Texas Oil Companies Work To Adapt To Falling Oil Prices

German oil and gas producers are urging the government to overturn a de facto four year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. A proposed law would allow commercial scale fracking at depths below 3000 meters. The proposal is sure to be controversial as environmental groups see it is a wedge for increased fossil fuel… Keep reading →

UK's First Large-Scale Desalination Plant In Operation

“It all comes down to the performance of the membrane.” Greentech Media’s editorial focus is on renewable energy, the modernization of the electrical grid, and the evolution of the utility-customer relationship as distributed generation deployment increases. But we also cover water technology, because the water-energy nexus can’t be ignored. There is a looming water crisis… Keep reading →

Startup Battlefield Finalists pose onstage at Day 3 of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2011 held at the San Francisco Design Center Concourse on September 14, 2011 in San Francisco, California.

Low natural gas prices in the US have slowed momentum in the development of grid-level energy storage solutions, an expert panel gathered from venture capital, power generation and utility companies said last week. Keep reading →

International chemical firm and major energy customer BASF has invested $30 million in biomass technology firm Renmatix as companies around the world continue to ramp up research and development of alternative bio-based fuels and chemicals for industrial purposes.

Renmatix’ technology allows for the production of industrial sugar from wood, cane trash or straw, the American firm said in announcing the new investment. The privately-held firm already operates a facility in Georgia, where it has the capacity to turn three tons of cellulosic biomass into sugar daily. The BASF investment will allow Renmatix to boost production to industrial scale and become more efficient, Renmatix CEO Mike Hamilton said. Keep reading →