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Catalyzing Greener Products

December 3, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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Catalyzing Green

Yuriy Román leads a research group in MIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering. The core of his research is the catalytic conversion of the inedible parts of plant matter, such as cellulose and lignin, into chemicals useful for making fuels and substances like plastics, lubricants, and pharmaceuticals.[read more]

Torrefaction via Radio Waves

November 25, 2014 by Robert Rapier
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Radio Waves and Energy

I have found over the years that the vast majority of biomass to energy projects aren’t economically viable for one reason or another. I have looked at companies that utilize many different conversion technologies, and most of the time my job consisted of searching for fatal flaws of different approaches.[read more]

The Big Apple Embraces Long-Duration Energy Storage

May 6, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Embracing Energy Storage

A little over two years ago we reported that utility-scale energy storage could be just “around the corner” thanks to innovative flow-battery technology that relies on a rare earth mineral called vanadium. Well, that vision leapt closer to reality last week.[read more]

Methane Hydrates: The Ice That Burns

October 22, 2013 by Robert Rapier
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Methane hydrates are compounds in which methane (natural gas) forms an ice-like crystalline compound with water. Methane hydrates are flammable in the crystalline form, and methane can be extracted from them and burned.[read more]