Sunlight CO2 Splitting: Transforming CO2 into Fuel

Device Uses Solar Energy to Convert Carbon Dioxide into Fuel. ‘Chemists at the University of California, San Diego have demonstrated the feasibility of exploiting sunlight to transform a greenhouse gas into a useful product. Clifford Kubiak, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and his graduate student Aaron Sathrum have developed a prototype device that can capture […]

Oil Reserves

Oil change. ‘Fighting global warming means reducing dependency on oil. But though supply is insecure, it remains plentiful. Keeping oil in the energy mix makes sense. There is a vast, unexplored region where an estimated 30% of the world’s oil lies buried, yet only 2% of the world’s exploratory drilling is carried out there. Where […]

Clouds on Ethanol as Fuel

Green Fuel’s Dirty Secret. ‘The town of Columbus, Nebraska, bills itself as a “City of Power and Progress.” If Archer Daniels Midland gets its way, that power will be partially generated by coal, one of the dirtiest forms of energy. When burned, it emits carcinogenic pollutants and high levels of the greenhouse gases linked to […]

Katrina: Oil and Environmental Problems

Chemical & Engineering News: Katrina Devastates Gulf Coast. ‘Two days after the storm, crude oil production in the Gulf of Mexico was down 92% from daily production of 1.5 million barrels, according to the Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service. The Gulf accounts for 25% of U.S. oil production. Natural gas production was off […]

Sea of Methane

Playing With Frozen Fire. ‘More energy is trapped under the sea as frozen natural gas than is stored in all the world’s oil reserves – and researchers this week took a step toward tapping it.’ (If you need a Units Converter try Online Conversion)