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Alternative Energy

  • Why Geothermal Energy Will Remain A Small Player

    Geothermal is presently a minor player in the field of renewable energy and for the reasons discussed here is likely to remain one, but Energy Matters has never featured it before and it deserves its fifteen minutes of fame. Besides, I worked in geothermal a number of years ago and haven’t revisited it since, so it’s time I updated myself on what’s been going on. I start with a bit of personal memorabilia. Below is an aerial view of the Hudson Ranch 1 plant in the Salton Sea geothermal field, California, a three-stage flash plant with an installed capacity of…

  • Investing In Nuclear Power Just Got More Interesting

    The shift in nuclear power from developed nations to third-world countries is an important trend for investors to understand because it is largely redefining the entire nuclear industry. Even as nuclear firms in France find themselves in deep financial distress¸ new opportunities are emerging. One of China’s two national nuclear reactor builders (China National Nuclear Power Co. Ltd.) went public recently with an explosive IPO, while long-time nuclear powerhouse Babcock & Wilcox announced earlier this year that it would split in two. Babcock and Wilcox’s split creates a company that is ideal for investors looking at the future of nuclear…

  • The Best Play In Solar Right Now

    By now, most of us have a view on solar power. You may believe it is the future of energy; that harnessing the very energy that gives us life, that the universe gives us for free, is the logical future when traditional fossil fuels are both finite and damaging to the environment. On the other hand, you may believe that it is all a pipe dream; that if solar energy can ever become an economically viable source for a significant part of the world’s energy needs those days are so far off as to be irrelevant to you, and that…

  • The Best Play In Wind Energy Right Now

    Let’s face it; investing in wind power in any meaningful way is difficult. Everything points to serious growth in the industry over the next few years, not least the fact that, despite falling costs and profitable operations from many in the business, the industry still receives generous treatment and subsidies from most governments around the world. You only have to read one of the many reports such as this from the U.S. Department of Energy or read that three American states now meet over 20 percent of their energy needs from wind to start salivating as an energy investor. That…

  • Has U.S. Ethanol Production Topped Out?

    It’s onward and stubbornly upward for the U.S. ethanol industry, which shows little sign of slowing after a record year in 2014. Weekly ethanol production matched its record high in the first week of June, equaling output from the week ending December 19, 2014. At 992,000 barrels per day (bpd), production is up 20,000 bpd from last week and more than 100,000 bpd since the beginning of May. Federal mandates like the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) – enacted in 2005 and expanded in 2007 – have turned the fuel additive into a $40 billion industry. Buoyed by high exports –…

  • Could This Renewable Fuel Kill The EV Market In One Fell Swoop?

     U.S. researchers are reporting breakthroughs in artificial photosynthesis that could result in a new source of renewable liquid fuels for cars, ships and planes. Renewable liquid fuels would be a welcome alternative to electricity for powering vehicles, because batteries are heavier than fuel and take up more space, which can work for cars but makes them impractical for planes or ships.Artificial photosynthesis seeks to mimic the action of plants in capturing energy from the sun to produce biomass by breaking down water and combining it with carbon dioxide.A team of scientists from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University…

  • Solar Space Race Already Underway

    Has space-based solar power just had a breakthrough moment?Alternative Energy News reports that on March 12th, 2015 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) successfully conducted a ground demonstration test of “wireless power transmission.” In the test, MHI successfully transmitted 10 KW of electricity via microwave to a receiver 500 meters away. This test also confirmed that advanced control technology could direct the microwave beam to stay on target. Will this success pique other countries’ interest?Japan plans 1GW Space Solar Plant by 2030Japan, China, India, Europe and the U.S. have research programs to harvest solar energy from space. Following the Fukushima Daiichi…

  • The Front-Runners In Fusion Energy

    Fusion power has been something of a holy grail in the energy field for decades. The idea of harnessing the same energy that powers the sun naturally excites many. At the same time, despite decades of research, fusion energy has yet to come close to being a reality. The only significant practical advance in fusion reactions has been the development of thermonuclear weapons like the hydrogen bomb which, for all intents and purposes, serve the same purpose as conventional nuclear weapons.Still, even today billions of dollars continues to be poured into fusion research at research labs around the world. And…

  • Who Will Take The Energy Storage Crown?

    Renewable energy sources are getting a new lease on life thanks to rapidly rising cost of fossil fuel extraction and rising greenhouse emissions. According to a report from UNEP, last year saw an increase in global renewable energy investments to $270 billion, representing growth of 17 percent from 2013. This shows that renewables are “brushing aside the challenge from sharply lower crude oil prices,” the report concludes. Renewables are already competing with oil and other fossil fuels, but to overcome its biggest drawback – that of intermittency in power generation– energy storage is still one of the most critical elements…

  • Is Saint-Gobain An Energy Play?

    As it celebrates the 350th anniversary of its foundation this year, French multinational Saint-Gobain sees itself in the forefront of the meeting the challenge of climate change by addressing the problem of sustainable energy. “It is a very important part of our strategy,” CEO Pierre-André de Chalendar said in an interview with Oilprice.com. “We are focused on products that are solutions to the problem.” Related: This Country Wants To Rejoin OPEC As Soon As Possible A leading global manufacturer of construction materials, Saint-Gobain feels that its products – from the glass wool used in insulation to innovative breakthroughs in reflective roofs…

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