10 July, 2015
Will there be a long transition period, with a mish-mash of renewables while we learn to harness the sun’s energy efficiently, as plants have been doing for 3.5 billion years? Is there even enough sunlight striking the Earth to supply the increasing energy demands of 6-9 billion humans?
Nuclear energy may be the only realistic alternative for some countries but it’s not an option for a nuclear-averse country like New Zealand, with a small population and large land area split in two.
Can our renewable energy sources satisfy the extra load of a wholesale conversion to electric vehicles? Or would it be simpler just to filter the CO2 out of vehicle and other emissions instead? What are the options likely to mean for more remote centres like Nelson, Napier, Whanganui, Tauranga, and oil and gas-producing New Plymouth?
The MacDiarmid Institute is supporting regional development with this series of free public talks. Join with us to discuss The Energy Revolution.
Organised in association with Café Scientifique, Tauranga
Monday, 20 July, 6.30pm for 7.00pm start
Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club
Organised in association with Hawke’s Bay Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand
Tuesday, 28 July, 7pm
Speaker: Jeffery Tallon FRSNZ, Victoria University of Wellington
Organised in association with the Nelson Science Society
Maitai Room 1, Rutherford Hotel, Nelson
Thursday, 30 July, 6pm
War Memorial Centre, Whanganui
Tuesday, 4 August, 6pm