Research presses on for better plant oils to make fuels.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) has engineered E.Coli bacteria to produce significantly more of the compound methyl ketone from glucose. Methyl ketones are a class of chemical compounds we’re most familiar with in fragrance and flavoring products and might provide the […]

Regular readers may recall that the silicon electrode for lithium ion batteries is the current leading candidate for a big capacity increase.  A study led by Chongmin Wang at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has been published online in the journal Nano Letters examining a new type of silicon-carbon nanocomposite electrode. […]

Soon America won’t be alone with a glut of natural gas.   Statoil, the Norwegian oil company, made big oil industry news late last month announcing it had found huge volumes of natural gas off the coast of Tanzania thus confirming east Africa’s reputation as one of the energy world’s most promising new frontiers. The area […]

Brown University chemists have built a triple-headed metallic nanoparticle that is reported to perform better and last longer than any other nanoparticle catalyst studied in fuel-cell reactions. The study published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society reports the key is adding gold to the catalyst formation process to yield a more uniform crystal […]

Andrea Rossi, the inventor and organizer of the E-Cat LENR or cold Fusion thermal energy production device has a new problem.  It looks like another tempest of vague grounds. Steven Krivit, the sometimes to some folks notorious writer of heavily biased opinion on cold fusion and once in a while other energy fields broke out […]

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