Monthly Archives: December 2013

Algae to crude oil: Million-year natural process takes minutes in the lab | Pacific Northwest laboratories

RICHLAND, Wash. – Engineers have created a continuous chemical process that produces useful crude oil minutes after they pour in harvested algae — a verdant green paste with the consistency of pea soup. The research by engineers at the Department … Continue reading

Posted in Bio-Fuels

Fastest Way to Create New Jobs? Automate Them Out of Existence? | The Futurist

Last week I was speaking at the MD&M West Expo in Anaheim, California on the “future of manufacturing.” With over 2,000 manufacturing exhibitors filling the convention center, there was no small amount of interest in this topic. With China and … Continue reading

Posted in Automation, PREDICTIONS

Futurists Explore the Next Horizon | The Futurist

Bold ideas about humanity’s future went on full display at the World Future Society’s annual conference. Approximately 700 attendees debated game-changing developments like self-driving cars and 3-D printers, and speculated on where our world is heading and how it might … Continue reading

Posted in PREDICTIONS

NuScale Gets $225M DOE Grant To Develop Small Modular Reactors | Smart Planet

If asked to name a nuclear power company, the average person might identify an electric utility, or might cite one of the world’s large reactor vendors, like Toshiba’s Westinghouse group, France’s Areva, or General Electric Hitachi. Ever hear of NuScale … Continue reading

Posted in Nuclear

Researchers Split Water Using Cobalt Oxide Nanoparticles | Kurzweil AI

[+]Researchers from the University of Houston have found a catalyst, cobalt oxide nanoparticles, that can quickly generate hydrogen from water using sunlight, potentially creating a clean and renewable source of energy. Photocatalytic water-splitting experiments have been tried since the 1970s, but … Continue reading

Posted in Hydrogen Fuel

How to Produce Enough Hydrogen to Meet Global Energy Needs (in 50 years) | Kurzweil AI)

Scientists in Lyon, France have discovered how to create copious amount of the hydrogen that propels rockets and energizes fuel cells. In a few decades, it could even help the world meet key energy needs. Here’s the recipe, according to … Continue reading

Posted in Hydrogen Fuel

A New Way to Make Solar Cells Thin, Efficient and Flexible | Kurzweil AI

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Central Florida may be one step closer to making solar cells that operate efficiently on a large scale. The team found a way to create large sheets of … Continue reading

Posted in Solar