Friday, August 19, 2005

Random musing on energy lingo

Power companies always talk about 'producing' power. Oil and gas companies always talk about 'producing' oil and gas. But they don't 'produce' anything - oil companies extract energy-laden minerals, energy companies convert those minerals into electricity. Increasingly, now, we also have companies that sequester carbon emissions resulting from that conversion process.

Perhaps the most important shift towards greater environmental responsibility will be a linguistic one - perhaps when eventually the language we use to describe the process of power generation will reflect that it is a cycle, we will begin to engineer our power generation cycle as a wholistic process that internalises what had previous been seen as externalities.

3 Comments:

Blogger secretdubai said...

You're bringing me straight back to GCSE physics! "Energy cannot be created or destroyed."

19/8/05 11:17  
Blogger waterboy said...

Bingo!

19/8/05 15:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now if only Texans and Republicans frequented this website!

Problem is, there's been talk of moving into 'Producing' Hydrogen. Guess H2 is their way out (expect another OPEC-like joke of an organisation soon).

my 2 cents,
Luigi

23/8/05 10:01  

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