Tech needed to halt climate change still underdeveloped, IEA complains  

Posted: April 27, 2021 by oldbrew in climate, Emissions, ideology, innovation, net zero
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biomassThe notion of buying a climate with the aid of future tech is looking as far away as ever. Certainly not within the dreamt-up deadlines we’re fed with almost daily, at the present rate of ‘progress’. The obvious solution being of course to ditch the unscientific ‘net zero’ fantasies and rejoin the real world, but that’s too much to ask of the climate obsessives running most governments today.
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Global climate targets can only be reached with a major acceleration in clean-energy innovation, as many of the technologies required to bring down CO2 emissions are currently only at the prototype or demonstration phase.

This is the conclusion of a joint report released Tuesday from the European Patent Office (EPO) and the International Energy Agency (IEA), reports DW.com.

“Around half the emissions reductions to get to net zero by 2050 may need to come from technologies that are not yet on the market,” said IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol in a press release.

The report “Patents and the energy transition: global trends in clean energy technology innovation” looks at trends in low-carbon energy innovation between 2000 and 2019 in terms of international patent families (IPFs).

An IPF represents a unique, high-value invention for which a patent application was filed at two or more patent offices around the globe.

Patent applications can be considered an early indicator of future technological trends as they are filed months or years before the products go to market.

Growth slowing

The report found that the number of patents for inventions related to low-carbon energy technologies has gone up over the past two decades. However, the average annual growth rate of low-carbon energy patents in recent years is only a quarter of what it was a decade ago.

Between 2017 and 2019, the number of patents for inventions related to low-carbon energy technologies around the world grew by an average rate of 3.3% per year. The average growth rate from 2000 to 2013, by contrast, was 12.5%.

Of the technologies that had been patented, some were already being used on an industrial scale while others were still in the early stages of development, the report said.

Full report here.

Comments
  1. oldbrew says:

    EU admits it can’t go Net Zero without natural gas
    Date: 27/04/21 OilPrice.com

    EU legislation will restore natural gas to its bridge-fuel status. This is an admission that it won’t be that easy for the EU to wean itself off fossil fuels completely.

    https://www.thegwpf.com/eu-admits-it-cant-go-net-zero-without-natural-gas/
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    Building a new gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, while shutting down coal and nuclear, was a bit of a clue.

  2. ivan says:

    If they want low emissions ‘in clean energy technology innovation’ they need look no further than new nuclear but for some strange reason doing so is a total no-no to the climate idiots.

  3. Coeur de Lion says:

    When will it become common knowledge that CO2 does not drive climate?

  4. oldbrew says:

    Anyone who thinks the human-caused fraction of 0.04% of the atmosphere is somehow a serious issue, needs to explain why. Mere assertions won’t do.

  5. Gamecock says:

    ‘Global climate targets can only be reached with a major acceleration in clean-energy innovation, as many of the technologies required to bring down CO2 emissions are currently only at the prototype or demonstration phase.’

    False. Climate targets can easily be reached by a return to the 18th century. Or by eradicating 85% of the world’s human population.

    These ARE ON THE TABLE.

    ‘Clean-energy innovation’ has been on the hot burner for over a generation. Nothing has happened. The belief that something suddenly will is psychotic.

  6. tom0mason says:

    It is the new King Canute — with more technology we can control the climate.

    Humans do not control the climate, we barely understand some of its basic parameters.
    Atmosphere CO2 level do not, even at the most minor level, affect the weather or climate, nature and not man controls the climate.
    This climate fiasco is all about power and money.

  7. Curious George says:

    The needed technology is underdeveloped?

    What a generous assessment.

  8. oldbrew says:

    More cable failures at European and UK offshore wind farms
    Date: 29/04/21 Global Warming Policy Forum

    Lower wind speeds and cable problems hit first-quarter earnings at Denmark’s Orsted, sending shares in the world’s biggest offshore wind farm developer lower on Thursday.
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    Repairs are currently estimated to cost in the region of 3 billion Danish Kroner (£350m) over the period 2021 to 2023.
    . . .
    As long ago as 2019 industry press sources were reporting that 90% of European wind farms had experienced significant problems with their cable connections, with one article in reNews in 2019 reporting that “a growing chorus of voices is blaming the relentless drive to force down costs”.

    https://www.thegwpf.com/more-cable-failures-at-european-and-uk-offshore-wind-farms-hit-wind-investors/

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