Tag: Bioenergy

Electrify Europe Unveiled in Cologne

POWER-GEN Europe today marked its 25 anniversary by opening a new chapter in the history of European energy industry trade shows. Today the show’s owner, PennWell Corporation, unveiled Electrify Europe, the world’s first event dedicated to the convergence in the power generation and transmission and distribution sectors.

Solar Now Third Largest Renewable Source of Electricity in US

In April, solar reached a new milestone, providing more than 2.3 percent of U.S. electrical supply, according to the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information’s (EIA) Electric Power Monthly, with data through April 30, 2017. Consequently, solar has now moved into third place among renewable sources — behind hydropower and wind but ahead of biomass and geothermal.

Garbage Will Light 80,000 Aussie Homes

Australia’s poor recycling track record has an upside. Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd., the nation’s largest garbage company, has the potential to extract enough gas from rotting rubbish to produce electricity for as many as 80,000 homes, according to CEO Vik Bansal.

The Opportunity of the Commons

The theory of the tragedy of the commons holds that those driven solely by self-interest will act to the detriment of the common good. One simple illustration is the depletion of fisheries by unregulated overfishing. Our industrial history also demonstrates the principle. Capitalism’s quest for maximized profit made industry race to the bottom, seeking places that allowed production at its lowest immediate cost. Now, those economies that prospered from that race are recovering from its impacts. The opportunity in the commons is global recognition of the competitive advantage in efficiency. 

Around the World with Bioenergy, Hydropower and Geothermal

Unlike the intermittent wind and solar power, baseload renewables are able to produce power with little fluctuation due to weather. Bioenergy, geothermal and hydropower technologies are able to provide power around the clock and do not depend on the sun shining or the wind blowing. Here’s a look at what’s happening in these important renewable energy sectors.

Top Five Reasons Fossil Fuel Companies Should Diversify into Renewables Now

According to Amory Lovins a consultant to Shell Oil for the past 45 years and Chief Scientist and Co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, little attention is being paid to the work that traditional energy companies are doing in the renewable energy industry.

“I think a lot of groups promoting efficiency and renewables are so busy working with innovation and insurgency in the business world that they don’t pay enough attention to the incumbents,” he said during an interview at Shell’s Powering Progress Together forum in Detroit, Michigan at the end of April. 

“It’s like a yin-yang balance,” he said, jokingly adding that if you aren’t part of the problem, how can you be part of the solution?

However, fossil fuel companies are well-equipped with the skills and expertise to transition into new business lines, he said.

“These are companies with immense and unique skills, some of which will be useful for a long time.”