I often get emails from friends, family and business associates who are skeptical about the viability of the renewable energy industry. An article published recently in The New York Times, titled: “Renewable Energy Stumbles Toward the Future“, gives one the impression that the sector may not be viable. The theory is based on the several backruptcy … Continue reading How do renewable energy companies’ finances compare with oil & gas cos.?
The History of Fuel Cells Fuel Cell technology is a proven technology that runs on hydrogen while producing only water as a by-product. No carbon, no pollution, no noise. The technology was originally developed in 1839 by William Grove who invented the “Gas Battery”, the first fuel cell. By 1960’s the American space program NASA … Continue reading Why a Fuel Cell Quota for South Africa is a No Brainer
Earlier this month the Department of Energy in the USA announced a $20m investment “to advance fuel cell technologies.” At the same time the US Department of Energy released an industry report that shows the fuel cell industry is continuing to grow at an unprecedented rate, totaling more than $2.2billion in sales in 2014 up … Continue reading Has Fuel Cell Technology Come of Age?
A new report called “POWER PEOPLE PLANET Seizing Africa’s energy and climate opportunities” published by the Africa Progress Panel offers insights into the enormity of the energy challenges Africa faces. For example, there are 138 million households with people living on less than $2.50 per day, who spend $10 billion per year on energy related … Continue reading New Report Highlights Africa’s Energy Challenges
Earlier this year Mckinsey came out with a report making the case for Natural Gas to be a dominant player in the energy mix for Sub Saharan Africa. In addition this month Christine Wu of Mckinsey’s South African office appeared in an Engineering News article based on a press conference she held, making a few … Continue reading Mckinsey’s Latest Gas Report Contradicts Its Own Findings
A recent television documentary in South Africa by Carte Blanche has done a great job highlighting the success that CSP projects are having and the promise they hold to solving some of Africa’s energy challanges. http://carteblanche.dstv.com/player/912694 What this documentary highlights is the fact that there is no reason why CSP cannot deliver most of the energy … Continue reading Is Concentrated Solar Thermal Energy Tech Coming of Age?