Energy & Environmental Entrepreneur

About Jostein Eikeland.

Jostein Eikeland is a visionary serial entrepreneur who has participated or is involved in multiple business sectors: technology, automotive, energy storage and environmental. In each sector, he concentrates on efficiency, resource optimization and recycling wasted resources. Eikeland is known by some as the “Cloudfather” because he coined the phrase Application Service Provider, or ASP, in 1996. ASP became software as a service (SAAS), and has now become, simply, the “cloud”. Read More >>

60% Of All Energy Consumed In The US Is Wasted!

This chart by Lawrence Livermore shows that 58.1 out of 95.1 Quads of the energy consumed in the US is wasted (rejected), that’s over 60%. For perspective, the one Quad equivalent for gasoline is 8,007,000,000 Gallons (US).

Energy Consumption

This is a great chart to get the big energy picture for several reasons. First on the left hand column you see all the different fuel sources used in the US. Do you see how low the renewable percentages are? The next thing to observe is what fuel source is used for what application, you can follow the lines running from left to right to understand that. Read More>>


How 16 largest ships produce as much pollution as all the cars in the world. Is this headline true?

The above statement has been circulating the blogosphere since the UK Daily Mail published an article with this alarming allegation. Is it true? Well… yes and no. Read More>>

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Merchant fleet routes courtesy of


Additional Links and Resources

World Watch Institute – Vision for a Sustainable World

Post Carbon Institute

EPA – United States Environmental Protection Agency

Multi-Science – Energy and Environment

Daniel Yergin – Energy Scholar and Energy Expert

Articles of Interest


US commercial storage market to grow 34% annually between 2014 and 2020

The US market for commercial energy storage will grow by the equivalent of 34% annually between 2014 and 2020, resulting in the deployment of over 720MW of distributed energy storage, according to a new report by GTM Research. The analysis firm claims that photovoltaics will be one of the drivers of the commercial storage market, with the next six years representing "the beginning of a long-term, viable growth opportunity for commercial energy storage". Read More >>


“Energy storage takes a hold in Italy”

Italy is starting to wake up to the potential of energy storage as a means to integrate renewable resources. The country needs energy storage: public incentives to subsidise photovoltaic systems have led to around 17.6GW of installations, which have caused challenges for the network. This has prompted the electricity transmission grid operator, Terna, to consider implementing energy storage to handle the surges and relieve network congestion. It is working on six pilot projects with a rated capacity of 6MW and 40MWh, and two of 15MW. Read More >>


“North-south divide threatens Germany’s renewable energy highway”

It was conceived as a plan to draw Germany together, a 500-mil(800km) energy highway that would link the gale-beaten windfarms of the north with the energy-hungry south. But with resistance growing in Bavaria, the project looks more likely to divide the country that unite it. Renewables produced almost 25% of Germany's energy in 2013. But production is uneven and expected to get even more so: while windfarms in the northern flatlands are forecast to eventually outstrip the area's power needs, the highly industrialised south is still heavily reliant on nuclear energy. Read More >>


12 Hybrid Solar Energy Projects Get $30 Million From ARPA-E FOCUS

US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz this week announced $30 million of support for 12 more unique, hybrid solar projects through the ARPA-E program. Actually, it's through a program within that program – the Full-Spectrum Optimized Conversion and Utilization of Sunlight (FOCUS) program, "which is aimed at developing new hybrid solar energy converters and hybrid energy storage systems that can deliver low-cost, high-efficiency solar energy on demand." Read More >>


Nationwide Wind & Solar Misinformation Scheme Making The Rounds, AWEA Responds

The American Wind Energy Association (AEWA)'s President Thomas Pyle, has his PR company lobbying against the wind and solar industry to help strengthen to fossil fuel industry. This is harmful attacks on the clean industry are delaying a healthy, economically beneficial transition to clean energy. Recently, newspapers in several states across the country have published similar opinion pieces by former lobbyist for Koch Industries Thomas Pyle, now president of the anti-wind American Energy Alliance. Read More >>

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