'They're killing us': world's most endangered tribe cries for help. WIND-ASSISTED SHIPS. Kite Assisted ShipsTech Level: 10 Using the wind for propulsion on the seas is hardly a new idea; it is in fact one of mankind’s oldest ocean-going technologies. But as first steam engines, and then diesel motors and even nuclear reactors began providing sea propulsion, wind power fell to the wayside, and is used today mostly for recreational boating. However, the recent turbulence with fuel prices have forced many shipping companies to once again look toward wind power and sails as a means of helping getting their cargo from one point on the globe to another. One of the more intriguing and successful of these innovations is the Sky Sail, which is a large, computer-controlled kite that helps to pull the ship along.
Traditional ship sails rely on surface winds, which can be notoriously unreliable. Desalination without a membrane. Ocean currents can power the world, say scientists. Seaweed study boosts prospects for marine biofuels. Seaweed biofuel farms have come a step closer to reality with an improvement in the way seaweed sugars can be converted to ethanol.
Dried seaweed can be fermented to produce ethanol but breaking down galactose, the dominant sugar in seaweed, is a slow process. Now, researchers have modified the expression of three genes of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which is used in the fermentation process to break down sugars to ethanol. The improved strain creates more enzymes, leading to a 250 per cent increase in the rate of galactose sugar fermentation compared with a control strain, according to a paper in the current issue of Biotechnology and Biongineering (March). Tar sands oil and Keystone XL's dirty secret. Picture this: a large, multibillion dollar Canadian corporation comes to the president of the United States and wants to build a 1,700-mile oil pipeline from Canada all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.
After reviewing the project, it becomes clear that instead of reducing America's reliance on oil from overseas, this pipeline would carry oil across America, risking spills on our land and waters, just to export the oil to other countries. In addition, the pipeline would increase gasoline prices in America, add to our air pollution, and most importantly, be a major setback in the fight to reverse global warming. Clearly, the president would say no to Big Oil on this one, wouldn't he? This is the exact question facing President Obama as he reviews TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline.
Keystone XL could carry up to 900,000 barrels of dirty tar sands oil across America every day. Keystone XL: Nebraskans take pipeline issue all the way to the White House. Oil Tanker rates to remain low through 14' Frontline Ltd.
(FRO), the largest operator of the biggest oil tankers, said it may run out of cash in 2012 and is seeking talks with lenders after eight months of unprofitable rates. The shares fell the most in at least 13 years. The Hamilton, Bermuda-based company, which has $1 billion of bonds and public loans maturing in the next decade, may need more funding in 2012 and there are “significant uncertainties” about meeting some loan terms at the end of this quarter, Frontline said in a statement today. Billionaire Chairman John Fredriksen “has the funds available and he is prepared to go in and try to find solutions,” Tor Olav Troim, one of his aides, said in an interview in Oslo today.
Tanker rates slumped 69 percent since the start of 2010 as a glut of vessels overwhelmed growth in oil demand hurt by the worst global recession since World War II. No Cash Flow.
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The answer, increasingly, is through Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), a financing device that entices private developers with tax credits and locks down energy costs for their public-sector partners. While there are numerous grants and municipal bond programs that help local governments pay for their own solar installations, one federal authority said cities should think twice about investing in solar if they haven't already made their municipal operations as energy efficient as possible. Risø DTU National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy. Research in energy technology, energy planning, energy systems of the future and climate technology.
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