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Apres Davos

January 30, 2018 by Denis Pombriant

[caption id="attachment_790" align="alignright" width="581"] Sun setting on Davos[/caption] The just concluded World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, was a time for world political and business leaders to come together to think bigly. But it would be a mistake to think that a confab of leaders would produce the last...
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4IR (wonkish)

January 24, 2018 by Denis Pombriant

[caption id="attachment_657" align="alignright" width="339"] The Age of Sustainability looks at an important inflection point in human history.[/caption] I’ve taken the lead from Paul Krugman who labels some of his blog posts wonkish if the subject gets into the weeds to make a point that might not be appreciated by the...
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Happening in 2018

January 02, 2018 by Denis Pombriant

This will be an important transition year. Car makers are poised to bring to market scores of new electric models in 2019, so in the lead up to that moment, this year will be a time when we all become more familiar with the terms and conditions of electric driving....
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Free market EV success

December 29, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

The free market is gearing up its profile in the electric car market and the immediate results are so-so. Perfect! Nothing goes in a straight line or preferably like a hockey stick when markets are new. You see hockey sticks in hindsight after the great investment opportunities have come and...
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Disruptive innovation, EV’s and the charging station

December 14, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

King Champ (K.C.) Gillette invented the popular form of the safety razor and made his money selling blades. He was so successful that the approach became a business model and in entrepreneurial conversations phrases like, “We plan to make money on the blades” is all one needs to say to...
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Alt fuels driving K-wave formation

December 11, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

[caption id="attachment_564" align="alignright" width="496"] Mary Barra, CEO, GM[/caption] Have you noticed how petroleum companies like Exxon-Mobile and Shell are talking about their research into alternate fuels or ways of using them that don’t cause pollution such as fuel cells? Those commercials are designed to make us feel good by reassuring...
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Watershed year for EV’s coming in 2019

December 08, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

Chinese owned Swedish car company NEVS, National Electric Vehicle Sweden, has announced it is returning the Saab 9-3 to the market as an electric vehicle. The new 9-3 will have a 300-kilometer range or about 185 miles, which should easily be enough to commute to work and perform errands especially...
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Bloomberg, Brown offer climate hope

November 14, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

The climate issue is really a mashup. One issue involves getting energy from renewable non-carbon sources, another calls for removing carbon from the environment not just limiting emissions. There’s a good deal to be hopeful for in the climate discussion though it will be important to keep the train on...
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The Next Oil Embargo

October 30, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

[caption id="attachment_663" align="alignright" width="377"] US oil production and imports up to the beginning of hydraulic fracturing boom.[/caption] The 1973-74 Arab oil embargo was a clear demonstration of how crippling a disruption in the global oil supply can be and perhaps a foretaste of future east-west relations. The OPEC cartel was...
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Geothermal rocks in the age of sustainability

October 26, 2017 by Denis Pombriant

Take a moment to scan some of the news about geothermal energy from October 24, 2017. This is just another day in the life of geothermal and it’s very exciting. Money is pouring into geothermal from all directions on all continents. From this vantage point it looks like geothermal might...
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