- OriginOil Creates New Green Jobs in Mexico, U.S.
- 10-Year-Old Creates/Discovers New Energy-Storing Molecule (Video)
- Brad Pitt & Saudi Arabia Oil Minister Rockin’ It! (Videos)
Posted: 04 Feb 2012 09:20 AM PST
The algae biofuel company OriginOil is starting to rev into commercial production and that could mean good news for green jobs in the U.S. – and good news for the U.S. Navy, too. The latest step is a new partnership with algae grower Aquaviridis to introduce OriginOil’s high tech algae oil extraction system to a facility in Mexicali, Mexico. If the R&D phase is a success, next up would be a network of algae farms in the southwestern U.S. as well as additional sites in Mexico.
Why the Navy Hearts Algae Biofuel
Before we get into the green jobs angle, let’s check out the connection between the U.S. Navy and algae biofuels. The Navy has been transitioning to domestic, renewable energy sources including solar installations at its bases, biofuels for its ships (including chicken fat biofuel, of all things), and jet biofuel for its aircraft. That’s all well and good, but the key factor is boosting production to keep up with demand.
More Algae Biofuel for the U.S. Navy
To help get things going on the supply side, the Navy is coordinating its biofuel program with NATO fuel standards. That means a big boost for the global biofuel market, and it’s already paying off; late last year, OriginOil announced a multinational venture to develop biofuel refineries engineered specifically to meet the NATO standards. The company has already started shaping up a commercial-scale algae biofuel operation in Australia in partnership with MBD Energy.
Green Jobs from Algae Biofuel
Aside from creating green jobs through new algae farms and new algae biofuel facilities, OriginOil’s venture could help preserve existing refinery jobs in the U.S. Last month, the company announced that a drop-in algae biofuel can directly replace petroleum feedstock at refinery operations. As a bonus job creation opportunity, “spent” algae from algae farms can also be processed into a cattle feed supplement.
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Posted: 04 Feb 2012 08:11 AM PST
A 10-year-old at a Montessori school in Kansas City, Missouri has now been published in a leading theoretical chemistry journal. Why? Well, playing with molecule-building toys in a lesson, she happened to create one that no one had thought up before, one that could potentially “store energy, create a large explosion, or do something in between” (if it can be synthesized by a chemist).
Of course, the young girl, Clara Lazen, knew exactly what she was up to. She said that, in her design, the pieces “fit more together and they look better.”… A little more scientifically, she did realize that “all the holes have to be filled in for it to be stable.”
While Clara seems more intent on selling her discovery to the military for lots of money, I’m hoping that if it can ever actually be synthesized and used, it will be used in the energy storage field for broader, more peaceful use. Of course, it’s got a long way to go to get to any practical stage, but you have to start somewhere!
Anyway, here’s a video on this all:
As stated above, Clara got quite a helping hand in the discovery by her teacher Kenneth Boehr and Humboldt State University chemistry professor Robert Zoellner, one of Boehr’s college buddies. Zoellner is actually the lead author on the paper, published in Computational and Theoretical Chemistry in January, since he did the majority of the work analyzing the molecule (“tetranitratoxycarbon”) and writing up the paper, naturally. However, Clara and Boehr were actually coauthors on the paper, and that is no small accomplishment (especially at the age of 10!).
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Posted: 03 Feb 2012 05:57 PM PST
Well, this was a good week for people calling out the problems of burning fossil fuels, especially oil!
As I shared over on Planetsave today, Brad Pitt went out of his way in a Daily Show interview with Jon Stewart this week to comment on the insanity of burning fossil fuels to power our cars.
But, before you go(!), here’s another must-see (or,.. hear)
WOW, who would have guessed that? More honest than Fox ‘News’, the large majority of national Republican politicians today, and the Wall Street Journal (when it’s not allowing climate scientists to correct its mind-boggling op-eds from non-climate-scientists on global warming and whether or not we should be addressing it).
The fact of the matter is, of course, the negative effects of global warming are huge, humans are very clearly causing global warming, and the top things we can do to cut our global warming emissions are cut consumption of products from a less-than-green livestock industry, use clean energy such as wind and solar for our electricity and our vehicles, bike and use mass transit a lot more, and push for strong change politically.
Nice to see these guys pushing for part of that… in their own unique ways.
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