Gas leak near Los Angeles: milieu disaster can go on for months

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The added mercaptan gas gives much health problems for local residents (headaches, nosebleeds, dizziness and coughing)

Since October 23, a gas leak near Los Angeles, loses 1.7 million cubic meters of methane daily!

The leak will continue until early March 2016.

This leak can be compared with the environmental disaster of the oil rig Deepwater Horizon. Read More

Pretty small-scale plug and play CSP application

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CSP plug and play system

Electricity and heat dish with a Stirling engine

Microgen is providing Stirling engines to the Italian company Innova that the engine will use for two products:

  1. a dish that supplies 1 kWp power and 3 kWth heat, the so-called Trinum co-generator
  2. and Turbocaldo, which produces only 7.4 kWth heat at a temperature of 110 oC.

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Scenarios: A green revolution has winners and losers

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List of oil producing countries in the world

A green revolution will ensure winners and losers. The coffers of the oil-producing countries will become discharged and that leads to riots and instability.

Germany and Denmark are Europe’s big winners in this green revolution. Why?

  • Since 20 years, they closed all the nuclear power and coal plants
  • Roofs without solar panels are a rarity
  • Windmills seems to be the new high voltage towers: ugly but indispensable
  • Efficient appliances and lighting hardly costs for electricity are very low
  • Heating the house becomes from the heat of the earth
  • Electricity excess is stored in batteries with ammonia, as big as garage

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ExxonMobil gave millions to climate-denying lawmakers

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(2014) Exxon published a deeply cynical rebuke in a report to investors. The oil company argued that, because it was “highly unlikely” that governments would address climate change, it was going to carry on drilling for oil and gas regardless.

The biggest oil company in the world, ExxonMobil, gave more than $2.3m to members of Congress and a corporate lobbying group that deny climate change and block efforts to fight climate change – eight years after pledging to stop its funding of climate denial, the Guardian reported. Read More

Time for more Concentrated Solar Power Plants?

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Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) a cost-effective ingredient for powering the grid

The agreement of the G7, June 2015, involves a transformation of electricity generation towards renewables and nuclear by 2050.

Concentrated Solar Power is one of the answers for this transformation and get rid of fossil fuel by the end of the century. Read More

Tool calculates amount of renewables from biomass

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Biomass power plants—in some cases, biorefineries—work much like a fossil fuel power plant. A plant-based product, such as wood scraps, trees, switchgrass, corn stover, hemp, sugarcane, corn, yard clippings or even garbage, is combusted to heat water into steam. That steam spins an electric turbine and electricity is created.

Six EU-countries have developed a calculation tool for suppliers of renewable energy from biomass.

The tool allows them to create an insight of the emission-savings if electricity and heat are conversed from biomass. Read More

Zero deforestation by 2020

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Deforestation with total loss of the Amazon – 2012

The Amazon is at great risk due to climate change and human-driven industrial development, including dams, mining, agribusiness and fossil fuel extraction.

The results of a 30-year study show that it is actually losing its capacity to absorb carbon from the atmosphere. Read More

Rotterdam recycles industrial waste heat

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In the Rotterdam region, greenhouses burn together about 28 petajoules (PJ) of natural gas. That’s approximately 885 million cubic feet of natural gas per year.

Until a few years ago, all the waste heat from the petro-chemical industry in Rotterdam got lost in the river. Sin!

Since 2015 Rotterdam made a sustainable infrastructure that connects the hot effluent to the city heating system. A benefit for hundreds of thousands of houses in Rotterdam. Read More

Isn’t BioMass Sustainable For Renewable Energy?

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Encourage biomass is used as raw material for high-quality materials. Only burn remnants which can’t be used elsewere

3 scientists criticize the ecological benefits of bio-mass in the energy production. Bio-fuels doesn’t decrease Greenhouse gas emissions.

This is the conclusion in the vision document ‘Biofuel and wood as energy sources‘ (in Dutch) published today at the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW). Read More