David MacKay

Chief Scientific Advisor, Department of Energy and Climate Change UK
Cambridge, United Kingdom

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David MacKay
Posted about 3 years ago
David MacKay: A reality check on renewables
You have been misinformed about losses in grids. In the UK grid, the electricity losses total about 8% of the electricity produced: roughly 1% in the long-distance grid and 7% in the local grid. Read my book if you want - it is free on line http://www.withouthotair.com/ and it includes lots of topics that I couldn't fit into a TED talk.
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David MacKay
Posted about 3 years ago
David MacKay: A reality check on renewables
I discuss geothermal and tidal power in my book, Sustainable Energy - without the hot air, which is available free online from www.withouthotair.com. I agree, geothermal and tidal are wonderful renewables, for some countries. (There wasn't time in a TED talk to discuss everything.)