China claims major energy breakthrough with ‘flammable ice’

May 19, 2017 by  
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China has claimed a major energy breakthrough, but its eco credentials are dubious at best. Researchers say they managed to extract gas from flammable ice in the South China Sea. A frozen mix of natural gas and water known as methane hydrates, the ‘breakthrough’ is expected to revolutionize the future of energy . We’re not sure that’s a good idea. Flammable ice could be our planet’s final great source of carbon-based fuel , according to the BBC. Vast deposits can be found under essentially every ocean. But it’s incredibly difficult to extract gas from flammable ice – in part because it catches fire so easily – a lighter held up next to the ice will do the trick. Related: Japan Successfully Taps ‘Flammable Ice’ as an Energy Source for the First Time Japan so far has led the way in working to mine the potential energy source, but China’s latest efforts could mark a milestone on the path to extracting gas from methane hydrates. Chinese media said the country had succeeded in extracting an average of 16,000 cubic meters of gas per day in the South China Sea. Scientist Praveen Linga of the National University of Singapore told the BBC, “Compared with the results we have seen from Japanese research, the Chinese scientists have managed to extract much more gas in their efforts. So in that sense it is indeed a major step towards making gas extraction from methane hydrates viable.” But Linga warns extraction must be done carefully. Methane could escape from the methane hydrates during extraction, which could harm the planet as methane holds greater potential to affect climate change than carbon dioxide, according to the BBC. It’s hard to tell if flammable ice extraction will fall into the pitfalls of the oil and gas industry, with greed taking precedence over our planet. The BBC also described flammable ice as a very energy intensive source of fuel. Linga says there’s still a long way to go, and he said realistic commercial options might be ready in 2025 at the earliest. Via the BBC Images via William Winters, USGS and U.S. Geological Survey on Flickr

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Scientists may have found evidence for a parallel universe

May 19, 2017 by  
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A parallel universe may not just be a quirk of science fiction anymore; scientists think they may have found evidence for the idea of a universe other than our own. It all has to do with a strange Cold Spot, which researchers haven’t had an easy time explaining; some even suggest it could actually be an optical illusion. But new research reveals something far more bizarre may be going on. NASA first discovered the baffling Cold Spot in 2004. The Cold Spot is 1.8 billion light years across and, as you may have guessed, colder than what surrounds it in the universe. Scientists thought perhaps it was colder because it had 10,000 less galaxies than other regions of similar size. They even thought perhaps the Cold Spot was just a trick of the light. Related: ‘Largest-ever’ new map of universe shows 1.2 million galaxies But now an international team of researchers think perhaps the Cold Spot could actually offer evidence for the concept of a multiverse. The Guardian explains an infinite number of universes make up a multiverse; each having its own reality different from ours. These scientists say they’ve ruled out the last-ditch optical illusion idea. Instead, they think our universe may have collided with another in what News.com.au described as something like a car crash; the impact could have pushed energy away from an area of space to result in the Cold Spot. Physicist Tom Shanks of the University of Durham said in a statement , “We can’t entirely rule out that the Spot is caused by an unlikely fluctuation explained by the standard model. But if that isn’t the answer, then there are more exotic explanations. Perhaps the most exciting of these is that the Cold Spot was caused by a collision between our universe and another bubble universe.” If more research backs up this new idea, “…then the Cold Spot might be taken as the first evidence for the multiverse – and billions of other universes may exist like our own.” Eight scientists from institutions in the United Kingdom, Chile, Spain, and the United States collaborated on a study recently published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society . Via The Independent , News.com.au , and The Guardian Images via Pexels and Pixabay

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Are Solar Panels Recyclable?

April 6, 2017 by  
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Solar power is now the fastest-growing energy source. In fact, an estimated 500,000 solar panels were installed globally every day in 2015. A typical American home requires 28 to 34 solar panels to produce 100 percent of its energy consumption. As…

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In Germany, Renewable Energy Surpasses Nuclear and Coal Energy For First Time

December 19, 2011 by  
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In 2011, Germany finally saw their renewable energy production top that of almost all other sources of energy, including nuclear, hard-coal and gas-fired power plants.  The only other energy generation source greater than the renewable energy mix was lignite-fired power. According to a report from German utility BDEW, renewable energy accounted for 20 percent of the country’s total energy output, up from 16.4 percent last year.  Lignite-fired output produced 24.6 percent of the electricity. Nuclear power is dropping off in the country since Chancellor Merkel closed the eight oldest reactors this past year after the Fukushima catastrophe.  Nuclear represented 17.4 percent of the country’s electricity load, down from 22.4 percent last year and the country plans to step away from the energy source completely by 2022. via Bloomberg Businessweek

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Sahara Solar Breeder Project Will Turn Desert Into Energy Source

November 24, 2010 by  
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The Sahara Solar Breeder Project is currently being developed by scientists from leading universities in Japan, and will use the world’s biggest desert as its main energy source. The idea behind the initiative is to build silicon manufacturing and solar power plants in the desert, in turn using the power generated from these plants to build even more silicon and power plants in a “breeding” process.

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Department of Energy Awards $19 Million to Modernize National Grid

November 24, 2010 by  
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The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that it will invest $19 million in five seperate projects, each aimed at optimizing the country’s national grid. The DOE said that the smart grid projects will create a ‘leaner and more efficient, reliable, resilient and responsive’ grid. Read the rest of Department of Energy Awards $19 Million to Modernize National Grid http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ABB Inc , Areva T&D , Boeing Company , department national grid , doe national grid , Inc

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Designer Makes 200 Miles Trek In Solar-Powered Wheelchair

November 24, 2010 by  
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The United Arab Emirates is famous for a lot of things – exotic hotels, the tallest building in the world and its ample quantities of sunlight. It’s therefore not a huge to surprise to learn that a solar powered wheelchair has been developed in the UAE

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China Developing “Combustible Ice” as New Energy Source

March 11, 2010 by  
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Last September, China discovered a large reserve of “combustible ice” on the tundra of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. “Combustible ice” is essentially frozen natural gas – a natural gas hydrate, and is one of the newest energy sources to be discovered

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News From Mother Jones: Coal in Decline, Why Lawns Suck, Eco Apps for Your iPhone

January 21, 2010 by  
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Hello, TreeHuggers. Here’s a sampling of the goings on over at Mother Jones ‘ Blue Marble blog: Black is the New Green : Petroleum News has launched a new publication, Greening of Oil –“a science-based publication…scrutinizing what is being done to make hydrocarbons a more earth-friendly energy source,” according to its mission statement.

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Awesome Science Kit Teaches Kids About Renewable Energy…But Requires AA Batteries?

November 5, 2009 by  
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Image via Hammacher Schlemer If I were nine years old again, I’d soooo ask for this for Christmas. It’s a learning toy centered on renewable energy. The mad scientist-looking device teaches kids about different types of renewable energy sources, how effective each type of energy source is, energy storage, and even teaches them how to reduce energy consumption at home.

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