Is the market democratising access to hydrogen technologies?

This article deserves a read: Costa Rica soon to unveil its first hydrogen-powered bus. The article summarises an announcement by Ad Astra Rocket, a Costa Rican company, about the unveiling of the first hydrogen-powered bus in Costa Rica. Two fast considerations are noteworthy. Participating in the development of hydrogen technologies is typically thought of as…

The power of being “cool”

Start this post by reading this article: if eating is “cool” then farming must be “cool” too. It is about agriculture. It notes that farmers are not perceived as ‘cool’: “most youths’ perception of agriculture and agribusiness reflects the image of a dirty, exhausted poor farmer carrying a rusty hoe on puffy, tired shoulders somewhere…

Not all standards are certifications, enter Rockefeller

Some standard-making organisations are certifications. However, not all standards come from certifications. Standardisation is nothing else than homogenisation of processes against a ‘golden mean’, be it by one or many actors, be it formally or informally. Consider the case of John D. Rockefeller, whose oil empire changed the face of the world back in the…

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Curious historical secrets about oil

Oil is, nowadays, the dominant fuel in society. Seen at once as friend or foe by different groups. The centre point of global energy politics. We thus wonder about its future. But! Do we stop to ask about its past? Many rather interesting lessons can be learnt.

Magdalena Oil Industry Open Air Museum in Gorlice, Poland. Image credits: Pawel (http://flic.kr/p/nkyyD1), CC BY 2.0.

How oil conquered the ancient world—policy implications

Ask Google about the discovery of oil. It will tell you oil was discovered in 1859 in northern Pennsylvania. This is not exactly true. 1859 marked the beginning of the modern history of oil, but the world had flirted with oil for about 4000 years. Much can be learned from this torrid romance. Oil before our time…