RP Siegel

RP Siegel
RP Siegel, author and inventor, shines a powerful light on numerous environmental and technological topics. He has been published in business and technical journals and has written three books. His third, co-authored with Roger Saillant, is Vapor Trails, an eco-thriller that is being adapted for the big screen. RP is a professional engineer – and a prolific inventor, with 50 patents, numerous awards, and several commercial products. He is president of Rain Mountain LLC and is an active environmental advocate in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. In addition to Justmeans, he writes for Triple Pundit, ThomasNet News, and Energy Viewpoints, occasionally contributing to Mechanical Engineering, Strategy + Business, and Huffington Post. You can follow RP on Twitter, @RPSiegel.
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3 years 5 months ago

The European Commission has proposed revisions to the EU’s commitments to emissions reduction targets citing the high cost of fossil fuel alternatives at a time of economic uncertainty. The new EC proposal involves moving from binding targets for individual countries to an all-Europe standard that would grow from a 20 percent reduction by 2020 to a 40 percent reduction by 2030.

There’s clearly a lot of pressure behind the scenes by people worried about the economy, governments who fear...

3 years 5 months ago

Earlier this month, California-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced the opening of the first liquefied natural gas filling station in Jacksonville, Florida. Also announced on the same day was the opening of America's Natural Gas Highway stations in Pontoon Beach, Illinois, and in Fontana, California. These stations have been erected to serve heavy-duty, natural gas powered trucks.

Representatives from both UPS and Raven Transport were on hand to speak at the Florida opening.

Natural gas has become an attractive option for high-horsepower trucks, because it is less expensive (by up to $1.50/gal), cleaner...

3 years 6 months ago

People living in small villages in developing countries have the opportunity to leapfrog past the centralized power generation model, straight into distributed renewables, much as they have already done with cell phones, bypassing the world of land lines altogether. This is a win-win for everyone, particularly the 1.5 billion people currently living in energy poverty. But it's also good for the rest of us too, since the proliferation of clean energy technology will help preserve the stability of our planet's climate system. The fact is, there are 600 million people out there with cell phones and no power to charge them at...

3 years 6 months ago

Gas is projected to overtake coal as the largest source of power for U.S. electricity generation by 2040. So concludes the US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) 2014. The report projects that in the coming year, natural gas will account for a 35 percent share, predicts the EIA, compared to 32 percent for coal.

This is a definite trend, and, in many...

3 years 6 months ago

To say that recent energy trends both in the US and abroad have been confusing is a considerable understatement. Over the last several years, concerns over carbon emissions and government policies have led to significant investment and growth in solar, wind and nuclear. But aggressive development of domestic oil and gas resources, including shale gas, tight oil, tar sands and deep offshore resources, have led to a resurgence in domestic production that has tilted the energy playing field, reshuffling the pecking order in the process. Of particular significance is the widespread adaption of natural gas for electricity generation. This has left both...

3 years 6 months ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Imagine a car that ran completely on sunlight. You could park it outdoors on a sunny day, and while you shopped or worked or visited friends, it would be quietly refilling its tank, at no cost to you.

Well, you don’t have to imagine any further, this car will be revealed to the public for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), in Las Vegas next week.

The car is the Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept. Its announcement represents a significant leap into a clean energy future, revealing possibilities that many of us may not have even considered before.


3 years 7 months ago

Fossil fuels like gasoline, or even coal, have a unique characteristic that we never thought about until we thought about trying to replace them. That is the fact that, not only are they energy sources, but they are energy sources that store the energy they contain, to be released whenever needed. That is not that case for wind power or solar. They do not come packaged with their own built-in storage capacity.

Or at least they didn’t before the folks at Solar Grid Storage, sensing a business opportunity, came up with a way to package solar energy and energy storage into an integrated system...

3 years 7 months ago

The World Economic Forum just released their rankings for this year’s Energy Architecture Performance Index (EAPI). The report ranks the energy systems of 124 countries from the perspective of Economic Growth and Development, Environmental Sustainability, and Energy Access and Security. They refer to these three perspectives as the “energy triangle."

Economic growth is important in addressing poverty, hunger, population growth and political stability. Environmental sustainability is key in protecting the planet. Energy access relates to the fact...

3 years 8 months ago

The increasing generation of electricity from rooftop solar panels has had an impact on the utility industry, and it’s one they’re not particularly happy about. A recent paper by the Edison Electric Institute, entitled “Disruptive Challenges,” sounds dire warnings about what this could mean for their future. Solar energy burns a hole in the prime time peak power sold during the day, when the air conditioning load is highest. That is when utilities charge the highest rates and when they use the most of their capacity. It’s also when they get...

3 years 8 months ago

(3Bl Media/Justmeans) - One question that has been holding back the expansion of wind and solar energy is, “what happens when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine?”

Traditional sources of energy: oil, gas and coal, are not just energy sources but they are also storage mediums. We take for granted that when you have gasoline in your tank or coal piled outside your power plant, you can use it whenever you want. But these two functions,” source and storage, do not necessarily come together. Flowing sources like sunshine or wind come without storage. The same is true for electricity.

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