For this rich information source you need to have Google Earth installed on your computer or get it from here:
[Google Earth Download] – no need to install the Pro version.
Next download the kml file, containing location and other information of power plants from all over the world, from this link…
… and open the kml file in Google Earth with File/Open.
Brent oil price increased with 6% yesterday to $62, recovering from a minimum of $50 on January 20, 2015. June last year: $110
Editor: if the oil price can be more than halved in six months, it can also double in six months. Low oil prices encourage economic growth, which increases demand for oil, which increases prices. On top of that, a lot of North-American production facilities with high operational costs are being driven out of business due to the low oil price. It could take some time to get them started again. Perhaps Vlad’s purse will be full again next year.
[telegraaf.nl] – Olieprijs loopt stevig op
Prices in $/Watt
This explains why Germany, China, Italy and Australia are at the forefront in installing photo-voltaic systems.
[wikipedia.org] – Solar cell
[agora-energiewende.org] – Agore Energiewende, publications
A selection of the publications:
– Electricity storage in the German energy transition (summary) [pdf]
– Country profile on the Dutch power system (40p) [pdf]
– 12 Insights on Germany’s Energiewende [pdf]
– Demand response: what can we learn from California? [pdf]
– Benefits of Energy Efficiency on the German Power Sector [pdf]
– Neues!Stromkabel!nach!Norwegen:!„Positivsignal für die Energiewende“ [pdf]
– 12 Thesen zur Energiewende [pdf]
– Entwicklung der Windenergie in Deutschland [pdf]
– Nachfragesteuerung im deutschen Stromsystem – die unerschlossene Ressource für die Versorgungssicherheit [pdf]
– Stromspeicher in der Energiewende [pdf]
BP recently released the data presented in both graphs. Conclusions from BP report: global oil production is still increasing (557,000 barrels per day) for four years in a row, but that is mainly because of fracking in the US (1.1 million bpd), oil production in the rest of the world combined is declining. Interesting is the large decline in European oil consumption, due to economic slowdown and massive introduction of renewables.
Oil production 2013 in million barrels per day:
1) Saudi-Arabia: 11.5
2) Russia: 10.8
3) USA: 10.0
4) China: 4.2
5) Canada: 3.9
We are sorry to learn that the excellent site Energy Facts will disappear by the end of 2014. Not sure if this applies to the original Dutch version as well. Regardless, here are the Dutch and English Word documents that mirror both the Dutch and English websites:
The site gives information from the the standpoint of an engineer and is excellent in offering a sense of proportion in all matters related to energy.
There is a new report out by the Brattle Group that evaluates a decade of German experience with solar energy, see link below.
Today, Germany has 35 gigawatts (GW) of installed solar capacity and is on track to hit 52 GW in the near future, representing about 7 percent of the nation’s wholesale generation.
[seia.org] – report
Note extreme Chinese vulnerability with most energy shipping destined for China passing the Strait of Malacca.
Two Pentagon insiders make the case that the West screwed-up majestically with their sponsored Maidan-coup. The coup triggered the Crimeans to seek refuge in the Russian Federation. Under-reported so far is that they potentially took a considerable gift with them:
By absorbing the Crimea, Russia automatically gained control over a much larger area of the Black Sea for oil and gas exploration and exploitation, all at the expense of the Ukraine.
Agricultural export in billion $ (2008):
Source: FAO statistical yearbook 2010 (bottom right picture).
In other words, food exports are mainly realized by the West, a reality that reflects the food security map below:
[worldbank.org] – Who Are the Net Food Importing Countries?
New German renewable energy production figures available: compared to Q1-2013, increase of 27% in Q1-2014, due to new installations and favorable weather conditions. Contribution of renewables to total electricity production: 27% in Q1-2014 (23% in Q1-2013). Wind: +19%, solar: +70%. Obviously, during any dark winter Q1, most renewable energy potential will come from wind, not solar.
Here the results of an informal paper concerning the future of global conventional and unconventional oil production. Conclusion: As a result of the current projections, world oil production is projected to peak in 2018, with a production level of 4.4 billion tons. But if political stability returns to some of the key oil producing countries, the gap between the actual oil production and the projected oil production may be closed. This may allow the world oil production to grow for three or four years after 2018. According to the Energy Watch Group, Peak Energy (all fossil + uranium) can be expected at 2020.