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Thijs Versloot

Satellites help power grid keep its balance - 0 views

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    Using realtime environmental information (irradiance in this case) from GOES to update grid forecasts.
LeopoldS

Looking to 2060: A Global Vision of Long-term Growth - YouTube - 2 views

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    summary overview video to GDP development from OECD ... up to 2060 ...
Ma Ru

Envisioning the future of technology - 2 views

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    You'll like it...
Luís F. Simões

Shell energy scenarios to 2050 - 6 views

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    just in case you were feeling happy and optimistic
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    An energy scenario published by an oil company? Allow me to be sceptical...
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    Indeed, Shell is an energy company, not just oil, for some time now ...

    The two scenarii are, in their approach, dependant of economic and political situation, which is right now impossible to forecast. Reference to Kyoto is surprising, almost out-dated!
    But overall, I find it rather optimistic at some stages, and probably the timeline (p37-39) is unlikely with recent events.
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    the report was published in 2008, which explains the reference to Kyoto, as the follow-up to it was much more uncertain at that point. The Blueprint scenario is indeed optimistic, but also quite unlikely I'd say. I don't see humanity suddenly becoming so wise and coordinated. Sadly, I see something closer to the
    Scramble scenario as much more likely to occur.
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    not an oil company??? please have a look at the percentage of their revenues coming from oil and gas and then compare this with all their other energy activities together and you will see very quickly that it is only window dressing ... they are an oil and gas company ... and nothing more
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    not JUST oil.
    From a description: "Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies." Of course revenues coming from oil are the biggest, the investment turnover on other energy sources is small for now.
    Knowing that most of their revenues is from an expendable source, to guarantee their future, they invest elsewhere. They have invested >1b$ in renewable energy, including biofuels. They had the largest wind power business among so-called "oil" companies. Oil only defines what they do "best".
    As a comparison, some time ago, Apple were selling only computers and now they sell phones. But I would not say Apple is just a phone company.
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    window dressing only ...
    e.g. Net cash from operating activities (pre-tax) in 2008: 70 Billion$
    net income in 2008: 26 Billion
    revenues in 2008: 88 Billion

    Their investments and revenues in renewables don't even show up in their annual financial reports since probably they are under the heading of "marketing" which is already 1.7 Billion $ ...



    this is what they report on their investments:
    Capital investment, portfolio actions and business development

    Capital investment in 2009 was $24 billion. This represents a 26% decrease from 2008, which included over $8 billion in acquisitions, primarily relating to Duvernay Oil Corp. Capital investment included exploration expenditure of $4.5 billion (2008: $11.0 billion).

    In Abu Dhabi, Shell signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company to extend the GASCO joint venture for a further 20 years.

    In Australia, Shell and its partners took the final investment decision (FID) for the Gorgon LNG project (Shell share 25%). Gorgon will supply global gas markets to at least 2050, with a capacity of 15 million tonnes (100% basis) of LNG per year and a major carbon capture and storage scheme.

    Shell has announced a front-end engineering and design study for a floating LNG (FLNG) project, with the potential to deploy these facilities at the Prelude offshore gas discovery in Australia (Shell share 100%).

    In Australia, Shell confirmed that it has accepted Woodside Petroleum Ltd.'s entitlement offer of new shares at a total cost of $0.8 billion, maintaining its 34.27% share in the company; $0.4 billion was paid in 2009 with the remainder paid in 2010.

    In Bolivia and Brazil, Shell sold its share in a gas pipeline and in a thermoelectric power plant and its related assets for a total of around $100 million.

    In Canada, the Government of Alberta and the national government jointly announced their intent to contribute $0.8 billion of funding towards the Quest carbon capture and sequestration project. Quest, which is at the f
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    thanks for the info :)
    They still have their 50% share in the wind farm in Noordzee (you can see it from ESTEC on a clear day).
    Look for Shell International Renewables, other subsidiaries and joint-ventures. I guess, the report is about the oil branch.

    http://sustainabilityreport.shell.com/2009/servicepages/downloads/files/all_shell_sr09.pdf

    http://www.noordzeewind.nl/
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    no - its about Shell globally - all Shell .. these participations are just peanuts
    please read the intro of the CEO in the pdf you linked to: he does not even mention renewables! their entire sustainability strategy is about oil and gas - just making it (look) nicer and environmentally friendlier
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    Fair enough, for me even peanuts are worthy and I am not able to judge. Not all big-profit companies, like Shell, are evil :( Look in the pdf what is in the upstream and downstream you mentionned above.
    Non-shell sources for examples and more objectivity:
    http://www.nuon.com/company/Innovative-projects/noordzeewind.jsp
    http://www.e-energymarket.com/news/single-news/article/ferrari-tops-bahrain-gp-using-shell-biofuel.html

    thanks.
Luís F. Simões

The 70 Online Databases that Define Our Planet - 0 views

  • an ambitious European plan to simulate the entire planet. The idea is to exploit the huge amounts of data generated by financial markets, health records, social media and climate monitoring to model the planet's climate, societies and economy. The vision is that a system like this can help to understand and predict crises before they occur so that governments can take appropriate measures in advance.
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    website of the project working on the 'Living Earth Simulator':
    http://www.futurict.ethz.ch/FuturICT

    five page summary of the FuturICT Proposal:
    http://www.futurict.ethz.ch/data/FuturICT-FivePageSummary.pdf
Dario Izzo

Past Future Predictions - 3 views

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    "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."

    Underoptimistic ... Excellent source of inspiration and quotation for all our reports
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    put them on the wiki ....
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    "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."

    Technically, this is a correct prediction :P
ESA ACT

MRS Special Issue Harnessing Materials for Energy - 0 views

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    "Harnessing Materials for Energy," focuses on the most important materials research challenges that need to be addressed to move toward secure, affordable, and environmentally sustainable energy to meet the world's accelerating energy needs. The issue fol
ESA ACT

WTEC: Reports - 0 views

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    Reports written by the World Technology Evaluation Center
ESA ACT

A glimpse ahead... - 0 views

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    How MSN sees the world in 2019
ESA ACT

Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World (33MB) - 0 views

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    Interesting not for the US securtiy point of view but some forecasting on technologies and politics of the future
ESA ACT

Twilight of the GPU - 1 views

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    Announcement of the end of an era.
ESA ACT

The Superstruct Game - 0 views

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    An interesting idea...
ESA ACT

Horizons : Web focus : Nature - 0 views

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    maybe everyone else than me knows them already: nature has a series on the future of science.
Ma Ru

Euroscience Open Forum 2010 - 2 views

shared by Ma Ru on 24 Apr 09 - Cached
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    A conference ACT should consider going to.
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    Perhaps some of ACTers will find this conference interesting... One of the talks:
    "Would Einstein be on Twitter? Exploring the potential and limits of Web 2.0 in science & science communication"
    [Edit] Oh, I see someone has already posted this link... a year ago. Anyway, if anyone of you plans to go, let me know - I'll be around ;-)
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    Just came back from ESOF 2010... I was on look for ACT agents undercover, but either they were not there or the cover was good enough... Anyway here's a few remarks from me (I could write a nice report... if you paid):
    1) In general, to say that ESA was underrepresented on the conference as a whole is not enough (I guess ESA just failed to notice the event taking place). For instance, on the GMES presentation, ESA as such was not mentioned at all... at some point I started to wonder if ESA is actually involved in the project, but now I checked the website and apparently it is. On the other hand, GMES presentation was crap anyway, as after 1:15 of talking, I didn't gain any knowledge of what GMES is and what its contributions to the EU community will be.
    2) There was a lot of talk about LHC and particle research (well, at least among those that I attended). Some of them were very good, some of them rather crap...
    3) "Would Einstein be on Twitter? Exploring the potential and limits of Web 2.0 in science & science communication" talk - quite interesting, but focusing mainly on Science-to-Wide Public and Science-to-Journalists communication. Not really on Science-to-Science (as in Ariadnet). There was quite an extensive discussion with the public. You may be interested that Nature is trying to stimulate Web 2.0 communication, running blog service, but also I think a kind of social network - perhaps you'd like to have a look. In general the conclusion was that Web 2.0 is not so useful for scientific communication because practising it requires TIME (blogs, etc.) and often some professional skills (podcasts/videocasts, etc.), and scientists have neither of these. This can be run on corporation level (like ESA does actually), but then it looses the "intimate" character.
    4) "How much can robots learn?" talk... very nicely presented: understandable by the wide public, but conveying the message... which is something like "we can already make the robots do stuff absolutely imp
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    Well, my comment was cut in half, and I don't feel like typing it again... the most important highlight from the rest is that the only presenter from ESA (ESTEC) did not show up on his talk because his department was undergoing some sort of audit on the same day :)
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    Fantastic comment - or better report!!
    thanks very much Marek! Who was the supposed no-show speaker from ESA?
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    Bernard Foing (he is actually one of the 8 ESA employees who have their own page on Wikipedia)...
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    written almost entirely by a guy called a "quest for knowledge" ... who will this be????? :-)
ESA ACT

CNN.com Specials - Vision - 0 views

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    visions of the future collected by CNN
ESA ACT

Computer mouse heading for extinction - 0 views

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    Good by then...
ESA ACT

Web of Fate | Share your future - 0 views

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    A social experiment that harnesses the collective intelligence of the web to visualize and uncover hidden relationships among future events.
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