New Microbial Fuel Cell Design Boosts Electricity Production
August 24, 2007 08:21 AM - Oregon State University
Biological engineers at Oregon State University have designed a microbial fuel cell that is capable of generating about 10 times more electricity than previously possible from an air cathode microbial fuel cell of the same size.
On-demand hydrogen: New fuel for a hydrogen economy?
August 24, 2007 08:01 AM - , Private Landowner Network
Hydrogen economy: These are two words not often seen together any more. The concept of a hydrogen economy has stalled, but is not dead, perhaps just waiting for new ideas, new technologies, new breakthroughs - thus renewed interest - to push it forward.
Climate, Biofuel New Challenge to Poverty Alleviation
August 24, 2007 07:43 AM - Reuters, Nao Nakanishi
Climate change and biofuels pose fresh challenges in the fight against poverty, which requires more than ever cooperation among scientists, the new head of an international body for agricultural research said.
Sony Develops Sweet Little Bio Battery
August 24, 2007 07:28 AM - Reuters
Sony has developed an environmentally-friendly prototype battery that runs on sugars and that can generate enough electricity to power a music player and a pair of speakers, the Japanese company said.
Pa. Governor Signs Law To Expand Alternative Energy Use, Solar Industries
August 23, 2007 08:11 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
ERIE, Pa. - The Governor of Pennsylvania signed a bill today to grow the alternative energy industry in that state. He did it while visiting an Erie County middle school that is adding a 30-kilowatt photovoltaic system as part of its renovation. The solar panels were funded with a $250,000 grant through the state's Energy Harvest program.
Costs Make LIPA Reconsider Offshore NY Wind Farm
August 23, 2007 05:23 PM - Reuters
The Long Island Power Authority is reconsidering an offshore wind project after a study it commissioned showed it could add $2.50 to the average monthly consumer power bill.
Great Lakes Waste Issues May Kill BP Refinery Plan
August 23, 2007 05:21 PM - Reuters, Matthew Robinson
British oil giant BP Plc may scrap a $3.8 billion expansion plan for its Whiting, Indiana, refinery if it cannot develop technology to limit the level of pollution the plant releases into Lake Michigan.
Scientist says tests back Russia Arctic claim
August 23, 2007 10:20 AM - Conor Sweeney -Reuters
A Russian scientist said on Thursday that fresh test results back his country's legal bid to take control of the Arctic, just weeks after a submarine planted the Russian national flag on the North Pole's seabed. The race to claim ownership of the Arctic, home to vast untapped gas and oil reserves, has intensified with Canada, Denmark, Norway and the U.S. all vying with Russia to build their political and legal case to claim jurisdiction.
Hot compost bugs promise greener car fuel
August 23, 2007 10:04 AM - Pete Harrison - Reuters
A laboratory of hot, bubbling jars of bacteria near London holds the key to curbing CO2 pollution from cars, says Hamish Curran, Chief Executive of Britain's TMO Renewables. "We believe what we've found is not far from the silver bullet, and our demonstration plant will be about showing that," Curran told Reuters during a visit to the group's laboratories in Guildford on Wednesday.
Got an addiction? Milk and oil prices rise, but demand remains strong
August 23, 2007 09:36 AM - Danielle Nierenberg -Worldwatch Institute
They're items nearly every American can't live without, and they've been in the news a lot this summer. As prices for gasoline and milk rise, consumers have balked at—but still paid for—gas that hovers at around $3 a gallon and milk that costs anywhere from $3 to $5 a carton. But the question isn't whether these prices are too high—it's whether we're paying enough for our penchant for cheap dairy and fossil fuels.