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US Navy Plans For Solar Energy Panel Satellites

According to one report, the largest consumer of oil in the world is the United States military, so the Navy is developing a solar power panel satellite that would decrease their dependence on fossil fuel. They want to be able to capture solar energy from space, and beam it down to Earth, which would make military missions much easier since fuel wouldn’t have to be carried to remote locations.

#video #solar #energy #gps
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How the World’s Tallest Building Will Tame the Wind

Architect Gordon Gill spoke at Bloomberg Businessweek’s second annual design conference about how innovative design techniques can be used to make buildings and cities more energy-efficient.

#video #architecture #energy #wind #design

Are Fish the Future of Organic Farming?

Using a fraction of the energy and water required for traditional agriculture, aquaponics produces food in a closed, completely organic ecosystem powered by fish, bacteria and other organisms.

#video #farming #agriculture #energy
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Energy Is The Answer

With the State of the Union address scheduled tomorrow night, let’s look at how policy goals in President Obama’s past annual speeches to Congress fit with oil and natural gas development. It turns out the fit is good – very good.

For example, in the 2010 State of the Union the president called jobs his No. 1 priority and said American business would always be the “true engine of job creation.” He also applauded the improving health of the retirement funds supporting the future hopes of so many Americans. Oil and natural gas is playing a key role with both.

A PwC study found the industry supported 9.8 million jobs in 2011 (most recent data year), an increase of more than 600,000 jobs from 2009. Meanwhile, the strength of the industry no doubt has contributed to the improved state of retirement funds, since pension plans, 401(k)s and IRAs hold nearly 50 percent of the shares in U.S.-based oil and natural gas companies.

#video #energy #politics #oil #natural gas

Connect the Dots

Natural gas connects the dots between new jobs, cleaner air, a manufacturing renaissance, and energy security.

#video #energy #engineering #natural gas
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Time To Say Goodbye To The RFS

The state of energy and the economy were very different when Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Demand for gasoline is down. The U.S. has drastically increased its domestic crude oil production and lowered imports and the assumed production levels of advanced cellulosic biofuels have disappointed year after year.

All of this proves that while the RFS may have been well-intentioned six years ago, it is a dangerous relic of America’s era of fuel scarcity. Today, the RFS is not just outdated; it is bad public policy that is poised to harm millions of consumers.

#video #energy #biofuels #oil

The $4M Robots That Find Oil on the Ocean’s Floor

Deep ocean reserves are some of the most lucrative in the world for oil companies. Schilling Robotics, of FMS Technologies, creates an underwater robot that can do construction work on wells, make repairs and save oil companies a lot of money. 

#video #energy #oil #robot #technology

Tesla and SolarCity Will Accelerate the Development of an Energy Solution

Serial entrepreneur Elon Musk explains how Tesla and SolarCity address energy consumption and energy production respectively - a critical step to realizing our transition to a solar-powered world.

#video #energy #technology #solar
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Reforming Mexico’s energy industry

Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto has announced much-needed changes to the country’s oil industry. But until the details are made clearer, foreign companies are unlikely to invest.

#video #energy #oil #global

Grapefruit-sized RadBall proposed for Fukushima clean-up

The world’s largest floating power station is about to set sail from Tokyo bay for deployment off Fukushima, while officials struggle to clean up radioactive waste inside the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power station. Soon however, they may have a grapefruit-sized ball made of aluminium and tungsten to help them. Called RadBall, the device is designed to locate sources of radiation in difficult to reach places.

#video #Japan #technology #energy #power