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

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Introduction 1How to Use This Book 3Chapter 1: Major Trends Affecting the Renewable, Alternative & Hydrogen Energy Industry 71) Introduction 72) Small-Scale Solar Panel Installations Soar Through Subsidies, While Solar Cell Costs Plummet 103) Photovoltaic Technologies, Thin-Film Solar and Solar Panel Efficiency 124) Utility-Scale Solar Plants, Including Concentrating Solar Power (CSP), Are Operating, But Costs Are Massive 135) Wind Power 156) Hydroelectric Power 167) Geothermal Power 178) Biomass, Waste-to-Energy, Waste Methane and Biofuels from Algae 199) Ethanol Production Soared, But U.S. Federal Subsidy Expires 2010) Cellulosic Ethanol Makes Slow Commercial Progress 2211) Tidal Power 2312) Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Power Research Continues/Fuel Cell Cars Enter Market 2513) Electric Cars and Plug-in Hybrids (PHEVs) Enter the Market in Low Numbers 2714) Major Research and Advancements in Lithium Batteries/Tesla and Panasonic Plan Gigafactory 2915) Natural Gas Powered Vehicles Gain in Popularity/Long Term Potential Is Bright Thanks to Low Shale Gas Prices 3016) Homes and Commercial Buildings Seek Green Certification 3117) Smart Electric Grid Technologies Are Adopted 3318) The Energy Industry Invests in Storage Battery Technologies with an Eye on Distributed Power and Renewables 3519) Nuclear Energy Moves Ahead in India, China, the UK and the Middle East 3720) Nanotechnology Sees Applications in Fuel Cells and Solar Power/Micro Fuel Cells to Power Mobile Devices 4221) New Display Technologies with PLEDs 4322) Electric Utilities Adopt Coal Emissions Scrubbers While the Industry Tests Carbon Capture and Clean Coal Technologies 4423) Superconductivity Provides Advanced Electricity Distribution Technology 4524) Energy Intensity Is a Prime Focus in China/U.S. Achieves Dramatic Energy Intensity Results 46Chapter 2: Renewable, Alternative & Hydrogen Energy Industry Statistics 49Global Alternative Energy Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview 50U.S. Alternative Energy Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview 51Approximate Energy Unit Conversion Factors 52Average Heat Content of Selected Biomass Fuels 53Biomass Energy Resource Hierarchy 54Comparison of Alternative Fuels with Gasoline & Diesel 55World Total Primary Energy Consumption by Region: 2008-2040 57World Consumption of Hydroelectricity & Other Renewable Energy by Region: 2011-2040 58Share of Electricity Generation by Energy Source, U.S.: Projections, 2015-2040 59Energy Consumption by Source & Sector, U.S.: 2015 60Primary Energy Flow by Source & Sector, U.S.: 2015 61Net Electrical Power Generation by Fuel Type, U.S.: 2015 62Net Electrical Power Generation by Fuel Type, U.S.: 1981-July 2016 63Net Electrical Power Generation From Renewable Energy Sources, U.S.: 2000-July 2016 64Total Renewable Electricity Net Generation by Source & State, U.S.: 2015 65Net Electricity Generation from Conventional Hydropower by Sector & Region, U.S.: 2013-2014 67U.S. Historical Hydroelectric Generation Compared to 20-Year Average for 1996-2015 68Energy Production by Fossil Fuels & Nuclear Power, U.S.: Selected Years, 1950-2015 69Energy Production by Renewable Energy, U.S.: Selected Years, 1950-2015 70Renewable Energy Consumption by Source, U.S.: Selected Years, 1950-2015 71U.S. Renewable Energy Consumption by Energy Source, 2009 vs. 2015 72Renewable Energy Consumption in the Residential, Commercial & Industrial Sectors, U.S.: 2009-2015 73Renewable Energy Consumption in the Transportation & Electric Power Sectors, U.S.: 2009-2015 74Fuel Ethanol Production & Consumption, U.S.: 1981- July 2016 75Biodiesel Production & Consumption, U.S.: 2001- July 2016 76The 15 Largest Nuclear Reactors in the U.S. 77Top 10 Countries by Installed Wind Generating Capacity: 2015 78Top 15 U.S. States by Installed Wind Generating Capacity: 3rd Quarter 2016 79Net Electricity Generation from Wind by Region, All Sectors, U.S.: 2005-2015 80U.S. Department of Energy Funding for Science & Energy Programs: 2015-2017 81Federal R&D & R&D Plant Funding for Energy, U.S.: Fiscal Years 2014-2016 82Estimated Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) for New Electricity Generation by Energy Source 83Chapter 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 121Index of Companies Within Industry Groups 122Alphabetical Index 131Index of Headquarters Location by U.S. State 133Index of Non-U.S. Headquarters Location by Country 136Individual Data Profiles on Each of THE RENEWABLE ENERGY 300 139Additional IndexesIndex of Hot Spots for Advancement for Women/Minorities 414Index by Subsidiaries, Brand Names and Selected Affiliations 416A 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.


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