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This gigantic hybrid ship can run on a battery

28 Jun

Originally posted on Grist:

Although gigantic ships are relatively efficient — compared to, say, transporting massive amounts of stuff by airplane — they do use an astounding amount of fuel. The shipping industry is working on this problem. In particular, a Norwegian shipping company and a marine energy company are partnering to work on a hybrid ship, the Viking Lady.

The Viking Lady (how awesome is that name?) already has a fuel cell installed that helps reduce its energy impact. Next year it should be getting a battery. Together, those features will mean it won’t have to burn gas while it’s hanging out in port — not only saving energy, but keeping down emissions.

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Oil prices rebound as Spanish bond prices recover

19 Jun

Originally posted on Financial Post | Business:

By Sherry Su and Rupert Rowling

Oil rebounded along with equity markets as Spanish bond prices recovered after the government met its target at a debt auction.

Futures in New York rose as much as 0.5 percent, after dropping 1.2 percent, as the cost of insuring Spain’s debt fell from a record. Greek political leaders may agree as soon as today to form a government and to seek relief from austerity measures, also helping ease concern that Europe’s debt crisis will curb fuel demand. Talks with Iran, OPEC’s second-largest producer, resumed today in Moscow over its nuclear program.

“Spain had to pay much higher interest rates for its bills, but attracted sufficient buying interest, which is apparently seen as positive,” said Carsten Fritsch, an analyst at Commerzbank AG in Frankfurt. “Supply risks are not really an issue at the moment.”

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Romney energy advisor on oil subsidies: four more years!

12 Jun

Originally posted on Grist:

In an appearance before the Senate Finance Committee tomorrow, the CEO of Continental Resources will argue for preserving the billions of dollars in tax subsidies the federal government provides to oil companies each year. Given that Continental Resources bills itself as “America’s Oil Champion” (after, we assume, a difficult championship battle), the CEO’s stance probably comes as no surprise. In fact, it’s hard to figure out why the Senate’s even bothering to hear from him, when a large blinking sign reading MORE MONEY PLS would be functionally equivalent.

But the CEO of Continental Resources, one Harold Hamm, isn’t just another energy executive. He’s also chair of Mitt Romney’s energy advisory team. The Hill got a copy of his planned testimony, in which Hamm declares that “[t]he tax provisions that let us keep our own money to reinvest in drilling are crucial to keep this energy revival going.” More…

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Shell Hosting Arctic Oil Rig Launch Party

7 Jun

Not everything goes as planned at Shell’s launch party in the Seattle Space Needle.

Solar-Powered Plane Attempts Intercontinental Trip

5 Jun

Originally posted on NewsFeed:

Pilot Bertrand Piccard says his solar-powered plane isn’t as much for carrying passengers as it is for carrying a message about the future of clean energy.

Piccard and Andre Boschberg, along with their group Solar Impulse, have created a solar-powered plane capable of flying night and day, now on the final leg of an intercontinental journey from Switzerland to Spain and across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco. As the plane glides toward its destination, interested people can track its progress—including speed and available power—live on the group’s website.

The carbon fiber Solar Impulse plane, which creators say has the wingspan of an Airbus A340 but weighs as much as an average family car, runs on 12,000 solar cells that power four electrical motors.

(MORE:The Coming U.S.-China Solar War)

“By writing the next pages in aviation history with solar energy, and voyaging around the world…

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The Door To Hell

30 Mar

The Door to Hell, a cavern generously filled with natural gas, was discovered in 1971 by Soviet geologists. This gas rich area is situated near the village of Derweze, Turkmenistan 40°15′10″N 58°26′22″E. While drilling, the ground beneath the rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of 70 meters / 250 ft behind. Authorities decided to burn the gas to avoid toxic discharge. The gas is still burning today, even though geologists initially estimated that the fire would use all the fuel in a matter of days.

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Thorium: Holy Grail Of Energy?

19 Dec

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Thorium is readily available and can be turned into energy without generating transuranic wastes. Thorium’s capacity as nuclear fuel was discovered during WW II, but ignored because it was unsuitable for making bombs. A liquid-fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR) is the optimal approach for harvesting energy from Thorium, and has the potential to solve today’s energy/climate crisis. LFTR is a type of Thorium Molten Salt Reactor (Th-MSR). This video summarizes over 6 hours worth of thorium talks given by Kirk Sorensen and other thorium technologists.

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