The week in sustainable energy stocks….

On March 1, 2008, in Blog, by Mark Henwood

By Mark Henwood Neal says “keep going”. So let’s start with the big picture. Stocks were down – S&P, EAFA, emerging markets. Commodities advanced. The broad based ETN tracking the DJ AIG commodity index (DJP) increased 3.1% for the week. This was the week of oil history. Our sustainable energy indices were mixed with one, […]

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Up in the Air With Biofuels

On February 25, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Over the weekend, Virgin Atlantic Airways flew a passenger-less Boeing 747-400 partially fueled by a biofuel mixture of coconut oil and babassu oil from London’s Heathrow Airport to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. (Read USA Today story.) The test flight, performed to evaluate comparative engine performance and emissions rates with standard jet fuel […]

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The week in sustainable energy stocks….

On February 24, 2008, in Blog, by Mark Henwood

Neal asked me if I would comment on the markets for sustainable energy stocks in the last week. It’s an area I follow closely so he hopes I will occasionally stumble across some nuggets. Let me start by saying I believe there is potential for good returns in sustainable energy stocks over time. In the […]

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Blogroll Review: Biocrude, Alaska, & Policy

On February 11, 2008, in Blog, by Frank Ling

by Frank Ling Waste to Oil Think you need special enzymes to convert plant materials into fuel? It looks like science is getting closer to eliminating that step. Pretty soon we might be able to directly convert crop residues, waste paper, and pretty much anything organic into bio-crude, which is essentially oil. The secret ingredient? […]

Heavy-Duty Vehicle Trends for 2008

On February 8, 2008, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (2/8/08). Most oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from transportation are not from passenger vehicles; they are from the heavy-duty vehicles, ships, and planes that move all our goods, serve public transit, and provide the infrastructure that keeps cities running. Heavy-duty operators have often been years ahead of passenger vehicle owners in […]

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Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters

On January 30, 2008, in Blog, by Heather Rae

Bob Metcalfe is a friendly, handsome, easy-going sort, and he sported a bit of Saturday stubble when we spoke over a Thai lunch in Boston a few weeks back. Bob, an MIT grad who wears the school ring, is also the founder of 3-Com and the interim CEO of a biofuel startup, GreenFuel. Over lunch […]

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Policy Progress in the Midwest

On November 26, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi When it comes to clean energy, it’s no secret that the Midwest U.S. far lags beyond the East and West Coasts. This is because, on the coasts, public policy far more aggressively promotes advanced energy. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in the Northeast and the Western Climate Initiative in the […]

Blogroll Review: Beer, Homes, and Geo

On October 27, 2007, in Blog, by Frank Ling

by Frank Ling This Kirin’s For You! Even beer manufacturers are now getting on board the bio-ethanol train. In Japan, the Ministry of Agriculture has selected Mitsubishi Corporation and Kirin Brewery Co. to build a bioethanol production plant for a “fuel-grade bioethanol production project” in the Tokachi District of Hokkaido. In the latest article featured […]

Bio-fuel Cells

On October 22, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Earlier this month, here in Ohio, the fuel cell developer Technology Management Inc. issued a press release that it had succesfully operated its 1 kw solid oxide fuel cell stack on vegetable oil from soybeans. As reported on the Internet, it is claimed that this is the first instance of a […]

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Triple-Digit Oil Prices Ahead?

On October 8, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Last week, as reported on Yahoo!, the chief economist of the investment bank CIBC went on record that “We’re in a world of triple digit oil prices for the foreseeable future,” beginning by the end of 2008. Increasingly, I’ve been hearing through the grapevine prognostications of $100/barrel oil. I put a […]

Blogroll Review: Flash, Reforestation, ED

On August 19, 2007, in Blog, by Frank Ling

by Frank Ling Memory Revolution Here’s another example of nanotechnology contributing to energy efficiency. Through improved ability to manufacture memory, flash is starting to replace traditional hard drive applications. Hank Green at EcoGeek writes: “There’s a lot of reasons to herald the dawn of flash-based hard drives. They’re faster, smaller, silent and, of course, tremendously […]

Blogroll Review: Sinks, Oranges, Woz

On July 21, 2007, in Blog, by Frank Ling

by Frank Ling Power Bathroom For many years, the Japanese have recycled sink water for their toilets. Now an American company is taking it further. WaterSaver Technologies from Kentucky has developed the AQUS system, which Philip Proefrock at EcoGeek says: “…collects the water from a bathroom sink and filters and disinfects it before it gets […]

Blogroll Review: Bottles, Biobutanol, Bagasse

On June 14, 2007, in Blog, by Frank Ling

by Frank Ling DIY Solar Water Heater The Chinese have done it again. In a country that puts waste to good use, they have found another use for beer bottles: solar water heating. Matt James writes about a Chinese farmer who made his own solar heater in the EcoGeek blog: “…we get the story of […]

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