Category: Technology

A Bright Future for Renewable Energy

During the preceding decade, adoption of renewable technologies experienced rapid growth. This advancement is in response to new technologies, available energy storage, policy changes, and greater investment in renewable sources. Renewables, solar and wind power especially, have far surpassed coal and natural gas in industry growth. According to an article in the Washington Post, energy […]  More »

Adversity stirs innovation at hydraulic fracturing conference

About 90 companies and more than 2,100 engineers and corporate representatives will gather at the Woodlands hydraulic fracturing conference this week to show off new technologies they hope will save oil companies money after the second-biggest collapse in crude prices in three decades.  More »

Houston-based LNG start-up announces Louisiana plans

HOUSTON — A start-up focused on developing small-scale liquefied natural gas export facilities says it’s taking a step forward in its plans to develop a Louisiana plant. Live Oak LNG said it will develop the LNG export facility with a capacity of 5 million tonnes per annum. Live Oak is a subsidiary of Parallax Energy, […]  More »

At Pumps & Pipes, energy, medicine and space industries come together

More than 200 people in Houston on Monday to get a sneak peek at the robots, imaging tools and other technological developments – some still in prototype – that have the potential to crack the perennial conundrums affecting all three sectors: How do you see inside the smallest of spaces without being obtrusive? Develop robots that can venture into places where humans can’t go?  More »

Can Renewables Power the Future?

Bridging the gap between fossil energy sources and renewables is perhaps the greatest technological challenge facing Americans this century. Global awareness, health and environmental concerns, geo-political instability, and raw entrepreneurism are all driving U.S. efforts to build a new, cleaner, and more diversified energy economy. Such challenges are being addressed in a collaborative fashion as […]  More »

Technip puts up $1.8B offer for French seismic company

The Paris-based oil and gas equipment supplier said it first approached CGG on Nov. 10, and that it would “like to enter into a constructive dialogue” with the company’s board of directors.  More »

Massive Siemens gas turbine takes a ride to Florida

FPL started construction on the $1.2 billion plant in the first quarter of 2014 and expects it to come online in 2016.  More »

Former NSA chief: Congress must pass cyber laws to protect energy, finance

More than half of the 200 or so cyber-attacks reported to the Department of Homeland Security’s industrial control systems emergency response team have targeted energy companies, and and economic espionage cases have more than doubled in the last 18 months.  More »

KiOR files for bankruptcy, but not Mississippi unit

Kior, Inc., the Houston-area biofuels maker that hoped to tap new technology to produce clean energy, filed for bankruptcy Sunday.  More »

Sharper satellite images could give energy industry a better view

The president of Spatial Energy says approval from the U.S. government to sell higher resolution images could mean a lot more business for the company.  More »

Anadarko hopeful West Texas midstream buy will up output

Marrying rigs, pipes and processing plants doubled Anadarko Petroleum Corp. production in Colorado’s Wattenberg field, so the oil company is betting $1.5 billion it will work again in West Texas.  More »

Getting new oil means fathoming the deep

Finding the oil is just the beginning, especially in the depths of the sea.  More »

Wireless Seismic facing patent infringement suit

The Sugar Land-based company with investment from energy giants Total and Chesapeake is facing a federal lawsuit alleging that it’s infringing on a rival firm’s patents.  More »

Commentary: Solar to be leading source of electricity by 2050?

Schneider Electric’s CMO, Chris Hummel, pondered whether the IEA’s claim that solar energy could be the leading source of electricity by 2050 was achievable. Matt Smith’s initial reaction was hum-dee-dum…not a chance! Then he thought about it and grabbed his research shovel and started digging.  More »

First-of-its-kind carbon capture plant opens in North San Antonio

Austin-based Skyonic Inc. debuted its $125 million carbon capture plant on Tuesday.  More »
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