Reverse Photosynthesis Offers Benefits Beyond Renewable Energy

by Isaiah Boone

Pulse Headlines recently posted an article describing a new discovery at the University of Copenhagen. Researchers at the University have found a potential new source of energy which they are calling reverse photosynthesis. This discovery appears to have larger implications than for the renewable energy industry, but for the petrochemical industry as well. During reverse photosynthesis, solar rays break down rather than build up plant material, which is what normally occurs in photosynthesis. The process consists of combining biomass with an enzyme known as lytic polysaccharide monooxygenase. Chlorophyll is then added to this mixture before it is exposed to sunlight. The chlorophyll then absorbs the sunlight and the energy from the sun breaks down the molecules in the biomass into smaller and smaller components until fuels and chemicals are what remain. [http://www.pulseheadlines.com/gamechanger-energy/24057/] The researchers believe that reverse photosynthesis can be a significant player in the global energy industry and greatly combat pollution. Continue reading

New ePack helps convert waste heat into electricity

by Isaiah Boone

In a recent article posted by Biomass Magazine, Orcan Energy AG highlights the effectiveness of its ePack product at a biogas plant in the United Kingdom. The ePack is a device that converts waste heat into electricity, and Shropshire Energy, the owner of the biogas plant, purchased 5 units to use at the facility located in Littleport, Cambridgeshire. The ePacks have helped to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the plant while also providing it with a reliable source of additional energy. The ePacks have been particularly useful as Shropshire works closely with a neighboring mushroom farm which has reaped the benefits of the ePacks as well. Continue reading

Opening of Largest Solar Thermal Power Plant in Morocco

by Isaiah Boone

Computer World posted an article detailing the completion and opening of the largest solar power plant in the world in Morocco. The solar power plant will supply 1.1 million people with clean energy and will reduce carbon emissions by 760,000 tons annually. The name of the plant is the Noor Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant and it is located in the Souss-Massa-Draa area in Morocco, close to 6 miles outside of Ouarzazate. The Noor CSP plant cost over $9 billion to build and began operation on Thursday, February 4th. Continue reading

Solar Roads in France

by Isaiah Boone

In an article in Popular Mechanics from February 9th, Jay Bennett examines the details and implications of a recent announcement by the French Minister of Ecology and Energy, Ségolène Royal, that France intends to build over 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) of solar roads. The country will commission the road building company Colas as well as the National Institute of Solar Energy to complete the project. It is estimated that the project will be able to provide clean energy for 8-10% of the French population and is expected to be completed in the next 5 years. Continue reading

Construction to Begin on Largest Wind Farm in the World

by Isaiah Boone

In a recent article posted on ScienceAlert, David Nield examines the impact of the final investment in a project that will construct the largest wind farm in the world off the shores of the United Kingdom. The project known as Horsea Project One is being led by a danish firm, DONG Energy, and is expected to be completed in 2020. The addition of Horsea Project One is expected to significantly increase the total wind energy production in the UK once it is completed. Continue reading

Projected Increases in Biomass Energy in the United Kingdom

by Isaiah Boone

In a recently written article on ChronicleLive, Peter Mccusker explores the potential impact that biomass energy will have not only on the energy market in the United Kingdom, but on the labor market as well. Biomass energy is produced from the burning of plant and animal remains. (http://www3.epa.gov/climatechange/kids/solutions/technologies/biomass.html) There are a number of schemes and plans being developed in the North Eastern part of the United Kingdom that involve the construction of new biomass energy plants and the conversion of previously non-biomass energy plants to biomass energy plants. (http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/business/business-news/biomass-power-could-bring-thousands-10726768) These plants have the potential to yield new jobs and new, cleaner energy. Continue reading

New UAE Partnership Plans to Improve Waste-Energy Process

by Isaiah Boone

In a post from January 20th, 2016 Albawaba Business released an article detailing the recent strategic partnership agreement between one of the largest energy companies and one of the largest waste-management companies in the middle east. The agreement is a part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Government’s Vision 2021, a large initiative by the UAE to improve various economic and social aspects of the country. [http://www.vision2021.ae/en] An important component of the initiative is a commitment towards sustainable energy and waste practices, and thus the implications of this agreement are closely tied to how successful the Vision 2021 plan will become. [http://www.vision2021.ae/en/national-priority-areas/sustainable-environment-and-infrastructure] Continue reading