MBL begins first test of tropical seaweed farming for biofuels production

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These conditions make its southern coastline an ideal test bed for exploring how environmental conditions influence the biological, physiological, and chemical properties of cultivated macroalgae, as well as the impact of seaweed farms on the surrounding environment.

University of Alberta Researchers Find That Oil Sands Industry Is Releasing More Pollutants Into Athabasca River System Than Previously Estimated

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New research from a team at the University of Alberta, Canada, finds that Alberta’s oilsands industry is releasing more pollutants into the Athabasca River, its tributaries and its watershed than previously estimated. University of Alberta ecologist David Schindler and the research team analyzed 13 elements in river water and snow pack along the Athabasca and its delta.


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FAA awards $7.5M in research grants for integration of drones into national airspace

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million in research, education, and training grants to universities that comprise the agency’s Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE). This $7.5-million federal investment will fund university research on the safe integration of drones into our national airspace. Mississippi State University – lead University. Kansas State University.

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BMW Group to source lithium from Livent

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Solvents and other chemicals do not come into contact with the environment during this process. Lithium water study in cooperation with University of Alaska Anchorage and University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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DOE awarding $35M to 11 projects for hydrokinetic turbine development; ARPA-E SHARKS

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Projects will work to reduce the LCOE through multiple approaches, including increasing generation efficiency, increasing rotor area per unit of equivalent mass, lowering operation and maintenance costs, minimizing potential impacts on the surrounding environment, and maximizing system reliability.

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BMW Group commissions study on sustainable lithium extraction

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The BMW Group has commissioned two US universities to conduct a scientific analysis of water consumption in the lithium extraction process. The aim of the University of Alaska-Anchorage and University of Massachusetts-Amherst study will be to investigate the impacts of lithium extraction on the hydrologic environment in Latin America.

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FAA launches new Center of Excellence for alternative jet fuels; $40M in funding over 10 years

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The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected a team of universities to lead a new Air Transportation Center of Excellence ( COE ) for alternative jet fuels and the environment. Led by Washington State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the COE will explore ways to meet the environmental and energy goals that are part of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).

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FAA selects 6 sites for unmanned aircraft systems research for integration into US airspace

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On 14 Februar 2013, the agency solicited proposals from public entities, including state and local governments and eligible universities interested in operating the test sites. The six test site operators and the research they will conduct into future UAS use are: University of Alaska. Alaska also plans to work on safety standards for UAS operations. Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).

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UT Austin to lead $58M study of methane hydrate in Gulf of Mexico; $41M from DOE

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A research team led by The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded approximately $58 million to analyze methane hydrate deposits under the Gulf of Mexico. The grant, one of the largest ever awarded to the university, will allow researchers to advance the scientific understanding of naturally occurring methane hydrate so that its resource potential and environmental implications can be fully understood.

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ARPA-E to award $22M to 18 projects to accelerate production of macroalgae for energy and other uses; MARINER

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From Alaska to the Gulf Coast, the United States has offshore resources capable of producing enough seaweed to handle as much as 10 percent of our demand for transportation fuel. Blue Fields: Single Point Mooring Array for High-Yield Macroalgae Culture The Kampachi Farms team will develop technologies for the delivery of deep seawater nutrients to a novel macroalgae production farm design suitable for deployment in tropical and subtropical deep ocean environments.

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US DOE awards ~$5M to expand research on methane hydrates

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In May 2012, the Energy Department, alongside its Japanese partners, announced a successful field trial of methane hydrate production technologies on Alaska’s North Slope. The University of Texas at Austin. The University of Texas at Austin along with Ohio State University and Columbia University-Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory will examine what the primary influences are on the development of persistent, massive hydrate accumulations in deep sediments below the seabed.

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Expansion of sugarcane crop in Brazil to areas previously occupied by crops or pastureland leads to local cooling

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Co-authors on the study are David Lobell of the Program for Food Security and the Environment at Stanford University; Gregory Asner and Christopher Field of Carnegie’s Department of Global Ecology; and Qiaozhen Mu of the University of Montana. The researchers used data from hundreds of satellite images over 733,000 square miles—an area larger than the state of Alaska.

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DOE to fund 14 research projects on deepwater and Arctic methane hydrates; potential future energy supply

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Methane hydrate can form in Arctic and marine environments. The selected projects build on the completion of a successful test earlier this year that was able to safely extract a steady flow of natural gas from methane hydrates on the North Slope of Alaska. University of California at San Diego. University of Mississippi. University of New Hampshire. Oregon State University. Southern Methodist University. The University of Texas at Austin.

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USDOT awarding $55M to support purchase of Low-No buses; electric buses and infrastructure

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Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities. The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities will receive funding to purchase battery electric buses, associated charging infrastructure and a back-up generator to maintain bus service in a disaster situation. Juneau, the Capital City of Alaska, has a clean, renewable source of energy, local hydropower. Alabama A&M University.

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US DOE Awards $37 Million for Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Technology Development

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The Department of Energy is working with industry, universities, national laboratories, and other groups to develop technologies capable of harnessing these resources to generate environmentally sustainable, cost-competitive power. Whitestone Power and Communications (Delta Junction, Alaska) will conduct in-water testing and evaluation of a River In-Stream Energy Conversion (RISEC) device that has been designed to overcome the unique challenges presented by Alaskan river environments.

EST Editor Calls for Papers on Gulf Spill; Ending the Addiction

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Henry Chair, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa and the Editor of the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology is calling on Gulf researchers to consider submitting their scientific articles about the oil spill to ES&T. Cold water in Alaska caused oil to biodegrade more slowly and caused fisheries to have lower rates of reproduction and slow recovery times. Schnoor (2010) The Gulf Oil Spill Environ.

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US and Japan successfully complete Arctic field trial of gas hydrate production technology using CO2-methane exchange within structure

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US Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the completion of a successful test of technology in the North Slope of Alaska that was able to safely extract a steady flow of natural gas from methane hydrates. The production technology was developed through laboratory collaboration between the University of Bergen, Norway, and ConocoPhillips. Conceptual rendering of CO 2 – CH 4 exchange methodology for the production of natural gas from hydrates. Source: NETL. Click to enlarge.

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Flow Rate Group Preliminary Best Estimate Puts Oil Flow from Deepwater BP Well Between 12,000 and 19,000 Barrels per Day; Obama Administration Extends Suspension of Offshore Drilling

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Suspend the planned exploration of two locations off the coast of Alaska; Cancel the pending lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico and the proposed lease sale off the coast of Virginia; Continue the existing moratorium and suspend the issuance of new permits to drill new deepwater wells for six months; and. Doing so will not only reduce threats to our environment, it will create a new, homegrown, American industry that can lead to countless new businesses and new jobs.

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Perspective: Regional Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Programs May be the Solution

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Regional cap-and-trade programs, in order to achieve the necessary emissions reductions and protect the environment and the economy in a cost-effective and transparent manner, must address the following issues: the stringency of the cap; the sector coverage of the system; the inclusion of all major heat-trapping gas emissions; the auctioning of allowances; the use of auction revenues for the public good; the role of offsets; the establishment of a strong institutional framework; and.

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