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Supercritical CO2 Power Plants Promise Efficiency Gains, Emissions Cuts. But Are They Commercially Feasible?

A $110 million experimental project aims to advance commercialization of supercritical CO2 power systems by testing the potential energy efficiency and cost benefits of this technology.

SwRI Wins $20M Emissions Testing, Analytical Services Contract

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has been awarded a $20.16 million contract by the EPA to provide testing and analytical services related to vehicle emissions and fuel consumption. SwRI will conduct analytical services in emissions and fuel consumption on light- and heavy-duty vehicles and components under the five-year contract. Key areas of support include … Read more »

Aqua-Pure Expands Fracking Water Treatment

Aqua-Pure Ventures has installed a second Rover unit in the Eagle Ford through FQS Ventures, a joint venture between Aqua-Pure’s Fountain Quail Water Management subsidiary and Select Energy Services. The Rover began recycling produced and flowback water to clean brine last week. The installation was done for a large public … Read more »

Methane Detectors Challenge Finalists Chosen

Five proposals have been chosen as finalists by the Environmental Defense Fund in the Methane Detectors Challenge, an initiative to identify next-generation technologies that will help better monitor and ultimately help reduce methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations. The challenge is being sponsored by EDF and seven partner … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: Toyota, Mazda, Tesla, Republic Services

Toyota says cumulative global sales of its hybrid vehicles topped the 6 million unit mark as of Dec. 31, 2013, reaching 6.072 million units. The latest million-unit milestone took just nine months — the fastest time yet for Toyota. Electric sports car manufacturer Tesla’s sales in the fourth quarter of … Read more »

Omni Hippo

Omni Treats 140,000 Barrels of Produced Water from Fracking

Since June, Omni Water Solutions has treated more than 140,000 barrels of Marathon Oil’s flowback and produced water in Texas’ Eagle Ford shale to reduce boron and enable re-use of the cleaned water for drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Marathon Oil has been using Omni’s Hippo mobile water treatment … Read more »

IX Power

IX Power Develops Produced Water Treatment Technology

IX Power Clean Water has acquired the patent rights to OrganiClear from Los Alamos National Laboratory and begun commercializing the technology to filter and destroy toxic organic hydrocarbons in produced water without creating an additional waste stream. The company estimates the toxic water produced from oil and gas industry operations … Read more »

Eagle Ford Shale

Low-Cost Fracking Water Treatment Method in Development

Researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) are investing $200,000 in new research to develop a low-cost method to treat flow-back water following hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Over the next year, the researchers will use an inexpensive charcoal product called biochar for … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: Tesla’s Supercharger, Enterprise Pilots Fuel, Nissan Tests Leaf Battery

Tesla Motors unveiled its proprietary Supercharger, a network of high-speed charging stations that will be placed along well-traveled routes in North America. Six stations are currently active in California and will expand to more than 100 locations by 2015. The chargers are designed to give its Tesla Model S half … Read more »