Tag Archives: Information Graphics

The Surface Area Required to Power California with 100% Renewable Energy

click on the image above to access the full-size PDF California has enacted an ambitious carbon reduction policy to bring emissions down to 40% below 1990 levels by the year 2030. We decided to take a look at what the … Continue reading

Information Graphic – The Future of Energy Looks Good

Thanks again to thejamjar Dubai for hosting the exhibit last month! Below is the information graphic that was on display during the show. Click on any of the images to download the PDF file.

The Long View: The Past and Future of Human Energy Use

The image above will take you to a high resolution graphic that spans 800,000 years. Each year is represented by one small square. Each row equals one millenium. Time flows from the upper left to the lower right (similarly to … Continue reading

Surface Area Required to Replace Mountain Top Removal Coal Mining with Solar Power

click on the image for a larger version. Mountaintop removal mining (MTR) is a form of surface mining that involves the removal of a summit or ridge. Acres of wilderness habitat is deforested and the wood burned. Explosives are then … Continue reading


[Updated on June 4, 2015 to give a better number for solar production capacity per m2 area] click on the image to view larger This graphic shows how much surface area would be required to replace all of the BTUs … Continue reading


click on the image to view larger The latest in our information graphic series is a study of how much surface area would be required to replace all of the BTUs of energy that can possibly be extracted from the … Continue reading

Energy and Resource Conservation

Energy and resource conservation is good no matter how it is achieved. Most people use far more energy and water in their daily lives than they need to. Replacing incandescent bulbs with CFLs or LEDs, buying energy star appliances, and … Continue reading

Area Required to Power the UAE with Solar

The above image is a comparison of concentrated solar power with the recently awarded nuclear power contract for the UAE. Admittedly, there are far more variables at play than are shown in this simplified graphic. But it is interesting to … Continue reading

Surface Area Required to Offset Anthropogenic Carbon Dioxide Emissions by Reforestation Alone

click on image for larger size. Click here to download a full resolution pdf What the graphic shows clearly is that planting trees to offset emissions is far from a viable solution. Projects that offset carbon emissions are certainly beneficial … Continue reading

Poster Size Version of The Time Is Now

click to enlarge We now have a poster size version of this infographic showing the era of fossil fuels as compared with the long and awesome human history. It shows how the carbon fuel era is only a very brief … Continue reading

Total Surface Area Required to Fuel the World With Solar

click for larger image download high resolution PDF Note in 2015: this post is from 2009. Some of the links below may be broken. The IEA has updated estimates since 2009, but the overall trends are the same. We hope … Continue reading