Betting on Black Swans

On November 19, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

The phrase “Black Swan” was coined in the book of the same name by author Nassim Taleb to describe an event that is hugely important and influential that was not anticipated but yet in retrospect could have been. September 11, 2001 is a classic example of a Black Swan.  It was only a failure of […]

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Houston, We Have A Solution

On August 22, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

NASA has been working on innovative energy technologies virtually since its inception.  After all, you can’t run electrical systems in space using the types of power generation devices common on earth.  Consequently, NASA has been a major contributor to the advancement of fuel cells, batteries and photovoltaic systems into the products available today.  Indeed, for several […]

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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 […]

On Innovation

On April 25, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Last Thursday, I was involved in not one but two interesting meetings on the topic of innovation. First, I attended a morning session held at the Center for Innovation and Growth at Baldwin-Wallace College, where the discussion focused on how Procter & Gamble (NYSE:  PG) had launched its “Connect and Develop” open innovation program to […]

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Obama’s Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future

On April 4, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Last week, President Obama unveiled his Administration’s “Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future”. Like most big-picture strategic summaries of complex subjects, a whole lot of content gets reduced to a few simple phrases that have become almost devoid of meaning.  In this case, the Obama Energy Blueprint distills into three priorities: Develop and secure America’s energy supplies Provide customers […]