The oil industry apparently understands future fuels will be greener. Oil producer TexCom Inc. has broken ground on a major biodiesel production plant near Houston. Since Houston is situated at the center of U.S. fuel production and distribution, it makes sense that mass production of bio fuels would take place in the center of the oil industry. TexCom’s biodiesel plant is being built at the company’s LLC plant in Seabrook, TX.
The facility will store petroleum diesel and will be equipped to provide fuel distribution with biodiesel/petroleum blends such as B2, B5 and B20, as well as pure biodiesel. By the time the plant is fully online, it will be equipped to produce 35 million gallons of B100 biodiesel annually.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
Airbus Defence and Space has 3D printed titanium brackets for communications satellites. The redesigned, one-piece 3D-printed brackets have better thermal resistance than conventionally manufactured parts, can be produced faster, cost 20% less, and save about 1 kg of weight per satellite.
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material that’s ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
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