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China To Connect Its High Speed Rail All The Way To Europe

Inhabitat has a post on an extremely ambitious Chinese plan to build high speed rail links to Europe - China To Connect Its High Speed Rail All The Way To Europe. Remember the time when the US used to have enough ambition (beyond invading foreign...

Posted March 19, 2010    

India Said to Propose Sovereign Fund for Oil Assets

Bloomberg reports that India is looking to set up a sovereign wealth fund to support acquisitions by state owned energy companies - India Said to Propose Sovereign Fund for Oil Assets. India, with $254 billion of foreign-exchange reserves, may...

Posted March 18, 2010    

From Counterculture To Cyberculture: The Life And Times Of Stewart Brand

This post was prompted by my reading Fred Turner's book "From Counterculture To Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network and the Rise of Digital Utopianism", which looks at the influence Bucky Fuller had on a range of people, in...

Posted March 12, 2010    

Improving The Performance Of Solar Thermal Power

The US Department of Energy granted a US$1.37 billion loan guarantee to Brightsource Energy two weeks ago which could help clear the way for over 15 gigawatts of solar thermal power projects in California. Brightsource built a pilot plant in Israel...

Posted March 11, 2010    

Australia's Renewable Energy Future Repot Released

The Australian Academy of Science have released their report into Australia's Renewable Energy Future - Australia's Renewable Energy Future (pdf). The impact upon the climate caused by our current energy use cannot be sustained. The economic costs...

Posted March 9, 2010    

Shell, PetroChina and Arrow: the next resource grab

The FT has an article on a joint Shell / Chinese takeover bid for Queensland CSG producer Arrow Energy (I was pleased to see they included a link to my old coal seam gas post - I haven't seen many incoming links from the mainstream media lately -...

Posted March 8, 2010    

Even Shell’s CEO Expects Electric Cars to Dominate

Gas 2.0 has a post on a speech by Shell CEO Peter Voser on the electric car market (I think he's being overly optimistic that a significant proportion of cars will still be running on petrol in 2050) - Even Shell’s CEO Expects Electric Cars to...

Posted March 6, 2010    

U.S. Could Generate 37 Million GWh of Wind Power Per Year

EcoGeek has a post on a new NREL study on the potential for wind power in the US - U.S. Could Generate 37 Million GWh of Wind Power Per Year. For those in the wind power business, or those considering jumping in, last week brought some big news. A...

Posted March 5, 2010    

IBM’s Chinese Smart Grid Ambitions

Earth2Tech has an article on IBM's involvement in Chinese smart grid initiatives - IBM’s Chinese Smart Grid Ambitions. When Forbes reported in November that IBM was launching a major utility and energy research lab in China and planned up to nine...

Posted March 5, 2010    

Shell Aims for ‘New Nigeria’ as Qatari GTL Plant Starts

Bloomberg reports that Shell's gas to liquids plant in Qatar has commenced operation - Shell Aims for ‘New Nigeria’ as Qatari Plant Starts. Royal Dutch Shell Plc spent $19 billion to build the world’s largest gas-to-liquids project, triple the...

Posted March 5, 2010    

10 Companies Reinventing Our Energy Infrastructure

Wired has a look at some of the companies searching for solutions to peak oil and global warming - 10 Companies Reinventing Our Energy Infrastructure - featuring cellulosic ethanol company Agrivida, high altitude wind power company Makani,...

Posted March 3, 2010    

Australia's oil reserves 'dwindling'

The SMH has a report on Australia's increasing dependence on imported oil, following the release of a report into Australia's energy resources by Geoscience Australia and ABARE (the Australian Energy Resource Assessment) - Australia's oil reserves '...

Posted March 2, 2010