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Boeing successfully completes test flight with green diesel

Boeing successfully completes test flight with green diesel

Boeing has completed the world’s first flight using green diesel. On December 3,...

U.N.F.C.C.C. head urges climate action as Lima Conference begins

U.N.F.C.C.C. head urges climate action as Lima Conference begins

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christ...

Philippines houses world’s largest solar-powered mall

Philippines houses world’s largest solar-powered mall

A mall in the capital city of the Philippines is now sporting a 1.5-megawatt sol...

U.S., China announce significant emissions reduction cuts

U.S., China announce significant emissions reduction cuts

The Governments of the United States and China have announced that they will be ...

Best Eco Cars of 2014

Best Eco Cars of 2014

Eco-friendly cars, also referred to as green cars, are vehicles that have a less...

Largest wind farm in Southeast Asia goes online in the Philippines

Largest wind farm in Southeast Asia goes online in the Philippines

The largest wind farm in Southeast Asia, a 150-megawatt installation in the Phil...

SPI Solar to acquire 360 MW worth of solar power projects in China

SPI Solar to acquire 360 MW worth of solar power projects in China

Solar Power, Inc. is set to become one of the largest solar developers in China....

Business

tenKsolar expands manufacturing capacity in Thailand

tenKsolar expands manufacturing capacity in Thailand

Friday, 19 December 2014

tenKsolar is establishing new production lines in Thailand for their manufacture of their solar modules. tenKsolar, which is based in Minneapolis, des...

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Technology

Bacteria producing sweet-smelling compound for greener fuels

Bacteria producing sweet-smelling compound for greener fuels

Tuesday, 02 December 2014

A sweet-smelling chemical compound primarily used in fragrances and flavoring is being studied for its potential as a clean and green biofuel. Methyl ...

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Politics

U.N. chief hails results of C.O.P. 20

U.N. chief hails results of C.O.P. 20

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the results of the recently concluded Conference of the Parties in Lima, Peru. The Secretary-Gener...

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Living Green

Tips for recycling and reusing asphalt shingles

Tips for recycling and reusing asphalt shingles

Monday, 22 December 2014

If you're in the market for a new roof, you probably already know that it will cost a pretty penny: a minimum of $5,000, in most cases, depending on t...

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Renewables

Panamanian wind project gets $300 million in funding

Panamanian wind project gets $300 million in funding

Monday, 22 December 2014

The second phase of the Penonome Wind project in Panama was the recipient of project financing from the World Bank. According to Goldwind USA, a subsi...

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Low-Carbon

Seven eco-friendly home heating solutions

Seven eco-friendly home heating solutions

Friday, 12 December 2014

Environmentally friendly home heating solutions are valuable for the planet, and can lower your utility bills. With the numerous home heating alternat...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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Agency promotes use of nuclear plants in hydrogen production

There is an existing structure for the large-scale production of hydrogen which remains largely untapped according to the International Atomic Energy Agency – nuclear power plants.

According to Ibrahim Khamis, Ph.D., a scientist from the International Atomic Energy Agency, heat from existing nuclear plants could be ideal sites for hydrogen production because of a product which they produce in abundance – steam.

On small scales, hydrogen power comes from a process called electrolysis, where an electric current flowing through water splits the H2O molecules into hydrogen and oxygen.

This process is more efficient and less expensive if water is first heated to form steam, with the electric current passed through the steam.

Mr. Khamis said nuclear power plants are ideal for hydrogen production because they already produce the heat for changing water into steam and the electricity for breaking the steam down into hydrogen and oxygen.

"Hydrogen production using nuclear energy could reduce dependence on oil for fueling motor vehicles and the use of coal for generating electricity. In doing so, hydrogen could have a beneficial impact on global warming, since burning hydrogen releases only water vapor and no carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas. There is a dramatic reduction in pollution," Mr. Khamis said.

Together with other scientists and economists at the agency, Mr. Khamis is trying to determine how current nuclear power reactors – 435 are operational worldwide – and future nuclear power reactors could be enlisted in hydrogen production.

One possibility seen by experts is a system of generating hydrogen using low-temperature electrolysis while taking advantage of low electricity prices during the nuclear power plant's off-peak hours.

Future plants, now designed specifically for hydrogen production, would use a more efficient high-temperature electrolysis process or would be coupled to thermochemical processes currently being studied.

"Nuclear hydrogen from electrolysis of water or steam is a reality now, yet the economics needs to be improved," said Mr. Khamis.

He noted that some countries are considering construction of new nuclear plants with high-temperature steam electrolysis stations that would allow them to generate hydrogen gas on a large scale in anticipation of growing economic opportunities. – EcoSeed Staff



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