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EnerGeeWhiz! | December 15, 2018

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Hydrogen Economy Getting a Boost in California and Germany

October 1, 2013 |

Hydrogen is considered by many to be the holy grail of renewable energy.  While that cup may not yet runneth over, Germany and California have ensured it will significantly runneth up.

Two separate programs collectively committed over half a billion … Read More

Apples-to-Apples – Carbon vs. Renewables

August 18, 2013 | | 2 Comments

The Cost of Externalities

This has historically been a mystery to EGW.  Not because it is unfathomable, but instead simply because we haven’t taken the time to look at the numbers.  We all know intuitively that their are “socialized” costs … Read More

Confessions of a Solar Pirate

August 16, 2013 |

Stealing the Sun?

Ok, so maybe Greg Graham is not a full-on pirate, but he’s close:  he doesn’t ask, he takes.  He takes what he sees as his divine right– the opportunity to innovate around renewable energy and save bucks … Read More

The Green Sun Tea Party

August 15, 2013 |

Free Markets + Renewable Energy = Good Politics

Debbie Dooley is the co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party.  She recently penned an article for where she revealed her alignment with a strange bedfellow (for a Republican) in The Sierra … Read More

The Solar Vector circa 2013

August 14, 2013 | | 2 Comments

EGW consistently seeks to remind readers that metrics that refer to “single points in time”– scalar numbers– are important in taking the temperature of the energy industries, but alone they are misleading.  Knowing how that “temperature” changes over time is … Read More

Let the Photovoltaic Battle Begin

August 11, 2013 |

MIT Technology Review recently published a summary article that brings new light to the use of an age old material in bringing down the cost of solar cells significantly.

Perovskites are a plentiful mineral that have been interesting to material … Read More

Solar Cells that Grow on Trees?

July 28, 2013 |

Forbes reported that new research from the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE) at Georgia Tech has again bumped up the efficiency of cellulose-based solar cells– that is, solar cells that don’t rely on petroleum or glass, and … Read More


July 25, 2013 |

The Database for State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is currently operated by the N.C. … Read More

Powering the Planet with Renewables

July 25, 2013 |

So, here’s an oldie but a goodie. A *must* to be curated on EnerGeeWhiz.

In October 2009, Mark Jacobson and Mark Delucchi researched and wrote a piece for Scientific American called:  A Plan to Power 100 Percent of the Planet … Read More

Eos Batteries Supercharge Renewable Energy

July 25, 2013 | | One Comment

There are batteries, and there are BATTERIES.

Many have long held that sustainable, renewable energy sources won’t take down carbon-based energy sources until battery technology improves substantially.  Many renewable energy sources– notably wind and solar– are intermittent.  Solar works when … Read More

EGW! Episode 1

July 6, 2013 | | One Comment

Jim introduces EnerGeeWhiz! and discusses the mission for, and overview of the EGW series: a focus on the economics of clean, renewable energy.

Jim points out the important difference between scalar numbers, which describe an amount or magnitude at a … Read More

A Photovoltaic Panel Every Two Seconds?

May 17, 2013 |

Australia’s Largest Solar Cell Printer Can Spit Out a Photovoltaic Panel Every Two Seconds

An incredible new printer at the University of Melbourne has allowed researchers to print solar cells up to the size of an A3 sheet of paper. Developed in collaboration between … Read More