Pike Research has come up with ten trends about the near future of the smart grid, with the message that the smart grid is beginning to mature. The 22-page Pike Research report, “Ten Trends to Watch in 2011 and Beyond” was written by Bob Gohn, a senior analyst, and Clint Wheelock, Pike’s managing director. For […]
Archive | November, 2010
Canada’s increasing reliance on energy exports, especially oil from the Alberta tar sands, risks unsettling its politics and economy and turning the country into a petrostate–an authoritarian society in which dissent is stifled and enterprises beyond the energy sector are de-emphasized or even discouraged. In 2006 New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman penned an article […]
The world’s first swappable hydrogen canister station for fuel cell light electric vehicles (LEVs) has been setup in Taiwan by Asia Pacific fuel Cell Technologies (APFCT). The low pressure (145 psi) canisters are being used inside of two hydrogen fuel cell scooters and one microcar. The scooters and microcar are being used for patrol by […]
“Allegations” that top Kyrgyz government officials, their families and mysterious connections enriched themselves by pocketing money from jet fuel contracts at Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan can no more be called allegations. In April 2010, National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee initiated an investigation into allegations of corruption in connection with the U.S. contract to […]
Google’s gone green. Everyone on the Internet should know this by now. As part of their Going Green at Google Initiative the world’s most popular search engine company has installed solar panels on top of their Mountain View, California campus and promoted plug-in hybrid vehicles. But, this week there are two more episodes of “Google […]
Obesity reduces passenger vehicle fuel economy.
Oil supply optimists often say that the application of enhanced oil recovery techniques to existing and future wells will vastly expand oil reserves and oil production. The trouble is these techniques aren’t new, and they are already being widely applied. That means current oil reserves and production already reflect any effect they have had.
Sure, I understand that coal as a source of energy is necessary, at least for now. But is it necessary to blow the tops off of mountains to get the coal? The Environmental Protection Agency seems to be coming to the conclusion that it’s not. EPA’s Region 3 Administrator Shawn Garvin recently recommended the withdrawal […]
Several years ago I talked about Mike Strizki building the first hydrogen home in New Jersey. Mr. Strizki also has a prototype hydrogen car in his garage. But, since service called, Strizki, CTO of The Essential Element, decided to help Haiti with hydrogen power. The Hydra system that Strizki brought to Haiti will be powered […]