RP Siegel

RP Siegel
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RP Siegel, author and inventor, shines a powerful light on numerous environmental and technological topics. He has been published in business and technical journals and has written three books. His third, co-authored with Roger Saillant, is Vapor Trails, an eco-thriller that is being adapted for the big screen. RP is a professional engineer – and a prolific inventor, with 50 patents, numerous awards, and several commercial products. He is president of Rain Mountain LLC and is an active environmental advocate in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. In addition to Justmeans, he writes for Triple Pundit, ThomasNet News, and Energy Viewpoints, occasionally contributing to Mechanical Engineering, Strategy + Business, and Huffington Post. You can follow RP on Twitter, @RPSiegel.
Rain Mountain LLC
Rochester
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USA
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Posts by This Writer

2 weeks 3 days ago

 (3BL Media/Justmeans) - A recent joint study by scientists at the University of Delaware, NASA, and the Jet Propulsion Lab investigating the so-called global warming hiatus, was announced by the American Geophysical Union (AGU). The paper grew out of a special U.S. Climate Variability and Predictability Program (CLIVAR) panel session at the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting.

The study, which was published in the journal Earth’s Future, explores the causes of an apparent...


3 weeks 4 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Last week’s US election was both a shock and a disappointment for many people around the world. It’s important to think about what happened and why. There are important lessons to learn for all, including those of us working for a more sustainable society.

What’s clear is that there are a lot of people in America who are struggling, people whose lives had fallen outside of the traditional scope of the compassionate liberal vision, with its focus on “underrepresented minorities.” As ironic as it seems, this election was decided by primarily white, working class voters, who had come to feel that they were...


1 month 17 hours ago

(3Bl Media/Justmeans_ - The world is undergoing massive social and political disruption, as witnessed by this week’s US election, as well as the recent withdrawal of the UK from the European Union. These disruptions, in many ways have their roots in the economic disruptions of the past several decades. These, in turn, have been enabled by technology. Technology has drastically altered the state of balance between capital and labor, much to the benefit of business owners, and the detriment of workers. Given sufficient capital, one can fill a factory with robots that work around the clock and never demand their fair share, replace bank tellers...


1 month 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Every week there is more climate news that cranks up the tension in what feels like a Hollywood thriller. Progress continues to be made by communities, businesses and governments towards mitigating the causes of climate change. At the same time, each new scientific report seems to reveal new details that either bring the threat into sharper focus, or disclose aspects of the threat that had previously been underestimated. 

This year has been a historic one in the battle against climate change. In the past two months, two major accords: an amendment to the Montreal Protocol that will curb the use of high greenhouse-...


2 months 5 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Last week, grid storage provider Younicos, in partnership with the German utility WEMAG, broke ground on a new facility to increase grid storage capacity at the Schwerin battery park. The Schwerin facility was Europe’s first battery storage facility, commissioned in 2014 with a capacity of 5MW. The primary function of the storage facility is to level out momentary dips in output coming from the grid, which is mostly powered by wind turbines. When so-called frequency regulation power is provided by conventional power plants, the plants are required to remain running at 60% capacity in order to be able to respond quickly...


2 months 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - The sun rises earlier in Abu Dhabi than in Europe or North America, a fact that is becoming true in more ways than one.

A bidding war for a new, large-scale Sweihan solar project in Abu Dhabi has led to what Renew Economy analyst Giles Parkinson calls “jaw-dropping” prices. Smashing through what had been the $30 per...


2 months 3 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Change takes time, but sometimes not as much time as one would have thought. A few short years ago, the idea of electric vehicles seemed like a tiny speck on a distant horizon—a toy for technophiles and early adapters. But even the Wall Street Journal says the EV’s will be here sooner than you think. And by here, they don’t mean on the fringes.

The numbers seem to bear this out. Worldwide, some 312,000 plug-in vehicles were sold in the first half of this year. That’s a 49% increase compared to last...


3 months 3 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - A recent story in the New York Times drew attention to some of the challenges to be faced in making big societal changes, such as overhauling a nation’s entire energy system that had run, relatively undisturbed for close to a hundred years.

It told the tale of the less-than-seamless transformation by NRG Energy, framing it as a cautionary tale with echoes of...


4 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - There’s no question that a wave of renewable power generation is sweeping this country, and just about every other country around the world. But there are a number of questions surrounding it. Will there be enough power to meet our needs? Can we afford to eliminate nuclear power? How can a transient power source take the place of steady “baseline” power that is being served today be conventional sources? At the center of all these questions lies the promise of energy storage. Storage can certainly transform the erratic contributions of wind and solar into an unflagging, continuous stream. But what kind of storage...


4 months 2 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - The vote to exit the EU has certainly shaken things up in Britain. No one can say where this decision will eventually lead. One question on many peoples’ minds is what will the implications be on climate change?

Theresa May, the new Prime Minister, acted on her very first day to change the title of the former Department of Energy and Climate Change into the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. That was obviously a change she considered important. But what does it mean exactly?

The initial reaction among environmental groups was near-panic....


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