Author: Kent Harrington

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Name: Kent Harrington

April 17th, 2014

Texas Breaks Oil Production Records

By Kent Harrington
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Texas oil producers pumped 2.8 million barrels a day in January, the 28th month since August 2011 that the state’s oil output has increased by more than 25%.

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April 11th, 2014

China Doubles Down on New Thorium Reactor

By Kent Harrington
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As smoggy skies over China thicken into soup and life spans plummet, leaders recently pushed to develop a revolutionary thorium nuclear reactor in only 10 years.

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April 8th, 2014

Newly Designed Wind Turbines Catch More Wind

By Kent Harrington
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To harvest more wind from more sites, turbines are growing taller, thanks to altered tubular turbine towers and a reduction of structural steel.

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March 28th, 2014

Making Fracking Water Drinkable Again

By Kent Harrington
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Oasys Water can recycle fracking water, reducing water disposal by 80 percent and cutting the cost by up to 30 percent, thus making it cheaper than hauling water away.

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March 27th, 2014

New Biofuel Surpasses Fossil Fuels in Audi’s Lab Tests

By Kent Harrington
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Audi tested Joule’s latest version of its bio-ethanol. Test results were conclusive: unlike fossil fuels, fewer emissions are generated when they are burned.

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March 26th, 2014

Can Israel Save California from Its Epic Drought?

By Kent Harrington
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This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Water Innovations

As California runs low on potable water amidst a severe drought that has led to forest fires and idle farmland, desalination and drip irrigation could help.

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March 20th, 2014

Changing the Future of Coal?

By Kent Harrington
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The Kemper plant gasifier technology is very different. It can convert low quality brown coal into into synthesis gas, while removing 65 percent of the CO2.

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March 17th, 2014

Houston’s Three New Polymer Research Centers

By Kent Harrington
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Houston’s future is coming into sharp focus as Dow Chemical begins to build a new research campus where 2,000 employees will push the limits of innovation.

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March 14th, 2014

Turning Illiterate Grandmothers Into Village Solar Power Gurus

By Kent Harrington
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The Barefoot College in India runs solar workshops for 100 rural grandmothers, so that they can return to their villages to build solar panels and lanterns.

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March 12th, 2014

After Canceling US GTL Project, Shell’s Natural Gas-Based Motor Oil Hits Stores

By Kent Harrington
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Royal Dutch Shell just introduced a motor oil made from natural gas using its PurePlus Technology at it’s $19 billion Pearl Gas-to-Liquids facility in Qatar.

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