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Belgium Tops Europe in Power-to-Gas Price Ratio: A Call for Reform

Our built environment, which includes all human-made structures and spaces like buildings, infrastructure, utilities, and public areas, is responsible for approximately 18% of the total emissions in our country, making our building stock a significant source of CO2 emissions. In a European context, Belgium has one of the highest per capita emissions for residential buildings. I ...

Embracing the Green Industrial Revolution

The transition towards a greener, more sustainable future is no longer a distant dream — it is an industrial revolution unfolding before our very eyes. At the heart of this seismic shift lies the meteoric rise of clean tech manufacturing, a sector igniting economic growth while propelling us towards an environmentally friendly tomorrow. This presents abundant investment opportu ...

Is Double-Digit Day Nearing for Li-ion Batteries?

In the field of transistor technology, Moore's law has long influenced expectations. It suggests that the number of transistors that can fit on a microchip doubles approximately every two years, leading to rapid improvements in performance and cost efficiency. This principle demonstrates how technological progress can accelerate when demand for a product increases. While Moore' ...

Gold through the ages: its economic and historical significance

Tracing gold's impact: from ancient empires to modern economies If you were to chart the price of gold across a timeline spanning hundreds or even thousands of years, you would be able to identify many key events in world history. For instance, around 550 BC, Croesus minted the first gold coins, earning a reputation immortalized by the phrase "as rich as Croesus." The conquests ...

EBITDA, or the delicate metric of bull**** earnings

Language and impact in finance EBITDA stands for earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. Amortization involves spreading the cost of an intangible asset (e.g. patents or brand names) over its useful life. Depreciation refers to the process of expensing a tangible fixed asset(e.g. machines or buildings) over time to reflect its anticipated wear and tear. ...

Why We Should Be Talking About Sand

At first glance, with Sahara sand dusting our cars and beach visits leaving traces of sand for days, it might appear that sand is abundantly available. However, the reality is starkly different; we are facing a growing crisis of sand scarcity. Sand is the new water Sand is crucial in modern construction and manufacturing. It is used in everything from the concrete of our buildi ...

Quarterly results fetishism

In the past week, I studied the avalanche of financial quarterly press releases from companies including ASM International (ASMI), Tesla, Meta Platforms, Texas Instruments, and BE Semiconductor Industries (BESI). All of these releases share similar characteristics: as a reader, you must stay focused on the content of the press releases. However, for an investor, it is increasin ...

The societal impact of dropping things

With the demand for green energy rising to facilitate the climate transition, all efforts are being directed towards deploying renewable energy sources. Commissioning of wind and solar energy is at an all-time high, and while these sources will undoubtedly spearhead the energy transition, there are still some concerns that need addressing. One major concern is the storage of th ...

The curious case of home improvement retail in the U.S.

Specialty home improvement retailing refers to the distribution of building materials, tools, lawn and garden products, decorations, etc., catering to both professionals (such as residential contractors) and do-it-yourself (DIY) enthusiasts. This sector represents a significant segment of the U.S. economy with an estimated market size of USD 1 trillion. Of this, USD 525 billion ...

Blowing Away Expectations: Record-breaking year for wind energy in 2023

The release of the Global Wind Report by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) depicts 2023 as a landmark year in the push for renewable energy, characterized by unprecedented growth. This surge in wind energy capacity not only reflects a significant technological advancement, but also comes from a broader commitment to sustainable energy practices worldwide.   The global wind ...