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Big Brains at Sandia National Lab Tackle the Future of Combustion

Wall Street Journal – October 22, 2007

Are you concerned with the future of automobiles and their use of liquid fuel in the future? Regardless of your stance on global warming, geopolitical reasons should dictate that most people are concerned about our source and use of liquid fuel in automobiles and its current main source in the Middle East.

This article is based on the visit by the reporter to the Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore CA.  This facility is arguably the home to some of the brightest minds in the world and their efforts in this area are quite intriguing (and sobering as well).

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From Wales, a box to make biofuel from car fumes

Reuters – July 19, 2007

If this works out, it is very cool. This is a double whammy – capture emissions and grow algae for the production of bio-diesel.  While the process of making bio-diesel can be quite expensive, from an energy perspective, if we can rapidly increase the growing of the raw materials then it could make a big difference.

I tend to be a little skeptical on this since it seems like there is a “revolutionary” process announced every 3-4 months.  Many of these processes make great headlines but then die away quickly as the real analysis sets in.

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Algae explored as alternative source of fuel

Phoenix Bizjournals – May 11, 2007

I don’t want anyone to think that I am advocating a company as a stock investment. In full disclosure, I have no interest or relationship to the company described in this article. I do wish them well and I am excited about the prospects of their endeavor. I talk to companies every day as part of my professional life and typically urge them to focus on one success at time – this company does not appear to be following that advice.

This article is about a company that operates a dairy farm and a bio-refinery.  Their goal is to be completely self-contained, producing their own energy. I hope that they are successful since I firmly believe that we need to find alternative sources of energy to break the addiction to foreign sources of liquid and gaseous fuel.

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