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  1. Categories: Environment

    Natural Gas May Be Society’s Best Hope

    Carlo Rubbia says that of all the energy sources available to us, natural gas currently offers the most immediate results for a clean and abundant fuel.

    He should know – he’s no less than a Nobel Prize-winning professor of physics at Harvard University. He also happens to be the director of scientific studies at the Institute for Sustainability Studies in Pottsdam, Germany. His current research activities involve the viability of future energy supplies.

    “It seems to me that a methane-based society [natural gas] is the best choice you have in the present time,” remarked Rubbia at Northwestern University’s annual Heilborn Lectures. “In my view it will take years before the solar energy and the wind energy can meet all your needs.”

    He argues that because of global warming, speed is of the essence. Natural gas can respond to this reality quicker and more efficiently than most other energy sources like solar, wind and nuclear.

    Do you feel the professor’s ideas are within reach? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

     

     

    Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2013/04/22/nobel-physicist-society-should-convert-to-natural-gas/

  2. Categories: Environment

    Did you know the Zambonis in Fort Erie are environmentally friendly?

    Talk about iconic Canadian vehicles and the Zamboni no doubt comes to mind. Last month, we spoke about how community arenas, university sports facilities and NHL teams alike have begun converting their ice re-surfacers to being powered by natural gas. But did you know that the Town of Fort Erie has made that change? In the video below, TVCogeco Niagara’s Anthony Luongo speaks with Sean Hutton, Manager of Facilities at the Town of Fort Erie, about the economical and environmental benefits of converting their Zambonis to being fuelled by natural gas.

     

     

    Let us know what you think of Zambonis making the switch to natural gas.

  3. Categories: Uncategorized

    As the World Turns, So Must The Electrical Turbines

    Currently sitting at around 7 billion, the world’s population is predicted to increase to 9 billion by 2050, with 3 out of every 4 people living in urban centres. As a result, electricity demand will double – mostly due to China and India, where 2 billion people currently have no access to electricity. With a heavier reliance on public transportation, changing attitudes toward car ownership, radical improvement of the electric car, the world’s future is almost certainly electrical.

    But that’s a lot of electrical power. How do we generate it?

    As of 2010, the world’s electrical generation mix looks something like this:

    Coal  40.4%                      Natural Gas 22.2%
    Hydro 16.3%                    Nuclear 12.8%
    Oil 4.6%                            Other 3.6%

    With the world racing to reduce its carbon footprint, as well as striving to rely less on foreign energy sources, they must bring balance to this energy mix.

    With new, nearby sources of shale gas being discovered all the time, this is a space abundant natural gas could occupy. For most countries (and especially Canada) using more natural gas can be the most effective and quickest way to affect significant short-term change to CO2 emissions and costs.

    Plus, it’s the most affordable: Coal-fired electrical plants are 2-3 times more expensive to produce than gas. Nuclear? Five times more.  Wind turbines 7 to 15 times more. Not to mention, natural gas can make immediate contributions to public transportation and home heating and cooking, the way it always has.

    Let us know your thoughts on the future of energy and natural gas’ role in it, in the comments below.

     

    Sources:
    http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/Current-and-Future-Generation/World-Energy-Needs-and-Nuclear-Power/#.UWPvGRn1vfg
    http://www.planete-energies.com/en/the-energy-of-tomorrow/the-energy-mix/the-energy-mix-definition-256.html