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ChapGTP & DALL-E generated panoramic image of a chemical processing plant covered in circuitry and pulsing with electricity

Decarbonizing Industrial Heat Means Electrifying It — Transcript of Podcast With Paul Martin

Recently I sat down virtually with professional chemical process engineer Paul Martin of Spitfire Research on my podcast Redefining Energy – Tech to discuss how much industrial heat can be replaced with electrical heat technologies (tl’dr: virtually all of it directly). In the theme of providing transcripts of presentations I’m … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image of a plain with a high-pressure pump, a big pond and a very large pile of gray sand

Fracking The Same Underground Volume Isn’t Energy Storage, It’s Mining For Unusable Sand

It’s not often that a novel energy storage solution crosses my screen. It’s vastly rarer that it doesn’t immediately fail a few basic sniff tests. A solution that pumps water under high pressure a few hundred to a thousand meters underground doesn’t immediately fall apart in technical terms or claims. … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image of an electric cement truck covered in circuitry delivering cement to a construction site.

Publishing On Cement Decarbonization Brings Challenges, Corrections, & More Approaches

A few days ago I went deep on cement again, using an assessment of the processes of American clean cement startups to define the scope and magnitude of the problem, the chemistry and energy requirements of cement, why fixing it is critically important, and incidentally evaluate a couple of companies’ … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image of a cement mixing and bagging plant beside a smoking volcano

Fly Ash, Silica Fume, & Natural Pozzolans Are Terms To Know When Talking Green Cement

Every domain brings with it a wealth of new language. Being the domain junky that I am, my head is creaking at the seams with jargon and technical terms from a multitude of places. Cement and concrete are no different. Today’s exploration is of the interesting world of supplementary cementitious … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated create a panoramic image of an infrared view of methane leaking from a natural gas processing facility, dollar signs in the plume

US Industrial Natural Gas Consumers Could See 56% Higher Bills With Methane Leak Price

Remarkably, in 2022 the USA managed to get a greenhouse gas price through Congress. It wasn’t on carbon dioxide, the biggest problem, but it was on methane, the second biggest greenhouse gas problem we humans create. Perhaps more remarkably, it was explicitly on the oil and gas industry and excluded … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image of an electric arc furnace cauldron with slag forming on the surface, while a cement truck is standing by

Many Green Cement Roads Lead Through Electric Arc Steel Furnaces

An electric arc furnace is like a giant, high-tech kitchen appliance for melting metal. Imagine a huge, robust pot where you throw in scrap metal, like old cars or broken appliances. Instead of using gas or coal to heat things up, this “pot” uses powerful electric arcs — think of … [continued]

Forecast Strong Hurricane Season Presents Risk for U.S. Oil & Natural Gas Industry

Meteorologists are forecasting a particularly intense Atlantic hurricane season this year; they expect 20–25 named storms with a possibility of 30 or more, according to reports from AccuWeather in April. Colorado State University similarly forecasts an estimated 23 named storms this year. The potential for a stronger hurricane season suggests heightened risk for weather-related … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image of a seaside oil and gas town coated with dripping green paint

Another Day Another Bad Bought & Paid For Hydrogen Pipeline Report, This One From Arup

One part of the weird obsession with hydrogen for energy over the past several years, especially in Europe but also in the USA, are the number of reports analyzing how and where the pipelines will go and what will be required in ports. It’s all a house of cards as … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image of an electrolysis cement plant of the future, powered by wind turbines

Electrochemistry Might Help Solve Cement’s Carbon Problem

One thread I’m pulling on across industrial solutions is the ability of electrochemical processes powered by green electricity to replace industrial processes powered by fossil fuels. Today someone handed me the end of a thread leading to Sublime Systems, a Massachusetts, USA, firm that’s using electrochemistry to make low-carbon cement. … [continued]

"Gas cook stove" by Oregon State University is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Chefs Want To Continue To Cook With Gas — Gas Companies Help With Disinformation Campaigns

A coalition of gas companies and their supporters have partnered with restaurant associations to ensure the right for chefs to cook with gas. The coalition has made headway in several prominent communities and is now planning to confront rules across the western US to limit the installation of gas stoves … [continued]