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Energy Shocks: Peak Oil Question

December 24th, 2007 · Comments Off on Energy Shocks: Peak Oil Question

Peak oil has been a discussion for several decades after the theory developed by Dr. M. King Hubbert was put forth to alert the world of the impending decline in oil production. Recent data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) oil production from the twelve members of OPEC has declined from its peak in 2005, […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon and Climate · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Fuel Cells · Global Warming · Hydrogen Economics · Hydrogen Energy · Oil Energy · Solar Energy · Wind Energy

The Importance of Energy to Economic Growth

December 5th, 2007 · Comments Off on The Importance of Energy to Economic Growth

A brief review of history and in particular the industrial Revolution, it’s quite apparent that economic growth is inextricably linked to energy. As energy is tied to our economy, our future is dependent upon equitable access to energy. This in turn sets the framework of our dependence on oil and hence, why our national security […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Coal Energy · Energy Costs · Energy Expenditures · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Fuel Costs · Oil Energy · Solar Energy · Wind Energy

Economics of Solar PV Suppliers

November 18th, 2007 · Comments Off on Economics of Solar PV Suppliers

Improving economics and high market valuations should help drive research for alternative energy. With the release of Q3/07 financials, it’s clear that the economics of solar photovoltaic (PV) suppliers is improving. Some of the leading pure play publicly traded PV stocks are demonstrating significant improvements in financial performance that should drive further investment into solar […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · Energy Costs · Energy Density · Energy Economics · Solar Efficiency · Solar Energy · Solar Energy Economics · Solar Stocks

Energy Shocks: Vulnerability Update

November 2nd, 2007 · Comments Off on Energy Shocks: Vulnerability Update

Rising oil prices have driven exploration and drilling activity, yet oil production remains anemic in comparison. Could the latest data suggest oil production is nearing a peak? With global demand expected to rise over 30% by 2030 according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Handicapping the Environmental Gold Rush the latest oil […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Security · Fuel Costs · Historic Energy · Home Energy Economics · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Hydrogen Energy · Oil Energy · Solar Energy · Transportation Energy Economics · Wind Energy

Solar and Hydrogen: Energy Economics

October 31st, 2007 · Comments Off on Solar and Hydrogen: Energy Economics

After reviewing some of the details of Honda’s experimental solar-power hydrogen refueling station in Torrance, CA and its fuel cell vehicle several questions concerning efficiency and practicality come to mind. It most be noted that solar and hydrogen don’t emit harmful byproducts such as carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide so both technologies are important to […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Automobile Fuel Efficiency · Carbon Emissions · CO2 Emissions · Energy Density · Energy Economics · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Hydrogen Economics · Hydrogen Energy · Solar Efficiency · Solar Energy · Solar Energy Economics · Specific Energy

Solar and Hydrogen Energy – where vehicle fuel efficiency is headed

October 17th, 2007 · Comments Off on Solar and Hydrogen Energy – where vehicle fuel efficiency is headed

Despite efforts that have enabled the U.S. to limit its demand for oil, world oil demand is up significantly. Advances in technology such as solar energy and vehicle fuel cell could help the world reduce its dependence on oil. Figure 1 Oil and Gold Prices The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Automobile Fuel Efficiency · Biodiesel Energy · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · CO2 Emissions · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Fuel Cells · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Historic Energy · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Hydrogen Economics · Hydrogen Energy · Oil Energy · Solar Energy · Transportation Energy Economics

Economics of Solar Energy – price parity and efficiency: Are we there yet?

October 12th, 2007 · Comments Off on Economics of Solar Energy – price parity and efficiency: Are we there yet?

With the Solar Decathlon is taking place in Washington DC today promoting commercially available solar energy technology and oil prices pushing to an all time high of $84/barrel, where are we in terms of cost parity with hydrocarbon fuels. Advances in solar energy technology, lower production costs, and rapidly rising oil costs could bring solar […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Energy Costs · Energy Security · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Oil Energy · Semiconductor Band Gaps · Solar Efficiency · Solar Energy · Solar Energy Economics · Solar Stocks

A small investment produces huge savings on your electric bill

October 9th, 2007 · Comments Off on A small investment produces huge savings on your electric bill

My September electric bill arrived the other day and I was interested in comparing my energy savings after swapping 60 and 100-watt light bulbs for Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL), as recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Our progress in migrating to solar and wind energy is moving slower than expected. The CFL […]

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Tags: Carbon and Climate · Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · CO2 Emissions · Coal Energy · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Fuel Costs · Home Energy Economics · Solar Energy · Wind Energy

With choices like Biodiesel and Ethanol, what’s the best fuel for your vehicle?

October 3rd, 2007 · Comments Off on With choices like Biodiesel and Ethanol, what’s the best fuel for your vehicle?

With the rapid growth in vehicle use around the world, it would be nice to know what are the most efficiency, economic, and least carbon emitting fuels. The number of motor vehicles on the road is increasing rapidly. The number of cars and trucks in China is up over 3,600 percent in the last thirty […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Automobile Fuel Efficiency · Biodiesel Energy · Carbon and Climate · Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · CO2 Emissions · Energy Density · Energy Economics · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Ethanol Energy · Fuel Cells · Fuel Efficiency · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Hydrogen Energy · Natural Gas Energy · Oil Energy · Propane Energy · Solar Energy · Specific Energy · Transportation Energy Economics · Wind Energy

What’s Pushing Solar Energy Efficiency?

October 1st, 2007 · 1 Comment

From our post last week we visited some research at California Institute of Technology’s division of Chemical and Chemical Engineering The Lewis Group and its focus on energy conversion and trade-offs between costs and efficiencies for photovoltaic (PV) devices. We are providing a brief and very oversimplified analysis of the physics behind solar energy, and […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Security · Semiconductor Band Gaps · Solar Efficiency · Solar Energy

Can Canadian Tar Sands rescue our appetite for Oil?

September 27th, 2007 · Comments Off on Can Canadian Tar Sands rescue our appetite for Oil?

Oil prices remain at historically high levels and threaten our economy with higher home heating and transportation costs. With a lot of rhetoric over Peak Oil as well as claims that Tar Sands offer a viable substitute for oil, let’s examine a couple of facts to determine the feasibility and sustainability of supplementing our current […]

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Tags: Carbon Emissions · CO2 Emissions · Coal Energy · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Security · Fuel Cells · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Oil Energy · Solar Energy · Tar Sands

Research at Caltech may provide clues to improving solar cell efficiency

September 26th, 2007 · Comments Off on Research at Caltech may provide clues to improving solar cell efficiency

With rising energy prices and growing concern over global warming, will advances in solar and alternative energies enable the development of affordable and efficient energy solutions. Caltech research on the energy conversion process may offer some insight. Energy conversion, ways of converting sunlight to electric and chemical energy, offers promising advancements to make solar and […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon and Climate · Carbon Economics · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Security · Fuel Cells · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Hydrogen Energy · Solar Efficiency · Solar Energy · Solar Stocks

Home Heating Concerns

September 25th, 2007 · Comments Off on Home Heating Concerns

With oil prices over $80 per barrel, the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association in its press release today Record Home Heating Prices for Heating is expecting the average home heating cost for the ’08-’08 season to rise 9.9%. For homeowners using oil heat, heating costs are expected to increase 28% and for homes using propane, […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon and Climate · Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · CO2 Emissions · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Expenditures · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Ethanol Energy · Fuel Costs · Global Warming · Historic Energy · Home Energy Economics · Home Heating Costs · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Oil Energy · Propane Energy · Solar Energy

Hostage to Oil

September 21st, 2007 · 1 Comment

Without greater investment into solar and hydrogen energies, we are held hostage to rising oil prices. Alternative energies such as solar and hydrogen fuel cells offer tremendous potential to provide energy independence and energy security. The dependence of the U.S. upon imported foreign oil raises inflation, weakens our currency, exacerbates the trade deficit, and forces […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Automobile Fuel Efficiency · Carbon Economics · Coal Energy · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Ethanol Energy · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Home Energy Economics · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Hydrogen Economics · Hydrogen Energy · Natural Gas Energy · Oil Energy · Propane Energy · Solar Efficiency · Solar Energy · Transportation Energy Economics · Wood Energy

Solar Efficiency

September 17th, 2007 · Comments Off on Solar Efficiency

There is considerable variance in calculating the cost of solar energy. Using U.S. Solar Radiation Resource Maps from the National Solar Radiation Data BaseThe (NSRDB) we found the amount of kilowatt-hours (KWH) per days of solar radiation per square-meter varies from less than two for Northern Alaska to six KWH/m2 per day for parts of […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Independence · Energy Security · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Home Energy Economics · Solar Efficiency · Solar Energy · Solar Stocks

Solar Energy Parity

September 13th, 2007 · Comments Off on Solar Energy Parity

How long will it take before solar energy is at parity with hydrocarbon fuels? In terms of cost per Kilowatt-Hour (KWH), solar energy is four-to-ten times the cost of hydrocarbon fuels. Green Econometrics’ research estimates that solar energy cost about $0.38-to-$0.53 per KWH. (See Understanding the Cost of Solar Energy ) There are two significant […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Security · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Home Energy Economics · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Oil Energy · Solar Energy · Solar Stocks

Solar Energy: The Security Perspective

September 12th, 2007 · Comments Off on Solar Energy: The Security Perspective

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s $23.6 Billion Spending Plan for FY’07 calls for $1.5 billion for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy where spending includes $28 million in solar, $16 million for thin-film photovoltaic manufacturing equipment to reduce the cost of solar panels, $23 million for researching ethanol, and $100 million for […]

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Tags: Alternative Energy · Carbon Economics · Carbon Emissions · Carbon Footprint · Energy Costs · Energy Economics · Energy Expenditures · Energy Security · Fuel Costs · Fuel Efficiency · Home Energy Economics · Hydrocarbon Fuels · Oil Energy · Solar Energy · Solar Stocks