Director of Alternative Fuels Technology at Advanced Green Innovations

I am a chemical engineer working in the energy industry. I have over 20 years of international engineering experience in the chemicals, oil and gas, and renewable energy industries, and hold several patents related to my work. I have worked in the areas of oil refining, natural gas production, ... more

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The Holy Grail Of Lithium Batteries
Better batteries are needed to economically smooth out the intermittency of renewables like wind and solar power. One company may have finally solved some of the most vexing problems facing lithium-based batteries.
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Chevron Should Walk Away From Anadarko Deal
I originally thought Chevron would win the bidding war for Anadarko Petroleum. But the price has gotten too high, so I would argue that it’s time for them to walk away from the deal.
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Which Company Could Be The Next Permian Basin Acquisition Target?
Following the news that Chevron had agreed to pay a nearly 40% premium to acquire Anadarko Petroleum, investors quickly bid up the shares of other potential acquisition targets.
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Why Chevron Bought Anadarko
Here’s why Chevron agreed to acquire Anadarko in a deal valued at $50 billion.
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The Permian Basin Is Now The World’s Top Oil Producer
Saudi Arabia has had the world’s top-producing oil field for decades. Recently revealed information indicates that is probably no longer true.
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Saudi Aramco’s Breakeven Oil Price Is Higher Than Expected
It has been long thought that Saudi Arabia had some of the lowest breakeven costs in the world for oil. A new filing indicates that may not be true.
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Why The Shale Boom Left California Behind
2 months ago

It would be possible to inject the water deeper, but they don't do it for economic reasons. But there are places where the fault is near the oil-producing zone. In those cases, it's the fracking that can directly cause an earthquake. Not sure of the situation in California, but it would in any case be a touchy subject.

Why The Shale Boom Left California Behind
2 months ago

I actually discuss this in the presentation. I didn't get into it here, because it requires a bit more nuance than "fracking causes earthquakes." So in the presentation I explain that most of the earthquakes in Oklahoma are a result of wastewater injection, but fracking itself has been implicated in some earthquakes (a small portion in Oklahoma) but a higher percentage in other shale plays. I just didn't want to get into all that in this article.

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Robert Rapier Commented on Why The Shale Boom Left California Behind:

It would be possible to inject the water deeper, but they don't do it for economic reasons. But there are places where the fault is near the oil-producing zone. In those cases, it's the fracking that can...

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Robert Rapier Commented on Why The Shale Boom Left California Behind:

I actually discuss this in the presentation. I didn't get into it here, because it requires a bit more nuance than "fracking causes earthquakes." So in the presentation I explain that most of the earthqua...

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Director of Alternative Fuels Technology
Advanced Green Innovations
September 2014 - Present (4 years 9 months)

Responsible for the selection and development of alternative fuels that are appropriate for fueling the company's ZHRO injectors.

Chief Investment Strategist
The Energy Strategist
October 2012 - Present (6 years 9 months)

This is a job I do in addition to my regular job with Advanced Green Innovations. I write weekly newsletters and help manage investment portfolios.

Chief Technology Officer
Merica International
July 2009 - September 2014 (5 years 3 months)

Merica International is a privately-held energy company based in Hawaii. We are involved in a wide variety of energy-related projects, with a core focus on the localized use of biomass to energy for the benefit of local populations.

Board Member
Merica Technologies Pte. Ltd.
January 2010 - August 2013 (3 years 8 months)

Renewable Energy and Forestry

Education

Texas A&M University
Bachelors
Chemistry and Math
Texas A&M University
Master of Science
1991 / 1995
Chemical Engineering

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