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REDUCING OUR ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT NATURAL GAS A SOLUTION?

The “great moral crusade” of this generation paraphrasing Al Gore is to reduce our environmental footprint. Everyone agrees but we all disagree on the path forward.

Despite all the recent critics, the U.S. had reduced in the past 18 months its energy-related emissions. The emissions were at their lowest level since 1991, having fallen about 13% since their peak in 2007. The main reason for this dramatic fall is the increased use of natural gas. However, is it a good thing? As natural gas burning is definitively better than coal but drilling is challenging with methane emissions.

2017 CARBON COMPOSITES LIGHTER AND STRONGER TO GROW THE MARKET

When Solar Impulse touched down in Abu Dhabi after its round-the-globe voyage last July, it was hailed as a triumph of human daring and solar power technology. But very few realized that Solar Impulse was a success because of its weight. The one-person aircraft was able to make its journey because it was built from advanced composites that are starting to slowly but surely displace steel and aluminum in the aerospace industry. From novelty, it is starting to become a growing trend.

KEEPING DECENCY AND RESPECTING THE ENVIRONMENT IN OIL TRADING

African mega-cities such as Lagos or Dakar already have worse air quality than Beijing. Rapid urbanization, the growing numbers of cars, and the poor quality of these cars, which are mostly second hand, partly explains the worsening air pollution in African cities.

CORN ETHANOL IS A WELL SUBSIDIZED ENVIRONMENTAL ABOMINATION

A few years ago the “food versus fuel” debate raged in Washington. It centered on whether the US government’s corn ethanol mandate squeezed scarce grain supplies and pushed up food prices. We all remember the famines in Africa and the corn riots in Mexico.

CARBON COMPOSITE GOING TO MARS?

Rumor is that SpaceX is negotiating a large deal with Toray to access carbon composite in very large quantity, but the Company is not yet ready to make the announcement. "Toray is one of a number of suppliers we work with to meet our carbon fiber needs for Falcon rocket and Dragon spacecraft production, and we haven’t announced any new agreements at this time," "As our business continues to grow, the amount of carbon fiber we use may continue to grow."

STATE OF THE UNION U.S. ENERGY: NATURAL GAS, PETROLEUM AND RENEWABLES

Primary energy consumption fell in 2015 as a decline in coal use exceeded increases in natural gas, petroleum, and renewables use. In most cases, changes between 2014 and 2015 reflect longer-term trends in energy use.

In 2015, natural gas consumption increased more than any other energy source, accounting for 29% of total primary energy consumption. As domestic natural gas production continues to grow and natural gas prices are still low. Such low natural gas prices have triggered and increase in use of natural gas-fired generators in the electric power sector.

BIODIESEL: 2016 A RECORD YEAR?

2016 is shaping into an unusually active year for biodiesel. Both domestic production and imports are flourishing.

For the full month of June Biodiesel Imports tracked to 1,460,000 barrels (61 million gallons) of biodiesel imports into the U.S according to Genscape. To this number you need to add the additional imports from Canada shipped via rail. That brings the total for the first six months of the year to a record 4,500,000 barrels (189 million gallons).

CARBON FIBER DEVELOPMENT - FIRST QUARTER 2016

In January we predicted that in “2016 trends will show more carbon in marine, aviation & aerospace…”, well here are some of the significant achievements reported during the first quarter about new carbon applications in various industries.

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