April 17th, 2014

Texas Breaks Oil Production Records

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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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 14th, 2014

Modular Reactor Systems for Remote Waste-Gas Conversion

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The difficulties in capturing and efficiently utilizing flare gas in the Northern Shale Oil fields are primarily ones of scale and lack of infrastructure. The Ceramatec corporation is working on cost effective modular solutions to this challenge of energy conservation and conversion.

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April 11th, 2014

China Doubles Down on New Thorium Reactor

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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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 9th, 2014

The World Needs Engineering Judgment

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William Banholzer, retired Dow Chemical CTO, gave an insightful and wide-ranging address on the the state of technology changes for the future, and the chemical engineer’s special capability to make sensible and better decisions for the direction of these changes, especially in the field of energy.

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April 8th, 2014

Newly Designed Wind Turbines Catch More Wind

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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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April 7th, 2014

Is There a “Magic” Biomass Crop?

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Dr. Shijie Liu of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry presented a thoughtful overview of the biofuels evaluation protocol that was assembled and applied in The Manomet Report for the State of Massachusetts.

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April 4th, 2014

Mercury Removal at Coal-Fired Power Plants

By Martin Bergstedt | Comments (0)

Removal of Mercury from the combustion air stream at a coal-fired power plant is one of the most sensitive and challenging tasks of pollution control. Dr. Noah Meeks of The Southern Company discussed mercury removal strategies.

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March 27th, 2014

New Biofuel Surpasses Fossil Fuels in Audi’s Lab Tests

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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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 20th, 2014

Changing the Future of Coal?

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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 14th, 2014

Turning Illiterate Grandmothers Into Village Solar Power Gurus

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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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