The origination of the term ‘blog’ has some interesting history. It was initially called a ‘weblog’ meaning a log or a diary or a journal that helps record your thoughts on a day to day basis. In that sense it was rather in its primitive stages and did not turn into an instrument for spreading the word in cyberspace. This term was later shortened to blog and this is when free blogging services like WordPress, Facebook, became extremely popular.
In the months to come, I hope to share my ideas on interesting energy developments, technology, and other products and services I’ve run across that you will hopefully find useful. If you are interested in starting your own blog or online business check out my general blog here.
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The annual World Energy Outlook (WEO) is the world’s most authoritative source of energy market analysis and projections, providing critical analytical insights into trends in energy demand and supply and what they mean for energy security, environmental protection and economic development. The WEO projections are used by the public and private sector as a framework on which they can base their policy-making, planning and investment decisions and to identify what needs to be done to arrive at a supportable and sustainable energy future. They have produced some very interesting projections on energy use in the next few years. Listen to a recent interview by Dr Fatih Birol – Chief Economist, International Energy Agency:
New 21st century 3D laser print technology will revolutionize the manufacturing industry in the United States. A Minnesota company has just printed an entire car! Called the Urbee, all exterior components including the windows were generated by this new printing technology. For more information click here.
It promises to revitalize U.S. manufacturing by leveling the playing field with China by eliminating their cheap labor advantage. According to the Boston Consulting Group: …Mass Production within the U.S. could be far cheaper than producing and shiping products from overseas. 3D printing will bring about the emergence of a new “made in America” era. Check out this video on making a model airplane. Wow!
Looking for a way to revitalize our economy, strengthening our energy security, and improve our energy infrastructure? Solid state lighting (LED) is a technology with the potential to address all three of these challenges.
The initial cost of LED lighting is higher than some other technologies, but its really an investment, and one that rewards with a significant ROI.
By using solid state lighting technology you are investing in your business, the economy, and the world. Check out this new video from LED Tronics.
Ireland has embraced the implementation of strong systematic energy management practices based on standards such as ISO 50001, with 50 percent of large Irish based companies participating in their application.
The next generation of energy management standards are already being developed and piloted. These include the US Department of Energy’s Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program and the Energy Management Maturity Model (EM3) in Ireland. Many of the largest companies in the US are participating in the SEP certification program. Volvo Trucks, NA, 3M, the Dow Chemical Company, Allsteel and Nissan NA have already achieved SEP certification. Implementing an ISO 50001 EnMS is a mandatory requirement for SEP certification and excellent online training courses and tools are available to help implement ISO 50001 and SEP. For more information about this new standard click here
The American Petroleum Institute API is ramping up their efforts to increase support for TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline and other industry projects.
“We’re looking for every opportunity we can to raise the visibility of the issues we think are most important for the energy policy of this nation,” said Martin Durbin, API’s executive vice president of government affairs. ”
The pipeline, which would move 700,000 barrels a day of oil sands crude to refineries on the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast, got top billing when Mr. Romney unveiled his energy platform last week. The Republican nominee has embraced the concept of “North American energy independence” to eliminate U.S. reliance on offshore oil by 2020.
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) now estimates that oil and natural-gas reserves jumped in 2010 by the highest margin in at least three decades. This finding supports the idea that the U.S. can meet more of its own energy demand in the coming decades.
In its annual report. the EIA says that proven reserves of crude oil jumped by 13%, with the highest increases seen in Texas, North Dakota and the Gulf of Mexico. The increases were the highest recorded by EIA. For a copy of their report, click here. Very interesting information!
Ask North Dakota: They are experiencing such a boom in revenues from oil production that voters actually considered a measure to abolish the state’s property taxes.
Although defeated in a June vote, the fact that it was even considered has pointed to the incredible economic opportunities enjoyed by North Dakota residents due to unfettered oil production.
“It turns out that, yes, we can drill our way out of our problems,” Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) observes in an editorial.
In March ND pumped oil at the rate of 575,490 barrels per day, replacing California as the nation’s No. 3 oil-producing state behind Texas and Alaska. At its current rate of production , North Dakota will likely surpass Alaska sometime this year. For more info click here. Enough said.
City Planners don’t want coal or natural gas plants in their backyard, and so utilities have to build long transmission lines. That can cost around $1 million a mile. But the fuel cells would only stand about eight-feet high and have few emissions. That would eliminate the need for transmission lines and keep your neighborhood clean and efficient.
According to the developers of this new fuel cell “most people have focused on larger systems that produce 1 megawatt of power or more and can replace traditional power plants, however, this research shows that smaller solid oxide fuel cells that generate between 1 and 100 kilowatts of power are a viable option for highly efficient, localized power generation.”
The neat thing about fuel cells is they are non mechanical. Combustion technology must use moving parts to generate electricity. But in a fuel cell energy is generated from a chemical reaction. Simple huh?
Watch for more developments in this technology in the next few years. For more information check out this article here
Enerit has announced the release of their updated ISO 50001 software. Enerit ISO 50001 software gives you powerful coverage of the ISO 50001 standard – and provides dynamic integrated action plans for your building management teams to work together in driving down energy costs.
EnergyOurWay provides outsourced consulting on how to best implement an ISO 50001 program for medium to large companies in the US. See ISO services for more information.
After posting near-zero growth in the fourth quarter of 2011, global oil demand growth will gradually accelerate throughout 2012, this is an increase of 1.2 million b/d by this year’s final quarter, the International Energy Agency said in its latest monthly oil market report.
Global oil consumption is set to rise by 800,000 b/d this year to 90 million b/d, unchanged from the agency’s previous report