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Corn won’t Feed our Tanks

on Mar 1st 2012

There isn’t going to be a single fix to the problem of our race’s need for more energy. It is inevitable that the vast majority of the world will technologically develop and adopt a western style of consumption and energy use – and our population is still rising. Energy efficiencies and new sources of energy […]

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Utilising Alginate with 80% Efficiency

on Jan 20th 2012

Harvesting kelp for biofuels has a huge potential. It can be grown pretty much anyplace where the holdfast at its base can gain an anchor within reach of light and as long as the nutrients that it requires are available for growth. This happens in two kinds of places: the frigid waters of the high […]

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Fuel from Artificial Photosynthesis

on Jul 20th 2011

Even though this technology may seem to be in competition with the Tidal Irrigation and Electrical System it actually isn’t, and in any case it is wonderfully exciting. Sun Catalytix has developed a cobalt and phosphate coated silicon sheet that is immersed in water. When exposed to sunlight the water is catalyzed into its component […]

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Sea Lettuce Farms to Reverse Ocean Acidification

on Feb 5th 2011

The growth of homogenic carbon dioxide in the atmosphere since the industrial revolution has convinced the majority of the scientific community that the earth is poised to begin an ever increasing warming trend. It has terrified the most influential scientists and lead to the advanced study of geoengineering schemes. At the cost of billions, if […]

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Kitty Litter to the Rescue

on Nov 26th 2010

A team based at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has developed a novel way of turning biomass like grass cuttings, kelp or even wood pulp into the basic components of plastics and resins. This yearly $US400 billion industry is currently being supplied by the refining of fossil crude oil. According to the US Department of […]

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EBI’s Mind is Stuck in the Sewer

on Nov 3rd 2010

Microbes for biofuels need carbon dioxide, sunlight, water, space to grow in and fertilizers. The last of these can come from several different places. People can make fertilizer with heavy industry out of fossil fuels or they can collect animal waste or they can collect their own waste or they can pump water from deep […]

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Biodiesel best from Open Ponds

on Sep 2nd 2010

The Tidal Irrigation and Electrical System can be considered a giant open pond for the growth of marine plants which can then be turned into biodiesel. The potential growth rates of aquatic plants far outstrip terrestrial plants. The question has been what is the best method to grow the plants so they can be converted […]

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Filter Feeders to Oil

on Nov 6th 2009

A rather nice idea was proposed by Texas based, LiveFuels, Inc. Well, it has the potential to be a nice idea. It could be absolutely horrible. They intend to create optimum algae growth in a a 45 acre saltwater pond on the Texas coast by introducing agricultural waste. Fish would be introduced into the ponds […]

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Falling through the Cracks

on Sep 9th 2009

The Royal Society’s report on geoengineering schemes was a disappointment. In it’s analysis of different ideas to mitigate greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere it focused on only part of the problem. Right at the beginning of the report it says that it will focus on schemes that divert solar energy into space or absorb CO2 […]

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Forget Climate Change, What About Ocean Acidification?

on Dec 14th 2008

Recently, I submitted the TIE System for assessment by the Royal Society’s working group on geoengineering schemes to mitigate climate change. ( In the process I have been looking at a few other ideas. Many of them, like increasing the albedo of marine stratocumulus clouds and shading the earth with a large group of small […]

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