July 30th, 2015
Despite limitations, solar has reached grid parity in a number of regions in the U.S. That means sun power is as cost efficient as electricity utilizing more conventional sources like coal and natural gas. But it still has some limitations that prevent it from becoming the main source of power.
Usually the discussion of how solar energy will develop centers on improving the inversion process or combining greater efficiency in generation with a better battery technology to store what is produced.
Inversion addresses the transfer of DC-generated electricity to the AC needed to move it on the grid. Between a third and a half of all power produced is currently lost in this process.
Here’s my take on how solar power will develop next…
July 28th, 2015
There is a “perfect storm” brewing in the energy sector.
And as storms go, this one has certainly attracted attention. The ongoing concern over supply gluts both in the U.S. and abroad has combined with a Chinese stock collapse to drive down the price of oil.
Now, it is true that the decision by OPEC first to keep production constant and then to increase exports has certainly put pressure on shale and tight oil producers in the U.S.
Then there is the pending Iranian nuclear accord, blamed for everything from the end of the North Dakota economic boom to rising unemployment in every oil patch nationwide.
Neither of these is as advertised, of course. But the alarmist projections certainly make for a good show on TV.
This is a perfect storm only in the minds of those who created it.
Here’s my take on why this storm will soon pass…