Muskegon Makes Energy Splash
“There is no facility like this in the world,” Mahawili said. “We’re doing world-class work.”
With 107 countries represented and more than 800 papers presented — including Mahawili’s paper describing the center, its goals and achievements — the event addressed issues such as photovoltaic solar, wind and thermal energy; renewable energy and architecture; and renewable energy and policy.
Mahawili chaired four sessions on hydrogen and fuel cell technology. He said attendees were amazed at the work that is taking place in alternative and renewable energy at the center, specifically with the 250 kilowatt molten carbonate fuel cell. With the interest that was stoked at the congress, Mahawili said new doors could open for
That vision is important not only in bringing more notice to the energy work in Muskegon, but in spurring more work with alternative and renewable energy throughout the state and the nation, Mahawili said.
“We continue to be behind as Americans,” he said.
At the congress, Mahawili said he heard the quote, “Energy means a lot to those who do not have it.” In the
With energy needs rising quickly, especially in
“Even if they’re building 50, it’s outrageous,” he said. “
While other countries continue to find and use different energy sources, Mahawili said the
In order for the state and the country to raise the level of attention to energy, Mahawili said it is important to put more standards in place.
“There is a large effort underway to develop this plan,” said Judy Palnau, spokeswoman for the Michigan Public Service Commission.
With part of the focus on renewable and alternative energy, Palnau said the recommendation is to include a Renewable Portfolio Standard that sets the standard for the percentage of energy generated by renewable sources by a particular date. Once the recommendation is made, then it will be up to the legislature to draft a bill for the standard to be set, Palnau said.
Mahawili said once a standard is set, innovation will follow, as the state tries to find ways to meet the standard.
“Technology will respond to it.”