America’s Hydrocarbon Wealth

Clean Hydrocarbons The widespread availability of cheap mechanical power unleashed the industrial revolution, altering the course of human history. Modern civilization began with the industrial revolution and will continue its advance until all nations have the technology and standard of living that defines the modern world. Global communication and modern transportation systems have changed the geo-economic … Read more

Fuel Efficiency

Fuel efficiency means doing more with less. Efficiency is achieved by improving technology so that less energy is consumed while getting the same or better results. A new automobile that gets better gas mileage without reducing power or performance is an example of how advances in technology can save energy by increasing efficiency, rather than … Read more

World Uranium Reserves

I recall reading studies in the 1970s that earnestly stated that we only had ~20-30 years of oil and gas reserves left (based on proven reserves, and the rate of consumption back then). In other words, we would have run out already. Needless to say, those predictions didn’t pan out. Despite large increases in consumption … Read more

Very High-Temperature Reactor (VHTR)

The Very High-Temperature Reactor (VHTR) is a graphite-moderated, helium-cooled reactor. It will supply heat with high core outlet temperatures which will enable applications such as hydrogen production and process heat for the petrochemical industry. The reactor outlet temperature will be in the range of 850 to 950 degrees Celsius (1500 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit). The … Read more

Synthetic Natural Gas (SNG)

Synthetic natural gas is chemically similar to natural gas. Synthetic natural gas may sound like an oxymoron, but it is a valid name, like synthetic fibers which look and feel similar to natural fibers. Substitute Natural Gas is another name for Synthetic Natural Gas. Perhaps Synthetic Methane would be a better name. Today, the USA has abundant … Read more