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Carbon-neutral Gasoline Turns Renewable on its Head

08 Sep 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Carbon-free gasoline sounds like an oxymoron. Gasoline from refined petroleum remains one of the primary emissions sources across the world due to widespread utilization of diesel and gasoline-powered automobiles. Innovators in the energy sector have not only worked to reduce the harmful pollutants that come from burning gasoline, but now…

Technology Highlight: Methane Detection

03 Sep 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

      This blog series Technology Highlight explores some of the ways that investments in innovation lead to better outcomes for infrastructure and public safety. When technology advances, it often becomes cheaper, more widely available and accessible, and helps facilitate faster, safer, and greener projects. This series has highlighted many of…

Hydrogen Offers Another Energy Alternative

31 Aug 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Most Americans know hydrogen as being a key ingredient in water, H2O. Of the many chemical elements on the periodic table, hydrogen is the lightest element, while it’s also estimated to comprise up to 90 percent of the visible universe. With its simplicity and unfathomable abundance, might hydrogen be an overlooked…

Petroleum Is Not Just An Energy Source

26 Aug 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Since oil was first discovered near Titusville, Pennsylvania over 100 years ago, petroleum has become arguably the most essential natural resource for the United State’s economy past and present. From its development as an energy source, fuel for vehicles, and as a key component in everything from plastics and tires to…

Solar Innovation Pushing the Limits on Efficiency

24 Aug 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

The solar energy striking the Earth at a given moment is more than the entire world’s energy usage in a year. Solar power’s massive energy potential has opened the door to to utility-scale electricity generation all the way down to rooftop power for individual homes. Yet solar panel efficiency and…

Technology Highlight: Drones

19 Aug 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

      This blog series Technology Highlight explores some of the ways that investments in innovation lead to better outcomes for infrastructure and public safety. When technology advances, it often becomes cheaper, more widely available and accessible, and helps facilitate faster, safer, and greener projects. This series launched by highlighting the…

A Coming Tidal Change in Energy

18 Aug 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Coastal tides are a naturally occurring process caused by the moon’s gravitational pull on the oceans of the world. In the U.S., tidal changes vary wildly from coast to coast, with the highest tidal range in Anchorage, Alaska spanning up to forty feet. While the natural movement of water flowing…

Offshore Wind Innovation May Soon Power the Coasts

16 Aug 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Wind generation on land is affected by several factors, such as the topography of the surrounding area, temperature, competing land uses, and human activity. Due to the unevenness and diversity of topographical areas in the U.S., certain areas are not able to harness large amounts of wind energy. Mountainous areas, as…

Technology Highlight: Positive Response

13 Aug 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

      This blog series Technology Highlight explores some of the ways that investments in innovation lead to better outcomes for infrastructure and public safety. When technology advances, it often becomes cheaper, more widely available and accessible, and helps facilitate faster, safer, and greener projects. This series launched by…

811 Day Highlights the Importance of Safe Digging

11 Aug 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

While you may know March 14 as pi day (3.14) and May 4 as Star Wars day (May the fourth), today is of even greater consequence. August 11 – or 8-11 – is a day dedicated to safe digging known as 811 Day. Why does safe digging matter? Because every…

How Technology Cleaned up Coal within Decades

10 Aug 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Coal fueled the rise of the Industrial Revolution and the proliferation of everything from personal cars to iron ore smelting. The advent of new technology that harnessed coal’s massive energy density led to massive spikes in the quality of life for many industrialized countries. However, while coal became an industrial…

Carbon Offsets Enable Companies to Invest in the Environment

09 Aug 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Now more than ever, efforts to combat climate change are becoming universal. Individuals, corporations, and governments are looking for ways to consume more sustainably, reduce their natural resource usage, and better steward the environment. With everyone looking for ways to aid in the fight for climate equilibrium, a key part…

Technology Highlight: Locating Equipment

05 Aug 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

      This blog series Technology Highlight explores some of the ways that investments in innovation lead to better outcomes for infrastructure and public safety. When technology advances, it often becomes cheaper, more widely available and accessible, and helps facilitate faster, safer, and greener projects. This series launched by…

Going Nuclear Without Melting Down

05 Aug 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Going Nuclear Irradiated landscapes, poisoned water supplies, the ubiquitous gas masks donned by radiation cleaners in the Chernobyl HBO series: these are the images that come to mind for many when hearing about nuclear power. Needless to say, this dramatized picture of Soviet infrastructure is a far cry from the true…