Last updated on: 12/31/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Schatz Energy Research Center (SERC) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“Petroleum and natural gas are expected to become scarce in the coming decades. Coal and uranium offer longer-term energy supply, but they too will eventually run out. In addition, all of these fuels produce environmental impacts that threaten our health and quality of life. Renewable energy sources are clean and will not run out in the foreseeable future…

It is feasible for most homes to generate all or most of their energy on-site using photovoltaics and other technologies…

Renewable-powered transportation is another matter. In wealthy countries, where nearly every household owns at least one car, it is probably not realistic to anticipate that renewable energy will enable us to continue with business as usual. A more modest and efficient transportation system might be sustainably run on renewable energy.”

“Renewable Energy Facts,” www.schatzlab.org (accessed Dec. 29, 2008)

Description:

“At the Schatz Energy Research Center (SERC) on California’s North Coast, we are working to establish clean energy technologies in our society. We specialize in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and hydrogen energy systems. Our work involves research and development, technology demonstration, project development, energy systems analysis, and education and training. In addition, we perform feasibility studies, resource assessments, and energy planning studies.

We are affiliated with Humboldt State University’s Environmental Resources Engineering program and provide a rare opportunity for undergraduate and graduate engineering students to acquire hands-on experience with cutting-edge energy technologies.”

“How It All Began,” www.schatzlab.org (accessed Dec. 29, 2008)

Mission:

“Our mission is to develop renewable energy technology and make it more reliable and affordable.

All of us have the same dreams: a clean and safe environment, political independence, economic security, and a better world for our children. Clean and safe energy will help make our dreams become reality.”

“How It All Began,” www.schatzlab.org (accessed Dec. 29, 2008)

Other:
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  1. Should Hydrogen Be the Dominant Energy in the US?