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

10 months 3 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — In what might be shaping up to be the fight of the century, with nothing less than the future of life on this planet at stake, we have the 2017 battle over climate change. In one corner, we have Jerry Brown, lawyer, veteran politician, and the longest serving governor in California’s history. In the other corner, is Donald J. Trump, real estate developer and reality TV star.

In defiance of the consensus of hundreds of the world’s top scientists, Trump has ridiculed climate change, suggesting that it is a non-issue, manufactured by liberals, despite the fact that even the US Department of Defense (not exactly...


10 months 3 weeks ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Despite what we might expect to see soon, in the form of furious efforts on the part of a handful of politicians to reverse the inevitable, the tide has already turned against the century-old dominance of fossil fuels. Perhaps there is no better proof of this than the fact that a number of major oil and gas companies are now making significant investments in renewable energy.

As recently reported in the Wall Street Journal, a...


11 months 2 days ago

(3Bl Media?Jusmeans) — Earlier this month, software and search giant Google announced that it would run its operations entirely on renewable energy by the end of next year. That might seem like a lot, but when you consider the many data centers with billions of people connecting to them, it’s actually about as much power as the entire city of San Francisco, with its population of over 800,000, uses. For those who like numbers, they used 5.7 terawatt-hours in 2015.

However, you won’t see sprawling...


11 months 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Most people are aware that solar power has been booming. Prices are dropping rapidly and panels are going up in many places, either on residential rooftops or as part of large utility scale arrays. But few people have an appreciation for just how much solar has grown in a very short time. The new US Solar Market Insight Q4 2016 report from GreenTechMedia (GTM) Research really puts this into perspective.

The number are particularly impressive right now because the industry just had a phenomenal quarter.

In the third quarter of 2016, with the installation of 4,143 MW  of new capacity, total installed solar PV...


11 months 2 weeks ago

Everyone knows that the UN’s 2015 Sustainable Development Goals were intended to literally make the world a better case. But a recent analysis shows how they might accomplish that in ways that may not have been expected. Based on an analysis by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Asian Demographic Research Institute (ADRI) at Shanghai University, achievement of these goals could result in a significant decrease in population growth.

While none of the...


12 months 13 hours 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...


1 year 3 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 year 1 week 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 year 1 week 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-...


1 year 1 month 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...


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