Seven years in for this energy and fuel webblog lends a certain appreciation for what has happened. Looking back to 2007 can be instructive on our progress. Out in front, to no particular surprise, is the oil and gas industry. Especially the free world’s private energy companies. Back in ’07, “Oil and gas looked to […]



Researchers at the Netherland’s KU Leuven’s Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis have successfully converted sawdust into building blocks for gasoline. With the invention of a new chemical process, they were able to convert the cellulose of wood sawdust into hydrocarbon chains. These hydrocarbons can be used as an additive in gasoline, or as a […]



Scientists at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in Korea and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany have developed a new energy conversion and storage system using seawater for the cathode in a fuel cell. We’ve seen that sodium can serve as an alternative to lithium in rechargeable batteries. That’s because the reversible […]



Researchers from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the Universidad Miguel Hernández of Elche have found the way to increase biomass production by using sewage sludge as energy crop fertilizers. The idea’s press release is getting international attention. Its not a new idea exactly. The City of Milwaukee Wisconsin has been the source of “Milorganite“, […]



A team of researchers from Vanderbilt University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has reported a discovery of an entirely new form of crystalline order that simultaneously exhibits both crystal and polycrystalline properties. The newly found crystalline order is being described as “interlaced crystals”. The interlaced crystal arrangement has properties that make it ideal for […]



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