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.

Brexit and the energy equation

The fretting in the financial markets after Great Britain’s voters narrowly decided to leave the European Union (EU), a move dubbed Brexit, was less about immediate effects–there aren’t any since it would take Britain up to two years to withdraw–and more about a foreboding that other countries will want out, too. In addition, some think […]

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Women at ACRS:

Another Step Forward The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has just announced the appointment of 4 new members of its Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS).  They are:  Margaret Sze-Tai Chu, Walter Kirchner, Jose March-Leuba, and Matthew Sunseri.   Their bios can be found in the above NRC news release and will not be repeated here. What is […]

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Schleswig-Holstein, Germany: Big-Picture Hydrail

by guest blogger Stan Thompson 21 June, 2016:  Today, Eva Grey, writing in Railway-Technology.com, described the quintessential model indicating where hydrail (hydrogen fuel cell railway) technology is headed. In her story, “German state thrusts hydrogen-powered hydrail into the spotlight,” Ms. Grey breaks the story of plans by the State of Schleswig-Holstein in northern Germany to convert […]

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Bionic leaf beats photosynthesis, creates liquid fuel

Now this from Harvard University researchers: “bionic leaf 2.0,” which turns sunlight into liquid fuel, introduced in the academic journal Science earlier this month. In what is called an artificial version of photosynthesis in plants, the study says the “bionic leaf 2.0” “aims to make use of solar panels for splitting molecules of water into oxygen […]

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Eleventh International Hydrail Conference: a first look at the program

by guest blogger Stan Thompson This year’s “11-IHC” is the first event since the International Hydrail Conference series began in 2005 when a major focus of the agenda will be on hydrogen fuel cell passenger railway equipment already being manufactured and in service. (see http://www.hydrail.org) China now has two hydrail trams in production. One is […]

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Where Are All the Hydrail (Hydrogen Trains) in California?

Of all the U. S. states, California has shown the biggest commitment to clean transportation including fuel cell vehicles. In the Golden State there are fuel cell cars for sale and lease, fuel cell buses deployed north and south, plus fuel cell trucks and delivery vans gracing the roadways. With all of this commitment to […]

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Can the world go all-electric?

Recently, word leaked out that Norway may ban the sale of diesel- and gasoline-powered vehicles by 2025. The move toward electric vehicles is part of a dream shared by those concerned about climate change and about fossil fuel depletion (especially oil depletion), namely, turn the world into one big all-electric paradise. Run everything we can […]

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Too Cheap to Meter–Take 3

The Beat Goes On I was delighted to find a message in my mailbox a few days ago from Thomas Wellock, the NRC historian, pointing me to his NRC blog on the frequently cited “Too Cheap to Meter” speech that has haunted the US nuclear industry for more than 60 years.  I was pleased because […]

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