U.S. Department of Energy to Hand Out $150 Million in Tax Credits

The Treasury and the U.S. Department of Energy have announced yesterday that $150 million in tax credits are available for energy efficiency and clean energy projects under Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit program. The program is supposed to help american clean energy industry become more competitive, to create jobs and to strengthen energy security. Continue reading U.S. Department of Energy to Hand Out $150 Million in Tax Credits

UBC Helps Communities Find Out If They Need a Bioenergy Plant

It could be a hard and time-consuming task for a local community to assess if investing in a bionergy heating system is a right choise. On the one hand, such system could reduce the possibility of forest fires and cut down greenhouse gas emissions; on the other hand, local forest waste wood may not be able to support bioenergy heating on the required level. Researchers at the University of British Columbia have created a tool to evaluate feasibility of a bioenergy plant. Continue reading UBC Helps Communities Find Out If They Need a Bioenergy Plant

French Total Starts Offshore Exploration of Gas and Oil in Cyprus

French Total have announced the signing of two production sharing contracts, for Blocks 10 and 11, with the Republic of Cyprus. Now the company can proceed to the geological surveys of the region to determine best drilling locations. Several other major multinational oil and gas companies are currently exploring different parts of the Eastern Mediterranean, which is thought to have vast and mostly untapped resources of natural gas. Continue reading French Total Starts Offshore Exploration of Gas and Oil in Cyprus

MIT Now Knows How to Get Clean Water out of a Gas Well

The transition from coal to natural gas is expected to significantly decrease carbon emissions. However, gas production poses its own environmental concerns. One of those is the problem of so-called “produced water”—large volumes of underground water with a lot of salts and minerals, that flow to the surface along with gas. This water must be somehow cleaned or otherwise disposed of. There are several processes available to perform this task, but most of them are expensive and quite inefficient. A new method developed at MIT could help solve the problem and produce clean water at relatively low cost. In the future it could also be used specifically at water purification plants, especially in developing countries. Continue reading MIT Now Knows How to Get Clean Water out of a Gas Well

Shell and Kinder Morgan Aim to Export LNG from US

Shell US Gas & Power, a subsidiarity of Royal Dutch Shell along with Southern Liquefaction Company, a Kinder Morgan affiliate and a unit of El Paso Pipeline Partners have announced yesterday, that they are planning to develop a natural gas liquefaction plant at El Paso’s existing Elba Island LNG Terminal near Savannah, Georgia. EPB’s Elba Express Pipeline and Elba Island LNG Terminal are to be modified to physically transport natural gas to the terminal and to load the liquefied natural gas (LNG) onto ships for export. Continue reading Shell and Kinder Morgan Aim to Export LNG from US