The exponential growth of electric cars means more and more batteries: will global lithium production keep up with global demand? / Didier Julienne
OPEC has stopped playing its regulatory role. American unconventional oils may well be the main balancing factor on the market. / Thierry Salmona
In the last few years radical changes affected supply, competition, demand and social license. North America is now entering a new era.
Ecologically speaking, coal is the worst energy source around. But it nonetheless possesses some almost irresistible features. It is still abundant, easy and cheap to mine. Promising technologies could allow cleaner, healthier ways to burn it. Let's have a look.
The production of energy through waste recovery and recycling is booming. But so diverse are the technologies that a closer look is needed to assess the potential of the celebrated urban mine.
Thanks to scientific breakthroughs, 16,000+ desalination plants are producing water in 150 countries, including in China, India, Australia, Chile and the U.S.
The prices for some metals have experienced meteoric rises recently and competition is fierce for access to resources. / Patrice Christmann
Resources are now concentrated in the hands of a few players. Can this be reversed? / Patrice Christmann
The dialogue of the deaf around the impacts on the environment generates many overstatements. Meanwhile, research is already in motion and new techniques are emerging.
Tomorrow, urban wastewater treatment plants will be more than just decontamination factories. They will also produce a wide scope of resources.
The commodity markets have profoundly evolved over the last ten years. Both governments and large industrial firms have to redefine their strategies.
In 2009, Poland set out to produce shale gas, taking in consideration sensitive issues like energetic independence and environment. / Bertrand Le Guern
While best practices in unconventional hydrocarbons are making a contribution to sustainable production the equation will remain incomplete without fearless public debate of the subject.
Micro-algae are driving a small technological revolution. Their cultivation marks a new era in the production of biofuels, reinventing industrial processes as well as economic models.
“Are we entering a golden age of gas?” The question was posed in the latest IEA report and if the experts are to be believed the response is firmly positive. They have made predictions of a bright future based largely on the emergence of unconventional natural gas.
China's decision in 2010 to limit production and exportation of the rare earth metals on which a number of industries rely set off alarm bells among the country’s trading partners. This was particularly true for the chemicals industry.
Should the current climate on overheated commodities and energy markets be viewed as a passing anomaly or a permanent reality? Just how real is the threat of a shortfall?
The heavy penalty that BP will have to face could paradoxically have a positive impact.