Natural resources covers a wide range of industries, spanning advanced energy (renewables, efficiency, storage), fossil fuels, mining, water and nuclear energy. Many companies in these industries have large capital costs and long-lived infrastructure. The fluctuating prices of raw materials like crude oil and precious metals have a significant impact. These industries are also heavily regulated, and face increasing pressure from public policy decisions, including those related to climate change.
Strong consumer and business interest in sustainability is a significant factor in natural resources. Rapid growth in wind and solar power technologies, and advances in fracking, are transforming the market long-term, while coal power wanes. For other companies, the operation and maintenance of aging and legacy equipment is a major issue, as once analog systems have become digital and even Internet-connected. In industries long known for moving slowly, change is coming quickly.
Projects We've Worked
Inquiry ServiceSmall tasks with a fast turnaround
- Fact Checking / Validations I recently read an article about a new process to make ultra-cheap nanocellulose. What scientific articles can support this claim?
- Technology Identification Identify the top 3-5 startups working on algorithms for smart-grid technologies
- Literature/Patent Review Compile a short list and summary for any patents 3D map underground structures and cavities.
- Data review / Analysis Based on available data, what has been the cause of most oil pipeline failures over the past year in the US?
- General Inquiries What are three major disruptors in the atmospheric CO2 capture-and-repurpose industry?
Project-Based WorkIn-depth project work
- Technology Landscape Develop a technology landscape for all industrial-ready 3D printers applicable for construction.
- Technology Scouting Identify and analyze all startups, professors and patents working on Thorium reactor technology.
- Interview / private information acquisition Run an in depth analysis on the startup Offshore Power to understand their capabilities and growth strategy.
- Competitive Analysis Compile a technical summary list of all solar companies with an annual revenue of >$10M.
- Regulatory / Market Analysis Provide a SWOT analysis for all high growth renewable energy sources that have the lowest upfront infrastructure costs.
Natural Resources News
24 Jan 2018
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28 Dec 2017
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Kyle Gracey, Project Architect, is a natural resources scientist who brings experience in environmental engineering, private sustainability consulting and regulatory policy. He has worked for PreScouter for over 2 years on more than 60 projects. He is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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