Energy

U.S. energy law drives alternative to corn ethanol
December 19, 2007 05:23 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. energy bill signed into law by President George W. Bush on Wednesday should drive a billion-dollar domestic business for a low-emissions domestic ethanol made from sources other than corn -- though it could take nearly a decade to go from the lab into car tanks.

Experts: Pricy Oil Will Push Renewable Fuels Development
December 19, 2007 03:02 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL - researchers at the University of Minnesota has discovered a silver lining in the increasing cost of oil. Midwest experts in research, government, business and nonprofit sectors who attended the university’s E3 conference last month were surveyed on what they think will promote sustainable energy research within their geographic domain. Forty percent of the respondents said the cost of oil is the primary driver.

A $15.8 Billion Organic Electronics Materials Market by 2015
December 19, 2007 12:29 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

GLEN ALLEN, Va. - The market for organic electronics materials will be worth $4.9 billion in 2012 surging to $15.8 billion in 2015, according to a new report from NanoMarkets, an industry analyst firm based here. The report, "Organic Harvest: Opportunities in Organic Electronic Materials" is the next in a series that analyzes the market for the semiconductors, conductors, dielectrics and substrates that will be used in the growing organic electronics industry. Details about the report can be found at www.nanomarkets.net. The firm has also released a blog entry that provides additional commentaries from the report at www.nanotopblog.com. Report summaries are available for members of the press upon request.

Biofuels: Let's look before we leap
December 19, 2007 09:05 AM - , SciDevNet

A commitment to biofuels should be based on a careful assessment of their prospective benefits and costs, not a blind leap of faith. Several years ago, faced with growing food shortages, the government of Burma — now Myanmar — ordered farmers throughout the country to start growing rice, whatever type of land they owned. But rice proved to be totally unsuitable for many of the regions in the country, with the result that many farmers were forced even further into poverty, from which they have yet to recover.

Nanotechnology and Meeting Our Energy Needs
December 19, 2007 09:00 AM - Andrew Burger, Organic Consumers Association

Source: Triple Pundit The US electricity distribution grid is around 100-years old and aging faster than new construction renews it while peak demand for electricity is projected to rise 19 percent nationally during the next decade--capital investments in electrical generation, transmission and distribution are forecast to grow by only 6 percent over the same period, according to the Electrical Power Research Initiative. Researchers at E2TAC, the Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center at the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) are researching and developing a range of leading edge nanoscale technologies that hold out the promise of realizing greater yields at lower costs across a range of conventional, as well as renewable alternative power generation technologies.

EU agrees steep fines to cut car CO2
December 19, 2007 06:41 AM - Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission agreed on proposed legislation on Wednesday to force down emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from cars with steeply rising fines on manufacturers that fail to comply, an EU source said. The European Union executive set a four-year phase-in period for fines on manufacturers whose fleets exceed an average of 120 grams per km of the main greenhouse gas blamed for global warming from 2012.

Biggest U.S. solar panel farms open in Nevada, Colo
December 18, 2007 08:10 PM - Reuters

A 14-megawatt solar farm covering 140 acres opened at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday. It will generate 30,000 megawatt hours a year and will supply about a quarter of the electricity used at the air base. About 12,000 people live and work on the base.

Texas vows to attract other carbon-capture plants
December 18, 2007 06:59 PM - Reuters

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas regulator said Tuesday that while the state was not able to land a $1.5 billion "near-zero" emission coal plant, he wants to find ways to attract other projects that seek to capture and store carbon dioxide, a gas blamed for global warming. Mattoon in central Illinois was named Tuesday as the home for the proposed FutureGen coal plant, beating out Jewett and Odessa, Texas, and another Illinois site in a national competition.

Alberta orders Suncor to solve emission problems
December 18, 2007 06:34 PM - Reuters

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - The Alberta government said on Tuesday it ordered Suncor Energy Inc to come up with a plan to cut emissions of deadly hydrogen sulfide at its oil sands operations after several reports of high concentrations this year.

FutureGen picks Illinois for coal project
December 18, 2007 06:34 PM - Reuters

HOUSTON (Reuters) - The FutureGen Alliance selected a site in Illinois to build a $1.5 billion electric generating plant that industry officials say is needed to research and test technology to burn coal and control carbon dioxide emissions which are blamed for global warming.

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