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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

  • A Fuel cell that runs on Regular Diesel and Biodiesel

    Published 18 October 2010 | viewed 23,253 times

    Using biodiesel as well as regular diesel in a fuel cell is for many an incredible idea. The Research Council of Norway’s RENERGI program Technical…

  • Nuclear Power: More Cost Effective Than Wind Energy

    Published 14 October 2010 | viewed 18,929 times

    If you’re a large electrical user and concerned about just what all the alternative power generation ideas will do to your stockholders, management and labor…

  • Improving Solar Cell Technology

    Published 14 October 2010 | viewed 7,232 times

    A team of researchers from North Carolina State University and the U.K. has found that the low rate of energy conversion in all-polymer photovoltaic solar-cell…

  • Finding a Path for the New Energy Economy

    Published 07 October 2010 | viewed 4,484 times

    Lots of pundits politicians and special interests all want their idea to be the path for a new energy economy.  Lest we forget, we consumers…

  • Making Photovoltaic Solar Cells More Efficient

    Published 15 September 2010 | viewed 8,488 times

    The maximum use of incoming solar radiation relies on using the full spectrum of the light and infrared radiation. There’s a lot of power in…

  • Thorium: A Cheap, Clean and Safe Alternative to Uranium

    Published 14 September 2010 | viewed 51,138 times

    With some concept tests thorium used as a nuclear fuel could end energy as a problem issue and shift the economy into a new growth…

  • Solar Energy Provides a Breakthrough in Iron Production

    Published 07 September 2010 | viewed 21,067 times

    George Washington University Professor Stuart Licht has developed a revolutionary carbon dioxide-free method of producing iron that could provide a breakthrough for an industry that…

  • Dry Water to Join the Fight Against Global Warming

    Published 03 September 2010 | viewed 5,942 times

    Dry water was discovered in 1968 and got attention for its potential use in cosmetics. Scientists at the University of Hull, U.K. rediscovered it in…

  • A Boom in Oil Drilling Thanks To Natural Gas

    Published 31 August 2010 | viewed 8,448 times

    The horizontal drilling and fracturing techniques that press’s favorite devil Halliburton pioneered to trigger the natural gas boom are the same technologies spurring a Canadian…

  • Media and Politics Impact on The Oil Spill Disaster that Isn’t

    Published 20 August 2010 | viewed 28,033 times

    The BP well blowout, fire, explosion and platform collapse, and the ensuing crude oil leak are without doubt the result of human failings.  Underestimating the…

  • Creating and Harvesting Natural Gas

    Published 13 August 2010 | viewed 17,878 times

    Luca Technologies harnesses natural processes to sustainably produce natural gas.  The Golden, Colo. based company has developed a process to generate and then extract more…

  • Is Wind Energy Storage Essential?

    Published 08 August 2010 | viewed 9,558 times

    Storing the energy from wind is obviously useful.  But is it essential?  Numerous studies cover the matter both asserting that storage can useful and asserting…

  • Captured CO2 to be Used as a New Fuel Source Using Solar Power

    Published 28 July 2010 | viewed 12,135 times

    George Washington University’s Dr. Stuart Licht and colleagues have published the first experimental evidence of their new solar thermal electrochemical photovoltaic (STEP) process, which combines…

  • A World Without Petroleum

    Published 27 July 2010 | viewed 45,630 times

    Occidental Petroleum is running a very clever and funny ad supporting and informing about what petroleum is used for as well as natural gas, gasoline…

  • The Hunt for Dark Energy

    Published 26 July 2010 | viewed 4,213 times

    It’s out there, or so they say in the cosmic physics community.  There is a mysterious “dark energy” believed to constitute nearly three-fourths of the…

  • Shale Oil’s Place in our Energy Future

    Published 15 July 2010 | viewed 11,602 times

    Chinese researchers have identified a catalyst called NiMoW, for the hydrotreating of the refined diesel distillate fraction from the Fushun shale oil deposit. Shale oil…

  • Turning Crude Oil to Natural Gas in the Oil Field

    Published 01 July 2010 | viewed 20,942 times

    Dr. Steve Larter holds the University of Calgary’s Canada Research Chair in Petroleum Geology and has more than 30 years’ research experience in petroleum geology…

  • The New Challenges and Benefits of Wind Power

    Published 23 June 2010 | viewed 12,473 times

    The Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) asserts in a study released last month that the power grid for five western states –…

  • Solar Energy May Soon Get Much Cheaper

    Published 10 June 2010 | viewed 19,354 times

    Scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have developed a new solar cell that they hope will cost a tiny fraction of current production.…

  • The race to Find a Platinum Replacement is on

    Published 30 May 2010 | viewed 19,425 times

    Platinum – the joy of a jewelry designer – the bane of a catalyst user, and in the current economy its the most expensive element…

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