Energy

Robots Taking Over The Job On Offshore Oil Drilling Platforms
December 31, 2007 06:03 PM - SINTEF

SINTEF scientist Pal Liljeback is standing in the new NOK 80 million laboratory financed by Norsk Hydro. The lab covers only 30 square metres and lies deep in the basement of one of the Electro buildings on the SINTEF/NTNU campus on Gloshaugen in Trondheim. An orange robot arm hangs from a steel beam that spans the room at ceiling height, framed by large, sky-blue support beams.

BP Texas City refinery to miss 2007 restart goal
December 31, 2007 12:02 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Delays to the restart of a crude unit at BP Plc's <BP.L> Texas City, Texas, refinery will cause the major to miss its goal of raising crude oil processing rates at the refinery to 400,000 barrels per day by the end of 2007, a source familiar with refinery operations said Monday.

December Wind Blows in the Right Direction for Vestas.
December 31, 2007 11:17 AM - , Private Landowner Network

If one company’s sales are a bellwether for the industry then the wind energy industry is set for years of solid growth. Vestas Wind Systems, of Randers, Denmark, with a 28 percent market share and more than 33,500 wind turbines in service worldwide, is the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer.

Symposium looks at developing biofuel research
December 31, 2007 10:34 AM - Cornell Chronicle

Global warming, oil's role in national security and bolstering rural economies are all pressing issues in the United States today. A potentially important consideration in addressing these issues? Bioenergy and biofuels, according to Cornell experts who reviewed research into developing biofuel technologies at a Dec. 14 Cornell symposium.

Solar energy 'revolution' brings green power closer
December 30, 2007 12:37 PM - John Vidal, environment editor, The Guardian

The holy grail of renewable energy came a step closer yesterday as thousands of mass-produced wafer-thin solar cells printed on aluminium film rolled off a production line in California, heralding what British scientists called "a revolution" in generating electricity.

Biofuels, the Biggest Scam Going
December 30, 2007 12:13 PM - , Organic Consumers Association

Where is agriculture headed? Can we feed a growing population and meet the demand for biofuels in the Industrialized North? Supporters of biofuel agriculture, (grain and chemical companies, Wall St. investors, politicians and most University researchers) avoid mentioning the cost of inputs, the fossil fuels, the environmental damage, the physical toll on animals and humans, and the growing problem of hunger that will accompany the switch from food to energy crop production. They want us to believe the switch to energy crops will be so easy and so practical.

Bin Laden says U.S. seeks to control Iraqi oil: Web
December 29, 2007 03:02 PM - Reuters

In a statement posted on the Internet on Saturday, bin Laden said Washington wanted to build military bases in the country and dominate the region.

Rural Nigeria lights up with solar power
December 28, 2007 07:51 PM - Michael Simire, SciDevNet

LAGOS, NIGERIA - Nigeria has launched a solar power scheme that will eventually light up as many as ten rural communities with no access to the national electrical grid. A Lagos state government official, who wished to remain anonymous, said construction work had commenced on the respective projects and contractors were expected to start delivering them around mid to late January 2008.

Unethical Ethanol Tariff
December 28, 2007 12:00 PM - Adam Dean, Global Policy Innovations Program

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and U.S. President Bush met last week at Camp David to discuss the future of ethanol. As the world's largest producer of sugar and a pioneer in the production of ethanol, Brazil is a key ally in Bush's plan to reduce America's foreign oil dependence and environmental footprint. Imports of Brazilian ethanol could be a major step toward achieving Bush's goal of reducing American gasoline consumption by 20 percent over the next ten years. As ethanol can be produced from sugar, increased consumption of the fuel in the United States could also lead to a higher commodity price for sugar producers in Brazil, with the potential to lift thousands out of poverty.

New Finnish nuclear reactor start-up delayed
December 28, 2007 10:23 AM - Reuters

HELSINKI (Reuters) - The start-up of Finland's fifth nuclear power reactor, seen as a test case for Europe's nuclear future, has been pushed back and its operator said on Friday it now sees a commercial start in mid-2011. Start-up had originally been scheduled for 2009.

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