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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

  • Designing Better Plants for Food and Fuel Production

    Published 17 May 2011 | viewed 4,837 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 15,445 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 7,631 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 7,761 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 7,029 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 15,302 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 34,662 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 62,218 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 4,527 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 17,848 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 6,834 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 6,471 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 5,479 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 6,252 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 6,150 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 16,076 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…

  • Ethanol Works and is Here to Stay

    Published 10 February 2011 | viewed 9,362 times

    Jennifer Johnson at Wahpeton North Dakota’s Daily News has looked into ethanol smack in the midst of America’s prime oil boom of the Bakken oil…

  • Generating More Fuel from Less Crude Oil

    Published 21 January 2011 | viewed 9,993 times

    The UK’s University of Bradford researchers are proposing a method for increasing the yield of the middle distillates, gasoline, jet fuel, and diesel fuel at…

  • Wind Company Allows Consumers to Store Renewable Energy

    Published 10 January 2011 | viewed 10,008 times

    The state of Maine is cracking the market open for self-storing of renewable energy with a collaboration between a wind company and a thermal energy…

  • What is Big Oil Thinking but Not Saying

    Published 07 January 2011 | viewed 6,444 times

    Big Oil is much smarter than people think.  By Big Oil this writer means the free world’s independent oil companies.  For those watching, Big Oil…

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