Monthly Archives: February 2012

TEDx lecture

It seems that my articles on the chemical and energy industries, focussing frequently on the chemical engineering profession and on the “renaissance” of American manufacturing, have succeeded in creating a larger audience. On the evening of March 23rd, I will … Continue reading

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What about algae?

 Ok, here are the pluses and minuses: They can be grown in non-arable land; oil yield is higher than from traditional seeds; they don’t need fresh water, can use saline; they are not a food source (like corn, for example); … Continue reading

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Coal-to-Chemicals: Not in the U.S.

A significant percent of America’s need for electric power will, for many years into the future, be supplied by coal from our massive reserves in Appalachia and the Western states. But coal is an expensive and more polluting way to make chemicals – though technology is available … Continue reading

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An American Advantage

Over the months that I have blogged about our energy and chemical industries I have focussed much of the discussion on what has now been called the “renaissance” of American manufacture. For these industries, this has largely related to the relatively … Continue reading

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An Unfair Fine: Spur to Development?

In 2011, refiners paid a $ 6.5MM fine to the government for not blending ethanol made from agricultural wastes( instead of ethanol made from corn) into gasoline. And guess what?  There was no such ethanol available, because so-called cellulosic ethanol is not … Continue reading

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