Green & Gold - a look into Ireland's Sustainable Future

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How energy compares, where it all started, what alternative resources do we have, what\'s left of the conventional stuff, the importance of conscious choices, is going nuclear a real option and what does this all have to do with Ireland?

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Green & Gold - a look into Ireland's Sustainable Future

  1. 1. Green and Gold A look at Ireland’s sustainable future Venture Business Network Robert Steininger
  2. 2. Robert Steininger <ul><li>Austria </li></ul><ul><li>Engineer </li></ul><ul><li>Siemens Germany & Worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>Siemens USA </li></ul><ul><li>Ireland </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic Business Development / Training / Consultancy </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What is Sustainability?
  4. 4. What are we really talking about? 120W x 24h 2,400 kcal 75 kcal / km 32 km 75 kcal 10 min 75 kcal 60 W 48 h 2,000 W 1:45 h 250 W ½ d 60 kW 2.5 km 3 min 220 kW 1 km 1.2 min 70 kWh/kg 41 g
  5. 5. The all encompassing source?
  6. 6. Energy consumption and sustainable alternatives Solar 950,000 PWh Wind Ocean Biomass World Consumption 140 PWh 140,000,000,000,000,000
  7. 7. How much is left? Coal Oil Natural Gas Nuclear Sun / year Consumption
  8. 8. Conscious choice A cuppa tea … 3 : 1
  9. 9. Conscious choice Look at THAT label … <ul><li>Seasonal </li></ul><ul><li>From where? </li></ul>
  10. 10. What’s the alternative? Living … <ul><li>Insulation </li></ul><ul><li>Windows / Doors </li></ul><ul><li>Ventilation </li></ul><ul><li>Heating </li></ul>520 kWh / m2 yr 100 kWh / m2 yr -80% 1/3 heating Annual cost Heating & Hot Water: € 630
  11. 11. What’s the alternative? Let there be light … 2% 10% 20%
  12. 12. What’s the alternative? Transport – and the winner is … <ul><li>Walk / Cycle </li></ul><ul><li>Public Transport </li></ul><ul><li>Buy a used car </li></ul>
  13. 13. What falls into Renewable Energy? <ul><li>Wind </li></ul><ul><li>Hydro </li></ul><ul><li>Tidal / Wave </li></ul><ul><li>Solar </li></ul><ul><li>Geothermal </li></ul><ul><li>Biomass </li></ul><ul><li>Biogas </li></ul><ul><li>Biofuels </li></ul>
  14. 14. Wind <ul><li>Mature </li></ul><ul><li>~ 1.26 GW installed / 3,410 GWh/y </li></ul><ul><li>Capital Intensive, ~ €1.5 Mio /MW </li></ul><ul><li>Dependency on wind </li></ul><ul><li>Next push: Off-shore </li></ul>Wind Atlas Europe
  15. 15. Biomass <ul><li>Wood (and energy crops) as fuel </li></ul><ul><li>Efficiency 85-90% </li></ul>~ 25%
  16. 16. What about nuclear power? <ul><li>Waste: 18,000t/a </li></ul><ul><li>Storing: 250,000a </li></ul><ul><li>Currently: 16% </li></ul><ul><li>Resources: 50 years </li></ul>source: John Travers - Green & Gold
  17. 17. What about nuclear safety? <ul><li>Windscale 1957 </li></ul><ul><li>Three Mile Island 1979 </li></ul><ul><li>Chernobyl 1986 </li></ul><ul><li>Tokaimura 1999 </li></ul><ul><li>Fukushima 2011 </li></ul>
  18. 18. And what about Ireland? 380 185 35 35 5 640 190 Wind Solar Ocean Biomass Other Total Consumption In Thousand GWh 20% 2020 Investment € 15bn ROI € 1.2bn/a source: John Travers - Green & Gold
  19. 19. Can it be done? <ul><li>Shannon Scheme 1925 </li></ul><ul><li>20% of revenue budget in 1925 </li></ul><ul><li>1929: 96% of demand </li></ul><ul><li>250,000 visitors </li></ul><ul><li>1927: Herbert Hoover </li></ul><ul><li>2008: ~€200 bn < 10% </li></ul>source: John Travers - Green & Gold
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