Feeding electric cars
December 08, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
Time to build more electric infrastructure… Ford will build a new factory in Cuautitlan, Mexico to produce electric vehicles beginning in 2020. The company also said it will use a suburban Detroit factory in Flat Rock, MI, to build driverless cars, according to the Wall Street Journal. Full story here....
Aston Martin’s first electric car
December 06, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
In case you were wondering about the viability of the electric car market, you can relax. Aston Martin, the venerable carmaker which has been in the business of making high end luxury cars for over a century, today announced the RapideE a pure electric take on its road-eating 12-cylinder gas...
The new energy paradigm
November 29, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
One of the more interesting free market responses to climate change has been a reexamination of how we distribute energy. Generally the fossil fuel paradigm is a vertically integrated network of miners and oil producers, retailers and utilities. But we’re moving to a distributed paradigm of energy development and consumption...
November 20, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
Everyday I receive automated search results for the term geothermal. It’s a rather geeky idea that few people bother with but it is also the stealth candidate for disruptive innovation in the 21st century in my humble opinion. Briefly, geothermal is about capturing heat from the earth’s crust, condensing it,...
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...
Trump’s DOE tries to pick “winners”
October 25, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
There’s a disappointing story in the New York Times today about how Donald Trump's DOE (Department of Energy), under former Texas governor and sometime presidential candidate, Rick Perry, is lending disproportionate support to the coal industry. “Rick Perry’s Anti-Market Plan to Help Coal” by Jody Freeman and Joseph Goffman shows how Perry...
The free market and the Paris Accord
October 19, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
Climate change has become a free market issue as business adapts to profit-making opportunities. Beagle Research chief Denis Pombriant said today that the free market has become inextricably involved in the climate change debate with a decided interest in actions that will result in profits. The Paris climate accords are...
Geothermal is everywhere today
October 16, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
Geothermal energy still has a whiff of the exotic because it’s the least understood—or discussed—non-polluting and renewable method for generating sizeable amounts of electricity essential to kicking the fossil fuel habit. Even casual observers get the idea of solar, wind, and even hydroelectric power generation, after all they are for...
October 11, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
[caption id="attachment_442" align="alignright" width="390"] Hydrogen fuel cell diagram[/caption] There’s a lively discussion building on the benefits of hydrogen fuel cell technology vs. lithium batteries to fuel electric vehicles in the near future. Each approach has its proponents but it appears that the electrics are winning and will likely be the...
October 11, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
[caption id="attachment_443" align="alignright" width="300"] Lithium ion battery pack[/caption] Making a better, higher capacity battery has been a quest that has consumed scientists and engineers for decades. But progress has been painfully slow because a battery is essentially a liquid chemical device that turns chemical energy into electricity at rates that...