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By Robert Rapier on Nov 6, 2009 with no responses

These Engineers Still Need Jobs

Once again, I am asking for help in placing some of my former engineers who lost jobs in July. As you know, this is a difficult job market across most sectors. Unemployment numbers were released today, and the unemployment rate went over 10% for the first time since 1983. A number of stories have noted the grim statistics:College Graduates Face Toughest Job Market in Years According to a survey from National Association of Colleges and Employers, the class of 2009 is leaving campus with fewer jobs in hand than their 2008 counterparts. The group’s 2009 Student Survey found that just 19.7 percent of 2009 graduates who applied for a job actually have one. In comparison, 51 percent of those graduating… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Jul 23, 2009 with no responses

Looking for Help After a Difficult Week

I am coming to the end of the most difficult week of my career, which is why I haven’t written much for the past few days. I had to sit across the table from some very good people and tell them they no longer had jobs. It wasn’t the first time I had to terminate people, but it was the first time I had to terminate people of this caliber, and for purely economic reasons. It was an experience I hope to never repeat, and I am determined to intervene in order to mitigate the impact on these individuals and their families. The history here is that the company I have worked for over the past 1.5 years had built… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Jul 4, 2009 with no responses

“Your Passion is Energy”

Saying Goodbye Again Today is Independence Day in the U.S., but I am spending it in the Netherlands without my family. This has become an all-too-familiar situation for me. I have spent far too many birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays in remote locations away from my family. The time has come to rectify that situation. Most of my career has revolved around energy. But about a year and a half ago, I decided to try something slightly different. I left my job with ConocoPhillips in Aberdeen, Scotland (and I explained the details behind the decision here), said goodbye to friends and colleagues there, and boarded a plane to the Netherlands. This is where I have spent about half my time since… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Jun 3, 2009 with no responses

Accoya, Ethanol, and an Anniversary

Coming up I have a book review ready to go for Green Algae Strategy: End Oil Imports And Engineer Sustainable Food And Fuel. However, I will wait another day or so to put that out there. For now, I will just share a couple of interesting links that readers sent to me. On the topic of my current job, a reader just noted that TreeHugger has an article (and pictures) on the bridge in the Netherlands that I have mentioned a couple of times: Wood Bridge In Netherlands As Strong as Steel and a Lot Prettier Have I mentioned that I love wood as a building material? If sustainably harvested it provides a strong, beautiful material that can last for… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Jan 11, 2009 with no responses

Setting the Stage for 2009

I wanted to just have one housekeeping post here at the beginning of the year covering a wide range of topics: From posting etiquette to themes to my internal debate over whether to proceed with a book. So here goes. First, some reminders about posting etiquette here. While I encourage debate and disagreement, I discourage gratuitous insults and profanity. There are elementary schools that have used some of these essays for current events classes. I don’t want them exposed to the worst of what I have seen here on occasion. So if you keep that in mind, I don’t think we will have any problems. You are free to disagree – even vehemently – and you are free to criticize… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Dec 14, 2008 with no responses

Carbon Sequestration in Practice

First of its Kind: Sequestered Carbon in Sneek, the Netherlands Back in March, I left my job with ConocoPhillips to become the Engineering Director for London-based Accsys Technologies, PLC (but my work is focused within the wholly-owned Titan Wood subsidiaries). I explained the circumstances behind my decision to switch employers here. I stated at that time that I would continue to focus my writing on energy and the environment, and not use my platform to start promoting my new company – even though it is focused on environmental technologies. I think it’s fair to say that I have kept to my word. However, I did say that at some point I would write a more extensive article on exactly what… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Jul 31, 2008 with no responses

I Need Engineers

An off-topic post to be sure, but I need to find some engineers who want an opportunity to get rich while working in a ‘green’ job. My company, Accsys Technologies PLC, is looking for more engineers to support our Accoya® business. You can see a complete listing of our job openings here. However, what I am looking for is more specific. I need process engineers, from fresh out of school to highly experienced. I need people who are prepared, at least for the first six months, to spend two weeks a month in the Netherlands working for our Titan Wood division and learning our wood acetylation process. For WWII buffs the city is Arnhem, home of Operation Market Garden (aka… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Jul 19, 2008 with no responses

The World’s Top Sustainable Business Stocks

My new company, Accsys Technologies PLC, made this year’s Top 20 list at SB20: The World’s Top Sustainable Business Stocks 2008 marks the seventh year for the SB20, which is presented in our sustainable investing newsletter, Progressive Investor. Each year, we work with a group of judges who are leading sustainability stock analysts to select the companies. The purpose of the SB20 – the Sustainable Business 20 – is to showcase the most innovative, model companies that have the potential to greatly impact our ultimate goal of reaching a sustainable society. The challenge we give our judges is to nominate, discuss and then vote on 20 companies that, through their products or initiatives, are contributing substantially to the advance… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Apr 4, 2008 with no responses

Winner: Sustainable Production Technology

As I have mentioned before, I am not going to use this blog to promote my new company. I have said very little about it to this point, but I intend to write one post explaining in detail what we do. I do think we have the best (the only?) commercial carbon sequestration technology, and I wanted to highlight that this week we won a national award in the Netherlands for Sustainable Production Technology: Titan Wood Wins Prestigious National Awards for Sustainable Production Technology and Innovation Titan Wood is the wholly owned subsidiary of Accsys Technologies that makes Accoya®. Here is the news release: Titan Wood Limited (“Titan Wood”), has won the overall Dutch National Award for Sustainability Innovation –… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Feb 28, 2008 with no responses

Green Job Opportunities

Since I was a kid, I have always wanted to “make a difference” by making a significant contribution to society. I have a soft spot for families and especially for kids, and I really wanted to contribute toward the quality of life for those groups. A big concern is that quality of life for a large segment of the world’s population, never good to begin with, is poised for further deterioration as fossil fuel supplies deplete. Quality of life to me starts with the basics: People have enough food and clean water, they have shelter, they live and work in safe conditions, and they have adequate access to affordable energy. At various stages of my life I have had involvement… Continue»