Big Oil & Big Coal to get the US off oil & coal – REALLY??

By Guest Opinion Contributor Richard Hennek

What if the Obama Administration turned over the nation’s anti-obesity program to McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s? You would expect outrage to erupt across the country. Well, that’s exactly what’s happening with America’s clean energy research and development for vehicles.

This year, the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership transitioned to U.S. DRIVE, which stands for United States Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle efficiency and Energy sustainability. This program is a partnership among the U.S. Department of Energy; USCAR, representing Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors; Tesla Motors; five energy companies – BP America, Chevron Corporation, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil Corporation and Shell Oil Products US; two utilities – Southern California Edison and Michigan-based DTE Energy; and the Electric Power Research Institute.

The stated goal of the partnership is to accelerate the development of technologies and the processes to produce a full range of electrified and other advanced light-duty vehicles. However, in this transition, the only fossil fuel and greenhouse gas-free solution with the power to transform how we fuel transportation – hydrogen – was quietly dropped from consideration and support.

This is hypocrisy standing in the way of progress. Allowing automakers and big oil companies to control this dialogue while ignoring those that produce hydrogen-powered technologies is wrong. This is an example of the federal government putting its trust in the status quo to change things. If change is the goal, this is doomed to failure.

Hydrogen fuel cells are the only energy source that is carbon free and helps make a meaningful attack on climate change. There seems to be a push for plug-in electric vehicles, which individually are clean; however, these vehicles receive their power from grid electricity that is usually generated by fossil fuels.

The Obama Administration should be commended for helping to increase our nation’s commitment to alternative energy. But investing limited taxpayer dollars in technologies that are short-term solutions, like battery electric or fossil fuel-based, risks putting our nation further behind in the ongoing energy revolution for jobs and a low carbon energy future.

As our elected officials continue to talk about what’s next in alternative energy, companies like Bing Energy International have already brought these promising technologies to market. Our Florida-based facility is creating powerful and cost effective fuel cells that can power our cars and neighborhoods, and they are ready for wide distribution today.

Instead of venturing down the same, worn-out path with the usual suspects, hoping to reach a different destination, the federal government should instead invest in technology like hydrogen that holds a better promise to meet our future needs. Our nation’s energy future depends on it.

Richard Hennek is a co-founder of Bing Energy International, a manufacturer of state-of-the-art components for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, located in Tallahassee, Fla.

Clean Tech Co. breakthrough in electrical energy storage with revolutionary battery design

Lion Energy has developed a battery in the flow category which has major performance and cost advantages over the existing batteries and which could play an important role in distributed generation and allow the large scale proliferation of renewable intermittent power technologies.

Our Battery is using a number of proprietary features: proprietary Redox couple, low cost and durable perm selective membrane based on our production technology, electrodes structure, electrodes irrigation architecture, low cost recycled proprietary composite materials for some of the stack structure, special adhesives.

The Redox couple used is chemically stable, with high solubility of both oxidized and reduced species, and fast Redox kinetics.

The substances contained in the proprietary electrolyte are wide spread and available, allowing the future proliferation of the battery without the risk of materials shortage or depletion.

Our Redox couple is using low cost substances (less than 10% of the vanadium based electrolytes), an important feature since the costs of deploying electricity storage technologies will ultimately play the critical role in their proliferation. The current industry consensus is that for flow batteries to be widely adopted, their price must be under $200/Kwh and the U.S.
government labs set up a target cost of $100/Kwh. Our battery’s estimated cost will be below $25/Kwh.

Kostas LIAPIS the CEO of Lion Energy states that this battery is an important milestone in the development of renewable energy because it offers significant cost savings with better performance than existing batteries. Combined with renewable energy sources such as solar and wind turbines Lion energy’s battery will provide a 24 hour energy release at an economic cost.

Our company Lion Alternative Energy PLC is in a process to do a private placement and in 2 years to be listed in London, we are also looking for investors.

For accredited investor, call Mr Kostas LIAPIS , CFO, at +447503100999 or email kostas@lionhellas.com

Tar Sands Becoming Banned in EU?

By Chris Keenan

The European Union is known to have a lot of momentum in consumer and environmental movements. The countries have made efforts to help promote alternative energy and use more eco-friendly consumer practices. Today, the European Union is targeting banning the practice of tar sands.

The tar sand is a controversial practice in which low quality oil is drawn from sands that have a mixture of clays and other materials. The practice is very intensive on the environment for all the pollution it causes. Greenhouse gases are produced at a much higher rate from this than conventional methods such as drilling. It also consumes a lot of water to filter out the oil and is very difficult to mitigate when the water needs to be treated. Canada is the place where most of the tar sands come from in the Alberta area. Tar sands have been a source of outcry from environmental activists all over the globe. This same movement for banning tar sands also may help push out other controversial practices like those of shale gases.

The voice behind this movement, Connie Hedegaard, is the EU’s climate change commissioner. The commission she is involved in has decided to back a new order on fuel quality. This will set minimum environmental standards for a range of fuels, including tar sands, coal converted to liquid and oil from shale rock so that they are stricter on quality and environment. Hedegaard said: “With this measure, we are sending a clear signal to fossil fuels suppliers. As fossil fuels will be a reality in the foreseeable future, it’s important to give them the right value.”

Greenpeace was another active participant. The EU transport policy adviser, Franziska Achterberg expressed that it was a victory for the commission because of all the aggressive lobbying tactics of the fossil fuel companies.

The proposals have now been sent to EU member states, such as Germany, Italy and other major countries. Those countries will convene together in four to six weeks to vote on the proposal. It will then go to the European parliament for final approval.

If the proposed standards are accepted, they will get rid of the importation of tar sands, unless producers can change their methods to being much better on the environment and health. The proposition by the commission involves that tar sands are to be attributed a greenhouse gas value of 107 grams per megajoule of fuel in comparison to 87.5 grams per megajoule for regular oil. Producers will also have to cut the carbon footprint of their fuels by 6 percent in a few years.

Paul Morzzo, a Greenpeace representative, stated that the proposal is the best action. “The key question now is what will the UK government do – will it be, as David Cameron once claimed, the greenest government ever and support the ban or will the government adopt the George Osborne approach…where carbon emissions and the destruction of the environment seems to be a price worth paying.”

There is hope that there will be an agreement that will support the movement for tar sands and other fuels being banned in the EU and hopefully in the US in time. The proposal has made it through tough obstacles with opposition and lobbying and is appearing to be a success.

Chris Keenan is a green and general blog writer. He writes for many sites including Precision Garage Door. Chris also maintains a personal house and garden blog.

‘Produced Water – Technical and Market Overview’ – the latest webinar from BlueTech Tracker.


Produce water equipment illustrating BluTech Tracker webinar

The environmental issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” and the produced water associated with it has become a subject of intense debate within the United States as well as other parts of the world (e.g. the recent fracking Ban in France). This webinar will go beyond the media buzz by bringing together experts in the field of produced water treatment to discuss the technical issues and market realities.

This webinar will provide a perspective on the differences / similarities between the scale of the Produced problem in different areas (USA, Europe, Australia), variations in the Produced Water Characteristics, regulations and technology approaches.

Produced Water – Technical and Market Overview is the latest webinar to be announced by BlueTech Tracker.  The event will be held on October 27th, 12.00 – 13:30 PM EST; 5.00 PM – 6:30 PM BST

To register or to read more click on the link ‘Produced Water – Technical and Market Overview’ 

 

Turning whey from dairy wastewater into alcohol and revenue

Turning whey from dairy wastewater into alcohol and a revenue stream was the subject of a recent presentation by Paul O’Callaghan CEO of O2 Environmental. This presentation was for Water Tech Week February 2011 in San Jose, California, USA and outlines, by way of a case study, how it is possible to save money and actually create revenue streams. This is through sustainable water and energy management and with a little bit of creative out thinking based on the work of Carbery Milk Products.

Carbery Milk Products is a major international food ingredients, flavours and cheese manufacturer headquartered in Cork, Ireland. They have operations in the US and were examining what to with their whey in their waster water.  What is interesting was they were not motivated by environmental reasons, there was an economic driver.

To view the PowerPoint here is the link http://www.o2env.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Dairy-Wastewater-PowerPoint-Turning-Whey-into-Alcohol.pdf

To view the script linked to the presentation here is the link http://www.o2env.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Dairy-Wastewater-script-Turning-Whey-into-Alcohol.pdf