Global Apollo Program to combat climate change

A plan to tackle climate change by emulating the race to put a man on the moon is launched on Tuesday [2 June 2015], aiming to channel billions of dollars in research that will give renewable energy commercial lift off. The Global Apollo Programme aims to make the cost of clean electricity lower than that from coal-fired power stations across the world within 10 years. It calls for £15bn a year of spending on research, development and demonstration of green energy and energy storage, the same funding in today’s money that the US Apollo programme spent in putting astronauts on the moon.

Graph of PV cost verses installed capacity from the global Apollo Project
Graph of PV cost verses installed capacity from the global Apollo Project

The price of photovoltaic panels is dropping almost exponentially. This is shown in the graph from the Global Apollo Program Report, a graph of the cost of photovoltaic modules verses the cumulative capacity installed. A straight line on this plot of the logarithm of cost verse the logarithm of capacity would indicate an exact exponential drop.

(The Guardian: Damian Carrington: 2 June 2015)
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/02/apollo-programme-for-clean-energy-needed-to-tackle-climate-change

A global research program to make carbon free base load electricity cheaper then electricity from coal within 10 years
http://globalapolloprogramme.org/

**** Global Apollo Program Report

How to make energy clean, covering the generation and storage of electricity, the storage of electricity and the storage of hydrogen and smart electric grids

Climate change threatens us with increased risk of drought, flood and tempest,  leading to mass migration and conflict. These dangers can be limited if the rise in temperature is less than 2 ̊C above the pre-industrial level. And in 2010 world leaders agreed at Cancun to act to achieve that limit.  But the commitments made since then have little chance of achieving that target.  … We must reduce the use of energy and we must make the energy we use clean i.e. free of carbon-dioxide emissions.

http://cep.lse.ac.uk/pubs/download/special/Global_Apollo_Programme_Report.pdf

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