Archive | May, 2013

Washington Internships for Students of Engineering

The 2013 Season Kicks Off 2012 WISE Interns on Capitol Hill Some readers may remember that I once wrote a post about a technology policy internship program called the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering.  The acronym for this program, conveniently, is WISE, and so the interns often call themselves the “WISE guys.” When I […]

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Gitane Alter Bike by Cycleurope to Roll Out Soon

The Gitane Alter Bike by Cycleurope is said to be the first of its kind in the world. The hydrogen fuel cell e-bike uses a combination of fuel cell and lithium-ion batteries for power. The fuel cell hybrid bike’s advantages over regular electric bikes is short recharging times, longer range and no plugin infrastructure will […]

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Dishing up some solar energy alchemy

When it comes to renewable energy and efficiency, a double-dip in the dish is a great deal. The latest in solar dish technology that does what solar installations do—converts sunlight into power—but with an added twist: it generates clean water. The efficiency of the typical solar installation ranges from 10 to 20 percent, with the […]

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An Ancient Energy Source Re-imagined

Its time for another of those blog posts that is a bit “out there”.  In this case I would like to propose a new use for an ancient technology. I recently returned from a vacation in France and while there I saw a few things that came together in my mind as a possible source of […]

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Will the International Energy Agency’s oil forecast be wrong again?

The famous Danish physicist Niels Bohr once humorously observed, “Predictions are very difficult, especially about the future.” And so, as the world considers yet another rosy oil supply forecast, this time from the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA), it is worth reviewing the agency’s record. Back in the year 2000, the IEA divined that by […]

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Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority:

An Op-Ed in the Nikkei Newspaper I recently had the pleasure of being asked to provide my views on Japan and its new Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) for publication in the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, the leading business newspaper in Japan (published by Nikkei, Inc. – home of the famous “Nikkei average”).  The article was translated […]

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Forze IV Race Car Goes Crowd Funding

Here is an interesting press release that came across my desk this morning. The student race team at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands is raising money for their hydrogen car by “crowd funding”. Press Release Delft – 15-05-2013. The Forze student race team of the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands is […]

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SolarCity Earnings – Mixed Results But Good Prospects

Harris Roen, Editor Roen Financial Report May 14, 2013 SolarCity (SCTY) has been one of the hottest alternative energy stocks since its Initial Public Offering five short months ago. Yesterday it shot up 24% in one day, on the largest one-day volume since it opened, in anticipation of its quarterly earnings release. It is up […]

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Infographic: Do Hybrids Make Sense and Cents?

As this infographic courtesy of AutoPawn indicates, maybe you can’t have everything—at least not yet. Created by AutoPawn Filed under: alternative energy, cleantech, climate change, economy, environment, transportation Tagged: Autopawn, clean technology, climate change, emissions, environment, hybrid vehicles, sustainability, transportation Read Original Post

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Patient contrarians: The natural gas market isn’t what it seems

Maybe it’s the gloomy Seattle weather that has made investment manager Jim Hansen and his son and partner, Kevin, at Ravenna Capital Management immune to oil and gas industry hype about the supposed U.S. shale gas “revolution.” More likely it is thorough research focused on making their clients money and keeping that money out of […]

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