Examining Minerals Present in Biomass

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Image: © Ashley Cooper/Corbis

As the search for low carbon fuels continues, biomass has become increasingly more attractive to various industries. Biotechnology researchers are therefore looking into pyrolysis — gasification and combustion methods that would take regular organic material and convert it into a high-yield energy source. Several substances in ash chemistry influence corrosion and slag creation after combustion has occurred. Researchers are also looking into this to see if anything can be done to increase the amount of thermal energy that industries can get out of these fuels. Read More →

Let’s Explore Flywheel Energy Storage Devices

Credit: Flybrid Systems, L.P.

Credit: Flybrid Systems, L.P.

Flywheel energy storage devices could be looked at as a radical application of very traditional technology. They work by maintaining rotational energy by moving a flywheel. This same idea is used to keep a mechanical watch ticking.

A majority of modern FES devices use electricity to put the flywheel in motion, but some researchers are interested in the idea of using mechanical energy to start and stop the wheel. Read More →

Clean Energy Action Plan for U.S.

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The global clean energy marketplace is expanding rapidly, but the competitive position of American industry is at risk because of increased competition abroad and uncertain policies at home, according to a report released today by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Read More →