coal

SA Elections Energy (Party Policies) part 4

Government Policies First of all, a couple of new questions. What about geothermal, wave energy, hydrogen etc and the regular one, is coal cheaper than wind? Geothermal has not proved effective in SA, despite many attempts and hundreds of millions … Read More

SA Elections – Energy (Fossil Fuels) Part 1

With the elections coming up in South Australia, energy issues are a big ticket item with politics obfuscating informed knowledge. I will attempt a non-political review of the options for SA and their pros and cons.  Many of the basics … Read More

Next Mining Boom – 019

Just to make it plain, I have no better understanding of whether we are headed for a boom or bust in any sector than anyone else. Booms, and busts will come from a complex interplay of politics, global consumer confidence, … Read More

Coal and CSG – 012

So, what is coal? When organic matter is laid down in a swamp and covered over it decomposes without oxygen (anaerobic) to form coal. Depending on the dominant type of organic matter, different macerals of coal will form (inertinite, exinite, … Read More

Oil and Gas Drilling – 011

So how do we find oil and gas ?  First, lets stick to conventional sandstone (coarse grained) sediments and dry gas.  These are perhaps the simplest after water wells. Water Wells Oil and gas drilling used the technology available from … Read More

Basic Energy Theory – Energy – 001

I will try my hand at a basic science blog tackling complex and controversial issues like Energy and Climate. As a practicing Geophysicist I have had plenty of exposure to these areas. My basic tenet is to be as even … Read More