Energy

California Facility Proves That Mattress Recycling Can Work
December 24, 2007 08:29 PM - Glen Hasek, Green Lodging News

NATIONAL REPORT — Discarded mattresses can take up a significant amount of landfill space, do not degrade well, and can create a dangerous “soft spot” in a landfill, according to Terry McDonald, executive director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County (SVDP), located in Eugene, Oregon.

Used Cooking Oil Helps Heat Juneau, Alaska's Westmark Baranof Hotel
December 24, 2007 08:18 PM - Glen Hasak, Green Lodging News

Juneau, Alaska — After eating an evening meal of fish and chips, tourists in Juneau who retire for the night at the Westmark Baranof Hotel may find themselves warming their toes in a room partially heated by the oil used to cook their food. The Baranof collects the town’s used vegetable oil to help heat the hotel.

Report: Safety and Security Risks Undercut Nuclear Power's Role in Minimizing Global Warming
December 24, 2007 08:11 PM - , Environmental Health News

WASHINGTON – An expansion of nuclear power capacity in the United States could help reduce global warming pollution, but could also increase threats to public safety and national security, according to a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

Hydrogen storage for cars?
December 23, 2007 07:35 PM - Wiley-Blackwell

Hydrogen is the fuel of the future. Unfortunately, one problem remains: Hydrogen is a gas and cannot easily be pumped into a tank like gasoline. Storage in the form of solid hydrides, chemical compounds of hydrogen and a metal or semimetal, are good storage materials in principle, but have not been well suited to automotive applications. An American research team at the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn and the University of California, Los Angeles, has now developed a novel hydride that could be a useful starting point for the development of future automotive hydrogen-storage materials. As Jun Yang and his team report in the journal Angewandte Chemie, an “autocatalytic” reaction mechanism causes the composite made of three different hydrides to rapidly release hydrogen at lower temperatures and without dangerous by-products.

$1 Dollar a Watt Solar.
December 23, 2007 07:24 PM - , Private Landowner Network

For Nanosolar of San Jose, California - and perhaps the rest of us - December 18, 2007 was an historic day. It was the day the company shipped the world’s lowest-cost solar panel. The company believes it can be the first solar manufacturer capable of profitably selling solar panels at 99 cents per watt.

Survey: Coal-Fired Power Plant Freeze Favored
December 22, 2007 06:34 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

DES MOINES, Iowa - Sending a clear message to state officials and presidential candidates, nearly four out of five Iowans (79 percent) -- including 69 percent of Republicans, 86 percent of Democrats and 79 percent of Independents -- think that "Iowa should focus on increased (energy) conservation steps and more fuel efficiency to reduce demand for electricity before it constructs new coal-fired power plants," according to a major new Opinion Research Corporation (ORC) survey commissioned by Iowa Interfaith Power & Light, Iowa Farmers Union and Plains Justice.

Dominion to spend $500 mln to cut water usage
December 21, 2007 03:48 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dominion Resources said on Friday its Dominion New England unit would spend $500 million to reduce the amount of cooling water used by its Brayton Point Power Station.

Florida rules could open vast ethanol market
December 21, 2007 02:52 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Florida published new proposed motor fuel rules on Friday that could lead to wider ethanol blending in the country's third largest gasoline market. Limited ethanol blending had already been occurring in Florida, but the issuing of broad rules on gasoline containing ethanol is a step in creating the regulatory framework needed in opening up the market to the burgeoning U.S. ethanol industry.

United Air doubles fuel surcharge as oil rises
December 21, 2007 12:27 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - UAL Corp said on Friday its United Airlines unit doubled its fuel surcharge on most domestic U.S. flights to $10 from $5, to counter a recent rise in oil prices. The increase -- which adds $10 to a roundtrip ticket -- took effect late on Thursday, a spokesman for the U.S. No. 2 airline said. In early November, United introduced the $5 each way fuel surcharge, incorporated into fares for travel within the continental United States, excluding Hawaii. Airlines have been grappling with soaring fuel costs, which are related to the price of crude oil, with a series of fare hikes. The surcharge is another way for United to pass along that growing expense to customers.

Report says uranium traces found on North Korean tubes
December 21, 2007 09:50 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. scientists found traces of enriched uranium on smelted aluminum tubing from North Korea, which appears to contradict its denials of a secret uranium-based nuclear program, the Washington Post reported on Friday. U.S. officials were concerned that disclosing the finding of the uranium traces on tubing samples provided by North Korea would further complicate diplomacy with the secretive country, the Post said, citing U.S. and diplomatic sources.

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