By 2046 U.S. Renewable Energy Will Equal What Germany Has Now. Pathetic for U.S.!27 Jul


SBIR Consultant – Market Analysis: There are many issues of importance to be stressed in writing a competitive SBIR proposal. One of these is market analysis: urgent need for your innovation, your competition, showstopper issues, cost, and policy/legal impediments. The blog below is an example of a snapshot market analysis where the US renewable energy maket has considerable room to grow. Perhaps more Government support is needed to offset fossil fuel influence on Congress to level the playing field for renewable technologies. Does your innovation face this type of problem?

In 2013 the U.S energy production from renewable sources was 13.1 percent of the total energy generation. In contrast German renewable energy production was 25.8 percent in 2014.

The following graph is a plot of U.S. renewable energy production (See p. 27) starting in 2001 through 2013. The vertical axis is the fraction of renewable energy production for a given year, where years are delineated along the horizontal axis. U.S. renewable energy sources include biomass, geothermal, solar, wind and hydropower. Germany has a similar set of renewable energy categories.

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Suppose one assumes U.S. progress towards greater levels of renewable energy production will continue at the same rate that prevailed from 2001 to 2013. Then by extrapolating this straight-line plot, U.S. renewable energy production in 2046 will be equal to what Germany has now! 

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    […] 2000 to 2013, the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for renewable energy was 2.6 percent. My previous post calculated that renewable energy would produce 25 percent of the U.S. electricity in another 30 […]

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About Dr. Everson

Prior to forming this SBIR consultant practice, Dr. Jeffrey Everson was director of business development for QinetiQ North America’s Technology Solutions Group (previously Foster-Miller, Inc.).

Dr. Everson has won and been the principal investigator for several SBIR programs, including a Phase I program for NASA, a Phase I project for the U.S. Air Force, and Phase I and II contracts from the U.S. Department of Transportation. For the Phase II program, he received a Tibbetts Award for exemplifying the best in SBIR achievement.

Previously Dr. Everson held senior scientist positions at Battelle Memorial Institute, The Analytic Sciences Corporation (TASC), Honeywell Electro Optics Systems Division, and Itek Optical Systems Division.

He holds a PhD in physics from Boston College and a MS/BS in physics from Northeastern University.


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