Energy

New Methane Storage Technology Exceeds DOE Goals
January 25, 2008 11:14 AM - American Chemical Society

Hong-Cai Zhou and colleagues note that lack of an effective, economical and safe on-board storage system for methane gas has been one of the major hurdles preventing methane-driven automobiles from competing with traditional ones. Methane stands out among various alternative fuels when its profusion and availability are considered. However, the lack of an effective, economic and safe on-board storage system is one of the major technical barriers preventing methane-driven automobiles from competing with the traditional ones, say the study authors.

PG&E seeking to develop biomethane facility
January 25, 2008 05:27 AM - Reuters

California utility PG&E Corp said on Thursday it is looking for partners to develop and operate a biomethane facility as it looks to increase its use of renewable energy sources. Biomethane is pipeline-quality gas derived from organic material such as agricultural crops, manure or wood wastes. PG&E already has contracts to buy some natural gas captured from cow manure.

S.Korea SK Energy to ban single-hulled tankers 2010
January 25, 2008 05:05 AM - Reuters

South Korea's SK Energy, which operates the world's second-biggest refinery, said on Friday it will not use single-hulled oil tankers from 2010, a year ahead of the government's new deadline. SK Energy's move follows its rival GS Caltex, South Korea's second-biggest refiner, which said earlier this week it would ban such tankers from next year in the wake of the country's worst oil spill, which occurred last month.

Analysis: Banning “Bad” Biofuels, Becoming Better Consumers
January 24, 2008 02:41 PM - Raya Widenoja and Brian Halweil, Worldwatch Institute

Casual observers might consider it a setback for proponents of ethanol and biodiesel now that Europe is planning to ban biofuels made from crops grown on high-value conservation lands. But the truth is, shunning biofuels produced on wetlands, grasslands, and deforested land is good for both critics and supporters. Overall, it’s even good for the biofuel industry because it might restore some faith in their product, which has been attacked from all corners in recent months. The main problem with Europe’s new law, in fact, may be that it is not stringent enough.

Aker says to build $159 million carbon unit
January 24, 2008 09:06 AM - Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian industrial group Aker ASA said it and a partner will invest 875 million crowns ($159.3 million) to build a facility to capture carbon dioxide emissions, saying it will be the first and biggest of its kind. Aker predicted that building such plants for industrial and power plants around the world could become a business as important as building oil platforms, and that it could make money out of helping to solve the global climate crisis.

Gore says "changing light bulbs" not enough
January 24, 2008 08:39 AM - Reuters

Climate campaigner Al Gore urged world policymakers on Thursday to change laws "not just light bulbs" in tackling global warming, and a UN official said world market turmoil must not be allowed to delay action. An annual meeting of world political and business leaders in Davos, Switzerland, this year has scheduled a record number of sessions and workshops on global warming. But a sharp downturn on markets and fears of recession have dominated discussion.

French billionaire joins charge on car batteries
January 24, 2008 08:34 AM - Reuters

ERGUE-GABERIC, France (Reuters) - Billionaire corporate raider turned ecology activist Vincent Bollore on Thursday opened a factory to produce batteries for electric cars that could be flooding cities from Tokyo to Turin. The factory, on the site of a family's paper business started in 1822, will produce 10,000 lithium-metal-polymer batteries a year and cost 36 million euros ($52.8 million), taking investment in the project to 250 million euros, Bollore said during a press trip to the site.

Wind Energy Grows 45% in 2007
January 23, 2008 08:57 AM - , Triple Pundit

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reported last week record growth in wind power generation with 5,244 megawatts of capacity installed in 2007 – a 45% increase reflecting $9 billion in investment and 30% of all new power generating capacity in 2007. 2008, however, will likely show growing pains as there is a current shortage of wind turbines, a situation that the AWEA sees as a big opportunity for manufacturers and entrepreneurs wishing to get in on a growing market. There’s always a better mouse trap – wind energy technology is ripe for imaginative innovators to not only fill the current need for parts, but to continually make those parts better.

Iceland's hydrogen ship heralds fossil-free future
January 23, 2008 08:28 AM - Reuters

At first glance, the red ship hardly looks like a herald of the future. Even its owner admits the hull needs a coat of paint and the interior some spit and polish. But in a few weeks, the Elding -- Icelandic for "Lightning" -- will be transformed into the world's first hydrogen-equipped commercial vessel, the latest sign that Iceland is pushing hard to become the first nation to break free from the constraints of fossil fuel.

EU Commission details plan for 2020 emissions cuts
January 23, 2008 07:18 AM - Reuters

The European Union's executive arm unveiled on Wednesday details on how to slash greenhouse gas emissions by a fifth in 2020, including mandatory targets to produce renewable energy and curb industrial emissions. The European Commission said member states unable to meet mandatory renewables targets at home could pay other EU countries to install the likes of wind and solar power on their behalf.

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