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Can Coal Fly Ash Waste Be Put To Good Use?

A huge coal ash spill was discovered on February 2 at the Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina that has caused significant damage to the Dan River. The spill was caused when a storm drain pipe that runs underneath the 27 acre containment pond...

Posted February 24, 2014    

Carbon Dioxide Can Be A Resource Rather Than A Waste Product

I recently wrote an article titled “Carbon Conversion is Key to Solving Climate Change Problems” where I discussed the need to develop markets for carbon dioxide based products.  Rather than rely on underground carbon sequestration that treats...

Posted February 19, 2014    

Carbon Conversion is Key to Solving Climate Change Problems

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law an amendment to the Clean Air Act that mandated emissions reductions of the harmful pollutant sulfur dioxide, SO2, from coal-fired power plants. The government did not instruct industry how they...

Posted February 10, 2014    

Growth of LNG Fuel in Maritime Shipping

Growth of LNG Fuel in Maritime ShippingThe marine shipping industry is moving towards a heavy use of LNG, driven primarily by new emissions standards that come into place in 2015 combined with the low cost of natural gas from unconventional shale...

Posted January 20, 2014    

Renewables and Natural Gas are Partners, Part II: Proof of Concept

Wind, solar and biogas combine to keep the lights on in GermanyIn Germany a test has been successfully conducted of a 100% renewable energy power plant using wind, solar and biogas to provide round the clock electric power. The Kombikraftwerk 2 is a...

Posted December 9, 2013    

How Much Methane Is There?

There has been a lot of talk this week about a new PNAS study which found much higher levels of methane in the atmosphere than previously estimated.  Reactions to the study were predictable.  Climate activists sounded the alarm and...

Posted December 3, 2013    

Renewables and Natural Gas are Partners Not Opponents

Renewable energy sources and natural gas should be considered as complements and not rivals.  A hybrid gas-electric clean energy provides a workable engineering solution while 100% Renewables models based heavily on wind, solar and efficiency...

Posted November 25, 2013    

Critique of the 100 Percent Renewable Energy for New York Plan

100% Renewable Energy for New York State from Wind, Water and Solar. Really?I feel compelled to respond to a paper that is widely referenced by anti-hydrofracking activists as proof that New York can move beyond fossil fuels and power 100% of its...

Posted November 17, 2013