March 8, 2014 - For several years I worked with an Australian company developing a new skimmer technology for remediating oil spills. That got me very interested in this subject area. So I keep my eyes open for new technological innovations that can address what remains an industry-wide problem for fossil fuel and transportation providers.
March 7, 2014 - The greatest challenge renewable energy providers face is achieving a sustainable continuous supply of guaranteed power delivered to consumers either through the grid or off grid. That's the single issue holding back large-scale adoption of renewables.
I care about the environment just as greens are supposed to, but I see dogmatic, poorly thought through green policies as a big part of the problem facing the environment. With the greens as its friends, the Earth needs no enemies. Today, I read that solar companies are leaving Spain, where it is usually sunny, to come to the UK, where it usually isn’t, because our previous and existing governments were very keen to demonstrate their green credentials by subsidising solar power. This is obviously counter-productive, as are many other policies thought up by the green community.
February 24, 2014 - The answer is poo. But before I explain further let's look at what bioreactors are all about. For example, you are a bioreactor. You convert food and oxygen and other inputs into energy and you eliminate what you don't burn. All life on the planet is governed this way - intake, convert to energy, eliminate. And what gets eliminated still contains lots of energy potential.
Very briefly, increasing population and wealth will generate higher resource need until the resources needed per person starts to fall at a higher rate, and it will. That almost certainly means a few decades of increasing demand for many resources, with a few exceptions where substitution will impact at a higher rate. Eventually, demand will peak and fall for most resources. Meanwhile, the mining industry can prosper.
February 20, 2014 - How February is flying by while I am here with my wife and dog in Florida. In another week we will be packing up to start heading north. I will miss the sunny warmth, the smell of the ocean, the feel of sand beneath my feet, and the colors that have made coming here very much worthwhile. But back to the business of a different future than the one we face next week.
February 19, 2014 - Meet the purported "world's first intelligent energy saving program for everyone." The device is called the Parce One. Plug one into a wall socket and your electronics into it and watch the energy savings accrue.
February 16, 2014 - Today China produces 70% of the electricity it uses from coal, burning 47% of all the coal mined globally each year. Why? Because it continues to grow its economy at hyper warp speeds. It does this to absorb its huge labour force and to raise the economic standard of living for its people.
February 12, 2014 - Named after the fossil human ancestor Lucy discovered in Ethiopia a few decades ago, IBM is taking on Africa's greatest challenges using Watson, the computer the company created to beat all challengers
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