University of Minnesota (UM) engineering researchers in the College of Science and Engineering have recently discovered a new alloy material that converts heat directly into electricity. Getting from heat to electric power has a loss of the energy i.e. steam to turbine to generator with each step having energy losses of significance that the UM […]

Freedom At Risk

June 22, 2011 | 6 Comments

One hundred years ago having a horse was the vehicle of personal freedom – personal transportation, the means to go where we want when we want.  Loose that and freedom as an experience of life will diminish, the standard of living as felt collapses, access to choice goes out of reach.  Your freedom is under […]

Many expect that LED technology is the electric light source for the future.  It would be a very good bet.  LEDs offer very low power consumption and long life.  The current downside is the initial investment and the replacement cost projection.  The economics work, but it takes years. University of Miami professor at the College […]

A Whole New System

June 20, 2011 | 2 Comments

There’s an anchor in the U.S. economy.  The chain needs cut setting innovation and creativity free.  While the topic today isn’t energy and fuel, getting minds and capital focused depends in a major way in shifting attention and funds away from waste to productive research and development. Dave Chase writes in Linkedin’s Tech Crunch about […]

The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) with a “first of its kind” combination of experiment and simulation is providing a closeup look at the lignin molecule that bedevils making next-generation biofuels. Lignin is a major component of plant cell walls.  During processing it aggregates or clumps up, which cause problems during the […]

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