Monday, June 15, 2009

Energy News

Brian Westenhaus takes a look at specific energy in batteries, and where the technology may be going.

Germany's venerable and vaunted chemical industry is making plans to shift from petroleum-based feedstocks to biomass feedstocks.

Mitsubishi hopes to build an ultra-clean coal technology power plant in Australia -- the first of its kind. It would combine IGCC -- Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (gas turbine cycle plus steam turbine cycle) -- with carbon sequestration. Talks are ongoing.Green Car Congress has more on the fascinating discovery of methane hydrates in Gulf of Mexico seafloor sands.

Atomic Insights blog looks at the potential impact of mPower modular nuclear reactors on the stock market.

Biofuels Digest looks at the use of algae for carbon sequestration. Algae need a lot of CO2 to grow optimally, and the best places to find CO2 are the chemical and fossil fuels industries.

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Blogger Ronduck said...

DuPont began making a switch to "greener" feedstocks a few years ago.

3:19 AM  
Blogger al fin said...

As Robert Rapier has said, initially biomass feedstocks may be more expensive than petroleum feedstocks, but they can release chemical producers from the extreme volatility of petroleum prices.

4:45 AM  

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