The State of Germany’s Move to “Energiewende”

October 28, 2014 – The meaning of the German word “energiewende” is energy transition. Of all countries of the Developed World there is no doubt that Germany is transitioning ... Continue Reading →

Headlines: Pee in Space is Not Only Useful for Drinking Water but also for Fuel

April 17, 2014 – Yesterday my blog posting focused on NASA’s efforts to involve the public in designing better oxygen recovery systems. So today I thought we should look ... Continue Reading →

The Present and Future of Microgrids

April 3, 2014 – A microgrid is a power grid on a small scale. It operates alone or can feed into the main power grid. Before power utilities, the electricity used by manufacturers ... Continue Reading →

Are We Measuring Methane Accurately in Calculating GHG Emissions?

February 25, 2014 – We know today that CO2 is reaching the threshold of 400 parts per million in our atmosphere. We are told that this component of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) ... Continue Reading →

What do Bioreactors and Zoos Have in Common?

February 24, 2014 – The answer is poo. But before I explain further let’s look at what bioreactors are all about. For example, you are a bioreactor. You convert food and ... Continue Reading →

Energy Update: Bay of Fundy to Test Tidal Turbines

January 25, 2014 – May the FORCE be with you. FORCE is an acronym for the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy, a research facility focused on tidal energy technology. If you ... Continue Reading →

Headlines: New Hybrid Device Makes Hydrogen Fuel from Sunlight and Sewage

October 17, 2013 – In the last week researchers at University of California Santa Cruz published a paper describing a self-sustaining hydrogen gas production technology that creates ... Continue Reading →

Environment Update: Climate Change, the World Bank, Indonesia and Coal

I read two stories about the World Bank and climate change this week. One stated that Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund of the World Bank, (seen ... Continue Reading →

Headlines: New Breakthrough in Biofuels Improves Output by 50%

October 13, 2013 – The article appeared in Nature, the weekly science journal, on September 30, 2013, and is entitled Synthetic non-oxidative glycolysis enables complete carbon ... Continue Reading →

Inspiring Innovation – The Buckminster Fuller Challenge

My first exposure to design inspired by Buckminster Fuller came in 1967 at EXPO in Montreal. The American Pavilion occupied a geodesic dome crisscrossed by escalators and elevated trams. ... Continue Reading →