Saturday, January 28

Tag: fuel

This wave energy generator resembles a spine and claims to be cheaper than fossil fuels.
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This wave energy generator resembles a spine and claims to be cheaper than fossil fuels.

The search is on for new ways to harness renewable resources to supply our rising energy needs. The key enigma is why ocean and sea waves haven't been used in carbon emission reduction strategies yet. To do so, several methods have been tried. All attempts to produce a system that can be scaled up, from floating buoys to underwater generators that look into tap into pressure variations, have failed. Recently, there has, however, been some success. We wrote earlier this month about how an Australian business has been using its special wave energy converter to power homes for more than a year. Now, a floating spine-like device has also demonstrated promise. The Waveline Magnet Sea Wave Energy Limited (SWEL), a company based in Cyprus, has been developing technology to harness wave ene...
Carbon-free aircraft fuel is now a reality thanks to an integrated solar tower.
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Carbon-free aircraft fuel is now a reality thanks to an integrated solar tower.

The aviation industry has never received enough attention for its contribution to climate change. It heavily relies on kerosene, often known as jet fuel, a liquid hydrocarbon fuel made from crude oil, and is accountable for 5% of all anthropogenic emissions worldwide. Until now, there hasn't been a definite option to powering long-haul commercial airplanes on a worldwide scale. Here comes ETH Zurich professor Aldo Steinfeld. A fuel production system created by Steinfeld and his colleagues uses water, carbon dioxide, and sunlight to make aviation fuel. Their plan, which was published on Wednesday in the journal Joule, aims to carbon neutralize the aviation sector. According to Steinfeld, the paper's corresponding author, "We are the first to demonstrate the entire thermochemical...
I can’t believe it! Scientists make jet fuel out of bacteria found in soil.
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I can’t believe it! Scientists make jet fuel out of bacteria found in soil.

Recently, a group of scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory was able to make jet fuel from bacteria in the genus streptomyces that is commonly found in soil. In 1999, the American Petroleum Institute (APA) released a report that said the Earth's oil reserves could run out anytime between 2062 and 2094. In contrast, a 2019 study from Stanford University's Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere (MAHB) says that the world will run out of oil much sooner, in 2054. Imagine a world where there is no oil and so planes can't fly, jets can't protect the borders, goods can't be shipped, and rockets can't leave Earth. Since oil is used by the world's aviation, shipping, and aerospace industries, running out of it could cause chaos everywhere. Forget about oil running ou...