Report from Energy Innovation Summit

On March 5, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Last week, many of the leading minds of the cleantech world congregated in suburban Washington DC for the 2012 Energy Innovation Summit. The Summit is mainly oriented as a showcase of some of the most interesting and promising technologies that have surfaced directly or indirectly as a result of ARPA-E:  the Advanced Research Project Agency […]

Environmental Regulation of Coal Power: Train Wreck or No?

On October 18, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Over the past several months — well, years, really — there’s been a lot of to-and-fro about various new environmental requirements that may or may not face coal-fired powerplants. Some observers have called it a regulatory “train wreck”, arguing that some of the requirements run at cross-purposes to others, or are planned to be sequenced in a […]

Failure Is An Option: Cost Is Not No Object

On August 8, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

I’m pretty skeptical when it comes to polls about energy issues.  Way too often, the questions are posed in such a way that they practically compel the respondent to answer in a certain way.  Seriously:  if someone asks you “would you like the energy you use to have less environmental impact?”, are you going to […]

What If…?

On May 2, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

…someone invents an economically-competitive energy storage technology that could be deployed at any electricity substation at megawatt-hour scale? …the power grid were brought up to 21st Century standards to match the true power quality needs of our increasingly digital society? …high-speed rail was not the exclusive province of Europe and Asia? …customers had real choice […]

An Evening With Ernest Moniz

On December 21, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Last week, the MIT Club of Northeast Ohio hosted a talk at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland by Professor Ernest Moniz, the Director of the MIT Energy Initiative, and a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Over the course of about an hour of […]

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Sober Words from DOE

On August 17, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi At the recent Western Energy Summit, Dr. Steven Koonin (Undersecretary of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy) made a speech with some eye-opening tid-bits. In this review on GreenTechMedia, Koonin is quoted as saying about the daunting challenges in moving away from fossil fuels: “We have limited time and limited […]

Joule Biotech Sun-Powered Fuel – Biofuel Vs Solar PV

On August 16, 2009, in Blog, by Paul O`Callaghan

There was much furore recently surrounding the story ‘Joule Biotech comes out of stealth with sun-powered biofuel’.The premise is that the technology can take solar energy and use it to convert carbon dioxide directly into fuel. A one stop-shop to soak up carbon dioxide and produce a biofuel.Having dug into it a little, the conclusion […]

Peter Huber: Low-Confidence in Low-Carbon

On June 9, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi A few weeks ago, I wrote here that it is often a good thing to read and reflect upon intelligently-crafted opinions that differ from those you hold. A good example is offered by the essay “Bound to Burn” by Peter Huber, a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute. In this thought-provoking […]

Carbon Capture and Storage: To Be or Not To Be? Or, To Partially Be?

On March 30, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi One of the more contentious questions in the cleantech community is the role of coal in the energy sector of the future. There’s a lot of coal in the world — many decades of supply left — including here in the U.S. It’s pretty darned cheap to mine. So, it would […]

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Another Way to Skin the Carbon Cat

On December 8, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi The challenges associated with climate change are so daunting — so much emission reductions to achieve, so much money to invest in energy efficiency and low/zero-carbon energy technologies and infrastructure, and so little time to do it — that we’re going to have to be awfully creative. In the past, I’ve […]

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ConocoPhillips’ CTO on the Future of Cleantech and Energy Technology

On October 2, 2008, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I had the opportunity recently to chat with Stephen Brand, the chief technology officer for ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), one of the largest major oil companies in the world. I have a long personal history with the ConocoPhillips organization. One of the first IPOs I ever worked on was the Conoco, Inc. IPO when DuPont spun it […]

Into the Blue

On June 9, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Last week, the International Energy Agency released a study entitled Energy Technology Perspectives 2008, in which the agency estimated the shifts in the world’s energy system required to reduce CO2 emissions substantially. In their so-called “BLUE” scenario (I haven’t figured out what “BLUE” refers to), a 50% CO2 reduction from 2005 […]

The Status of Carbon Sequestration

On May 5, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi At a recent symposium on climate change solutions at Oberlin College, I heard a presentation by David Ball, who leads the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP) at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus. His presentation was a fascinating collage of facts and observations about the status and prospects for in-situ sequestration […]

FutureGen Stalled?

On January 30, 2008, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

FutureGen is the major US Department of Energy backed effort to pilot a technological solution to prove that carbon capture and sequestration from coal fired power plants is possible. At a slated price tag of $1.5 Billion ($1 Bil estimated originally, now estimated at $1.8 Billion), it is one heck of a science project – […]

Powering the Planet

On January 28, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi “Powering the Planet” is the title of an extraordinary speech that is regularly given by Nate Lewis, Professor of Chemistry at CalTech. It is a bit long and detailed, but very much worth reading, as it elegantly frames the scale of the worldwide energy/environmental challenges to be faced in the coming […]

2007 Roundup

On December 31, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi As has become my custom, with the year drawing to a close, I now look in the rear-view mirror and try to distill what I see. In no particular order, here are my top ten reflections on 2007: 1. Popping of the ethanol bubble. Not long ago, it seemed like anyone […]

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 […]

To Coal or Not To Coal?

On November 13, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi A number of people recently have contacted me for my perspective on a large new coal powerplant being considered here in Ohio. The plant is proposed by American Municipal Power of Ohio (AMP-Ohio), a nonprofit wholesale power supplier that provides electricity to several municipal utilities in Ohio, including Cleveland Public Power […]

Hydrogen Energy

On July 30, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. StuebiWhenever someone mentions “hydrogen” to me, I immediately think of fuel cells. So, when someone mentioned to me in passing the other day something about BP (NYSE: BP) and hydrogen in Southern California, I was really confused: I didn’t think that BP was doing much with fuel cells these days. Now I […]

Clean Coal Developments, or Lack Thereof

On March 19, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi This past week, the nation’s largest utility American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) announced that it was installing carbon capture and sequestration technology from Alstom (Paris: ALO) at two of its large coal fired powerplants, Mountaineer in West Virginia and Northeastern in Oklahoma. In AEP’s press release, AEP CEO Mike Morris was […]