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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.

Are we on the path of ‘Limits to Growth’?

Probably the most important thing you need to know about the 1972 book entitled is that it makes no predictions. Rather, the much maligned study provides scenarios for thinking about the future of resource use, pollution, population, food, and industrial production. Limits to Growth detailed three scenarios originally, one of them called business-as-usual or BAU. […]

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Wine and Radioactive Decay:

An Interesting Mix I had not expected for find a wine-related topic to blog about again in a nuclear forum (an early blog of mine reported on the effects of red wine in helping protect against radioactivity), but I have just found yet another connection between nuclear science and wine.  A technical paper reports on […]

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Thermoplastic Hydrogen Storage Tanks for FCVs in Development

Posted on September 10th, 2014 by Hydro Kevin A company called Element Materials Technology is developing a high pressure thermoplastic hydrogen storage tank to be used inside of fuel cell vehicles. The resulting storage vessel is expected to be strong, light-weight and leak-free. According to , “During this project Element Hitchin performed high-pressure permeation tests […]

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VW Bearish on FCVs Outside of Japan

Posted on September 9th, 2014 by Hydro Kevin One may think that a German automaker that has hydrogen fueling stations popping up all around the hillsides of Germany may be bullish on fuel cell vehicles at least in that country. But, this is not the case with Volkswagen. In fact, VW is predicting that fuel […]

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China, Nature Conservancy Work to Curb Pollution

Talk about strange bedfellows: China is the largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions in the world, but the country, in conjunction with , is working to curb the causes and effects of climate change. It might seem like a strange partnership between a non-profit and a huge nation, but it seems to work. TNC’s  identified […]

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The more uncertain we are, the more careful we should be

It is a staple of apologists for the chemical and fossil fuel industries to say, “We have no proof that what you are talking about is dangerous.” Let me restate that in probabilistic terms: “We are highly uncertain about the harm of what you are talking about.” When stated in probabilistic terms, uncertainty about harm […]

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Science and Policymaking, Part III:

What We All Need to Know about the Public The astute reader of the last two blogposts (on policymakers and on scientists) will notice that the missing link in this story is the public.  Sure enough, there is a 3rd article on what both scientists and policymakers need to know about the public.  This one […]

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Science and Policymaking, Part II:

What Policymakers Need to Know about Scientists In my previous post, I excerpted 20 points from an article in The Guardian that tried to give scientists advice on what they needed to know about policy-making in order to be more effective in working with policymakers.  That article was actually inspired by an earlier article in […]

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Science and Policymaking, Part I:

What Scientists Need to Know about Policymakers I was just pointed to a rich mother lode today–a trio of articles on what the various actors in science and technology policy need to know about each other.  Since I am a scientist and engineer who has worked in the policy area for a long time, the […]

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Hyundai FCV Travels 1481 Miles in 24 Hours

Drivers Marius Bornstein and Arnt-Gøran Hartvig (pictured left to right) hopped inside of a Hyundai ix35 Tucson Fuel Cell and drove it 1481 miles in 24 hours – try to do that, battery electric vehicle fans. The entire trip took place inside of Germany between Hamburg and capital city, Berlin. According to the email I received, “The […]

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