Archive | April, 2013

Alternative Energy Mutual Funds Outpace ETFs

Investors love Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). They trade like stocks, and are an easy way to diversify within a certain sector. Over the past year, though, alternative energy investors would have been much better off putting their money in regular mutual funds. The results are detailed in the April edition of the Alternative Energy Mutual […]

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Renewable Energy and Reality:

Growing Recognition of the Limits and Drawbacks Although this is supposed to be a blog about nuclear energy, I keep finding myself drawn to discussing the world in which nuclear energy operates, including the pros and cons of alternative energy sources.  As readers of this blog know, I have long been concerned that most of […]

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The Black Swan Blog: Unpumped Storage

Whenever I launch into one of my frequent rants about the need for utility-scale energy storage to support the rollout of more Solar and Wind generation there are always people that point to pumped storage as a credible solution. And every time that happens I argue very strenuously (and I hope convincingly) that pumped storage […]

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Researchers in India Using Iron and Cobalt to Create Hydrogen

On April 03, 2013 I asked if iron is the new platinum. Researchers at the University of Calgary and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory seem to think so. Both are using iron in place of platinum for chemical reactions involving hydrogen. Researchers at the University of Calgary are even using an iron and cobalt combination […]

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Natural Gas:

A Flash in the Pan? Several articles have been published in the past few days all addressing various aspects of the sudden rise in the prospects for natural gas, and the potential longer-term consequences of following policies that rely too much on what might be a short term availability. The articles take somewhat different approaches […]

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Ace is the Place for Hydrogen Lift Trucks

Ace Hardware has signed an agreement to buy 65 GenDrive hydrogen fuel cell powered lift trucks for its new facility in Wilmer, Texas. The lift trucks are being manufactured by Crown Equipment Corporation and the fuel cells are made by Plug Power, Inc. According to Plug Power, Inc., “Plug Power’s GenDrive units competed against lead-acid […]

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The air up there is getting better?

Good news about the air we breathe is, well, good news indeed. Also rare. But there is some good news regarding ground level ozone, or smog, courtesy of research from Rice University and the EPA. This can get a bit technical, but thanks to the EPA the difference between ground level ozone and high-altitude ozone, […]

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