/year, cost/year), wind(installations/year, cost/year). I’m really more interested in installations. World or country/region would work. Looking at your Solar/Wind fact pages I know you have the data extracted. Just trying to be a good engineer “do more work with less energy”. At one time there was contact link on this site, but it appears to have disappeared. could you mail at mattpeffly@gmail.com

  • Einar

    Hi Zach,

    I would like to contribute a piece to Cleantechnica, how do I do it? Do you have a mail address where I can send it?

    Regards, Einar

  • CaptD

    Suggestion: Please consider starting a searchable index listing of “Reply” comments for each of the Pro Nuclear talking points, that way others cannot only learn from the best in the renewable field, but also help populate ever more blogs with high quality Pro-Renewable comments that are not only current and factual but well written, which are sure to get noticed.

    There is a huge need for this as ever more bloggers are being paid by Big Nuclear, Big Coal and Big Oil to dump their messages online.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Hey, something like what you request would be better, but I did update the top of this post to list a lot of key pieces: http://cleantechnica.com/2013/12/27/many-redditors-obsessed-uncompetitive-nuclear-energy/

      • CaptD

        Thanks, as you can see it got dumped on by trolls and had to have its comments closed, which stifled the conversation!

        Please consider adding this to your To-Do list for 2014, if not you specifically then perhaps you would consider enabling a team of people that you or someone like bob_wallace pick from those that want to help populate such a reference listing.

        This would even the tables for all those that seek to spread the news that Nuclear cannot be tolerated because when it goes BAD we can get additional Trillion Dollar Eco-Disasters like Fukushima or worse.

        Consider this: http://www.turnerradionetwork.com/news/146-mjt

        I’m standing bye…

  • Doug Pearson

    I just saw this article about electric buses, and though you’d be interested:
    http://phys.org/news/2014-01-electric-buses-wireless-uk-milton.html

    By the way, I was born is Sarasota, also.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Ha! What a small world it is. :D

      Yeah, I’ve had that story in the writer pool for a few days. No one picking it up… :(

  • bussdriver78

    Could you do some research into the battery storage market? I’ve seen info on the wholesale cost of battery tech going down; but for retail the costs are still high. If we want to buy enough batteries for a car or for a solar house we are stuck with high retail costs; somebody must be selling this stuff in bulk — but how much bulk makes you wholesale? I’m not talking just about lithium which seems to be below estimates; but cheap lead acid solar batteries or anything people interested in off grid solar. Perhaps somebody needs to make an online wholesaler business for this… A house needs so many batteries it’s got to be close to the minimum wholesale purchase quantity. I’ve not had too much luck looking around – lots of press releases but no way for normal people to buy – and the markup on these things is nuts (except as a replacement part for GM cars lithium is cheap for some reason.)

  • Michael Flaherty

    Zach, are you aware that the company ECycleBest.com is an absolute SCAM and they are not paying for the used phones, tablets, and laptops that consumers like me are sending them to “recycle”. They will not answer my e-mails and when calling their two customer service lines during normal business hours, they just ring and ring….. Did they actually interview you for their recently posted article/interview of you on 3/20/14 or is that just a scam as well??

    http://www.ecyclebest.com/blog/ecycling/meet-the-top-clean-tech-influencer-our-green-guardian-zachary-shahan
    I’d love to know as want to expose them for what they are for ripping me off. Thanks, Mike

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Hello,

      Hmm, i don’t really know anything about them, but they did interview me for that.

    • http://www.ecyclebest.com Alvier.M.

      Michael,

      I am so sorry for the unpleasant experience with our services and we would like to make it up to you.

      Please send me an email at alvier.marqueses@ecyclebest.com and I would personally coordinate your concerns with customer service and I will make sure they get in touch with you.

      We are a legitimate business and we certainly transact with our customers with the intent of giving them value for money and reliable customer service. Again, I sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.

      Please get in touch as soon as you can.

      P.S.

      Customer Service is different from our Consumer Education and Marketing Division. I am with the former and I will get in touch with our Customer Service Manager to address this matter.

  • Robert Fahey

    New blog. You’ll find it very interesting ….

    http://www.teslamondo.com

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Awesome, thanks! Will add to my feed reader :D

  • TEG2

    Regarding this story:
    http://cleantechnica.com/2014/04/01/elon-musk-says-might-someday-run-president/
    I don’t think he is eligible since he wasn’t born in the USA…

    • LookingForward

      He can atleast run for governor, maybe after his contract for Tesla is over in 2020(?) he can replace Jerry Brown (if he goes for another term and wins) in California, would be an awesome state for him to be governor in. He could probably get 50-55% renewable electricity by 2030 and have EVs dominate new car sales in California.

  • http://www.thejohndevice.com DavidWJohn

    Ready for the new World, Zach? Since you blog, you might as well get ready. WIPO early publication on May 15, 2014. The John Device is here – know how to spell Paradigm?
    http://www.TheJohnDevice.com

  • LookingForward

    Hey Zachary,

    For a couple of weeks now, I have been commenting on cleantechnica, among other sites.

    I have some ideas for articles (if they are good ideas), but I have absolutely no idea where to start to create a proffesionally made/written article and I have no education in any field remotely in the area of the environment (my education is in sports, mostly, I was going for personal trainer).

    Maybe you could write the articles? If they be worthy of the power of cleantech? :P
    This would just be to get the ideas outthere, maybe it will spark a (better) idea in someone, give food for thought?
    Also, you probably have more sources and experience for extra information if my ideas are possible, for numbers and costs?

    3 of my ideas/questions are the following:

    CCS or trees
    How much would it cost for a coal/gasplant to have CCS? Wouldn’t it be cheaper (in the US) to just plant a million trees in desolate (but not to dry) (remote) areas? Relatively affordable (in the future) CCS will only capture half the CO2. How much CO2 is taken out of the air by a million trees? Per year? In there livespan? Young/small trees are cheaper. CCS lasts aslong as the plant lasts, trees can last for centuries.
    To make it as cheap as possible: send people out camping (volunteers?) in remote places with few trees, give them each a bag of seeds and tell them to start putting seeds in the ground? What would it cost and what is the CO2 prevention (short term/longrun) of CCS, campers with seeds, 1 million seedlings, 1 million young/small trees and 1 million larger trees?

    Rebuilding the poles
    Another idea I have, might comparable to a Dutch saying: “cleaning up spilling water with an open fosit”, but it might give us extra time with the 2 degrees climate change problem. Plus “if you clean up the water faster then is being spilled…”
    If read that part of the problem with global warming is the cumulative effect of melting ice. My sollution: build liquid nitrogen factories (running on nuclear) in Greenland and Antartica and other places that have/need a lot of ice and have people freeze the ice lakes forming in Greenland (and Antartica?). You could, using extra water, make ice dams (in a circle) and create new ice lakes (by pumping seawater) behind the ice dams and create new/refreezing old glaziers?
    You could even take a boat (the size of an oil tanker maybe even?) and build a liquid nitrogen factory in it, have it run on nuclear and spray behind the boat (under water) to form new icebergs? If it can be done, you could potentially even rebuild the northpole, which has shrunk 75%? That’s a lot of black ocean, instead of white ice to bounce back solar heat.
    Maybe 1 boat running for years is enough, maybe 5 or 10 boats are needed to reverse the pole melting problem.
    But if the UN asks the G20 to each build 1 boat/factory and creates an organisation to give out missions to stop/reverse (parts of) the most effected areas, the northpole could be recreated and maybe even the sealevel dropped back to normal?
    What would a factory with distribution cost?
    What would a boat with factory cost?

    Small remote towns and villages could go off the grid
    I also had an idea around transmission loss when reading articles about that subject.
    The US and other big countries suffer from larger then average transmission losses, mostly because of distance. Why isn’t the US doing more about getting remote buildings/towns/villages of the grid? I understand storage (even large scale) isn’t quite there yet, neither are EVs, when it comes to full scale decentralised cost effective replacement and implentation, but is that really true?
    How many remote towns/villages/counties, with less then 10.000 people and the average driver drives less then an average affordable EV, are out there? Would it be affordable for such a place?
    Such a place can easily go off grid and have zero oil, gas or coal emissions, even if such a place runs on industry or farming, but how much would that cost?
    How would such a place achieve that? How much would it cost per capita?
    First local government and the population need to be behind the idea, ideally everyone.
    Financing is an important factor too. Local government could help the population get loans and subsidies for individual costs by asking (local) banks, state and federal government for help, private loans (through products) could also help.
    Plans, goals and standards need to be made.
    Next step would be efficiency and conservation and replacing most if not all fossil fuel use with electricity use. Buildings/homes, appliances/electronics, (street)lighting cars and other machines that have engines, (water)heating.
    A local gasstation that will go out of service because of this, could buy some of the cars and become a rental service for any long distance drives.
    Machines, appliances, electronics and cars could be sold in bulk, auctioned or recycled.
    New electric machines and cars, efficient appliances, electronics and lighting, insulation and windows could be bought in bulk and with auctions to save money.
    When the new efficiency and conservation standards have been reached and all engines and heating are electrical, the town can start calculating it’s new electricity use.
    There needs to be calculated how much non-shaded roofspace there is for solar, how much is flat and south facing and how much is east and west facing. Are there windy areas for (vertical)windturbines.
    EVs need to be charged during the day, when you have sun, so EVs can act as storage at night. Where are the charging stations going to be? At home, at work, at mall/shoppingcentre or all of the above?
    Is there extra storage needed for low wind nights next to the EVS? (people need to be able to drive in the morning)
    Is it economical/neccesary/possible to build a small biowaste to electricity facility or small hydro or another renewable source for baseload use?
    After all these calculations have been done, renewables (and storage) are bought/build (in bulk when it comes to solar and wind) through an auction. Owned by the local government at worst, preferably bu the people, no PPA or leasing.
    No more electricity/gasbills, no more filling the gas tank, no more macro grid, no more utillities, maybe a loan for a few years or some extra local taxes for a few years, after that …free energy. And offcourse a cleaner (local) environment.

    I went a little overboard with the extra info for that last one,but I wanted to give a clearer picture.

    Hope your willing and have the time to write articles about these subjects, I’d atleast like to know your thoughts about my ideas?
    with regarts Laurens

  • Joel Peters

    How were the statistics comparing bird death rates from wind, coal, and nuclear electrical energy production methods compiled?

  • shola

    Zach, I am seeking a joint venture partners to manufacture solar power modules and systems in Africa. Are there existing manufacturers open to JV in Africa? Please assist.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Hmm, sorry, I have no idea.

  • Andrew Yan

    Hire me Zach. I’m really in to Clean energy and renewables and have experience in sustainability reporting editing and writing.