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New Gas-To-Liquid Alternatives

Presently there are only six full-scale Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) plants operating in the world and all of these are based on the process discovered by two German chemists, Dr. Franz Fischer and Dr. Hans Tropsch almost a hundred years

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Renewable Jet Fuel Tested on a Commercial Airline

On November 14, Alaska Airlines used a 20% blend of cellulosic-based jet fuel on a flight from Seattle to Washington DC. Feedstock for the jet fuel was forestry wastes that were converted into sugars at Washington State University which leads

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Exploiting Data Analytics – What a Difference a Year Makes!

I started writing this blog about a year ago under the working title “Big Data is Watching You – But why isn’t it working for you?” But lots of players had similar thoughts after viewing the infomercials and exhibits by

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California Leads the Way in Reducing Carbon Emissions

With the recent signing of its Climate Change Legislation and its Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), California has embarked on historic steps to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions. On September 8, 2016, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Senate Bill 32

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US Ethylene Plant Development; Announcement, Plans, and New Technology

Appalachian Region Just over a year ago, in June 2015, Shell Chemical received approval from Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection to proceed with its plans to build an ethane cracker in Beaver County, Pa. (see my October

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Will U.S. Methanol Exports to China Help Alleviate Its Water Shortage?

It is well known that China is facing a water crisis. With 20% of the world’s population, China has only 7% of the world’s fresh water. According to Liu Changming, a retired hydrologist for the Chinese Academy of Science, four

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How to Make Big Money in a Short Time!

It always intrigues me to learn how easy it is to make money, in this case, without substantial risk, in the trading world if you only had the “tools” to do it. This morning I read that three trading companies

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Managing One’s Own Competency and Professional Development in Tough Times

This is the sixth time I have been under-employed in my career. The oil price pendulum has that impact! To date, this is neither the longest nor toughest downturn, it just feels that way. Amazingly, however, some

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Carbon Dioxide Process Delivers Nanotubes and Water

After reading Marshall Frank’s Three Carbon Dioxide Utilization Technologies, we identified another promising CO2 feedstock process that promises to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Solid Carbon Products LLC

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Three Carbon Dioxide Utilization Technologies

With the global effort underway to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, particularly carbon dioxide, most activities focus on carbon capture and storage (CCS). These technologies involve scrubbing CO2 from the flue gasses of facilities using fossil fuels such as power plants and cement

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