Gasification Technology – Page 6

FUTURE TECHNOLOGY Molten Metal Gasification: An emerging new design of gasifiers is the Molten Metal Gasifier. A number of different designs are in the early stages of development but the basic concept is that instead of using a formed gasifying chamber where the reactions occur in suspension, the feedstocks are gasified in a molten bath of … Read more

American Fuels

The U.S. economy has become dangerously dependent on foreign oil.  57% of all oil consumed in the U.S. is imported.  70% of all oil consumed in the U.S. is used for transportation. “The U.S. transportation sector consumes about 220 billion gallons of liquid hydrocarbon fuel per year. Energy use in the transportation sector is primarily … Read more

Nuclear Radiation — How Toxic is it?

“In 1899, Ernest Rutherford discovered that uranium compounds produce three different kinds of radiation. He separated the radiations according to their penetrating abilities and named them alpha, beta, and gamma radiation, after the first three letters of the Greek alphabet. The alpha radiation can be stopped by a sheet of paper. Rutherford later showed that … Read more

Geothermal Energy

What Is Geothermal Energy?  Geothermal energy is the natural heat of the Earth, which is transferred from the hot core of the planet to the much cooler surface by the conduction of heat through rocks. It is this same heat that produces the molten lava, hot ash, and gases that we see spewing from an … Read more

Trouble is blowing in the Wind

The wind is an inexhaustible source of energy. But the full potential of wind cannot be developed unless engineers understand the problem they are solving. A brilliant engineer will come up with a brilliant solution, but if the solution is for the wrong problem—that would be a wasted opportunity. Wind engineers are doing a brilliant … Read more