Last updated on: 2/3/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

David B. Barber, MS Biography

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

“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?,” www.iags.org, Mar. 24, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Nuclear Engineer, Idaho National Laboratory, 1994-present
  • Glenn T. Seaborg Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow, American Nuclear Society, 2007
Education:
  • MS, Chemical Engineering, University of Idaho
  • MS, Radioecology, Colorado State University
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Hydrogen Be the Dominant Energy in the US?