Energy Depletion & Peak Oil Lecture at Ascendas IT Software Park, Chennai

External view of Ascendas IT Software Park, Chennai

Did my first proper Peak Oil lecture at an IT software park in Chennai called Ascendas. Was invited by a company called Ecologin run by Sridhar Lakshmanan that organises eco camp trips. Meant to be a 60 minute session for which I prepared a Powerpoint presentation. I ran overtime a bit ๐Ÿ˜‰ Gave me a lot of insight into how I can polish up my act for future lectures.

Below is a photo of the hall setting.

Lecture and Presentation Hall at Ascendas IT Software Park, Chennai

Lecture and Presentation Hall at Ascendas IT Software Park, Chennai


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11 comments so far


The link to presentation appears to be broken. Would you take a kind heart to fix it?

July 7th, 2011 at 9:06 am

Thanks Karthik, I have updated it. Am still working on the presentation so it is neither complete nor polished. But thought I should put it up anyway. Will be competing it soon.

July 18th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Information of great concern…well presented visually…perhaps voice to be recorded when you have someone sitting by you to speak to with more animation and involvement as is your usual style

July 20th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Yes Shumita, my voice is not the best for recordings. But this presentation was more a test as I was learning how to use the software. Hope to improve it.

July 25th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

When we think of oil, we picture the gas tank analogy. When the needle reaches E for empty is when we are in trouble. The world does in fact have a trillion barrels of oil left to produce. The real analogy is like a Pearl Harbor reconnaissance plane flying its mission over the ocean. The plane flies as far as it can for as high as it can. The pilot fulfils the mission of aerial photography of enemy positions. At a certain point though the pilot knows he must turn around at the HALF WAY point of the gas gauge to make it back home. When the needle reaches at half the tank the pilot MUST RETREAT and DESCEND to make it back to base. When the world has produced as much oil as it will ever can in one day (peaked), when it has flown as far as it can for as high as it can the world economy MUST RETREAT and DESCEND.

November 10th, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Thanks Phil,
That is an interesting and illustrative analogy.
I would like to add something to the analogy. Because we are part of the growth paradigm, the demands in the second half are only going to increase so will not last quite as much longer as they did in the first half. This is analogous to head-winds that the plane may face while heading back to base. This would increase the fuel consumption on the way back too.
Thanks for your contribution.
Mansoor – Admin

November 28th, 2011 at 11:11 am
Raja Muthu

This is a nice presentation. Living in US you hardly ever hear about this term “Peak Oil”. As a matter of fact after living here for more than a decade , I have been seriously thinking and exploring a way that I can go to bed bed with the “Bad girl” in your parlance the “Environment”.
I really stumbled to your website in that effort looking for a property in and around coimbatore. I am really impressed with what you have done for you and your family considering the alternate path that you could have taken. There is a lot one can learn from you as how one can sustain a simple life and living from the land.

November 16th, 2011 at 4:24 pm

HI, Can You please check the link for peak oil presentation . It says link is broken.

June 20th, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Thanks for pointing the broken link Sreeram. I have just removed it for now as working on the presentation a bit.

August 20th, 2012 at 5:02 am

I plan to join in Ascendas what are the procedure i have to complete.


December 11th, 2013 at 10:55 am

Hi Nisha, sorry I am not working with Ascendas. I just gave a lecture there on the topic of Peak Oil, Energy Descent and the inevitable End of Economic Growth.

April 30th, 2015 at 7:33 am

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