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Archive for the month “July, 2012”

Large Scale Solar Project Coming Off The Ground In Texas

OCI Solar Power and utility CPS Energy have agreed to cooperate for a period of 25 years in which OCI will construct solar panels to be managed by CPS. Size project: 400 MW, 70,000 households.


World’s Largest Offshore Windproject in Danger of Delay

Delay until next year of the beginning of the realisation of the world’s largest offshore windturbine project near the German island of Borkum by the German ergy giant RWE. Problems arose in the realm of technology as well as the judicial framework, as it is unclear wenn the turbines could in fact deliver electricity into the grid and who will be responsible for the cost: the grid operator or the electricity producer. A similar RWE project near Helgoland is delayed for the same reasons, although this one is already underway. RWE is expecting losses in the hundreds of millions of euro’s. In total 160 turbines with a total capacity of 1000 MW are at stake.



Exergy is the useful portion of energy that allows us to do work and perform energy services. We gather exergy from energy-carrying substances in the natural world we call energy resources. While energy is conserved, the exergetic portion can be destroyed when it undergoes an energy conversion. This diagram summarizes the exergy reservoirs and flows in our sphere of influence including their interconnections, conversions, and eventual natural or anthropogenic destruction. Because the choice of energy resource and the method of resource utilization have environmental consequences, knowing the full range of energy options available to our growing world population and economy may assist in efforts to decouple energy use from environmental damage.

[Wes Hermann exergy presentation 2006]

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Dmitry Orlov: Peak Oil Lessons From The Soviet Union

Dmitry Orlov experienced the collapse of the USSR first hand. He sees a similar crash coming for the US.


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Prophets Of Doom

Nate Hagens, Michael Ruppert, James Howard Kunstler and others about what is to come.

It’s Too Late for Solutions

Author and social critic James Howard Kunstler has been one of the earliest, most direct, and most articulate voices to warn of the consequences — economic and otherwise — of modern society’s profligate wasting of the resources that underlie its growth.

In his new book Too Much Magic, Jim attacks the wishful thinking dominant today that with a little more growth, a little more energy, a little more technology — a little more magic — we’ll somehow sail past our current tribulations without having to change our behavior.

Such self-delusion is particularly dangerous because it is preventing us from taking intelligent, constructive action at the national level when the clock is fast ticking out of our favor. In fact, Jim claims we are past the state where solutions are possible – instead, we need a response plan to help us best brace for the impact of the coming consequences. And we need it fast.

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Biogasanlage Willingshausen-Ransbach

German language vide describing a biogas installation functioning for more than a year.

Leaders in Global Energy

Leaders in Global Energy: Andris Piebalgs: European Energy Policy

Selection from the Columbia University SIPA Youtube channel

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Dr. Fatih Birol of the IEA

Dr. Fatih Birol on World Energy Outlook post Copenhagen.

[When will the oil run out?]

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Who Is Who In The World Of Energy?

Earlier we posted a “Who is who in peak-oil“. Here we want to make a broader list of people prominent in the field of energy matters and who have an outspoken opinion about the future of energy, peakers and non-peakers alike and who have expressed their opinion in public. In alphabetical order. This post will be updated regularly.

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