American drilling techniques may migrate overseas

With one eye cast toward home, giant European energy companies are investing billions in U.S. natural gas and oil fields where huge, hard-to-get reserves have been unlocked with new drilling technology. Full Story
George

San Anselmo, CA

#1 Feb 21, 2009
We are being left behind: President Obama is going to pump hundreds of billions into alternate energy jobs. We cannot be only a nation of solar installers. As America attempts to retake the lead in alternate energy technologies from the Europeans, we are going to need all the help we can get. We need to also create the new technologies to liberate ourselves from foreign energy supplies. We need to be able to harvest the world’s top engineers and unique theoreticians to come here and build the future. Otherwise we will just become a colony of Europe, paying licensing fees to Germany and Denmark. I would have loved to have seen the stimulus package include a government-funded venture capital bank to help finance all the start-ups that are clearly not starting up today — in the clean-energy space they’re dying like flies — because of a lack of liquidity from traditional lending sources.
Newsweek had an essay this week that began:“Could Silicon Valley become another Detroit?” Well, yes, it could. When the best brains in the world are on sale, you don’t shut them out. You open your doors wider.
According to research by Vivek Wadhwa, a senior research associate at the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, more than half of Silicon Valley start-ups were founded by immigrants over the last decade. These immigrant-founded tech companies employed 450,000 workers and had sales of $52 billion in 2005, said Wadhwa in an essay published this week on BusinessWeek.com . http://www.businessweek.com/technology/conten...
He also cited a recent study by William R. Kerr of Harvard Business School and William F. Lincoln of the University of Michigan that “found that in periods when H-1B visa numbers went down, so did patent applications filed by immigrants [in the U.S.]. And when H-1B visa numbers went up, patent applications followed suit.”…”
Here is how we are losing out:
“Using new technology, Wacker Chemie plans to build a solar-grade granular polysilicon production facility at its site in Burghausen, Germany. The 650-metric-ton-per-year plant should come on-line at the end of 2008 and will manufacture the polysilicon used to make solar wafers in a continuous fluidized-bed process.” http://pubs.acs.org/cen/news/85/i31/8531notw4...
“European companies are spurring the development of superior wind turbines on the North Sea coast by incorporating carbon fiber blades, galvanized steel masts, and advanced motor and gear designs originally developed for aerospace and defense applications. These machines are the modern counterpart of windmills, generating electricity by means of generators mounted on their blade axis.”
http://www.allbusiness.com/professional-scien...
“Irvine, CA – May 27, 2008 – Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc.(NASDAQ: QTWW) today announced that its German solar partner, Asola Advanced and Automotive Solar Systems GmbH, has won a $17 million contract from Sunworx GmbH, for the supply of high-efficiency silicon photovoltaic solar modules.” http://www.asola-power.com/output/en/news.htm
“Roy Kuga, vice president of Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), said his concerns about distribution were put at ease, although the intermittent nature of solar energy may still be problematic. I have to hand it to the progressiveness and commitment [Germany] made to solar," he said. "Their technology advances will later help us."
http://www.metrogreenbusiness.com/news/green....
George

San Anselmo, CA

#2 Feb 21, 2009
We are being left behind. President Obama is going to pump hundreds of billions into alternate energy jobs. We cannot be only a nation of solar installers. As America attempts to retake the lead in alternate energy technologies from the Europeans, we are going to need all the help we can get. We need to also create the new technologies to liberate ourselves from foreign energy supplies. We need to be able to harvest the world’s top engineers and unique theoreticians to come here and build the future. Otherwise we will just become a colony of Europe, paying licensing fees to Germany and Denmark. I would have loved to have seen the stimulus package include a government-funded venture capital bank to help finance all the start-ups that are clearly not starting up today — in the clean-energy space they’re dying like flies — because of a lack of liquidity from traditional lending sources.
Newsweek had an essay this week that began:“Could Silicon Valley become another Detroit?” Well, yes, it could. When the best brains in the world are on sale, you don’t shut them out. You open your doors wider.

According to research by Vivek Wadhwa, a senior research associate at the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, more than half of Silicon Valley start-ups were founded by immigrants over the last decade. These immigrant-founded tech companies employed 450,000 workers and had sales of $52 billion in 2005, said Wadhwa in an essay published this week on BusinessWeek.com . http://www.businessweek.com/technology/conten...
He also cited a recent study by William R. Kerr of Harvard Business School and William F. Lincoln of the University of Michigan that “found that in periods when H-1B visa numbers went down, so did patent applications filed by immigrants [in the U.S.]. And when H-1B visa numbers went up, patent applications followed suit.”
Here is how we are losing out:
“Using new technology, Wacker Chemie plans to build a solar-grade granular polysilicon production facility at its site in Burghausen, Germany. The 650-metric-ton-per-year plant should come on-line at the end of 2008 and will manufacture the polysilicon used to make solar wafers in a continuous fluidized-bed process.” http://pubs.acs.org/cen/news/85/i31/8531notw4...
“European companies are spurring the development of superior wind turbines on the North Sea coast by incorporating carbon fiber blades, galvanized steel masts, and advanced motor and gear designs originally developed for aerospace and defense applications. These machines are the modern counterpart of windmills, generating electricity by means of generators mounted on their blade axis.”
http://www.allbusiness.com/professional-scien...
“Irvine, CA – May 27, 2008 – Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc.(NASDAQ: QTWW) today announced that its German solar partner, Asola Advanced and Automotive Solar Systems GmbH, has won a $17 million contract from Sunworx GmbH, for the supply of high-efficiency silicon photovoltaic solar modules.” http://www.asola-power.com/output/en/news.htm
“Roy Kuga, vice president of Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), said his concerns about distribution were put at ease, although the intermittent nature of solar energy may still be problematic. I have to hand it to the progressiveness and commitment [Germany] made to solar," he said. "Their technology advances will later help us."
http://www.metrogreenbusiness.com/news/green....
George

San Anselmo, CA

#3 Feb 21, 2009
Meanwhile, Americans can just install solar panels on our Chinese and European masters' houses since we wouldn't let American companies hire them, thanks to all the mediocre computer programmers that blocked the entry of the world's top engineers and scientists into the U.S.
Hank

Minden, NV

#4 Feb 22, 2009
Interesting article. Large US deposits being developed.

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