Saudi Arabia Investing in Nanotech for Desalination

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Saudi Arabia officials meet for nanotech desalination investment The development of nanotech membranes for use in desalination is one of the new ideas Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah is considering to modernize the Kingdsom’s 80-year-old oil-powered desalination technology. Two things need to be accomplished. As peak oil continues to deplete oil production now used to generate […]

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Successful Ormat Waste Heat Recovery Test Could Green Dying Oil Fields

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Israeli geothermal energy company Ormat is soaking up excess energy from an oil field in Wyoming. One of the most interesting of the US Recovery Act geothermal funding recipients – it received $4.5 Million – is Ormat Industries, the Israel-based vertically integrated geothermal energy and waste heat recovery specialist. Working with the US Department of […]

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Luz Rises Again as BrightSource for California

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As a Californian, I am very happy that BrightSource Energy has been first to break ground on the new solar power projects in California’s desert. After all, the brains of BrightSource Energy, Israel-based BrightSource Industries, which is responsible for the plant design and engineering, used to be Luz. Luz built the world’s pioneering solar thermal […]

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It Must be Peak Oil Driving Saudis to Solar

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As oil supplies decline, Saudi Arabia’s own electricity is becoming expensive. By one estimate, it’s as much as 25 cents a kilowatt-hour, at wholesale. Saudi Arabia gets all of its electricity from the oil field. Flared gas provides 45%, heavy fuel oil provides 13%, diesel; 22% and crude provides the remaining 20%. So as oil […]

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