Entry costs + renewables

I think this article deserves a read: Costa Rica soon to unveil its first hydrogen-powered bus, by Macro Sibaja on the Costa Rican newspaper ‘The Tico Times’. Originally by the AFP, the article summarises the announcement by Ad Astra Rocket (a company associated with a Costa Rican scientist who used to be an astronaut for…

Being cool

It seems unrelated to energy, you read this article entitled If Eating is “Cool” then Farming must be “Cool” too. It is about agriculture. It notes that the perception of farmers is not precisely ‘cool’: “most youths’ perception of agriculture and agribusiness reflects the image of a dirty, exhausted poor farmer carrying a rusty hoe…

Not all standards are certifications – John D Rockefeller

Some of the most visible standards in the world happen to be certifications. A famous case is the International Standarisation Organisation’s (ISO) quality-oriented ISO 9000, probably the most widespread certification scheme in the planet. And yet, not all standards are certifications. But not all standards are certifications. At its core, a process of standardisation is…

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Some curious secrets about oil that you may not know about

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? — And why it matters today?

Some words about the past and the future of oil Ask Google about the discovery of oil. It will tell you that oil was discovered in 1859 in northern Pennsylvania. This is not exactly true. What took place in 1859 marked the beginning of the modern history of oil but the world had flirted with oil…