Solar energy is clean, abundant, and irritatingly inconvenient: It doesn’t work at night or on cloudy days. You can convert sunshine into electricity and store it in a battery, but that’s complicated and expensive. And much of the time, what you really want isn’t electricity but heat for tasks like cooking or warming homes. What you want, in other words, is a way to bottle the heat of the noonday sun and then uncork it on demand.
Advancements in shale technology and expansion of the United States’ pipeline network and oil export infrastructure have enabled it to export hydrocarbon resources for the first time in decades. This rapid increase in U.S. oil and gas production is transforming the global energy market. Supply has exceeded demand, slashing oil prices from over $100 a barrel to the mid-50s.
Sens. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, and Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina; and Reps. Ben Ray Luján, D-New Mexico, and Joe Wilson, R-South Carolina, recently introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to establish a nonprofit foundation for the U.S. Department of Energy that would channel private-sector investments and accelerate the commercialization of innovative technologies in energy.
Based on the old studies, the United States Geological Survey has estimated that the 1002 area contains from 5 to 16 billion barrels of oil. David W. Houseknecht, a senior research geologist with the survey, said the agency was about to re-analyze the data using improved software in hopes of reducing the uncertainty of that estimate. But new studies using modern three-dimensional technology could produce even better estimates.
Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) announced today that advancements in new technology and innovation through techniques and materials will directly have an impact on affordable energy prices in 2018. The popularity and increasing affordability of traditional energy and renewable resources, coupled with the race to optimize access to our resources and build smarter cities, is ushering in a new era for U.S. energy development.
Crude oil production in the U.S. continues to push higher approaching the mythical 10-million-barrels-per-day mark, a level that has never been achieved. The rise in production has resulted in a decline in the price of oil and gasoline.
According to the 2016 report titled, “Minority and Female Employment in the Oil & Natural Gas and Petrochemical Industries, 2015-2035” by IHS Global prepared for API, “nearly 1.9 million direct job opportunities are projected through 2035 in the oil and natural gas and petrochemical industries” and “African Americans and Hispanics will account for over 80 percent of the net increase in the labor force from 2015 to 2035.”
A new American Petroleum Institute study concluded that many of tomorrow's best-paying careers, including those in the oil and natural gas industry, will require training or education in a STEM discipline, and highlighted opportunities for women and minorities. Today API unveiled the report during an event at George Washington University in partnership with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.
Last month, the U.S. International Trade Commission recommended that President Donald Trump implement new tariffs on imported solar cells and modules, the Wall Street Journal reported Nov. 13. Cells are the components of solar modules, or panels, that produce electricity. Supporters say new tariffs on solar cells and modules are needed to save the remaining U.S. manufacturers and allow production in the U.S. to grow, the Journal reported.
A Silicon Valley company did something exciting last week, and for once it involved something more significant than a new app to help us kill time on our smartphones. Tesla, the company that already is making electric cars, unveiled a prototype electric-powered semitrailer that can go 500 miles on a single battery charge and is powerful enough that it goes 65 mph up steep hills.