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David B. Barber, MS Biography

Nuclear Engineer at the Idaho National Laboratory
Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“The wind doesn’t always blow and sunlight isn’t always striking every solar panel. Renewable energy desperately needs a very big battery, a load leveler. Without
some form of energy storage, renewables are physically limited to less than a twenty percent share of the grid. At twenty percent, renewables are more of a headache than a resource for a grid manager. Electricity storage tools are expensive. Very expensive. Too expensive to justify on their own or at societal scale.”

“Nuclear Energy and the Future: The Hydrogen Economy or the Electricity Economy?,”, Mar. 24, 2005

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Nuclear Engineer, Idaho National Laboratory, 1994-present
  • Glenn T. Seaborg Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow, American Nuclear Society, 2007
  • MS, Chemical Engineering, University of Idaho
  • MS, Radioecology, Colorado State University
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?
  2. Should Hydrogen Be the Dominant Energy in the US?