Author Archives: Peter Spitz

Fusion becoming real?

Remember the time a decade or two ago when two professors announced that they had carried out a fusion reaction? Well, that didn’t work out so well and was soon forgotten. More recently it became known that a multi-national consortium … Continue reading

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The chemical landscape changes: Dow and DuPont merge and unscramble

For those of us who have followed the development of the U.S. chemical industry for a number of decades, the newly announced “blockbuster” Dow-DuPont deal is the latest fascinating development. Here is a synopsis of industry history (Time periods are approximate): 1900 … Continue reading

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Kemper power plant dooms “Clean coal” approach

The concept of scrubbing carbon dioxide from power plant flue gases has been around ever since global warming and climate change became part of our vocabulary. When it quickly became evident that flowing the huge amounts of flue gases from coal-burning … Continue reading

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GHG Reduction: Fiddling while China burns

                                                                Source: Wall Street Journal The recent climate change talks … Continue reading

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Powder River Coal: Strange Government Dichotomy

To quote Shakespeare somewhat irreverently, “there is something rotten in the state of Wyoming”. Well, it depends on your viewpoint and your political affiliation. But the Obama administration can be said to not really be serious about world GHG reduction, … Continue reading

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Promising startups using novel chemistry

 In its November 2, 2015 issue, Chemical and Engineering News described ten new startups that show considerable promise. One of these, Bolt Threads, which has discovered how to make synthetic silk, was covered in my June 8th, 2015 post. Like … Continue reading

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Renewable energy keeps advancing

The Gassing Down of The Energy Industry and The Rise of Renewables Submitted by Gemma Potter The prices of gas and oil are at a year-long low, down 40% in the past year: these profit drops are cutting the incentive … Continue reading

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