A group of researchers led by Shriram Ramanathan at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are increasingly optimistic about the commercial viability of making fuel cells practical and affordable.  From advances in nanostructured devices, lower operating temperatures, and the use of an abundant fuel source and cheaper materials commercial viability of the technology [...]

Researchers have developed a soap-like additive for CO2 that turns it into a viable solvent for commercial-scale enhanced oil recovery to increase the amount of crude oil that can be extracted from oil fields.  This might be a major step in oil field recovery, which could vastly expand the world reserves. At the UK’s University [...]

Raser Technologies, Inc. has finalized a deal with a group of private investors led by California investor Carl E. Berg that forms a new electric automotive company intent on building pickup trucks and SUVs for fleet customers. Kraig Higginson, Chairman of Raser Technologies explains, “We have been successful in the development of a very promising [...]

Ideas For Thankfulness

November 25, 2010 | 3 Comments

It’s a healthy tradition – thinking of the year, the things to be thankful for.  In our arena of energy and fuels 2010 didn’t see any major or abrupt market shifts in supply or demand to trigger price spikes.  On the other hand the supply to demand measure kept prices high enough that much of [...]

The U.S. National Defense Authorization Act for 2010 directs the Comptroller General to complete a report on rare earth elements (REE) material. REEs are the fifteen elements with atomic numbers 57 through 71, from lanthanum to lutetium ( the lanthanides), plus yttrium, atomic number 39, which is chemically similar to the lanthanide elements and thus [...]

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