Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


The Fracking Won’t Save Us Chart

From EIA. Prudhoe Bay also “reversed the decline in domestic oil production” at one point.


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Plus, they have to be resistant to radioactivity

Floating windmills offshore Japan.

The biggest challenge in erecting floating turbines offshore is ensuring the buoyancy mechanisms are stable, and getting fixed lines to the sea floor which can be extended to depths of 200 meters (656 feet).

via Floating Windmills in Japan Help Wind Down Nuclear Power: Energy – Bloomberg.



Airborne wind turbine

A giant kite that captures wind energy. Well, more like a tube-shaped blimp, as it’s helium-filled, although it is tied to the ground.

From a recent press release from Altaeros Energies:

http://www.altaerosenergies.com/AltaerosPressRelease032712.pdf

The AWT uses a helium-filled, inflatable shell to ascend to higher altitudes where winds are more consistent and over five times stronger than those reached by traditional tower-mounted turbines. Strong tethers hold the AWT steady and send electricity down to the ground.



Drilling Rigs in the U.S.

via Stuart Staniford’s Early Warning:

http://earlywarn.blogspot.com/2012/03/us-rig-count-trends.html



James Hamilton: A rational reason for high oil prices

“There is no rational reason for high oil prices,” writes Ali Naimi, Saudi Arabian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, in today’s Financial Times. Well, I can think of one– if oil prices were lower, the world would want to consume more than is currently being produced.

via Econbrowser: A rational reason for high oil prices.



Chinese Oil Production

From a comment by “Darwinian” on the Oil Drum.



The Effect of Iran Sanctions

Closer relations between Iran, India and China; creation of new financial networks to bypass the West. The inability to control Iran through non-military means may make military action more likely.

NEW DELHI, MARCH 28: 

India and China on Wednesday indicated that they will continue to maintain normal relations with Iran, while citing high crude oil prices and energy security concerns.

The Chinese Commerce Minister, Mr Chen Deming, said China respects all the United Nations resolutions.

However, in a veiled reference to the US sanctions on Iran, he added that Beijing is not obliged to follow the domestic rules and regulations of any particular country.

via Business Line : Industry & Economy News : India, China to maintain ties with Iran despite US, EU sanctions.



Not your ordinary puddle
March 28, 2012, 05:00
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From Tepco’s photos released to the press.


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Elgin gas leak

Another monster from the deep.

A cloud of gas was reported to be surrounding the platform, which is located 150 miles (240km) off Aberdeen.

Workers from a second platform and drilling rig have been removed.

Shell has moved 120 non-essential staff from the Shearwater platform and Hans Deul drilling rig, about four miles from the Elgin, because of the drifting gas.

via BBC News – Elgin platform gas leak: Exclusion zone in place.



UK Oil production quietly plummeting

For any modern nation, a 22% decline in oil production would be significant over the course of a decade. A 22% drop over a mere 12 months ought to be front-page news, yet this radical decline has passed relatively unnoticed.

via UK Oil: Plummeting production vs media inattention | Energy Bulletin.




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