U.S. Oil Companies Monitor Felix, Output Unharmed
September 3, 2007 08:04 AM - Reuters
U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil and natural gas producers were monitoring powerful Hurricane Felix as it churned through the Caribbean Sea on Sunday, but none had reported reduced offshore production or evacuated workers to onshore locations.
New Technology: Aircraft In-Wheel Motors Save Fuel, Reduce CO2
September 1, 2007 06:08 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
ASHBURN, Va. - An aerospace company has engineered an electric motor and generator system that eliminate the use of jet engines for taxiing and other ground maneuvers. The technology will potentially save millions in fuel costs and reduce CO2.
Solar Laminates Power Alcoa Facility in California
September 1, 2007 01:06 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - An Alcoa manufacturing facility in Visalia, California is the latest to harness the power of the sun, installing more than 4,300 of thin-film photovoltaic laminates to power approximately 80 percent of the 200,000 square-foot facility's electricity needs during periods of highest demand on the electricity grid.
U.S., North Korea meet for one-on-one nuclear talks
September 1, 2007 08:45 AM - Laura MacInnis -Reuters
Top negotiators from the United States and North Korea met on Saturday for two days of talks meant to advance an international drive to end Pyongyang's nuclear program. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Chris Hill and his North Korean counterpart Kim Kye-gwan did not speak to the press on arrival at the U.S. mission in Geneva, where the first day of the weekend talks began. Their session, aimed at normalizing relations between the countries that fought each other in the 1950-53 Korean War, is expected to focus on how the Stalinist state will disable and account for its nuclear facilities, as promised in a February "six-party" deal.
Wall Street Upbeat On New Breed Of Fuel Cells
August 31, 2007 02:15 PM - Haitham Haddadin, Reuters
NEW YORK - Hydrogen fuel cell makers may be seen as Wall Street pariahs but investors are now eyeing a new breed of alternative energy companies that may breathe new life into the ailing sector. Non-hydrogen fuel cell makers -- who manufacture fuel cells powered by natural gas or other clean-burning fuels like ethanol -- have in recent years attracted investment even as industry pioneers who build fuel cells that use hydrogen have gone out of favor.
Japan Halts Nuclear Research Units On Safety Concerns
August 31, 2007 11:10 AM - Reuters
TOKYO - Japan has halted work at three nuclear research units run by its Atomic Energy Agency due to concerns over the handling of fuel material and other problems, Kyodo news agency said on Friday. The Science and Technology Ministry suspended activities at the units in Tokaimura, Ibaraki prefecture, after the agency reported 46 problems including procedural flaws, Kyodo said.
A Green Performance: Now Showing At Your Local Theater
August 31, 2007 10:31 AM - Nick Forland, ENN
In just seven years Arcola Theater has become one of London's favorite and most important theaters. Now it has a new plan to put its name in the green spotlight, a commitment to powering them with a sustainable solution.
Californians Switch Off To Avoid Brown Outs
August 31, 2007 08:34 AM - AARON C. DAVIS - Associated Press
California residents and businesses turned off lights, air conditioners and machinery Thursday to help the state weather an electricity shortage caused by soaring temperatures and high demand. The state's largest energy consumers had been notified that they might have to go dark to help prevent blackouts, but the mandatory interruptions at industrial, commercial and retail businesses were not needed.
Greenpeace Ship Arctic Sunrise Stops Coal Shipment
August 31, 2007 07:53 AM - Greenpeace
Toronto, Canada — The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise has stopped shipment of coal from reaching the Nanticoke Generating Station on Lake Erie, preventing the coal freighter Algomarine from delivering its dirty cargo.
Virgin's Branson to Shun Thirsty 4-Engined Planes
August 31, 2007 07:47 AM - Reuters
Virgin Group boss Richard Branson said on Friday he would aim to avoid buying fuel-thirsty four-engined airplanes in future for both economic and environmental reasons. Virgin Atlantic's fleet of 38 planes all have four engines, and it has six four-engined Airbus A380 superjumbos on order. But in April the airline announced it was buying 15 of Boeing's new fuel-efficient carbon-composite 787 Dreamliner jets with 2 engines.