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aquilan65 wrote an nice primer for alternative energy recently, which is apropo for the times considering skyrocketing oil prices and “climate change”. His intro:

Imagine for a moment that you live in a world that derives its energy from a source that is about to be depleted. What would you have to do? The task would challenge you to engineer new technology to harvest the fuel, create new engines to turn it into energy and build new infrastructures to distribute it. And that’s the easy part. Along the way, you would need to convince bankers, politicians and the public to abandon comfortable orthodoxies, embrace radical change and invest in unproven ideas.

Check out the rest of the article here.

Further to this, recent headlines have bannered the Philippines as a leading player in geothermal power. Here’s the Inquirer:

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines could rise to become the number one geothermal power producer in the world after three geothermal service contracts, which can raise up to $900 million worth of investments in the next 25 years, were firmed up.

The Energy department said the implementation of these geothermal projects will provide economic opportunities for the country and “bring us closer to our goal of becoming the largest producer of geothermal energy in the world.”

More here.

And more on geothermal: energy consultant Joselito Ruaya sheds some details on the emerging players in the geothermal sector in the Philippines:

The Department of Energy (DOE) last week granted a geothermal service contract (GSC) to partners Aragorn Power and Energy Corp. (APEC) and Guidance Management Corp (GMC) to explore a potential geothermal area in Kalinga-Apayao. This was announced by the listed APC Group, the parent company of Aragorn Power, in a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE:APC).

This brings to three the number of new entrants to the geothermal sector recently awarded a GSC by the DOE.

Check out more of his commentary here.

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