Energy

Helium in coal seams may aid safe gas extraction
September 29, 2017 02:18 PM - University of Edinburgh

Natural deposits of helium gas – best known for its use in party balloons – could help aid the safe production of shale or coal gas, research suggests.

Bioreactors on a chip renew promises for algal biofuels
September 29, 2017 10:49 AM - Boyce Thompson Institute

For over a decade, companies have promised a future of renewable fuel from algae. Investors interested in moving the world away from fossil fuel have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the effort, and with good reason. Algae replicate quickly, requiring little more than water and sunlight to accumulate to massive amounts, which then convert atmospheric CO2 into lipids (oils) that can be harvested and readily processed into biodiesel.

Bioreactors on a chip renew promises for algal biofuels
September 29, 2017 10:49 AM - Boyce Thompson Institute

For over a decade, companies have promised a future of renewable fuel from algae. Investors interested in moving the world away from fossil fuel have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the effort, and with good reason. Algae replicate quickly, requiring little more than water and sunlight to accumulate to massive amounts, which then convert atmospheric CO2 into lipids (oils) that can be harvested and readily processed into biodiesel.

DOE Should Take Steps Toward Facilitating Energy Development on Its Public Lands
September 28, 2017 04:45 PM - National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

The U.S. Department of Energy should place a higher priority on developing an accurate and actionable inventory of agency-owned or managed properties that can be leased or sold for energy development, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report recommends a sequence of activities DOE can follow to manage its lands and identify properties that have promising profiles for energy resource development.

DOE Should Take Steps Toward Facilitating Energy Development on Its Public Lands
September 28, 2017 04:45 PM - National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

The U.S. Department of Energy should place a higher priority on developing an accurate and actionable inventory of agency-owned or managed properties that can be leased or sold for energy development, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report recommends a sequence of activities DOE can follow to manage its lands and identify properties that have promising profiles for energy resource development.

India Aims to Electrify All Households by End of 2018
September 27, 2017 04:52 PM - Yale Environment 360

India has launched a new $2.5 billion initiative to provide power to the 40 million households in the country that still don’t have electricity. The project aims to electrify the homes — which represent about a quarter of India’s households — by the end of 2018, Reuters reported.

Energy technologies get a boost toward commercial use
September 26, 2017 05:53 PM - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Six energy technologies that do everything from protect fish to monitor the health of flow batteries are getting a boost at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

DOE is awarding PNNL nearly $1.5 million to bring six technologies closer to commercial use. The projects were announced today by DOE's Office of Technology Transitions, which selected them for funding from its Technology Commercialization Fund. The technologies show great promise, but need further development to improve their potential use in commercial products or services.

Seaweed-fueled cars? Maybe one day, with help of new tech
September 25, 2017 05:51 PM - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Cars and trucks might one day run on biofuel made from seaweed with the help of two technologies being developed at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

A Sustainable Future Powered by Sea
September 22, 2017 09:30 AM - Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University

Professor Tsumoru Shintake at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) yearns for a clean future, one that is affordable and powered by sustainable energy. Originally from the high-energy accelerator field, in 2012 he decided to seek new energy resources—wind and solar were being explored in depth, but he moved toward the sea instead.

A Sustainable Future Powered by Sea
September 22, 2017 09:30 AM - Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University

Professor Tsumoru Shintake at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) yearns for a clean future, one that is affordable and powered by sustainable energy. Originally from the high-energy accelerator field, in 2012 he decided to seek new energy resources—wind and solar were being explored in depth, but he moved toward the sea instead.

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