The thinking is in many quarters that methane gas hydrates, often referred to the ice that burns, or more simply methane hydrates exists in quantities far over the combined oil natural gas and coal reserves.  Today’s estimate numbers reach 20 trillion tons.  It’s a huge number, and controversial.  So how could one more reliably size […]

Quietly, with out much fanfare of a few companies have focused on providing low cost synthetic sugars.  The point is if you can sell sugar cheap you can get very rich. Phycal CEO Kevin Berner told BioFuels Digest, “If you can make low-cost sugar, you can make anything.”  Well, almost anything based from carbon based […]

Oxford Catalysts Group, the newest winner of Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award, has a technology called microchannel reactors that enables the small scale and economic production of synthetic fuels via gas-to-liquids (GTL), biomass-to-liquids (BTL) and coal-to-liquids (CTL) via the Fischer-Tropsch (FT) reaction. The Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award recognizes noteworthy chemical-engineering technology commercialized anywhere in […]

Think alginate, that you may have met quite intimately if you’ve had dental impressions made – the gooey, but not sticky substance that was in the tray which formed to match your teeth.  Alginate or more accurately the sodium alginate, the sodium salt of alginic acid, is derived from Macrocystis pyrifera algae, which is also […]

Scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) plan to cut the cost to manufacture batteries and power trains of electric vehicles in half by 2018 through closing the gaps in the innovation chain. To get there KIT scientists are developing concrete, close-to-industry solutions for energy the storage and power trains and combine them on […]

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