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Mainstream technologies, Renewable Energy

Can America Be The Greatest Country On Earth If It Is Ignoring Climate Change?

October 9, 2018

Via: Forbes

Sunday evening, I was watching pro football while my golden retriever cuddled on my lap. A political commercial appeared posing the question of whether America was the “greatest country on earth.” Interestingly, it pertained to a congressional race in West […]


Commercialization, Renewable Energy

Solar manufacturing industry R&D spending in 2017 hits new high

October 9, 2018

Via: PV Resources

Historically, we have tracked the annual R&D spending of 12 key publicly-listed PV module manufacturers over the last 10 years to provide insight into the broader industry trends of innovation, higher conversion efficiencies and overall competitiveness of the sector. In […]


Conventional Fuels, Nuclear

IEA warns of challenges from Swiss nuclear phase-out

October 9, 2018

Via: World Nuclear News

But, the Paris-headquartered agency said, achieving the country’s emission reduction targets for 2020 looks ambitious based on current trends, and additional climate policies are urgently needed for the post-2020 period to help achieve the country’s binding 2030 climate goals. “Switzerland […]


Emerging Technologies, Renewable Energy

Smallest integrated Kerr frequency comb generator

October 8, 2018

Via: Science Daily Energy

A major challenge has been how to make such comb sources smaller and more robust and portable. In the past 10 years, major advances have been made in the use of monolithic, chip-based microresonators to produce such combs. While the […]


News and Policies, State, U.S.

Trump’s FERC Pick Could Tip Balance in Favor of Coal Bailout

October 5, 2018

Via: Renewable Energy News

U.S. President Donald Trump tapped Energy Department staffer Bernard McNamee to join the nation’s top energy regulator, potentially smoothing the path for a brewing bailout of money-losing coal and nuclear plants. If confirmed, McNamee would fill a seat on the […]


Emerging Technologies, Renewable Energy

Why Machine Learning Could Improve Resiliency and Save Millions for the U.S. Electricity Market

October 4, 2018

Via: Renewable Energy News

Power grids across the United States are facing greater technical challenges as new technologies and needs place higher demands on an already overburdened system. We no longer power just the standard household fare of lights, refrigerator, television and air conditioner. […]


Commercialization, Conventional Fuels, News and Policies, U.S.

Oil falls as Saudi and Russia quietly agree to output rise, US stocks swell

October 4, 2018

Via: CNBC energy

Oil prices on Thursday fell from four-year highs reached the previous session, pressured by rising U.S. inventories and after sources said Russia and Saudi Arabia struck a private deal in September to raise crude output. Brent crude oil futures were […]


Commercialization, Conventional Fuels

Natural Gas Prices Rise On The ‘Elephant In The Room’

October 4, 2018

Via: Forbes

Despite the Autumn shoulder season being in full force, natural gas prices have been continuing their rise, with prompt month prices up 34 cents, or 12%, to today’s close at $3.24 per MMBtu since September 19. We’ve blown past important […]


Commercialization, Energy Economics, Renewable Energy

Trump’s Import Tariffs Will Make U.S. Wind Power More Expensive

October 3, 2018

Via: Renewable Energy News

President Donald Trump’s trade war won’t wreck the U.S. wind industry, but it will raise the cost of power. Tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese imports, as well as on metals from Europe and elsewhere, could raise the cost of […]


Commercialization, Conventional Fuels, News and Policies, World

Qatar’s energy minister defends OPEC from Trump, says it has not manipulated oil prices

October 3, 2018

Via: CNBC energy

Qatar’s energy minister has defended OPEC’s oil market strategy, saying a deal between the oil producing group and non-OPEC producers is not aimed at manipulating oil prices. “OPEC is not trying to manipulate the price, it’s trying to bring the […]


News and Policies, State

New York Gas Plant Comes Online Despite Opposition

October 2, 2018

Via: Power Magazine

The Valley Energy Center in Orange County, New York, entered commercial operation on October 1 despite complaints from local officials and area residents about noise from the plant, among other concerns. Community members spoke out against the plant at public […]


Chemical, Conventional Fuels, News and Policies, U.S.

The Blue Wave And The Oil Industry: Will Fracking Be The Biggest Target?

October 2, 2018

Via: Forbes

The possibility of a Democratic wave in the November elections must be sending a chill through the oil industry, even though oil prices have often been high during past Democratic administrations (mostly by coincidence). The fear is that a more […]


Emerging Technologies, Renewable Energy

Perovskite solar cells leap toward commercialization

October 1, 2018

Via: Science Daily Energy

Scientists from the Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) believe they’ve found a winning formula in a new method to fabricate low-cost high-efficiency solar cells. Prof. Yabing Qi and […]


Chemical, Conventional Fuels

Never Underestimate The Power Of Big Oil

October 1, 2018

Via: Forbes

I became a shareholder of Chevron CVX -0.16% Corp (NYSE:CVX) when it acquired the former Texaco, which I believe was the first stock I ever bought. I was fresh out of business school and made an investment in Texaco’s dividend […]


Conventional Fuels, Nuclear

UK nuclear phaseout would be costly mistake, says think tank

September 28, 2018

Via: World Nuclear News

In the foreword to its new report, NNWI chairman Tim Yeo says: “Some campaigners claim that by mid-century Britain, and indeed other countries, will be able to meet all its energy needs from renewables. Pointing to delays and cost overruns […]