Plastic waste is adding to the ever-increasing greenhouse gases problem

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New research from Hawaii reveals plastics release GHG emissions. Due to common plastics degrading in the environment emitting greenhouse gases (GHG), plastic waste is now an even bigger environmental problem. This discovery was recently made by researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST). Exposure to ultraviolet light triggers the effect. The study, which was published in the journal PLOS ONE, reports that the most common plastics degrading in landfills and oceans emit the greenhouse gases methane and ethylene when they…

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New membrane could help make hydrogen production less expensive and more efficient

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Researchers develop new ceramic membrane that can produce hydrogen from methane Researchers from the Institute of Chemical Technology, the Valencia Polytechnic University, and the Superior Council of Scientific Investigation, have developed a new ceramic membrane that allows for hydrogen fuel to be produced from methane. The researchers suggest that this process can be accomplished with nearly no energy loss. The membrane could open up a way for hydrogen fuel to be produced in an affordable and efficient manner, which may help make fuel cells much more popular. Finding efficient ways…

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Methane emissions are growing, which may be accelerating climate change

Report shows that methane emissions are growing very quickly Rising carbon dioxide emissions are often cited as a major contributor to climate change, but methane may actually be much more problematic for the environment. Scientists from Stanford University have released a new report, which highlights the growth in methane emissions and the potential effect this can have on climate change. The report notes that methane emissions hit new heights in 2014 and 2015. Moreover, methane emissions have been growing since 2007 and researchers are not entirely sure why this is…

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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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Ground broken at new hydrogen fuel facility in Germany

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New hydrogen fuel facility begins taking form ITM Power, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells and hydrogen-centric technologies, has announced that ground has been broken on a new power-to-gas facility that is taking root in Frankfurt, Germany. The company has teamed with the Thuga Group, an energy utility conglomerate based in Germany, in order to demonstrate the benefits of an effective power-to-gas system. The facility is currently slated to begin producing and supplying hydrogen fuel into the German infrastructure by the end of the year. New facility to mix…

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Natural gas on the rise in the US

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Natural gas production is spiking in the US Natural gas production is one the rise in the U.S. While natural gas is still considered a fossil-fuel, it burns much more cleanly than petroleum and coal, making it a suitable alternative to traditional energy systems, in terms of environmentally friendliness. The federal government has begun tapping into the country native natural gas reserves in order to better support the energy needs of its citizens. As the U.S. inches closer to becoming a major energy exporter through its increased production of natural…

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Carbon capture becomes target of feasibility study in the UK

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UK government sets sights on carbon capture and storage The United Kingdom Department of Energy and Climate Change has been keenly interested in the concept of carbon capture and storage recently. The concept is simple enough, as it refers to the literal capture of carbon dioxide gas and the storage of this gas so that it does not damage the environment. Carbon capture is considered an effective way to mitigate the environmental impact of CO2 emissions, but the concept has proven difficult to bring into reality. Feasibility study to examine…

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Largest methane production plant in the world goes live in Germany

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New gas-to-power facility activated in Germany with a focus on methane Germany’s Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wurttemberg has activated the world’s largest power-to-gas plant. The facility will serve as home to research regarding alternative energy and fuel production. The research facility will use solar energy to produce methane gas, which will then be added to the German natural gas grid. Though methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, it can be used in fuel cells to produce electricity, as an alternative to hydrogen. Alternative energy foundation eyes methane…

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Methane biofuel produced through the use of microbes

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New methane production method could be a boon for industry Researchers from Stanford University and Pennsylvania State University have been working on a new system that produces industrial gases through the use of microorganisms. Scientists from the universities believe that microbes can be used to create methane gas and other chemical compounds using electricity generated from renewable sources. Methane can, in turn, be used to power fuel cells and other energy systems that produce clean electricity. Researchers believe that their method of fuel production could eliminate the need for fossil-fuels…

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South Carolina backs hydrogen development program from BMW

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The South Carolina Research Authority has teamed with BMW in an effort to push hydrogen fuel technology beyond its current boundaries. The effort revolves almost entirely around converting landfill gas into hydrogen gas, a practice that has been gaining momentum recently and has caught the interest of several major automakers. BMW has been experimenting with how landfill gas can translate into sustainable fuel and has found its uses to lie in the capabilities of hydrogen fuel cells. South Carolina has taken a particular interest in this method of fuel production…

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BMW’s ambitious new project seeks to transform landfill gas into hydrogen

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BMW has unveiled ambitious plans for a new project in which researchers will experiment with converting landfill gases into hydrogen. The illustrious auto maker has been an advocate for hydrogen fuel for some time now and is well aware of the inherent flaws in conventional fuel cell systems. BMW has long held that fuel cells can benefit the environment beyond its uses for zero-emission transportation – they can also be used to clean the air and dispose of certain noxious gases. The first phase of the project will focus on…

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