Posts Tagged energy

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31 March 2016

BERCshop: Natel Energy

On March 7, BERC-E hosted a BERCshop with one of the founders of Natel Energy, who explained how their small-scale hydropower technology works. Abe Schneider, President and CTO of Natel, told the story of how he and his sister started a company to make their father’s vision of generating electricity from low-head, high-flow water sources a commercial reality.

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17 March 2016

Another Side of California’s Climate Policy

California’s energy policies are often heralded as some of the most progressive in the world. In spite of many of it’s successes in the clean energy field, the state still has to improve significantly on handling the consequences of some of it’s old and new energy policies.

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29 November 2015

Will the Trans-Pacific Partnership pump up U.S. natural gas exports?

Put simply, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) should have minimal impact on U.S. natural gas exports. To understand why, we must evaluate what the TPP constitutes, how it effects the U.S. regulatory process for natural gas exports, and market changes that are driving the U.S. towards becoming a net exporter of natural gas.

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11 November 2015

Keystone XL and the U.S. Dependence on Oil

On November 6, 2015, Obama rejected the proposed Keystone XL project. Why did he do this, and what does this mean for the U.S.? The Keystone XL had several major concerning issues associated with it: first, the tar sands crude oil are significantly dirtier in greenhouse gas emissions than conventional crude oil; second, the oil would largely be exported and sold abroad; third, the risks to the American people as a result of the pipeline are very real.

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14 October 2015

Homogeneous Catalysis in Biomass Conversion

Biomass valorization is a promising field of research that can potentially reduce CO2 production and develop cost-effective sources of renewable energy. Homogeneous catalysis has the potential to give greater access to lignocellulosic biomass as a chemical feedstock for second-generation biofuels from biomass conversion.

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23 September 2015

Student Efforts Pay Off in Fossil Free UC Divestment Campaign

Just under a year after deciding to not do so, the University of California has quietly sold off their investments associated with coal and oil sands, as of September 9th. The UC’s divestment from these first two forms of fossil fuels is incredibly important – but we must realize how much longer the road to climate justice really is.

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4 August 2014

Resetting the Conversation on Biofuels

We’re all familiar with the drawbacks of food-based (“1st generation”) biofuels—food vs. fuel, fertilizer and water usage, low energy payback, and nutrient pollution. But this summer, a group of experts from across the U.S. gathered in Iowa to discuss the formation of a new, and advanced, biofuel industry.

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7 April 2014

BERCShop: South Asian Energy and Environment Nexus

Come learn about recent energy and environment research concerning these ongoing changes in South Asia! This event brings together three speakers with unique backgrounds and experiences to give us a glimpse of the multifaceted energy trends in the subcontinent.