From Canada to Mozambique, a glut of new gasfields is emerging. But even these are unlikely to keep up with growing demand.
We haven’t made much (any?) progress toward renewable energy development and reduced consumption of fossil fuels, despite the all-time high levels of environmental rhetoric.
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IEA Charts Path to 10x Boost in Geothermal Power
How to achieve at least a tenfold increase in supply of geothermal power and heat by 2050?
IEA ‘technology roadmap’ points to key policy actions needed to achieve significant growth of renewable energy resources
Read PDF: Geothermal Roadmap
Exploding Smart Meters and Other Discontents
Pretty hard to propel an energy quest that includes efficiency with reports of exploding smart meters. Technology being fought from enviro left and libertarian right.
The exploding smart meter is a good one.
I need to post a link to today’s IEEE Spectrum blog, about a wind powered turbine blade falling off. It was probably the first ever accident associated with wind energy. No one was hurt. The blade landed in a farmer’s field in North Dakota.
Stay tuned, more details and maybe even a photo to arrive shortly.
Feast Salons: Soho House - The Feast Conference
Speaker: Steven Daniels, Researcher, IBM
Steve’s research focuses on how people create, adapt and use technology in resource-constrained environments, currently as a researcher at IBM. Prior to joining IBM, Steve published the book Making Do: Innovation in Kenya’s Informal Economy about development and industry centered around co-creation with local makers. On the web: IBM African Innovation
Dairy farm feeds grid with manure and food waste
he road up to Jordan Dairy Farm here offers a typical New England view of rolling hills, wood-frame houses, and shade trees. Then up on a hill, there appears a dome-capped silo, a structure that’s bringing renewable energy to agriculture.
The silo-like building is an anaerobic digester, one of five that will be installed at small dairy farms here in western Massachusetts. If they perform as hoped, they will allow these farmers to reduce their wastes and make some money in the process. They will also recycle food residue that would normally be thrown away.
The digester, which is expected to go online in the coming weeks, will convert cow manure from this family-owned dairy farm and food wastes into biogas. That biogas will be pumped into an adjacent generator to make electricity that will be fed to the grid, giving owner Randy Jordan additional revenue beyond milk. Any residual material will be converted into animal bedding and fertilizer for his fields.
Anearobic digesters have been on farms for years and even the people behind this project admit that most have fallen into disuse. But the project’s organizers have changed how things have traditionally been done, creating a model for these dairy farms to earn some money and reduce their environmental footprint.
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Meet THE ANEAROBIC DIGESTER!!!!
I wish I had saved a screen shot of MacAfee subscription antivirus at it’s worst. 12 of the 35 processes on my Toshiba Satellite were MacAfee. Most of the others were iTunes running in the background. There was hardly any CPU left over for me to even use the internet, forget about anything else….
Zimbabwe could be in line for a windfall of up to $10bn (£6.19bn) from China.
But such an investment would be likely to heighten concerns about president Robert Mugabe’s increasingly warm relationship with China, which has been accused of turning a blind eye to human rights violations across Africa.
The sum would dwarf Zimbabwe’s gross domestic product, expected to be about $6bn (£3.72bn) this year… Zimbabwe also has the world’s second biggest platinum reserves and hugely controversial deposits of alluvial diamonds…
China said recently its two-way trade with Africa had increased by nearly 45% in a year to hit a record $114.8bn (£75bn).
Chinese investors have snapped up commercial and residential properties in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, over the past few years.
The influx of cheap Chinese goods, known locally as “zhing-zhong”, has caused widespread annoyance.
William Bango, a veteran former journalist, said: “China is just taking advantage of a basket case. If you’re a donor’s burden, you have all kinds of thieves and crooks and people bringing you all kinds of trinkets. Once we restore this society to normalcy, with all standards maintained, China will fall away.”