Energy

Solatubes: Power-free lighting solution
January 1, 2008 11:15 AM - , Triple Pundit

If you're looking for an innovative and highly energy efficient daylighting system, Solatube may be the answer. These sunlight tubes combine art and science to provide beautiful and functional daylighting. This technology has actually been tauted as one of the most technologically advanced daylighting products available today. The combination of creative component integration along with a sleek design provides an abundance of pure, clean and natural light for any interior space.

Nobel Expert: Car Industry Can Reach, Exceed New Standards
December 31, 2007 10:54 PM - UC Davis, Newswire

Davis California - UC Davis auto fuels authority Daniel Sperling says that despite years of automakers "kicking and screaming" about the new mileage standards that Congress set this week, the industry should be able to reach -- even exceed -- 35 mpg by 2020.

Utilities Remind Customers: Protect Home From Carbon Monoxide
December 31, 2007 10:07 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

SAN FRANCISCO - Many customers are turning gas furnaces on to stay warm as cold winter weather arrives in force. The west coast utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company reminds customers nationwide to make sure all gas furnaces and appliances inside the home are in proper working order. Gas appliances that do not burn properly can produce unsafe concentrations of carbon monoxide, a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas that can cause serious illness and even death if not detected.

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.

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