1-Dec-2006 Nuclear energy and the 21st century
The world is entering a period of renewed interest and
growth in nuclear energy, driven by rising oil prices, growing
demand for electricity, new passively safe plant designs, and
low emissions of greenhouse gases, which some governments
need to meet Kyoto Protocol standards. The Kyoto Protocol
assigns mandatory targets for reducing greenhouse gas
emissions to signatory nations.
29-Nov-2006 Moving grid operations from minutes to seconds
In the last century, the electric power grid has grown from a
system that served one square mile in New York into a highlycomplex
interconnected system that serves all of North America.
Initially, individual local systems would connect to each
other to share resources and increase reliability.
29-Nov-2006 Coal: An energy bridge to the future
For years, coal drove the transportation business in this country, and it may be poised for a comeback. A hundred years ago, steam engines burned tons of coal as they
pulled trains across the country. Now researchers are looking at converting that coal to liquid fuel to fill our gas tanks and move cars and trucks.
20-Nov-2006 Fuel cell prototypes exceed expectations
Fuel prices continue to rise. However, one solution -- fuel cells -- is gaining on that problem. The Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA) has achieved the first of a threepart goal: developing solid oxide fuel cell systems that reduce fuel cell production costs by a factor of ten.
17-Nov-2006 Technology improves food processing quality
Researchers at Pacific Northwest
National Laboratory have developed an
ultrasonic technology that could tell
food manufacturers if foreign objects
have fallen into their product long
before it reaches the consumer.
16-Nov-2006 Sometimes smaller is better
A research team from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oregon Health and Science University, University of Minnesota and the University of Idaho is studying the ability of nanoscale iron particles to reduce carbon tetrachloride, a common groundwater contaminant.
9-Nov-2006 US wind power industry tempers its 2006 forecast slightly
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) announced on October 24th that the U.S. wind energy industry remains on track to set a record for wind power installations this year, with U.S. wind generating capacity increasing by 2,750 megawatts (MW).
23-Oct-2006 DOE/EPA release top fuel economy lists for 2007 models
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released the 2007 Fuel Economy Guide to help consumers make well-informed choices when purchasing new vehicles.
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