CO2 emissions have “postponed” next ice age by tens of thousands of years

Human-generated greenhouse gases emissions may delay the Earth’s next ice age by a minimum of 100,000 years. Carbon (CO2) emissions created by humans have been blamed for having many unpleasant effects on the planet, from severe droughts, to extreme weather, to pollution, to rising sea levels. However, a team of German scientists say that these CO2 emissions are likely the reason why there are no signs of a new ice age and why there won’t be one in the near future. The Industrial Revolution saved the planet from the onset…

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Chemical engineer creates zero-waste cleaning solution for biogas

The waste generated by renewable gas production can be transformed into fertilizer. Andrew White, a Canadian chemical engineer, has developed a product that he calls the SulfaCHAR system, which can convert the waste that results from producing biogas into fertilizer. According to White, his SulfaChar system removes chemical waste from the biogas process, which stops gas engines from becoming ruined by hydrogen sulfide (H2S), and also boosts a renewable gas facility’s profitability, reported Reuters. The decomposition process of the clean gas produces not so clean waste. While biogas can help…

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Technology reduces waste to energy facility emissions by more than half

An updated emission control system makes a Vancouver W2E facility even greener. Metro Vancouver’s Waste to Energy (W2E) Facility, located in British Columbia (B.C.), Canada, has lowered its emissions by 53% since the start of 2015, which is about equal to taking 20,000 vehicles off the road; a feat that was made possible by an updated emissions control system developed by Covanta Burnaby Renewable Energy. The technology minimizes nitrogen oxides. According to a Wire Service media release, Covanta’s trademark technology was developed to serve as a retrofit for facilities already…

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Firms Shifting Focus from Fossil Fuels to Hydrogen

Since the Industrial Revolution, fossil fuels have powered global economies, and up until now they are the primary sources for energy. Growing concerns for the environment led the industry to search for alternative solutions, including solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal, and biomass energy. However, the accessibility of oil, gas, and coal still plays a pertinent role in everyday operations. World Watch Institute reported that the total global fossil fuel consumption in 2012 was 87 percent and predicted that coal consumption would surpass oil by 2017. But given the current situation of…

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Solar Power goes Mainstream In Europe

When the talk turns to renewable energy sources and lessening our dependency on fossil fuels, good old solar power always gets brought up. One of the factors in determining the viability of alternate energy sources is the cost. Ten years ago, it cost $70 per watt to install solar panels. Nowadays, that price tag has shrunk to just $1.34, at least in Europe. A sight that’s becoming increasingly common in Europe Here Comes The Sun … At Least In Europe Solar photovoltaic generation, or PV, is on the rise. Currently,…

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Air Fuel Synthesis creates new clean fuel for vehicles

Clean Transportation

Air Fuel Synthesis uses hydrogen to produce new kind of clean fuel Hydrogen is currently the most popular clean fuel that is expected to revolutionize the future of transportation, but it may soon be nothing more than a step in a larger equation that produces another clean fuel. Late last week, a small British company called Air Fuel Synthesis suggested it was possible to produce vehicle fuel from air, using hydrogen as a component in the process. Such an accomplishment could have profound implications for the environment, most notably removing large…

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National poll shows Americans support carbon emissions regulations

Alternative Energy news

Yale and George Mason University team to conduct poll on climate change The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication has released the results to a new national poll. The project, which is part of Yale University’s investigation of public opinion regarding climate change, received assistance from the George Mason University Center for Climate Change and Communication. The two aimed to investigate how many Americans supported the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions and how high the demand for emissions reductions is throughout the country. Climate change a political issue in the…

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RGGI caps to tighten in six of the nine of the states participating in the initiative

Alternative Energy News

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a U.S. regulatory plan to reduce carbon emissions, has been met with a degree of success. The nine states that are currently participating in the initiative have successfully lowered emissions by enforcing stringent caps on greenhouse gases. Now, six of the nine participating states have announced that they will be working to eliminate 72% of the carbon allowances they currently hold. These allowances are often sold to companies that produce a significant amount of greenhouse gases, allowing them to avoid running into regulatory action…

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Alternative energy attracts its trillionth investment dollar – outpaces fossil-fuel investment for the first time

Fuelcell Energy Industry Financial News

Alternative energy has passed a milestone last month. For the first time, renewable energy investments have surpassed those of fossil-fuels, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. In November, the trillionth dollar had been invested in alternative energy, making it one of the most promising industries in the world in terms of growth and potential. The growing popularity of sustainable technologies and energy efficiency methods has begun to show, painting a bright future for alternative energy. In 2004, annual investments in alternative energy reached $52 billion. In 2010, those investments had…

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Students granted a sneak peak into the future

Engineering students at the University of Missouri-Kansas are getting a sneak peek of Toyota’s new hydrogen fuel cell concept cars. Students are abuzz with excitement as they get the chance to see the future of what they may be designing one day. Toyota’s new concept cars are said to be the next step in hybrid vehicles, utilizing a new brand of hydrogen fuel cell for power. The Toyota Fuel Cell Advanced Hybrid Vehicle is similar to the already popular Prius, but uses no gasoline. Instead, electrical power is generated by…

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New research showing expensive platinum may be replaced

Acal Energy Ltd. is a small company that was founded in 2004 in the United Kingdom. The company develops fuel cell systems and consumable chemicals for stationary, residential, electronic, and automotive applications.  They have been working with hydrogen fuel cells and receiving a large portion of their funding, approximately 1 million pounds (1.6 million U.S.), from a U.K. government agency for their research. A Belgium chemical company and a Japanese car company are working with them too. So what does this company have that everyone wants to be a part…

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Norway public transit system gets a hydrogen upgrade

The public transit system of Norway is heading for a high-tech upgrade as plans have been announced to power buses with hydrogen fuel cells. Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer in fuel cells, has been called upon to provide the fuel cells for buses operated by HyNor Oslo Buss Group. Ballard’s module, the FCvelovity, is a sixth generation fuel cell that comes in both 75kW and 150kW ratings. The buses are slated to be used for regular passenger service by the end of the year. Ballard will furnish the Rosenholm…

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What is hydrogen fuel cell and why is it better

Hydrogen Based Economy

Hydrogen fuel is an alternative energy source that is now being explored to be a source of fuel for passenger vehicles. Researches and studies have confirmed that hydrogen fuel cells can be used to provide power for electric motors as well as burned in ICEs or internal combustion engines. There are two natural elements that are combined to make water and one of them is hydrogen. Hydrogen is an element that carries energy and it can be a compact energy source for batteries and fuel cells.   There are several…

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