ASPO 6 Ireland DVDs and ASPO-USA 2007 Houston Conference DVDs

In 2007, there were two conferences by Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO) groups:

ASPO 6 - World ASPO Groups - Cork, Ireland - September 2007
ASPO-USA - Houston, Texas - October 2007

DVD's for both of these conferences are now available. The DVDs are especially good for schools and libraries, and for people who were not able to attend the conferences.

The ASPO-USA Houston Conference DVDs are available at this link. The ASPO 6 Conference DVDs are available at this link.

ASPO-USA Houston Conference

Rick Block sent me a copy of the ASPO-USA DVD set to review. The APSO-USA DVD set is a set of 12 DVD's. It costs $85.00, including shipping and handling.

The presentations were professionally recorded. Besides the talks themselves, the DVD's include the presentation slides integrated at the appropriate time they are being discussed. For Thursday's and Friday's sessions, the recordings cover everything, including responses to questions from the audience, luncheon speeches, and the optional evening sessions. One set of Saturday speakers (on investment topics) is also recorded. The disks are labeled well, and each disk has a menu of talks on it.

I think the DVDs are most helpful on talks without slides and on talks where slides are only used to make a few bullet points. For these talks, the DVD is a good substitute for being at the conference. On talks that reference a lot of detail in the slides, it is sometimes difficult to read the smaller print. For these talks, I found it helpful to look at the PDF version of the presentation slides. These are free.

I understand that for the Houston conference, the slides shown on the DVDs are screenshots, which is why the resolution is not as good as on the PDFs. For the 2006 Boston conference, the PDF versions were inserted in the DVD's, so the resolution was much better.

Some recognizable speakers that would be known to TOD participants include Matt Simmons, Robert Hirsch, Chris Skrebowski, Jeremy Gilbert, David Hughes, Tom Whipple, Roger Bezdek, David Rutledge and TOD guest posters Jeffrey Brown (Westexas) and Alan Drake. One talk I particularly found interesting was by Vince Matthews of the Colorado Geological Survey. He gave a very wide ranging talk relating to the rising demand and diminished supply of many types of minerals. The full agenda can be found here.

Stuart Staniford and Euan Mearns made presentations at the conference, but they are not recorded on the DVDs. Their presentations were on Wednesday afternoon, when there were two tracks of sessions. These multiple track sessions were not recorded, due logistic issues and budgetary constraints, I was told. A PDF version of Stuart's presentation can be found here. A PDF version of Euan's presentation can be found here.

ASPO 6 Conference in Cork Ireland

I have not personally seen these DVD's. These can be ordered at this site. The DVDs are more expensive, €125.00 plus shipping and handling (€10.00 to the US). There are five DVDs in the set. According to the web site

A professional quality recording of the full conference has been made (16 hours) along with a number of personal interviews by Chris Vernon of The Oil Drum: Europe with speakers at the conference. Interviewees include Lord Ron Oxburgh, Jeremy Leggett, Minister Eamon Ryan, Jeff Rubin, Jeremy Gilbert.

Besides Chris Vernon, the other member of The Oil Drum staff on the ASPO 6 presentations is Nate Hagens. Slideshow presentations from the ASPO 6 conference are available for download without charge here.

Totally off-topic, but prominently placed :-)

From the latest ASPO-USA Peak Oil Review:
"In Alberta, at Fort McMurray's open mines, it takes 2 tons of tar sand, 250 gallons of water and 1,400 cubic feet of natural gas to produce one barrel of synthetic crude, says Peter Wells, director of English research firm Neftex Petroleum Consultants Ltd. (2/22, #19)"

According to some conversion tables, 1 cubic foot of natural gas contains 0.3018644 kWh energy.
So 1400 cubic feet contain 0.422 MWh.
One barrel of oil contains 1.7 MWh.

So EROEI (Energy Returned On Energy Invested) for tar sands at McMurray cannot be better than 0.422:1.7, that is about 1:4.

Given the pretty large extra energy cost in diesel and electricity for the mining and upgrading equipment, EROEI does probably approach 1:3.

So in total, tar sands production "wastes" a quarter to a third of the extracted energy.

Is that calculation correct?



I think it should be the other way around i.e 3:1.

Not sure if you can really say there is any waste as teh energy returned is greater than the energy invested therfore there is an energy profit. As long as there is a "profit" then they'll keep doing it.

It would eb intersting to see what the financials are on tar sands production. Does anyone have any data on that?

Oh, sure, it's 3:1, sorry!

Energy is wasted whenever you covert it from one form to the other (in this case thick, sticky tar to liquid oil). 2nd law of thermodynamics...

But you're right, they will keep "producing" it until hell freezes over.



Thank you for posting the link to the PDF web site. These presentations are fantastic.

I bought these video's as well. I wanted to make the video's freely available online. Anybody know if there's a problem with that?

You probably should talk to Rick Block at 1rblock (at) comcast (dot) net