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sydney evans

toronto, ontario, Canada


Member since August 15, 2012

  • Chevron fire a step to more biofuel attention?

    Environment, Environmental Design


    Chevron Fire

    The only crude distillation unit of Chevron Corp’s refinery in Richmond, California is facing up to 6 months of shutdown after a fire broke out there last week.

    The investigators and Chevron itself have refused to provide any timeframe for resuming the plant’s full operations at California’s second largest plant following the fire last week in its crude unit. Apparently, investigators have discovered severe damage in the pipe racks, heater and cooling towers.

    According to reports Chevron submitted to the pollution regulators last week, the unit is expected to be shut down for several months, following the blaze at a pump which leaked a diesel-like substance. Meanwhile, a spokesperson from Chevron has insisted that there is only one crude oil unit at their plant and it was kept shuttered while the other parts of the plant operated.

    Chevron is still undecided whether to continue operating its secondary units that are running on feedstock.

    A small leak in the pipe was readily found by engineers of Chevron — with the alert as something that may have just saved the Contra Costa Country from numerous casualties.

    “It was good they found the leak early … the sooner you find the (leak) and ignition point, the less fuel there is to burn at the ignition point.”

    What the public and the investigators want to examine is why did Chevron not replace the part of the old pipeline that leaked when it was discovered last year during a maintenance check of the pl...

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    Solamon Alternative Energy

    Barack Obama’s administration has backed the use of biofuels in powering its military, seeing it as a chance to immune itself from sharp fuel price fluctuations, especially after the Navy’s successful test of the technology.

    But despite their efforts, the US Congress could stop the Defense Department from investing in alternative fuel until the price has become competitive to conventional sources.

    Alternative Biofuels The Navy has made its first attempts in “going green” in 2009 and made tests on the jet engines on the biofuel mix in 2010. However, the project was questioned in 2011 when the Navy reportedly spent USD 450,000 on biofuels (composed of chicken fat and algae), costing around USD 15 per gallon, which is quite expensive compared to the USD 3.60 for the usual fuel.

    The plan was met with strong criticism for its being very costly. Moreover, the Department of Defense was reportedly obliged to implement budget cuts by reducing the number of its personnel, aircraft, ships and important military programs.

    McCain insists the program is simply too expensive, saying “I was just reading, it’s the cost of one destroyer – $1.8bn extra – they want to spend on this green technology. The fact is, I just do not believe that we need to spend that kind of money on it.”

    “Absolutely it was worthwhile to show that biofuels can compete and can be used in every single thing that we do in the navy. This shows that it’s operational. Everyt...

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    Solamon Alternative Energy

    Carmakers are recently starting to invest heavily on fuel cells with several of them already launching models.

    Suzuki and Intelligent Energy have teamed up to create SMILE FC System Corp that will develop air-cooled fuel cell systems.

    According from the announcement, their joint venture also consists of a non-exclusive license agreement that will give Suzuki the access to IE’s fuel cell technology to be employed on their vehicles. On the other hand, IE stands to benefit from the production expertise of Suzuki and the Japanese supply chain.

    It’s indeed a huge step towards the commercialization of auto fuel-cell systems. In fact, IE’s air-cooled fuel cell system is in the Burgman scooter that became the world’s first such vehicle to get the European Union’s WVTA (Whole Vehicle Type Approval) in 2011.

    Strong interest in fuel cell cars from the industrial sector and government departments in Korea, China and Japan have seen a promising growth.

    For instance, General Motors has already allotted USD 2 billion in R&D and is slated to introduce fuel cell cars in Europe and America on 2016.

    According to a prominent oil firm, fuel cell vehicles can possibly make up 40% of the global auto market by 2051. Automakers on their part, are saying that vehicles that run on natural gas might end up as only 5% of the total global number by 2040.

    The British government has already introduced a new system supported by the automobile industry that wil...

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