Welcome to BlogNotions' Energy Blog

The BlogNotions Energy Blog delivers a diverse series of perspectives provided by thought leaders in a variety of energy niches. Presented by NetLine, this forum delivers compelling updates on the latest advancements in the energy and power industry, discussions of renewable energy strategies, new ideas for advancing green efforts, implications of public policy on power production, and much more. Here you can find helpful information, ask questions, and collaborate freely.

How Quickly will the Electric Vehicle Revolution Come?

In a previous posting I stated my belief that EV's will continue to make up an ever-increasing fraction of the vehicle fleet worldwide.  However, the pace at which the transition will happen depends upon many factors.  I now believe it will probably take an extended period of time – decades perhaps – to move a […]

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New Director-General for the OECD/NEA:

USNRC Commissioner Magwood to Take the Post It has just been announced that NRC Commissioner William Magwood will leave the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to take the position of Director-General of the OECD/Nuclear Energy Agency in September.  That position is being vacated by Luis Echavarri of Spain, who is retiring at the end of April after […]

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Will Outsized Solar Stock Returns Continue?

Any way you slice it, solar investing has been on a tear for the last year. Of the 69 solar stocks that the Roen Financial Report tracks, three-quarters are up for the year. On average solar stocks have gained 85% for the year, with 60% of solar companies up in the double digits. What is […]

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Technology Risk:

The More Things Change… I was taking advantage of some wintery weather days a few weeks ago to try to go through some of the boxes that have been accumulating in my basement for the last…well, I’m ashamed to admit it, the last 20 or 30 years…or so.  As I changed jobs and moved around, […]

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Energy Diversity:

A Discussion on Capitol Hill A few days ago, I was privileged to participate in a briefing on Capitol Hill on the subject of “the role of nuclear power in a diverse energy portfolio.”  The meeting took place on a snowy Washington morning, with the worst of the storm arriving right during the rush hour.  […]

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The Japan Atomic Energy Commission:

A New Leader at the Helm The House of Representatives of the Japanese Diet recently passed a bill appointing three new Commissioners to the Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC).  Yoshiaki Oka, who is presently a professor of nuclear engineering in the science and engineering faculty of Waseda University was appointed as chairman of the JAEC.  […]

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The Japan Atomic Energy Commission:

A New Leader at the Helm The House of Representatives of the Japanese Diet recently passed a bill appointing three new Commissioners to the Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC).  Yoshiaki Oka, who is presently a professor of nuclear engineering in the science and engineering faculty of Waseda University was appointed as chairman of the JAEC.  […]

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Is ammonia the holy grail for renewable energy storage?

“If you want to beat carbon, it’s the only way to do it unless you change the chemical charts.” So says Jack Robertson about the prospects for making ammonia the world’s go-to liquid fuel and renewable energy storage medium. Robertson is chairman and CEO of Light Water Inc., an ammonia energy storage startup. The carbon […]

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Imagine no possessions – I wonder if you can?

In  John Lennon’s song “Imagine” we are asked to consider what it would be like to live in a world where there was a lot less focus on material possessions.  In the hierarchy of ecological responsibility the first “R” has always been “Reduce” and the positive impacts of focusing on doing with less are very […]

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Real Algae and Artificial Leaf Gain Breakthroughs in Hydrogen Production

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) scientists and researchers from Arizona State University (ASU) have been working on using both natural plant life and artificial leaves (respectively) in order to create hydrogen gas. NREL scientists are tweaking two iron-sulfur-containing ferredoxins of a certain strain of algae while the ASU researchers are working with artificial photosynthesis. According […]

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