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Posts Tagged ‘algae’

0 Apr 13 2012 @ 10:55am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, energy consulting, Global Energy, Natural Gas

Burrito Bites

Happy Friday the 13th, mwahahahaha! (That was an evil laugh, btw). Natural gas has been scared silly this week, back into the realm of one-dollardom, as bearish fundamentals of limited demand and bountiful supply push it to levels not seen since the early noughties. As for crude oil, prices have composed themselves after screaming lower earlier in the week, ahead of a monster of a meeting between Iran and global representatives. Anyhow; time to relax and hit up the snacks: » read more

0 Oct 7 2011 @ 10:55am by Matt Smith in Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas, UK natural gas

Burrito Bites

And we’ve had another week of ridiculous rallies and savagery sell-offs, leaving crude markets…ooh, not all that changed, actually. The European debt crisis has been eased by France/Belgium guaranteeing the bad debt of Dexia, while the ECB has promised further bond purchases to calm default fears. A better-than-expected US employment report has been gladly accepted by markets (note: do not confuse ‘better-than-expected’ with  ‘strong’), while global economic worries continue to bubble away under the surface. Natural gas has spent the week plundering to new low after new low, as warmer outlooks look set to quell some heating demand, while strong supply is omnipresent. But enough from me, hark, bites to see: » read more

0 Jan 28 2011 @ 10:50am by Matt Smith in Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas

Burrito bites

Yo hey, we have made it to the end of another week. Natural gas has made a five-month high on the prompt. Natural gas has made a one-month low on the prompt. Yes, natural gas has been all over the shop (although the Cal12 strip has swan-dived below $5). WTI crude oil is seeing some late buying after what can only be described as a torrid week for the US benchmark, as it has been shunned like a red-headed stepchild for high inventories at Cushing, OK, where it is priced – and disowned by the rest of the crude complex. Inbetwixt this nuttiness, Japan has been downgraded, housing data has been eclectic, and New York has had a snow day. February rolls around next week (already, wowee), so let’s celebrate slinging out January, and lettuce prepare (worst pun ever) for the year of the Rabbit on February 3rd. Hark, chow’s up so let’s chow down:  » read more

2 Sep 16 2010 @ 10:07am by Matt Smith in Biofuels, Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas, UK natural gas

The A – Z of Energy

Kryptonite speeds up the aging process

This is one of those random posts I occasionally come up with…this week I figured I’d like to teach the world to sing  see if I could relate the entire alphabet to Energyworld(tm). So here it goes:

A is for Algae – as discussed previously on the burrito, Algae is an unconventional yet plausible biofuel.
B is for Biofuel – US Gov’t has mandated 36 billion gallons of biofuels to be produced in 2022.
C is for Coal – approximately half of the electric power in the US is generated from coal.
D is for Diesel – diesel-powered cars achieve 20-40% better fuel economy than gas-powered ones. 
E is for Ethanol – Henry Ford designed the Model T Ford to run on ethanol.
F is for Firewood – rubbing two sticks together to create fire can exert a lot of energy.
G is for Gasoline – burning a gallon of gasoline creates 19 pounds of carbon dioxide.

Turtle Power!

H is for Heating Oil – the Northeast accounts for 82% of heating oil demand in the US. 
I is for Ice – a company has developed a novel way to store energy as ice.
J is for Jatropha – another unorthodox yet potential biofuel of the future, previously discussed here. 
K is for Kryptonite – is commonly green, and has the power to kill Superman.
L is for LNG – there are 100 Liquefied Natural Gas storage facilities in the US.
M is for Methanol – is blended with gasoline as a fuel, and is also used in, err, formaldehyde.
N is for Natural Gas25% of energy used in the US in 2009 came from natural gas.
O is for Oil – the world’s proven oil reserves = 1,342,207,000,000 barrels.
P is for Permits – Carbon emission permits: up and running in Europe, baby steps in the US.
Q is for Quantum Leapjumping from one energy level to another very quickly.

Citrus Power!

R is for RBOBReformulated Blendstock for Oxygenate Blending…aka…gasoline.
S is for Solar – Germany is the world leader for solar energy in relation to all energy produced.
T is for Turtle Power – heroes in a half shell.
U is for Uranium – is the most widely used fuel in nuclear energy plants.
V is for Vegetable Oil – used oil can be collected from restaurants and filtered to produce a biodiesel.
W is for Wind – the largest offshore wind farm in the world is set to open in the UK.
X is for Xanthidium – found in flint, the original fire starter.
Y is for Yeast power – übergeeky…a potential source of power for generators in the developing world.
Z is for Zest – a citrus-powered clock. What more do you need?

0 Sep 10 2010 @ 10:58am by Matt Smith in Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas, Random, UK natural gas

Burrito Bites

'Bring your pet to the Apple store' day

And please put your hands together for ‘Peak of the Hurricane Season’ Day. September 10th is the day which marks the statistical top for hurricane activity in the Atlantic (based on past data – see previous burrito post), and accordingly natural gas is rallying into the weekend on a potential storm nearing the Gulf of Mexico (and the subsequent oil and gas production that resides there). Prior to this, natty has had a subdued week, easing lower with the general temperature of the US. Crude continues to bluff, baffle and bamboozle the market as it swings from looking tired to tenacious and back again, while ultimately remaining magnetized to oscillate around the $75 level. Enough chat, let’s chow:   

–Talkin’ ’bout a (shale) revolution on the good old BBC.   

–The nitty-gritty on the BP oil spill report, also known as it was the cement’s fault.  

–We crave cash more than brains, youth or good looks.  

–Surge in natural gas production is lowering emissions.  

–BP was Google Adwords biggest spender  post the Gulf disaster.  

–A visual guide to deflation (probably good prep).  

–Mexican drug cartels are crippling oil and natural gas production.

–Artist Banksy makes anti-BP installation.

Timeline: 50 years of Opec.  

–US is addicted to Olive Garden.  

Algae biofuels roadmap (all 140 pages of it…a long road).  

–Pelosi and Markey take a trip to the Canadian Oil Sands.  

–China blacks out towns to meet energy goal.  

Buzz Lightyear carrot lookey-likey.  

The Burrito Deluxe Award of the week goes to Chinese crude imports, which climbed 10% in August versus July, against the expectation that they would be suppressed by a slowing Chinese economy. 

The Burnt Burrito Award of the week goes to leaky pipelines. Crude has been pushed to a three-week high as a pipeline between Canada and the US has been closed due to a leak. The pipeline transports approximately a quarter of all crude into the US and its refineries – meaning possible rising gas prices on the Starboard bow for Summit’s Louisville contingent. 

bear care

The Burrito Quote of the Week: ‘It’s not a good sign when the  government has to intervene to prevent a run on a Bank that is already owned by the government’ –from this article on Ireland.  

The Just Plain Wrongwrongwrong Burrito fact of the week: 3% of Twitter’s servers are said to be dedicated to Justin  Bieber.  
 
Have a rock n’ roll weekend!