Using Water to Store CO2 in Minerals

Having followed proposals to store CO2 in minerals like olivine on this blog, I found this recent story about an experiment in Iceland interesting. The basic idea was to dissolve CO2 in water (like in your soda drink can). Then pump the water under pressure underground into an environment rich in minerals that will react … [Read more…]

What Three Words

Mongolia has decided to change their postal address system. The new system will be based on GPS. But it will also use a service that maps GPS coordinates (difficult for humans to remember) to three random words (easy for humans to remember). It is called “What Three Words” and has mapped the whole world with … [Read more…]

5000 Years Later

This is a book review. Neil Stephenson, Seveneves, May 2015. I heard about this from a recent┬áblog post by Bill Gates. One interesting aspect is the fact that this book takes a very long term perspective. The first sentence of the last part is: “5000 years later”. And one of Gates’ observations reads: “The other … [Read more…]

OPEC Doesn’t Work, Time For OCIC

That would be “Oil Importing and Consuming Countries”. The German newspaper Die Welt reports on how OPEC has failed to put an effective ceiling on oil production for the last couple of years. That’s bad news for the climate. Lower prices for gasoline mean less incentives to buy an electric vehicle. The article shows this … [Read more…]

Phaseout Profit Theory Is an Exit Strategy

Rainer Baake, State Secretary at the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, wrote an article at the Guardian titled “Industrialized nations must lead an exit strategy for fossil fuels”. There are two reasons I was interested. One is this paragraph: In fact, the progress made on energy efficiency and renewables can actually exacerbate the … [Read more…]

Kees van der Leun Was Wrong

He wrote five years ago that solar would be the cheapest option by 2018, expecting it to go below 6 cents a kWh by that time. Now Bloomberg reports on the latest auction results in Mexico, where solar averaged 4.05 cents. That beats wind, which averaged 4.39 cents in the same auction. And it beats … [Read more…]