Energy

Planting Carbon Deep in the Earth
November 26, 2007 11:43 AM - Univeristy of Leeds

Storing carbon dioxide deep below the earth’s surface could be a safe, long-term solution to one of the planet’s major contributors to climate change.

University of Leeds - Research shows that porous sandstone, drained of oil by the energy giants, could provide a safe reservoir for carbon dioxide. The study found that sandstone reacts with injected fluids more quickly than had been predicted - such reactions are essential if the captured CO2 is not to leak back to the surface.

 

 

 

 

Leeds Researchers Fueling the "Hydrogen Economy"
November 26, 2007 11:23 AM - Univeristy of Leeds

LEEDS, ENGLAND - Scientists at the University of Leeds are turning low-grade sludge into high-value gas in a process which could make eco-friendly biodiesel even greener and more economical to produce.

Biodiesel – motor fuel derived from vegetable oil - is a renewable alternative to rapidly depleting fossil fuels. It is biodegradable and non-toxic, and production is on the up. But for each molecule of biodiesel produced, another of low-value crude glycerol is generated, and its disposal presents a growing economic and environmental problem.

US Renewable Fuel for UK Power Plant.
November 26, 2007 08:55 AM - , Private Landowner Network

At a time when the US should be scrambling to build more renewable energy capacity at home it is instead on course to export a valuable homegrown renewable fuel: wood chips.

Prenergy Power Limited, of London, England has been given the go-ahead by Britain’s Department of Trade & Industry to build a 350 megawatt powerplant in Port Talbot on the south coast of Wales. The powerplant will be fueled by wood chips that are expected to be imported from the US and Canada. Wood chip fuel will arrive by ship in the deep water port or perhaps by rail car from other sources. The powerplant will burn around three million tons per year from sustainable sources.

Spain hydroelectric reserves cut in half
November 21, 2007 12:10 PM - Reuters

Hydroelectric reservoir levels fell to 49.4 percent from 50.3 percent of capacity a week earlier. As little as four months ago, Spain's hydro reservoirs were more than 80 percent full.

Germany plans rise in biofuels blending
November 21, 2007 12:06 PM - Reuters

Presenting a joint biofuels strategy agreed between the government, the automobile industry, oil companies and the farming sector, Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Germany planned to raise the level of biofuels blended into fossil diesel and gasoline to 10 percent from 5 percent now by 2010.

UK approves world's biggest biomass power plant
November 21, 2007 08:23 AM - Reuters

The 400-million pound, 350-megawatt power plant proposed by Prenergy for Port Talbot will burn wood from sustainable sources in North America, and represents 70 percent of the Welsh Assembly's total renewable energy target for 2010, when it is expected to begin operations.

EU carbon price hits five-month high on snag
November 20, 2007 11:40 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - European carbon credits hit a 5-month high on Tuesday, as the market rallied on higher natural gas and weaker coal prices, and as a trading snag raised fears of a bottleneck in supply of cheap carbon offsets.

Invenergy to buy 800 MW of GE wind power turbines
November 20, 2007 10:38 AM - Reuters

In a release last week, Invenergy said this purchase along with previous purchases provides 2,100 MW of wind turbines for its 2007-2009 build programs.

AskPablo: How can I reduce the emissions of my company's fleet?
November 19, 2007 05:07 PM - , Triple Pundit

This week Jamie asked me about the climate change impact of her company’s vehicle fleet and the options for reducing it. Her company has a vehicle fleet of 738 vehicles that average around 30,000 miles per year each. That adds up to 22,140,000 vehicle miles per year, or 0.00131% of US annual passenger miles (22,140,000 miles / 1,689,240,950,000 miles).

 

Fuel costs seen cutting holiday spending
November 19, 2007 12:06 PM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of consumers expecting to cut holiday spending is at its highest level in recent years, with most citing high gasoline and home heating costs, according to an industry survey released on Monday.

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