Author Archives: Peter Spitz

Ukraine and Russian natural gas

The  crisis in Ukraine,  a Putin power play, is significantly supported by Russia’s  position as a very large supplier of natural gas to Western Europe. The main Gazprom supply lines  transport around 400 million cubic meters per day to a number of countries … Continue reading

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China Shale Gas: Not so fast!

The 17-23 February Issue of ICIS Business News featured an article on China’s potential to become a major producer of hydrocarbons using hydraulic fracturing of shale. It is well known that China has large shale deposits, actually estimated to have  more recoverable … Continue reading

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EPA Should Subsidize Hardships Caused By Shutdowns of Coal-Fired Power Plants

 A recent New York Times issue featured an article on the problem facing many residents in the Appalachian states as scores of coal fired power plants are  shut down as a result of the EPA’s actions under the Clean Air Act. These plants will … Continue reading

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Breakthrough for wind energy?

Wind turbine-based energy is already far ahead of solar as a source of renewable energy. But wind energy could play an even much more important part if it could overcome the “nimby” effect that has kept or delayed these installations … Continue reading

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Nanotechnology Breakthroughs or Conversation Pieces?

 This is a subject that is perennially mysterious, because it is hard to get your arms around. It is about atomic-sized particles able or targeted to do things that were never done before.  It has been around for many years, yet seems … Continue reading

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Maximizing crop yields: Technology and Chemistry are helping

 I have not for some time posted anything relating to the overhanging problem of increasing the world’s food supply as the global population keeps growing and the amount of arable agrarian land keeps declining due to land development and coastal flooding.  But several recent articles  on how … Continue reading

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With Shale Crude U.S. production soars

In late 2013, U.S. crude oil production exceeded 8 million barrels per day, reaching a level not seen since 1988. (So much for “Peak Oil”.) Imported crude oil and petroleum products dipped to 28 percent of domestic demand, down from … Continue reading

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A possible win-win situation: Carbon capture and EOR

It’s no secret that a large amount of crude oil is left unproduced in the ground in the case of almost every well that has ever been drilled. Secondary recovery with steam injection has increased recovery in a number of … Continue reading

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Solar Energy Power Plants coming of age

The use of photovoltaic solar cells for residential and commercial use has been increasing rapidly as the cost of these cells has dramatically come down. Still, solar energy still accounts for only about one percent of U.S. energy demand. Recently, … Continue reading

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Carbon fiber making progress in automobiles

The substitution of high strength carbon fiber composites for steel in automobile bodies is gaining momentum (See also earlier posts as background on carbon fiber). As reported in Bloomberg Business News, BMW has taken the lead by investing in a plant … Continue reading

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