Finding a Good Use for a Former Coal Mine

April 1, 2017 – Germany after Fukushima decided to decommission its nuclear power plants. This put the country on an accelerated path to develop renewable energy capacity through ... Continue Reading →

Latest Laptop Ban on Flights from Middle East and African Origins May Create Fire in the Hold Threat

March 22, 2017 – Sometimes I think that the new Trump administration is really a Marx Brothers’ comedy sketch. See the 1932 film, Duck Soup, if you want to get my drift. ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: MicroStorage Energy Provides Dual-Power Capability for Solar Installations

March 2, 2017 – A new energy storage system produced by JLM Energy, a California-based company, professes to the be the first dual system for integrating solar power, batteries ... Continue Reading →

European Research Project Discovers Novel Way of Storing Summer Heat to Warm Homes in Winter

January 15, 2017 – When summer produces heat wouldn’t it be great if we could capture it and use it to warm ourselves through the winter. That’s what researchers at ... Continue Reading →

A New Use for Oil Sands Wastewater: Extracting Lithium for Batteries

January 12, 2017 – With the approval of the Trans-Mountain pipeline by both British Columbia and Canada’s federal governments, the oil sands aren’t going away in the ... Continue Reading →

The Driverless Car Revolution is Getting Closer and It Means Big Changes

January 4, 2017 – Thomas Frey is a futurist and in his latest musing about autonomous vehicles he describes them as “the most disruptive technology in all history.” ... Continue Reading →

Speculation on the Future of Fossil Fuels

December 21, 2016 – In the Northern Hemisphere we have arrived at the Winter Solstice. Here in Toronto it means daylight lasting a little more than nine hours. And as the amount ... Continue Reading →

Minnesota City Gets Its First Microgrid Installation – Where Cities Are Going in the Next Decade

December 18, 2016 – A new pilot project is implementing a microgrid in a 5-storey Bloomington, Minnesota building. Microgrid or distributed energy generation technology decentralizes ... Continue Reading →

Electric Vehicles Getting Highway Charging Infrastructure in the United States

November 5, 2016 – In a recent energy report investors in fossil fuels were told that it may be the right time to start moving money away from an industry wedded to gasoline and ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: A Solar Roof That Will Cost You Less Than a Normal Roof Plus the Cost of Electricity

October 29, 2016 – Yesterday in Los Angeles Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, Solar City and SpaceX went on an outdoor stage surrounded by homes with roofs studded with solar panels. His ... Continue Reading →