Welcome to BlogNotions' Energy Blog

The BlogNotions Energy Blog delivers a diverse series of perspectives provided by thought leaders in a variety of energy niches. Presented by NetLine, this forum delivers compelling updates on the latest advancements in the energy and power industry, discussions of renewable energy strategies, new ideas for advancing green efforts, implications of public policy on power production, and much more. Here you can find helpful information, ask questions, and collaborate freely.

The EPA climate change

With Scott Pruitt now installed at the EPA, what is arguably one of the most successful government agencies ever—remember the dousing of the Cuyahoga River fire? Or the reduction of smog in LA?—is now itself gasping, on life support. Those environmental advances were in large part because the EPA was around to protect the nation’s […]

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Backyard testing in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

“Electric cars are going to be very important for urban transportation.”            Carlos Ghosn, CEO Nissan-Renault The back yard – behind factory buildings- is just where General Motors tested the first earthbound, – better to say road-bound – fuel cell electric vehicle. FCEV is Toyota’s term for the Mirai to clarify that a fuel cell vehicle […]

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Hydrokinetics – The Renewable “Silver Bullet”

In searching for technologies that can aid in the transition to a low carbon environment the following characteristics would define the ideal new energy source; Characteristic Wind PV Solar Large Hydro Hydro-kinetics Geo-thermal Can generate electricity without any fuel Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Reliable at peak demand times including winters in middle latitudes No No […]

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Term Limits at DNFSB:

Good or Bad? My last blog on my experiences in the Presidential appointment process as a candidate for a position on the board of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) elicited several comments about the undesirability of Board members staying on after their terms have expired if they are not immediately replaced. Since this […]

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Does the Australian LNG export experience foreshadow soaring U.S. natural gas prices?

Two times last winter Australians living in the country’s eastern region paid more than twice as much for natural gas as did Japanese customers taking delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the same region. (Australia has three separate natural gas pipeline networks which create three domestic natural gas markets, Eastern, Northern and Western.) The […]

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Presidential Appointments:

So You Want to be a Presidential Appointee? About a year and a half ago, I was contacted by the White House asking if I would be willing to be nominated for a Presidential appointment.  In the scheme of things, the position was a very low-profile one, but with the current spotlight on the nominees […]

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NASA contributes to Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

“If we drive down the cost of transportation in space, we can do great things.”            Elon Musk NASA was preparing for manned spaceflights.  They were looking for a power source to provide spacecraft with electricity; batteries were too heavy, solar energy was still too expensive at that time (even for NASA) and nuclear energy was […]

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Risk, double-edged swords and imagining the worst

A friend of mine recently said that intellectual honesty often requires imagining the worst. Of course, in the study of climate change and natural resources one needs only to read the analyses of scientists to imagine the worst. Imagining the worst in not necessarily the same as believing the worst is inevitable or even likely. […]

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Field Test in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

“Successful engineering is all about understanding how things break or fail.”            Henry Petroski A well-known fact is that, in 1932, Dr. Francis Thomas Bacon, an engineering professor at Cambridge University in England, modified the lab paraphernalia, which had been used during Mond’s and Langer’s time.  Bacon used a less expensive material for the electrodes and […]

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