Keeping an Eye on Energy in 2012 Print E-mail
Written by AlterMyEnergy   
Monday, 05 December 2011 00:00

Canada’s energy industry saw markets for its two main products head in sharply different directions in 2011: Global oil prices (CL-FT100.700.110.11%) averaged a record high $111 (U.S.) per barrel for the year, while natural gas prices in North America languished.

That disconnect prompted North American companies to focus their exploration on crude, and on natural gas plays that offer the prospect of extremely low-cost supply or “liquids-rich” gas that contains high-value propane and butane.

In 2012, companies are likely to continue that shift, while high-profile battles over the oil sands, pipeline projects and fracking will also persist. At the same time, both crude oil and natural gas prices may reverse course modestly during the year, as natural gas demand picks up and supply growth slows, and as global suppliers boost production as developed economies struggle out of recession.

Read the full article here.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 January 2012 19:38
Signed Car for Auction - Bieber Print E-mail
Written by AlterMyEnergy   
Thursday, 19 January 2012 19:33

Justin Bieber’s signature is helping to refurbish a skate park in his hometown of Stratford.

During the Christmas holidays, the singer was home and visited a local car dealership where he autographed a fire engine red 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0 Turbo.

Frank Sandola, owner of Stratford Hyundai, says he hatched this plan when he sold a car to Bieber’s grandmother.

“It started when I sold his grandmother a car about six months back. I came up with the idea about how I could do something for the city, including Justin too, to help drive it,” he says.

He says it was Bieber’s choice for the proceeds to go toward cleaning and updating the local skate park. Sandola is donating the car to the cause, which retails for approximately $35,000.

But because of Bieber fever, he says he did have to take some precautions when the immensely popular singer came in to the dealership.

“There were only seven people here. I had to keep it quiet. This was very secretive. I had to paper the windows, because of the paparazzi. If they would have caught wind of what he was doing, this would have hit the media even before we went live,” he says.

“He spent about a half-hour in here, took his pictures and signed the car. I have to say, he was a very nice kid.”

The car will be listed on eBay on January 20, with the auction lasting for 10 days.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 January 2012 19:35
GM has Big Interest in Battery Power Print E-mail
Written by AlterMyEnergy   
Thursday, 27 January 2011 15:11

It seems cheap batteries are the wave of the future if we are to embrace electric vehicles.  General Motors has invested $7 million in Envia Systems, a California-based start-up that has been developing more powerful and cheaper batteries for electric vehicles.

Newark, California-based Envia has developed cathode technology for lithium-ion batteries that it says will make them both cheaper and more powerful.

GM said Wednesday it also reached a separate licensing agreement to use the Envia cathode technology in future electric vehicles.

The investment marks the second time this month that GM has taken a stake in a start-up in order to assure its access to technology related to electric vehicles.

In early January, GM announced that it was investing $5 million in Powermat, a company that provides wireless charging for electronic devices like cell phones. The top U.S. automaker plans to incorporate the Powermat technology into upcoming vehicles, including the 2012 Chevrolet Volt.

GM CEO Dan Akerson, who took charge of the top U.S. automaker in September, has said he wants to see the company move faster to roll out plug-in hybrids derived from the Volt while increasing production of the Volt this year and next.

Robert Stempel, former chairman of GM, has been a member of Envia's board of directors since May 2010.

GM founded a venture capital arm in June last year with $100 million in funding. GM Ventures is headed by Jon Lauckner, a veteran GM engineer, and overseen by GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky, the former investment banker in charge of strategy at the automaker.

My prediction is that in the next 18 months there is a major breakthrough in extending battery power for electric cars!

The Onion Hits Humans Where it Hurts Print E-mail
Written by AlterMyEnergy   
Thursday, 03 June 2010 15:50

Another great eco-friedly headline over at one of our favorite time-wasting websites:

New Eco-Friendly Cigarettes Kill Destructive Human Beings Over Time

RICHMOND, VA—Executives at Philip Morris USA this week unveiled Marlboro Earth, a new eco-friendly cigarette that gradually eliminates the causes of global warming and environmental destruction at their source.

"By killing off the No. 1 threat to the environment, new Marlboro Earths will have a long-term effect on the overall health of our planet," Philip Morris spokesperson Janet Weiss said. "If everyone in America does their part and joins our new green-smoking movement, then together we can eradicate man's destructive practices once and for all."

According to a press release from Philip Morris, the new environmentally friendly cigarettes work by employing powerful carcinogens that accumulate in the lungs of smokers, slowly breaking down their vital organs and eliminating the danger posed to the overpopulated planet by the human race.

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Artic Drilling Proposal Print E-mail
Written by AlterMyEnergy   
Thursday, 20 May 2010 19:44

A proposal to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean as early as this summer received initial permits from the Minerals Management Service office in Alaska at the same time federal auditors were questioning the office about its environmental review process.

The approvals also came after many of the agency’s most experienced scientists had left, frustrated that their concerns over environmental threats from drilling had been ignored.

Minerals Management has faced intense scrutiny in the weeks since the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. An article in The New York Times reported that it failed to get some environmental permits to approve drilling in the gulf and ignored objections from scientists to keep those projects on schedule.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 20 May 2010 19:46
China and the USA on Clean Energy Print E-mail
Written by AlterMyEnergy   
Thursday, 20 May 2010 13:25

Although opinions are divided on open markets and trading barriers, the United States and China can achieve a win-win relationship in areas like clean energy, said US Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke in a speech to American Chamber of Commerce Shangha.

Locke is in China this week on the first cabinet-level trade mission of the Obama administration. The visit comes shortly after President Barack Obama outlined details of his National Export Initiative, which aims to double US exports within five years to support job growth.

Read the full article here

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 May 2010 13:30
Spray On Electronics to go Mainstream Print E-mail
Written by AlterMyEnergy   
Tuesday, 30 March 2010 00:00

A multidisciplinary research team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has found* that an organic semiconductor may be a viable candidate for creating large-area electronics, such as solar cells and displays that can be sprayed onto a surface as easily as paint.

While the electronics will not be ready for market anytime soon, the research team says the material they studied could overcome one of the main cost hurdles blocking the large-scale manufacture of organic thin-film transistors, the development of which also could lead to a host of devices inexpensive enough to be disposable.

Silicon is the iconic material of the electronics industry, the basic material for most microprocessors and memory chips. Silicon has proved highly successful as a substance because billions of computer elements can be crammed into a tiny area, and the manufacturing process behind these high-performance chips is well-established.

But the electronics industry for a long time has been pursuing novel organic materials to create semiconductor products—materials that perhaps could not be packed as densely as state-of-the-art silicon chips, but that would require less power, cost less and do things silicon devices cannot: bend and fold, for example. Proponents predict that organic semiconductors, once perfected, might permit the construction of low-cost solar cells and video displays that could be sprayed onto a surface just as paint is.

Great news!!  I love this product, let's just hope it comes to market soon!

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 May 2010 13:49

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