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Is Cellulosic Ethanol All it’s Cracked Up to Be?

The EPA has long promoted cellulosic ethanol as the future of biofuels, but technical challenges have kept production far below targets. A recent rule change allows RNG, renewable natural gas, to qualify as cellulosic biofuel even though RNG is not...

Posted December 15, 2014    

Renewable Natural Gas Helps Reduce Emissions, Policy Support Needed

Natural gas use is growing throughout the world as new drilling techniques open up vast shale and other tight resources. The result is low-cost gas flooding the market. The environmental advantages of natural gas over other fossil fuels have...

Posted December 8, 2014    

Power-to-Gas Enables Massive Energy Storage

A power-to-gas facility in Rozenburg, The Netherlands. Photo credit: Jared Anderson/Breaking EnergyPower-to-Gas (PtG) enables the natural gas pipeline network to be used for energy storage, resolving many of the integration issues that plague...

Posted December 6, 2014    

Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Power Cycles Starting to Hit the Market

Supercritical CO2 power cycles are gaining increasing attention in the engineering world. sCO2 is an ideal working fluid for use in power generating turbines because it offers high efficiency in a compact footprint and can be matched to many...

Posted December 4, 2014    

CCS Breakthrough: sCO2 Power Cycles Offer Improved Efficiency and Integrated Carbon Capture

NET Power, a young company from Durham, NC recently announced they will construct the first of a kind natural gas fueled power generation system with zero air emissions and complete carbon capture. NET Power’s Allam Cycle technology combines oxy-...

Posted November 18, 2014    

Underground Coal Gasification Gets New Start in USA

Linc Energy recently received a research & development license for Underground Coal Gasification (UCG), the first issued in the USA in twenty years. Linc Energy is moving ahead with a demonstration phase project in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin,...

Posted November 11, 2014    

Is Small-Scale GTL the Next Big Thing?

Converting natural gas to liquid fuels using Fischer-Tropsch conversion is not a new idea but it has always been a big one, meaning it has always required very large and expensive production facilities. Royal Dutch Shell and South Africa’s Sasol...

Posted November 7, 2014    

Tesla is the World's First Digital Car

The new dashboard of Tesla ‘D’ model electric sedan is seen on a giant screen during Elon Musk’s , CEO of Tesla, unveiling of the dual engine chassis of the new Tesla ‘D’ model, a faster and all-wheel-drive version of the Model S electric sedan, at...

Posted October 29, 2014    

The Case for Electric Vehicles, Part 2: EV Costs

Electric Vehicles today are considered to be more expensive to purchase than their Internal Combustion Engine counterparts. But the purchase price of EV’s versus ICE vehicles tells an incomplete story about the comparative costs.While none of the EV...

Posted October 15, 2014    

The Case for Electric Vehicles, Part 1: The Driving Experience

I recently had the opportunity to test drive the Tesla Model S P85, the high-performance version of the highly acclaimed all-electric luxury sedan. Like many drivers of the Model S, I was thoroughly impressed by the performance of this machine and...

Posted October 14, 2014    

Can North America Harmonize Energy Policy?

There have been a variety of efforts in recent years to harmonize energy policy and markets across the US, Canada, and Mexico. At the North American Gas Forum meeting this past week in Washington D.C. some of these efforts were discussed....

Posted October 6, 2014    

New Report on Water Impacts of Shale Gas Development

On September 12th, the World Resources Institute held an event to unveil their new report on the fresh water impacts of shale gas development. The WRI report examines the availability of freshwater across shale plays globally. Shale resources of...

Posted September 18, 2014