April 04, 2019 by Denis Pombriant
Lots of us quit counting renewable energy sources after naming wind and solar and while those are two good ones, they’re far from alone. Hydropower, using dams to drive generators has been with us so long that we often overlook its contribution to the overall energy mix. A record 4,185...
While America sleeps
December 11, 2018 by Denis Pombriant
Part 2 Climate prescription Of the four issues that drive climate change—energy and infrastructure, population, carbon absorption, and water abundance and distribution—it’s tempting to identify “the one” on which all others depend and solve it. But all of the challenges have to be solved together. Like solving a Rubik’s Cube...
End of the beginning?
November 29, 2018 by Denis Pombriant
Perhaps now that 13 federal agencies have issued a major new scientific report on the dangers of climate change, “The Fourth National Climate Assessment,” we can get over diagnosing the problem and begin fixing it. I started following the climate issue in the 1970’s and at the time there was...
EGS, the new hydro-power
November 09, 2018 by Denis Pombriant
I was in a conversation the other day when the topic of hydro-power came up. Under different circumstances, I’d be all over hydro like a cheap suit—in a good way, that is. What’s not to like about hydro? The discussion was over how to make more renewable power and unfortunately,...
UK’s first geothermal plant
November 08, 2018 by Denis Pombriant
Renewable energy is becoming mainstream. CNBC reported today that “Drilling at the U.K.’s first deep geothermal electricity plant is to start this week.” The significance of this event can’t be over stated. Geothermal represents a renewable, safe and pollution-free energy source that can be directly converted into electric power. The geothermal...
Disruptive innovation drives economic development
October 04, 2018 by Denis Pombriant
[caption id="attachment_819" align="alignright" width="365"] Cover of AoS[/caption] The ideas in The Age of Sustainability are simple. Technology inventions drive economic advances and we’ve seen this play out repeatedly since the Industrial Revolution. Someone invents a low cost and efficient way to make steel and suddenly there are many new products...
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....
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 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...