Global Warming CAN still be defeated.
An Innovative Solution
NARNEA is a conceptual model for a renewable-only, continent-size, interconnected system of energy producing centers to generate enough electric power to phase out coal-fired plants in North America within its first ten years of operation.
NARNEA focuses on harnessing and connecting renewable energy resources using smart grid and microgrid technologies. The renewable energy producers include solar, geothermal, wind, hydroelectric and biomass power.
Step 1: saying no
Nuclear and natural gas
While nuclear and natural gas may emit very few pollutants, each power source still strains the environment. Besides producing hazardous waste, nuclear energy also poses several environmental and health risks, illustrated by Chernobyl, Fukushima and Three Mile Island.
Natural Gas may not produce the hazardous waste nuclear does, but sourcing natural gas using fracking technologies is not sustainable. Nor are the natural gas reserves, which are finite. Along with other fossil fuels, these reserves will be depleted within the lifetime of this generation.
Step 2: The new energy era model
Creating a blueprint for renewable energy
The NEE looks at how our nationwide solution could be implemented, beginning with the pilot states of North Carolina and California. This involves a broad research approach into each of the state's geographic, economic and political environments. In doing so, we have put together a working model for how a nationwide energy transition can be accomplished. Check out OUR WORK to learn NARNEA's plan to combat Global Warming.
Step 3: How you can help
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North Carolina and California have been chosen as NEE's pilot locations. Each state offers an abundance of renewable energy resources, innovative institutions and policies. All together, these have the potential to lay the groundwork for state-driven energy transitions. Despite these two states very different geographies, they have one thing in common: tremendous renewable energy resources.
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NarNEA FEatured in Endeavors
Click the image below to read about Dr. Rial's featured work on NARNEA and the synchronization between the Poles in Endeavors, a publication that introduces the public to UNC's most promising research projects.