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Plastics, oil...connected industries with connected futures - and it's going to be painful!
Posted: 3 February 2016  
The obvious consequences of the changing drivers of oil futures impact on many industries - plastics is just one. Some fascinating insights into this industry. How well do YOU understand the second and third order implications of a changed oil future?
New Plastics Economy report offers blueprint to design a circular future for plastics
3 February 2016
Applying circular economy principles to global plastic packaging flows could transform the plastics economy and drastically reduce negative externalities ...
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Plastic from food scraps - increased profits for Princess Cruises
Dateline: 14 November 2007
Who would have thought that a cruise liner could function as a ‘green’ factory? The luxury cruise ships that sail the world’s oceans carry a lot of waste. ...
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Is oil really beyond its peak?
Posted: 3 February 2016  
The stories are stacking up...the agony growing...the bets either way are increasing! Wither the future of oil? Here is another perspective. Whatever unfolds is not the story, the real story is that anyone involved at any level, in any dimension, with the oil industry needs to be paying attention (just dumb if they're not already) and needs to be clear on what the drivers of the future are ...
The Death Throes of Oil
3 February 2016
The price of oil, often used as a sort of thermometer to measure the health of the world economy, is also a barometer, warning of approaching geopolitical ...
MindBullet logo AFRICAN BIO-FUEL GIANT SHAKES UP OIL INDUSTRY
Cameroon emerges as top bio-diesel producer
Dateline: 25 August 2020
A decade of intensive investment in bio-diesel plant has paid off for Cameroon. The central African state now challenges neighboring Nigeria in terms of ...
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Unstoppable solar
Posted: 25 January 2016  
Renewable energy, in particular solar, is an unstoppable force. And even as the price of fossil fuels, particularly oil, plummets, there's no slow down in the rollout of renewables. What's your company doing? Its not about climate change, it's about intelligent use of resources, and managing costs.
http://www.technologyreview.com/news/545516/why-renewable-energy-is-defying-gravity/
25 January 2016
Growth in renewable energy shows no signs of slowing, even though fossil fuel prices have plummeted. Here’s why.
MindBullet logo COAL HITS US$10 PER TON AS SOLAR POWER SHINES
Nano solar films bring cheap energy to sunshine states
Dateline: 5 May 2018
It's hard to believe that a mere decade ago fossil fuels were at a premium, and everyone talked of 'peak oil' and the high prices of natural gas and coal. ...
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SOLID HYDROGEN BREAKS THE RULES OF PHYSICS
Published on: 21 January 2016  
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Hydrogen compressed beyond a liquid into a metallic state is the ultimate super conductor
Dateline: 25 January 2035
Imagine a stable, solid metal that is made of pure hydrogen - the ultimate solid fuel and lightweight material. That is now within our grasp, as scientists perfect a new method of 'growing' hydrogen crystals and nano-wires. Twenty years ago, scientists saw the first signs that achieving metallic hydrogen was possible. By compressing microscopic amounts of hydrogen between two diamonds with massive force, the gas was observed to partially solidify, proving the theory that, with sufficient force, ...
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Surplus or scarcity?
Posted: 11 January 2016  
This Reuters opinion piece predicts that oil will suddenly become in short supply as high-cost producers are taken out, leaving the market open to OPEC price manipulation. This is despite the IEA view that oil prices will remain low until 2018.

Personally I am of the view that alternatives like solar will make an increasing impact, leading to lower demand, making the chance of price hikes ...
Oil will blow past $80 a barrel in 2016
11 January 2016
Low-cost OPEC producers will win the hydrocarbon price war because they can fight harder for longer. For now, OPEC is flooding the market with cheap crude. ...
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Commodity prices hit 60-year lows as oil halves
Dateline: 4 July 2016
The world is awash with basic commodities, and for many people, prices have not been so low in living memory. It's back to the 1950's in real terms for ...
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Solar breakthrough set to rewrite the books
Posted: 23 December 2015  
Is there anyone out there who still believes that solar energy (and several of the other so-called alternatives) are still on the fringe? The future of energy is happening as we speak.
What Just Happened in Solar Is a Bigger Deal Than Oil Exports
23 December 2015
The impact: $73 billion in new investment in the U.S.
MindBullet logo COAL HITS US$10 PER TON AS SOLAR POWER SHINES
Nano solar films bring cheap energy to sunshine states
Dateline: 5 May 2018
It's hard to believe that a mere decade ago fossil fuels were at a premium, and everyone talked of 'peak oil' and the high prices of natural gas and coal. ...
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Is your bling the real thing?
Posted: 22 December 2015  
It's interesting to read that De Beers has such a large business in synthetic diamonds - and it's becoiming an ever more lucrative business.

Industrial uses are booming but now a growing industry – largely in the Far East – is making synthetic bling for rings and necklaces.

Are you sure yours is the real thging? Does it matter? ...
Diamonds in the rough: De Beers on spotting fakes among the flawless
22 December 2015
Mention diamonds and many may happily conjure up an image of Marilyn Monroe performing Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend in the 1953 movie Gentlemen Prefer ...
MindBullet logo DIAMONDS ARE FOR LIFE - AND DEATH
De Beers hit hard by new market realities
Dateline: 11 February 2007
Some years ago, Carol Shriner of Marquette, Nebraska, was turned into a yellow diamond. Her family was one of the first customers of LifeGems, an American ...
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SUMMER OF SUPER SURPLUS
Published on: 17 December 2015   1 Comment
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Commodity prices hit 60-year lows as oil halves
Dateline: 4 July 2016
The world is awash with basic commodities, and for many people, prices have not been so low in living memory. It's back to the 1950's in real terms for resources like coal and iron ore; wheat and corn are dirt cheap too. Fueled by fears of climate change and radical new energy and transport technologies, oil has halved in a year and is now floating around US$ 20 per barrel. Supply continues to exceed demand worldwide, as producers fight for market share. Global electricity prices have continued ...
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Energy futures are exciting and different!
Posted: 8 December 2015  
Energy future faces many new and different solutions...and many are exciting even if small at this stage!
“Plant Lamps” Turn Dirt and Vegetation into a Power Source | MIT Technology Review
8 December 2015
Researchers in Peru have a new way to capture electricity from plants and bacteria to help rainforest communities.
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Plastic from food scraps - increased profits for Princess Cruises
Dateline: 14 November 2007
Who would have thought that a cruise liner could function as a ‘green’ factory? The luxury cruise ships that sail the world’s oceans carry a lot of waste. ...
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Foot power to the fore!
Posted: 19 November 2015  
The energy marketplace is one of the most fascinating and challenging at the moment. We have passed the tipping point where the world is generating more power from alternative energies than from oil, gas and coal combined. And there's so much more to come, from the possibility of fusion power to increased solar efficiency and even shoe power, as this article relates.
All combined, that's ...
How to Put a Power Source in Your Footwear | MIT Technology Review
19 November 2015
Startup Pavegen has already installed floor tiles to harness the power of footsteps; now it wants to put that technology inside your shoes.
MindBullet logo COAL HITS US$10 PER TON AS SOLAR POWER SHINES
Nano solar films bring cheap energy to sunshine states
Dateline: 5 May 2018
It's hard to believe that a mere decade ago fossil fuels were at a premium, and everyone talked of 'peak oil' and the high prices of natural gas and coal. ...
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Our energy future will be different
Posted: 16 November 2015  
Tipping points have a habit of creeping up on one. This time there are many warning signals but the question is whether we see them or want to see them?
The coming era of unlimited — and free — clean energy
16 November 2015
The incredible drop in the price of solar energy will shake up our world.
MindBullet logo COAL HITS US$10 PER TON AS SOLAR POWER SHINES
Nano solar films bring cheap energy to sunshine states
Dateline: 5 May 2018
It's hard to believe that a mere decade ago fossil fuels were at a premium, and everyone talked of 'peak oil' and the high prices of natural gas and coal. ...
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The car for the future
Posted: 5 October 2015  
The car of the future has arrived, and it's not a Lexus, as this MindBullet suggested it might be.

But then, this MindBullet was written before Tesla even had a production sedan. :-) ...
Elon Musk’s sleight of hand
5 October 2015
Like many people, I’m a fan of Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, SpaceX and Chairman of Solar City. So much so that I’m nerdy…
MindBullet logo TOYOTA LAUNCHES A CAR FOR THE GREEN CENTURY
Flex-fuel hybrid promises to be the car of the future - today
Dateline: 9 March 2016
At the Beijing motor show, the world's largest auto event, Toyota today unveiled the 'car of the eco-age' - the Lexus Futura. This hybrid-engine flex-fuel ...
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Is it too soon or too late to panic?
Posted: 1 October 2015  
This article says that the current slump in commodities is more than the end of a cycle - rather it's a signal that fossil fuels are going to collapse permanently. Perhaps the fundamental shift in energy economics is the real reason!
Beginning of the end for fossil fuels? Panic sweeps global markets
1 October 2015
Financial markets are finally catching up to the news: Fossil fuels are in decline in both transport and electricity, and the woes of VW and Glencore. Even ...
MindBullet logo GOLD AT $800, OIL AT $64
The mini-boom is on
Dateline: 6 November 2016
Two years ago we saw the first faltering of the oil price, as Brent crude dipped below US$80 per barrel. Gold was also weak, at about US$1100 per ounce. ...
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Energy futures, options and optionalities
Posted: 28 September 2015   1 Comment
With the rapidly changing energy landscape strategic thinking becomes critical! And we have to challenge every core assumption with an unprecedented openness and curiosity. Planning rom the future is what it needs to be about and that is not what some Governments seem to be doing!
Peering into the future of the electricity sector
28 September 2015
Changes in the energy sector could happen quickly. Embracing the inevitable, if yet uncertain, changes is hard to do and South Africa and Eskom are ...
MindBullet logo ENERGY GLUT CREATES NEW TRADE CHAMPIONS
Rich nations on the back foot as energy floods emerging economies
Dateline: 7 March 2019
The end of the oil age has heralded a glut in energy worldwide; but surprisingly the developing nations have been the first to benefit. While solving the ...
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Sweden swings to green
Posted: 22 September 2015  
"The government will increase support for solar, wind, energy storage, smart grids and clean transport. Investment in photovoltaics will rise nearly eightfold to 390 million kronor per year between 2017 and 2019, with a plan to spend a total of 1.4 billion kronor."
Sweden Boosts Renewables to Become First Fossil-Fuel-Free Nation
22 September 2015
Sweden said it’s targeting to become one of the first nations in the world to be free of fossil fuels and that it will invest 4.5 billion kronor ($546 ...
MindBullet logo GREENBUCKS FOR GREEN TECH
Sweden leads the race to go green as consumers shun 'dirty' products
Dateline: 8 June 2012
Carbon credits are dead - long live greenbucks! It finally dawned on eco-conscious consumers in the West that their old habit of outsourcing polluting ...
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The energy future is changing rapidly!
Posted: 17 September 2015  
Can or will the carbon energy world wake up to a new future that does not rely on base load coal or oil power? We are seeing weekly advances in renewable energy efficiency gains and cost reductions, new grid technologies and smart self regulating systems. these will all combine soon to create a whole new energy world. Be very careful if investing in long dated energy futures or bonds!
Mass-produced, printable solar cells enter market and could change everything
17 September 2015
Australian solar power experts making up the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium have developed and begun to market solar cells that are created with a ...
MindBullet logo OIL $5 A BARREL!
THE PRICE OF CRUDE OIL PLUMMETS AS THE USA SHUTS THE DOOR
Dateline: 3 February 2009
Global markets reeled today as America announced a total embargo on oil imports from the Middle East. The move effectively smashes the stranglehold of ...
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The future of oil is here
Posted: 12 September 2015  
Interesting to see the press reports in the past week reflecting on the futurte of the oil price. Don't say we didn't tell you in our MindBullet more than 10 years ago! The causes may be a little different but at least we were in the correct price ball park! ;)

The implications of an oil price anywhere near $20 a barrel are profound for the world economy and Middle East stability. ...
Oil prices could fall to $20 a barrel says Goldman Sachs - as it happened
12 September 2015
...but the IEA thinks OPEC’s strategy is working and forcing expensive oil out of the market.
MindBullet logo OIL $5 A BARREL!
THE PRICE OF CRUDE OIL PLUMMETS AS THE USA SHUTS THE DOOR
Dateline: 3 February 2009
Global markets reeled today as America announced a total embargo on oil imports from the Middle East. The move effectively smashes the stranglehold of ...
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They will charge us for breathing next
Posted: 7 September 2015  
Told you so. We'll soon be paying for air - some of us anyway!
Everyone in the US and Australia owes $12,000 in CO2 emissions
7 September 2015
If we view above-average carbon emissions as a cost to the planet, then people in rich nations have "borrowed" large sums from the poor since 1990
MindBullet logo TAKE A DEEP BREATH, YOU'LL SOON BE PAYING FOR AIR
European agency for air quality seeks to introduce oxygen tax
Dateline: 28 April 2023
The EU Climate Control Agency (CCA), known colloquially as the 'carbon police', has introduced proposals to tax the very air we breathe. Two decades of ...
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Nuclear proof robots clean up
Posted: 26 August 2015  
When it's too dangerous for human workers to clean up toxic spills, or radiation leaks like Fukushima, then it's time to send in the robots. Now the British are finally getting to grips with Sellafield, which was the site of the world's first nuclear disaster, the Windscale fire more than 50 years ago. Much of remains of that blowup have not been touched because of the high radiation levels. ...
How Sellafield's radiation-proof robots do our dirty work - BBC News
26 August 2015
Cleaning up Sellafield's nuclear waste is a difficult and dangerous job for humans, so robots of different shapes and sizes are being recruited to do the ...
MindBullet logo LET G-DROIDS DO THE DIRTY WORK
Google's robots do the heavy lifting, drive the dump trucks and haul the garbage
Dateline: 17 July 2018
Now that Google has become the leading developer of robots, including humanoid robots, we can leave them to do all the unpleasant, dangerous, and boring ...
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Power from the desert sun
Posted: 11 August 2015  
China doesn't do things by half measures, and its first commercial solar project is set to become the largest in the world. Big enough to power over 1 million homes, when complete it will use concentrated solar heat storage to run 24 hours per day.
China is building its first large-scale solar plant in the Gobi Desert
11 August 2015
In a move that once again proves its commitment to renewable energy, China has begun construction on its first large-scale commercial solar plant out in ...
MindBullet logo GERMANY POWERS DOWN ITS LAST NUCLEAR PLANT
New Energy replaces nukes, saves money
Dateline: 6 June 2020
Germany has shut down its last remaining nuclear power plant, two years ahead of schedule. Supporters of the Greens and the Pirate Party staged a peaceful ...
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