Energy

Europe Wants To Turn Wine Into Biofuel
August 28, 2007 06:30 PM - Reuters

BRUSSELS - The European Union has opened a tender to sell unwanted wine in four countries for use in making bioethanol, its Official Journal said on Tuesday. The tender would offer roughly 693,376 hectoliters of wine alcohol stored in France, Greece, Italy and Spain. The deadline for bids was September 10, it said in its latest edition. France, the world's largest wine producer, would offer 239,995 hectoliters of wine alcohol for distillation, while Italy and Spain would offer 200,000 hectoliters apiece. The balance of roughly 53,381 hectoliters will come from Greece.

Japan cautions against resource nationalism
August 28, 2007 11:00 AM - Osamu Tsukimori and Kentaro Hamada -Reuters

Japan's trade minister said Kazakhstan's move this week to suspend work on the huge Kashagan oilfield echoed Russia's row over the Sakhalin-2 oil project and he cautioned against the spread of global resource nationalism.

Energy efficiency seen easy way to aid climate: U.N.
August 28, 2007 07:41 AM - Alister Doyle - Reuters

Energy efficiency for power plants, buildings and cars is the easiest way to slow global warming in an investment shift set to cost hundreds of billions of dollars, the United Nations said on Tuesday. A U.N. report about climate investments, outlined to a meeting in Vienna of 1,000 delegates from 158 nations, also said emissions of greenhouse gases could be curbed more cheaply in developing nations than in rich states.

New Maine Wind Turbine Protects Seabirds
August 27, 2007 08:57 PM - Krishna Ramanujan

Appledore Island, Maine - It's a wind turbine, with a heart, some might say, and the ability to swing out of the way of migrating birds. This custom-designed tower by Robert Pechie, engineer and CEO of Northeast Wind Energy, has a counterbalance and a pivot-point built into the long mast that holds the turbine and allows operators to easily swing the turbine down for maintenance, educational inspections or to protect migrating birds.

Israeli Researchers To Investigate Ocean Energy Source
August 27, 2007 03:48 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

University of Haifa, Israel - The University of Haifa in cooperation with Stanford University, is embarking on a unique, wide-ranging research effort to investigate energy production using a gas lying just below the sea floor, as an alternative to oil.

Department of Energy to Make Available up to $33.8 Million to Support Commercial Production of Cellulosic Biofuels
August 27, 2007 01:37 PM - U.S Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that will make available up to $33.8 million to support the development of commercially viable enzymes - a key step to enabling bio-based production of clean, renewable biofuels such as cellulosic ethanol. As part of the President’s Twenty in Ten Plan, DOE is pursuing a long-term strategy to support increased availability and cost-effective use of renewable and alternative fuels. Twenty in Ten seeks to displace 20 percent of U.S. gasoline usage by 2017 through diversification of clean energy sources and increased vehicle efficiency.

China to spend $925 million on clean energy
August 27, 2007 10:19 AM - Reuters

China will this year launch a fund with 7 billion yuan ($925 million) to spend on energy-saving projects such as efficient lightbulbs as it seeks to curb soaring demand for power, Chinese media reported. The cash is part of a scheme unveiled by the country's top economic planner to tackle pollution and energy problems, which Beijing fears may fuel domestic unrest or international tension.

BLM Launches Effort to Facilitate Renewable Energy Development on Federal Lands
August 27, 2007 07:35 AM - blm.gov

In response to the increased national demand for clean renewable energy, the Bureau of Land Management today announced it will prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) analyzing areas with high potential for geothermal energy development. According to a notice published in today’s Federal Register, the PEIS will examine the environmental impacts of boosting geothermal leasing in areas with high potential for near-term exploration and development of geothermal resources. If deemed appropriate by the PEIS, the BLM will amend the land use plans in those areas to allow for expanded leasing.

Astronomers Find Gaping Hole In The Universe, Dark Matter
August 24, 2007 08:36 PM - Mark Cassutt, University of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL - University of Minnesota astronomers have found an enormous hole in the Universe, nearly a billion light-years across, empty of both normal matter such as stars, galaxies and gas, as well as the mysterious, unseen "dark matter." While earlier studies have shown holes, or voids, in the large-scale structure of the Universe, this new discovery dwarfs them all.

Low-Cost, High-Tech Way To Strengthen Deteriorating Bridges
August 24, 2007 06:36 PM - Ed Stiles, College of Engineering, University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona - A University of Arizona engineering professor has developed an easy, low-cost way to strengthen thousands of aging steel and concrete bridges across the country. The technology could have prevented Minnesota's IH-35W bridge collapse and could be used to repair tens of thousands of substandard bridges, says Professor Hamid Saadatmanesh, of UA's Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department.

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