Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Launched in 2004, the “Livestrong” bracelet started a trend of popular wristbands that have come to represent and popularize different causes. From starting as a token to raise monies and awareness to combat cancer, the wristband has been used to promote hundreds of other avenues.
Besides donning these bands for your favorite charity, (more…)
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
As plastic trash accumulates in ocean ecosystems, it may be damaging worms and other sensitive marine life at the bottom of the food chain, scientists report.
Two British studies found that microplastics — tiny remnants, less than 5 mm in diameter, from the breakdown of plastic trash — made seafloor worms eat less and transferred (more…)
Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
Previous posts (e.g., here and here) have discussed Neste Oil’s patent infringement suits against competitor Dynamic Fuels involving biodiesel fuels and production processes.
Dynamic Fuels is a joint venture of Syntroleum and Tyson Foods that operates refineries capable of (more…)
Friday, January 25th, 2013
A number of green patent complaints have been filed in the last several weeks in the areas of biofuels, compressed air turbines, and LEDs.
Neste Oil, OYJ v. Dynamic Fuel, LLC et al. (more…)
Monday, April 16th, 2012
Shale oil, known also as kerogen oil or oil-shale oil, is an unconventional oil produced from oil shale by pyrolysis, hydrogenation, or thermal dissolution. These processes convert the organic matter within the rock (kerogen) into synthetic oil and gas. The resulting oil can be used immediately as a fuel or upgraded to meet refinery feedstock (more…)
Monday, June 27th, 2011
Many western analysts have described the post-Soviet tussle for Caspian and Central Asian energy reserves as the new “Great Game, except this time around, Russia is facing the U.S. rather than the British empire.
To a dispassionate outside observer however, what (more…)
Friday, May 6th, 2011
Natural gas is domestically abundant (2,587 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable natural gas in the United States) and it burns cleaner than oil and coal (30% and 50% less carbon dioxide emissions respectively), but removing the hydrocarbons from mile deep shale beds has proven to be a dangerous and environmentally damaging endeavor. (more…)
Monday, January 31st, 2011
Replacing fossil fuels with hydrogen is not a new idea but storage problems have been hampering the application of this technology. However, a new technology announced this week promises a breakthrough that could see carbon-free fuel delivered to the masses.
The technology is the result of years of (more…)
Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
Neste Oil (Neste) is a Finnish oil refining company that focuses on advanced, low-emission transportation fuels.
Neste has the distinction of starting up the world’s largest biodiesel plant, which began production last month in Singapore. The plant has an annual capacity of 800,000 tons and will produce biodiesel fuel using (more…)