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Italy’s Eni discovers huge gas field off Egyptian coast, Largest Ever August 31, 2015

Filed under: Energy Exploration,Global Warming — bferrari @ 8:13 am
Eni said the well could be one of the largest in the world

Eni said the well could be one of the largest in the world

Italian energy group Eni says it has found one of the world’s largest natural gas fields off Egypt’s coast.

The company said the area was 1,450m (4,757 feet) beneath the surface and covered 100 sq km (39 sq miles).

It could hold as much as 30 trillion cubic feet of gas, or 5.5 billion barrels of oil equivalent, Eni said.

The company says that the Zohr field “could become one of the world’s largest natural-gas finds” and help meet Egypt’s gas needs for decades.

“This historic discovery will be able to transform the energy scenario of Egypt,” said Claudio Descalzi, chief executive of Eni.

Eni, which has full concession rights to the area, is the biggest foreign energy firm in Africa.

In June, it signed an energy exploration deal with Egypt’s oil ministry worth $2bn (£1.5bn) allowing the company to explore in Sinai, the Gulf of Suez, the Mediterranean and areas in the Nile Delta.

Eni’s find follows other significant gas discoveries in the Mediterranean in recent years, including by Egypt’s neighbour Israel.



Great Pacific Garbage Patch: 20-Year-Old to Launch World’s First Ocean Cleaning System Next Year August 23, 2015

Filed under: Cleaning,Global Warming,Government Policies,Green Living — bferrari @ 9:47 am

There are an estimated 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating through the world’s oceans, enough to fill almost 600 jumbo jets. Cleaning up so much pollution might seem like a monumental task, but one 20-year-old is setting out to make a difference — in a big way.

Boyan Slat, the founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, announced earlier this week that his organization will deploy the world’s first system to passively remove plastic waste from oceans around the world.

The system is comprised of a series of floating barriers that spans over a mile long, making it the longest floating structure in the ocean. The barriers trap floating plastic debris, which is then picked up a via conveyer belt 7900 times faster and 33 times cheaper than other methods:

“Taking care of the world’s ocean garbage problem is one of the largest environmental challenges mankind faces today. Not only will this first cleanup array contribute to cleaner waters and coasts but it simultaneously is an essential step towards our goal of cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This deployment will enable us to study the system’s efficiency and durability over time,” said Slat.

The Ocean Cleanup plans to deploy the structure off of the coast of Japan during the second quarter of 2016.



Sunflower Oil Hits the Road June 22, 2015

Filed under: Biofuel,Energy Ineffiency,Green Living — bferrari @ 10:35 am
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It turns out that sunflower oil is good for baking and braking.

That’s right, braking — as in your car’s brakes.

Michelin’s new Primacy MXM4, unveiled earlier this year, boasts a unique rubber compound that incorporates sunflower oil in order to offer improved performance in both wet and snowy weather.

Production of the tire using sunflower oil began at a Michelin facility in South Carolina.

Mike Wischhusen, director of industry standards for Michelin North America, notes that vegetable oils have been used as extender oils in the rubber industry (not only tires) for several years.

Why sunflower oil, in particular?

“We encountered sunflower oil specifically over the past decade when we were faced with the technical challenge of developing a high-performance tire for modern luxury performance vehicles that could still deliver superior cold-weather winter grip on wet and snowy roads — the concept of a high-performance all-season tire,” Wischhusen comments.

The use of sun oil in the tire’s patented “Helio Compound” increases traction at low temperatures for braking and handling in wet conditions and has better overall performance in the snow. In fact, Primacy MXM4 tires are able to stop up to 19 feet shorter in wet conditions than a leading competitor, according to Michelin.

The company’s priority was to design a new tire with a specific consumer benefit in mind. Sunflower oil provides unique properties to cured rubber that allowed Michelin to overcome one of the traditional balance-of-performance issues when trying to design high-performance all-season tires.

“The use of sunflower oil in our tread rubber delivers the rigidity, grip and durability characteristics necessary for high-performance tires — and, more importantly, retains that same performance as temperatures decrease to freezing levels: a snowy or wet winter road,” Wischhusen explains. “Other types of oils can achieve that performance level at high temperatures (summer) or low temperatures (winter) but not both. Sunflower oil allows us to break a traditional compromise and deliver the full-time balance of performance that consumers need.”

Tire developers at Michelin use a high-oleic variety of sunflower oil. For tires produced in the United States, they use U.S.-sourced sunflower oil.

Not only does the new technology give the driver better stability on the roadway, it also helps the environment. The oil compound gives increased rigidity in the tread block or groove pattern, increasing mileage and, in turn, decreasing CO2 emissions.

The tire was made available to consumers in North America on July 1. It is an original equipment release for luxury car makers including Acura, BMW, Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus. Michelin also is considering developing the tire for replacement size tires.


“Driving down the road… running on Bullsh*t …” Hydrogen Power is Here ! May 16, 2015

Filed under: Animal Waste,Biofuels,Electric,Energy Generators,Hydrogen — bferrari @ 8:20 am

“Driving down the road… running on Bullsh*t …”

Toyota Murai Hydrogen Powered Car

Toyota Murai Hydrogen Powered Car

A great 3 minute video by Toyota on hydrogen-powered cars.


The UK is striving to get 12% of their heat load from renewable heat by 2020. March 28, 2015

Filed under: Biofuel,Biofuels,Biomass Stoves,Energy Ineffiency,Green Living — bferrari @ 3:44 pm

The UK is striving to get 12% of their heat load from renewable heat by 2020. Most popular are Air Source Heat Pumps and Biomass boilers. The map shows the spread of installations by technology. In urban areas, its more solar; the further north you go, the more pellet boilers installations there are. The majority of the homes and businesses are rural and switched from oil. Its the next frontier of renewable energy.

On the 29th September 2014, the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive reached the milestone of 10,000 accredited RHI installations.

The biggest technologies under the RHI so far have been Air Source Heat Pumps and Biomass boilers. The map on the right hand side shows the spread of Renewable Heat installations all over the UK by technology.

Installations replacing Oil account for almost half of all installations, showing consumers are incentivised by the significantly higher fuel savings on oil alongside RHI payments.

The East, South East and South West of England accounts for the greatest proportion of RHI installs to date.

The Renewable Heat Incentive rewards homeowners who install renewable heat technologies on their property. In order to offer consumers the RHI, an installer must be MCS Certified.

For further information on becoming an MCS Installer and offering your customers the RHI simply contact Easy MCS on Freephone 0800 612 43 42 or email or to join the Easy MCS Support programme simply apply online.



Mitsubishi shows off MiEV Evolution III for Pikes Peak October 20, 2014

Filed under: Electric — bferrari @ 7:27 am
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In May 2012, Mistubishi unveiled a completely unexpected version of the i-MiEV electric jellybean to challenge the climb up Pikes Peak, the MiEV Evolution. In 2013, the company unleashed the MiEV Evolution II. For 2014, well, you can probably guess.

Say hello to the MiEV Evolution III. The latest, ahem, evolution of these cars features redesigned chassis and bodywork as well as a 50 kW boost to the electric motors, up to 450 kW, which translates to a 67 horsepower increase up to 603 hp. Two of these bad boys will tackle the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) later this month in the Electric Modified Division at the hands of drivers Greg Tracy and Hiroshi Masuoka. The race starts at 9,390 feet and ends at 14,110 feet above sea level and takes place June 29.

Mitsubishi hasn’t yet managed to win the EV category in. The first Evolution crashed during practice and last year Masuoka came in second in the EV division while Tracy came in third. The 2013 winner was Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima in the Monster Sport E-Runner. Will the third time be the charm?



Stunning Baatara Gorge Waterfall September 18, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — bferrari @ 8:29 am

The Baatara Gorge Waterfall (or the Baatara Pothole Waterfall) is located in the village of Balaa, between the cities of Laqlouq and Tannourine, Lebanon. The location is also known as the “Three Bridges Chasm” (in French “Gouffre des Trois Ponts”).

This unexpected waterfall drops 255 metres (837 ft.) into a cave and falls behind three natural bridges, which raise one above the other and overhang the chasm descending into Mount Lebanon. It can only be seen during the months of March and April, when the snows are melting.




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