Energy and Capital Archives

Cellulosic Ethanol: 95 Billion Gallons of Opportunity

Written by Nick Hodge
Posted July 1, 2007

If we're ever to pry ourselves from oil's slippery grip, biofuels are going to have to be introduced on a much more massive scale. Cellulosic ethanol may hold the key to making that a reality.

The True Cost of Oil: $65 Trillion a Year?

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted June 28, 2007

The real reason $71 billion of new capital was poured into the renewables sector last year...

A Different Kind of Power Plant

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted June 13, 2007

We humans have been harnessing nature for ages. Today at Kibbutz Ketura here in the southern Israeli desert, I saw cows in pens and algae in tubes. Guess which excited me more?

Steam-Powered Cars

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 20, 2007

Energy and Capital Editor Chris Nelder reviews the present and future of steam-powered cars... and the burgeoning geothermal industry.

Receding Horizons

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted April 19, 2007

Back in 1946, you'd have seen a billboard along the route of today's I-70 suggesting that you "Get In On the Ground Floor" of real estate there to capitalize on the impending shale oil rush. And...

Fueling our Future Energy Needs

Written by Keith Kohl
Posted April 16, 2007

By 2030, the world will still be grasping for fossil fuels to meet its power demands. And despite the recent clamor for the development of renewable resources, the three major fossil fuels--oil,...

Price of Uranium

Written by Keith Kohl
Posted April 9, 2007

Uranium's meteoric rise has only just begun. Today the other yellow metal not only breached the $100 per pound mark--it smashed it! The spot price for uranium soared to $113 per pound. But is it...

Algae's Biofuel Bloom

Written by Nick Hodge
Posted April 1, 2007

Algae is the highest yielding feedstock for biodiesel, producing 24 times more oil per acre, on average, than the next leading feedstock--palm oil at 635 gallons/acre/year. With numbers like that,...

An Open Letter to Energy and Capital Readers

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted February 21, 2007

Brian Hicks introduces Justice Litle, who comes to us from Agora Financial. As lead editor of Outstanding Investments, Justice's readers saw some great years. But that was only the beginning...

An OPEC of a Different Color

Written by Keith Kohl
Posted January 29, 2007

Looming on the European horizon may be a new type of "natural gas OPEC" led by Russia. The secret to its success, however, will be its ability to operate under the global radar.

2007: Renewable Energy Gets Real, Part One

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted January 10, 2007

It's clear that 2007 is the year when renewable energy finally gets real. That is, it will make sense as an investment just on the return alone, no matter what your politics or your view on climate...

The Polar Dash for Oil

Written by Keith Kohl
Posted December 28, 2006

As companies rush to find the new fields that will satiate our world's increasing demand for oil, their mad dash has pushed them to the ends of the earth, literally.