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Brian Westenhaus

New Energy and Fuel

Contributor since: 29 Sep 2011

Brian Westenhaus

Brian is the editor of the popular energy technology site New Energy and Fuel. The site’s mission is to inform, stimulate, amuse and abuse the news and views across the emerging field of energy and fuels in our future. You will find the most exciting and useful news, guides and tips for making and saving money in energy and fuel, just how things work or not, where you might want to invest or get involved in a brainstorming session with other readers.

Latest articles from Brian

  • Oil Recovery Techniques: Using Microbes to Recover Trapped Oil

    Published 14 June 2011 | viewed 17,048 times

    The financial crisis of 2008 and the high gasoline prices that have haunted consumers since has the Peak Oil debate pressuring enhanced oil recovery. Today…

  • Exxon’s $100 Million a Day Exploration Budget Pays Off

    Published 13 June 2011 | viewed 14,957 times

    Exxon’s CEO Rex Tillerson announced back in March plans to spend $100 million a day for the next five years to expand the search for…

  • Are U.S. Bureaucrats About to Make a Huge Oil Supply Blunder?

    Published 09 June 2011 | viewed 7,684 times

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got the file Monday as the State Department concluded a public comment period on its draft environmental impact statement,…

  • Forget Oil and Gold – Phosphorus is the Commodity Everyone Should be Concerned About

    Published 23 May 2011 | viewed 16,705 times

    It’s phosphorus.  The element of great importance – its essential for life – humans and animals need it for healthy bone formation, and plants need…

  • Designing Better Plants for Food and Fuel Production

    Published 17 May 2011 | viewed 4,788 times

    Michigan State University researcher David Kramer a Hannah Distinguished Professor of Photosynthesis and Bioenergetics leads an effort to improve fuel and food producing plants saying,…

  • The Search for Deep Oil and Gas

    Published 09 May 2011 | viewed 15,396 times

    Geoffrey Styles, Managing Director of GSW Strategy Group, has came upon more information about the effort to look even deeper for hydrocarbons like natural gas…

  • A Sensible Look at the Food vs Fuel Argument

    Published 04 May 2011 | viewed 7,579 times

    Mary Kissel writing in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) looks into what C. Larry Pope, the chief executive of Smithfield Foods, Inc. is saying about…

  • A New Idea on Energy Extraction From Oil Shale

    Published 26 April 2011 | viewed 7,747 times

    A team at Stanford University is proposing using solid oxide fuel cells as the basis for a method for electricity production from oil shale with…

  • Biofuel Real Estate – Where Should the Algae be Grown?

    Published 22 April 2011 | viewed 7,013 times

    High oil prices, environmental and economic security concerns motivate a powerful interest in using algae-derived oils as an alternative to fossil fuels. Keep in mind…

  • A Different Idea on Where Hydrocarbons Come From

    Published 21 April 2011 | viewed 15,156 times

    A research team including colleagues at UC Davis, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Shell Projects & Technology is offering a new computational study published in…

  • Energy Breakthrough: One Step Closer to Extracting Hydrogen From Water

    Published 20 April 2011 | viewed 34,482 times

    A research team at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland has announced they have come upon a new catalyst for electrolysis to split…

  • Bug That Produces Methane Gas in Landfills Has Been Found

    Published 11 April 2011 | viewed 62,107 times

    We’ve long known that garbage piled up on landfills weep and leak methane gas.  Its even harvested and being put to use in many places. …

  • Japan’s Nukes – Scary or Interesting Concern?

    Published 23 March 2011 | viewed 4,492 times

    Fast answer – an interesting concern.  Those words are chosen as the human tragedy unfolds.  Perhaps hundreds or thousands of people are exposed to the…

  • The Coming Geothermal Energy Boom

    Published 21 March 2011 | viewed 17,707 times

    According to a report released last week by Pike Research we’ll see a significant increase in the use of geothermal as an energy source between…

  • Even More Natural Gas on the Way

    Published 15 March 2011 | viewed 6,798 times

    Sometimes you have to wonder, how did so much energy get packed away in the earth’s crust?  Even with tens of millions of years, moving…

  • High Oil Prices are Not here to Stay

    Published 13 March 2011 | viewed 6,431 times

    One hundred dollar oil sends a shiver through the economy. One hundred ten dollar oil gets consumer reactions.  If oil prices stay climbing the consuming…

  • The Energy Potential of Household Sewage

    Published 03 March 2011 | viewed 5,465 times

    Elizabeth S. Heidrich at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom is leading a team that gives new meaning to the adage, “waste not, want not.” …

  • It’s Time for the US to Recycle Used Nuclear Fuel

    Published 27 February 2011 | viewed 6,174 times

    Dale Klein, Ph.D., former commissioner (and former chairman) of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Texas System and Associate…

  • Another Massive Natural Gas Resource Becomes Available

    Published 25 February 2011 | viewed 6,097 times

    There is a huge reserve of natural gas already discovered, waiting for use and distributed worldwide.  The reserves are simply natural gas that is naturally…

  • Can Zero Point Energy Gain Credibility?

    Published 21 February 2011 | viewed 16,032 times

    There is a lot of activity in Zero Point Energy around the world.  In the U.S. it remains an oddball or unscientific field.  In other…

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