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A Primer on Reserve Growth – part 3 of 3 – Revisited

This post was originally written by Rembrandt in 2006. Will 730 billion barrels be added to the reserve pool from reserve growth between 1996 and 2025 as estimated by the United States Geological Survey? This post is the third part in a three piece series about the phenomenon of reserve growth in found oil fields. Insight in future reserve growth, often attributed to technological advancement, is crucial in determining the peak of conventional oil production. Parts 1 and 2 can …  More »

A Primer on Reserve Growth – part 3 of 3 – Revisited

This post was originally written by Rembrandt in 2006. Will 730 billion barrels be added to the reserve pool from reserve growth between 1996 and 2025 as estimated by the United States Geological Survey? This post is the third part in a three piece series about the phenomenon of reserve growth in found oil fields. Insight in future reserve growth, often attributed to technological advancement, is crucial in determining the peak of conventional oil production. Parts 1 and 2 can …  More »

Organic Food is Breaking Through

You may remember when traces of cadmium were discovered in some earrings and toys imported from China earlier this year. Or maybe you recall back in 2008, when a bunch of baby food tainted with melamine ended up making thousands of infants violently ill. That baby food never made it to the United States… But in China, there were confirmed deaths from the contamination. I personally remember back in 2007, when we found out that batches of dog food originating …  More »

Secret Coal Boom

One way to make money in stocks is to buy the one thing that everyone hates. The current U.S. mantra is that coal is the scourge of the universe. The rest of the world disagrees. This dichotomy has led to yet another government induced phenomenon of unintended consequences.The United States has been blessed with the most abundant, highest quality coal in the world — and yet our political class has determined that we cant have it. Meanwhile, global demand is …  More »

A Bird’s Eye View of Cleantech

After a rocky start, the cleantech space is quickly becoming Wall Street’s darling. TheStreet.com — backed by Cramer himself — recently found 63% of investors now consider solar stocks a core holding. And CNBC just reported, The green category has burst beyond alternative energy sources, such as solar and wind manufacturers, to include companies in the business of energy efficiency, clean and efficient water use, building, transportation, energy storage, and healthy living. It went on to say the cleantech universe …  More »

The Return of $100 Oil

If the Fed had half a brain… it’d be dangerous. But they fail to see that another trillion dollar injection will do more harm than good. The Fed has already driven stocks and gold to new nosebleed heights — first on the idea of QE2, and then pretty much on the promise of one. But for crying out loud, the last one did very little — if anything — to bolster the economy, let alone help unemployment. And now they’re …  More »

Blythe Solar Power Project and NRG Investments Prove Solar Market

Advancements in solar energy seem to be popping up daily, and its leading towards a very intriguing investment future. We have spoken before about the solar race that has been going on… and recent approvals have only supported the future of clean energy. Just recently, U.S. regulators approved construction of The Blythe Solar Power Project, which would sit on more than 7,000 acres in California. This massive solar power plant could be the largest of its kind in the world. …  More »

Solar Stock Blockbuster

When I was in college, I used to volunteer at a local church that ran an afternoon basketball camp for at-risk youth. It was actually a lot of fun, and a lot of those kids, though considered at-risk, were really just good kids growing up in a bad environment. So keeping them in a gym instead of on a street corner was certainly worthwhile. Of course, it was also quite challenging. At 20 years old, I had never been in …  More »

A Primer on Reserve Growth – part 2 of 3

This post was originally written by Rembrandt in 2006. This post is the second part in a three piece series about the phenomenon of reserve growth in already found oil fields. Insight in future reserve growth, which is often attributed to advancement in technology, is crucial in determining the peak of conventional oil production. For those not familiar with reserve growth it would be best to read part 1 first: 1. General introduction to reserve growth, what can we learn …  More »

A Primer on Reserve Growth – part 1 of 3 (Revisited)

This is a post by Rembrandt that was originally published in 2006. The difference in vision between so called “optimists” and pessimists” with respect to the peak in world oil production is often caused by a view of future technological development in the oil industry. This development influences both conventional and unconventional oil production. Only a part of the oil in an oil field can be produced. It is claimed by oil companies and various institutes that technological advancement will …  More »

A Primer on Reserve Growth – part 1 of 3 (Revisited)

This is a post by Rembrandt that was originally published in 2006. The difference in vision between so called “optimists” and pessimists” with respect to the peak in world oil production is often caused by a view of future technological development in the oil industry. This development influences both conventional and unconventional oil production. Only a part of the oil in an oil field can be produced. It is claimed by oil companies and various institutes that technological advancement will …  More »

Global Resource Depletion

André Diederen’s recent book on resource depletion I have been thinking, sometimes, that I could reserve a shelf of my library for those books which have that elusive quality that I could call “modern wisdom”. Books that go beyond the buzz of the media news, the shallowness of politicians’ speech, the hyper-specialization of technical texts. That shelf would contain, first of all, “The Limits to Growth” by Meadows and others; then the books by Jared Diamond, James Lovelock, Konrad Lorenz, …  More »

Global Resource Depletion

André Diederen’s recent book on resource depletion I have been thinking, sometimes, that I could reserve a shelf of my library for those books which have that elusive quality that I could call “modern wisdom”. Books that go beyond the buzz of the media news, the shallowness of politicians’ speech, the hyper-specialization of technical texts. That shelf would contain, first of all, “The Limits to Growth” by Meadows and others; then the books by Jared Diamond, James Lovelock, Konrad Lorenz, …  More »

Take up the 1 litre 100 km challenge and be prepared for peak oil

This is a guest post by Jean-Luc Wingert from ASPO-France. Jean-Luc is a sustainability consultant and author of the book “La vie après le pétrole”. He is presently the president of the Association Challenge 1 litre 100km. Anyone interested in “peak oil” or oil future scarcity knows that transportation is soon going to be a difficult issue. This is one of the main motivations for launching the Challenge 1 litre 100 kilometer contest. It is a car race where participants …  More »

Good news from Italy: the Kitegen is in motion

Massimo Ippolito, president of KiteGen Research (KGR) s.r.l., poses in front of parts of the prototype being built near Torino, in Italy. The Kitegen is an ambitious and innovative research project that promises high efficiency in energy production from high altitude winds. I am just back from a trip to Piedmont, Northern Italy, where I have visited the construction site of the new prototype of the Kitegen; the high altitude wind power (or “Airborne Wind Energy”, AWE) system being developed …  More »
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