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Plunkett's Renewable, Alternative & Hydrogen Energy Industry Almanac 2017


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Table of Contents

  • Introduction 1
  • How to Use This Book 3
  • Chapter 1: Major Trends Affecting the Renewable, Alternative & Hydrogen Energy Industry 7
  • 1) Introduction 7
  • 2) Small-Scale Solar Panel Installations Soar Through Subsidies, While Solar Cell Costs Plummet 10
  • 3) Photovoltaic Technologies, Thin-Film Solar and Solar Panel Efficiency 12
  • 4) Utility-Scale Solar Plants, Including Concentrating Solar Power (CSP), Are Operating, But Costs Are Massive 13
  • 5) Wind Power 15
  • 6) Hydroelectric Power 16
  • 7) Geothermal Power 17
  • 8) Biomass, Waste-to-Energy, Waste Methane and Biofuels from Algae 19
  • 9) Ethanol Production Soared, But U.S. Federal Subsidy Expires 20
  • 10) Cellulosic Ethanol Makes Slow Commercial Progress 22
  • 11) Tidal Power 23
  • 12) Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Power Research Continues/Fuel Cell Cars Enter Market 25
  • 13) Electric Cars and Plug-in Hybrids (PHEVs) Enter the Market in Low Numbers 27
  • 14) Major Research and Advancements in Lithium Batteries/Tesla and Panasonic Plan Gigafactory 29
  • 15) Natural Gas Powered Vehicles Gain in Popularity/Long Term Potential Is Bright Thanks to Low Shale Gas Prices 30
  • 16) Homes and Commercial Buildings Seek Green Certification 31
  • 17) Smart Electric Grid Technologies Are Adopted 33
  • 18) The Energy Industry Invests in Storage Battery Technologies with an Eye on Distributed Power and Renewables 35
  • 19) Nuclear Energy Moves Ahead in India, China, the UK and the Middle East 37
  • 20) Nanotechnology Sees Applications in Fuel Cells and Solar Power/Micro Fuel Cells to Power Mobile Devices 42
  • 21) New Display Technologies with PLEDs 43
  • 22) Electric Utilities Adopt Coal Emissions Scrubbers While the Industry Tests Carbon Capture and Clean Coal Technologies 44
  • 23) Superconductivity Provides Advanced Electricity Distribution Technology 45
  • 24) Energy Intensity Is a Prime Focus in China/U.S. Achieves Dramatic Energy Intensity Results 46
  • Chapter 2: Renewable, Alternative & Hydrogen Energy Industry Statistics 49
  • Global Alternative Energy Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview 50
  • U.S. Alternative Energy Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview 51
  • Approximate Energy Unit Conversion Factors 52
  • Average Heat Content of Selected Biomass Fuels 53
  • Biomass Energy Resource Hierarchy 54
  • Comparison of Alternative Fuels with Gasoline & Diesel 55
  • World Total Primary Energy Consumption by Region: 2008-2040 57
  • World Consumption of Hydroelectricity & Other Renewable Energy by Region: 2011-2040 58
  • Share of Electricity Generation by Energy Source, U.S.: Projections, 2015-2040 59
  • Energy Consumption by Source & Sector, U.S.: 2015 60
  • Primary Energy Flow by Source & Sector, U.S.: 2015 61
  • Net Electrical Power Generation by Fuel Type, U.S.: 2015 62
  • Net Electrical Power Generation by Fuel Type, U.S.: 1981-July 2016 63
  • Net Electrical Power Generation From Renewable Energy Sources, U.S.: 2000-July 2016 64
  • Total Renewable Electricity Net Generation by Source & State, U.S.: 2015 65
  • Net Electricity Generation from Conventional Hydropower by Sector & Region, U.S.: 2013-2014 67
  • U.S. Historical Hydroelectric Generation Compared to 20-Year Average for 1996-2015 68
  • Energy Production by Fossil Fuels & Nuclear Power, U.S.: Selected Years, 1950-2015 69
  • Energy Production by Renewable Energy, U.S.: Selected Years, 1950-2015 70
  • Renewable Energy Consumption by Source, U.S.: Selected Years, 1950-2015 71
  • U.S. Renewable Energy Consumption by Energy Source, 2009 vs. 2015 72
  • Renewable Energy Consumption in the Residential, Commercial & Industrial Sectors, U.S.: 2009-2015 73
  • Renewable Energy Consumption in the Transportation & Electric Power Sectors, U.S.: 2009-2015 74
  • Fuel Ethanol Production & Consumption, U.S.: 1981- July 2016 75
  • Biodiesel Production & Consumption, U.S.: 2001- July 2016 76
  • The 15 Largest Nuclear Reactors in the U.S. 77
  • Top 10 Countries by Installed Wind Generating Capacity: 2015 78
  • Top 15 U.S. States by Installed Wind Generating Capacity: 3rd Quarter 2016 79
  • Net Electricity Generation from Wind by Region, All Sectors, U.S.: 2005-2015 80
  • U.S. Department of Energy Funding for Science & Energy Programs: 2015-2017 81
  • Federal R&D & R&D Plant Funding for Energy, U.S.: Fiscal Years 2014-2016 82
  • Estimated Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) for New Electricity Generation by Energy Source 83
  • Chapter 3: Important Renewable, Alternative & Hydrogen Energy Industry Contacts 85
  • (Addresses, Phone Numbers and Internet Sites)
  • Chapter 4: THE RENEWABLE ENERGY 300: Who They Are and How They Were Chosen 121
  • Index of Companies Within Industry Groups 122
  • Alphabetical Index 131
  • Index of Headquarters Location by U.S. State 133
  • Index of Non-U.S. Headquarters Location by Country 136
  • Individual Data Profiles on Each of THE RENEWABLE ENERGY 300 139
  • Additional Indexes
  • Index of Hot Spots for Advancement for Women/Minorities 414
  • Index by Subsidiaries, Brand Names and Selected Affiliations 416
  • A Short Renewable, Alternative & Hydrogen Energy Industry Glossary 427

About the Author

Jack W. Plunkett is CEO & Publisher of Plunkett Research, Ltd., a Houston-based provider of market research and industry information in printed and electronic formats. Plunkett Research provides analysis, statistics and other vital data on all major industry sectors, from InfoTech to Retailing to Banking and Nanotechnology. Plunkett's client list includes 10,000 leading corporations, universities and government agencies worldwide. Plunkett's research products are distributed electronically through subscriptions to its website and around the globe by major booksellers and news distributors, including Bloomberg and ThomsonReuters.

Jack Plunkett is the author of numerous books, including The Next Boom: What you absolutely, positively have to know about the world between now and 2025. This book won a 2011 gold medal in the Business Book Awards competition sponsored by Axiom and INC Magazine. Plunkett is frequently interviewed as an expert source by publications such as Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Investor's Business Daily, media outlets such as NPR's Marketplace, ABC, and CBS Marketwatch, as well as local and regional newspapers and national columnists. Plunkett received an Academic Book of the Year Award for his Plunkett's Health Care Industry Almanac, and he was a regional finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards sponsored by Ernst & Young.


"The Plunkett series of directories are well known for providing company and industry information on clearly defined subject areas." "Plunkett's almanacs were designed to be a source for all researchers, especially market research, strategic planning, employment searches, contact or prospect list creation and financial research...This volume is recommended for academic, business and large public libraries." - American Reference Books Annual

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