Coal-fired steam turbine power plant

New Technology for Steam Turbine Power Plants Increases Efficiency While Reducing CO2 Emissions

November 25, 2014 – A technology developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) may help fight global climate change by making steam power plants more efficient through ... Continue Reading →
tetrahedrite quartz

Can Tetrahedrite Help Generate Cheap Thermoelectric Energy?

July 17, 2014 – Never heard of tetrahedrite?  It’s a copper-antimony sulfide. It can contain silver, copper, zinc, mercury or iron. The antimony could be replaced by arsenic ... Continue Reading →
urea bioreactor

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 →
Microgrid global view

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 →
methane-concentration

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 →
Energy New Venture Pitch Session

Headlines: University of Calgary Hosts Entrepreneurs Pitching Future EnergyTechnologies

January 22, 2014 – The Inaugural Energy New Venture Competition offering $50,000 CDN in prize money, with a grand prize of $25,000, kicked off yesterday in Calgary, Alberta, Canada’s ... Continue Reading →
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Headlines: Fuel From Waste Goes on Sale in California

December 29, 2013 – Landfill is becoming a source for biofuel production. In California, Clean Energy, has started selling a fuel it calls Redeem. A biogas, Redeem comes from ... Continue Reading →
PEC-MFC-300

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 →
Indonesia Ring of Fire Map

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 →