Category Archives: Natural Resources

  • How can renewable energy technologies support the water industry?

    The world is thirsty for water. The World Bank expects a major gap between supply and demand by 2030. Meanwhile, pumping water requires significant amounts of electricity. This is expensive. Additionally, most of this electricity comes from fossil fuels. As climate change impac .. ... READ MORE

    By: Kyle Gracey
  • How can renewable energy technologies support mining and drilling?

    Many people see renewable energy and fossil fuels as mortal enemies. One will succeed only at the expense of the other, the thinking goes. When it comes to onsite power, however, the situation reveals a more complex relationship. Renewable energy technologies can help fossil fuel developers power their mining and drilling operations. Mining and drilling operations often sit in remote areas, far from established electricity infrastructure. Yet, they often have significant p .. ... READ MORE

    By: Kyle Gracey
  • Methanol – New Uses for an Old Molecule

    Methanol has been used for many decades in a wide variety of industries. New technologies are creating even more markets for this versatile molecule as the world seeks to wean itself from fossil fuels. Methanol as Transportation Fuel Methanol has been used as a racing fuel for some time now but now, it could possibly replace diesel and gasoline in some other industries. Theoretically che .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shahid Ali
  • Micro Hydropower in Water Distribution Networks

    Water distribution networks (WDN) are present in all developed cities. Their aim is to deliver drinking water to citizens. New technologies, however, could also allow them to function as renewable energy sources. What Is a Water Dis .. ... READ MORE

    By: Emanuele Quaranta
  • Natural Resources Roundup – July 2017

    Summer vacations haven't slowed the pace of natural resources innovations. But not all news is good. In this Roundup, I cover carbon neutral mining and better fuel cells, but major blows to two more clean coal plants. Do you have technology news you'd like me to cover? Send me your tips. DeBeers Aims for Carbon Neutral Mining Within 5 Years .. ... READ MORE

    By: Kyle Gracey
  • Commercial Drones: An Emerging Market

    When the average person thinks about a drone, they typically come up with one of two examples: a military weapon or an amateur videographer at their cousin’s wedding. In the last few years, however, drones (or unmanned aerial vehicles- UAVs) have seen an emergence in a new use category: the commercial/industrial sector. Numbers Breakdown In general, that average person is right about drones: ... READ MORE

    By: Paula Hock
  • Natural Resources Roundup for June 2017

    This month, I'm devoting more space than usual to a single study. It has implications for many of PreScouter's Natural Resources clients. Keep reading below it, though, to get a glimpse of a new project at the intersection of genomics and mining waste remediation. As always, I welcome your suggestions for natural resources technologies we should highlight. Reach me here. Study S .. ... READ MORE

    By: Kyle Gracey
  • The M Turbine: A New Innovation in Hydropower

    Hydraulic turbines for hydropower plants have been used since the nineteenth century. However, new and innovative turbines are being introduced to the market, in order to improve efficiency, and to extend the operational range of existing turbines. The so called M turbine was developed and patented in Italy (Patent 0000282 .. ... READ MORE

    By: Emanuele Quaranta
  • Trump’s Infrastructure Plans: What Can Be Learned from Global Examples?

    This week, President Trump began to announce his vision for the future of U.S. infrastructure. It includes using a combination of public and private funding sources to modernize American highways, waterways, electrical systems, and airway systems. The plans form a spa .. ... READ MORE

    By: Paula Hock
  • Natural Resources Roundup May 2017

    As May comes to a close, we round up the latest stories on a super smart water pump, gassy air purifiers, gasless natural gas plants, and competition in solar roofs. Enjoy! Smarter Water Pump Cuts Energy Use Up to 70% Water pumps have seen many advances since the one pictured here. Xylem's smart wastewater pump, Flygt Concertor, continues the trend with its expansion into municipal wastewater systems. The Washington, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority < .. ... READ MORE

    By: Kyle Gracey
  • Drone Initiatives in Oil and Gas Applications

    Oil and gas companies are able to work smarter and faster with drone technology. These small and agile robots compared to human workers can fly (quite quickly), don’t require sleep breaks, and aren’t partial to specific kinds of work. Perhaps, most important to the mining industry is that drones can be equipped with sensors, often ta .. ... READ MORE

    By: Matthew Todaro
  • Natural Resources Roundup – April 2017

    April showers bring May flowers and a host of new natural resources technologies. This month, we look at cash prizes for disruptive mining technology, smarter circuit breakers and ocean plastics that are given new life as diesel fuel. Have a technology you think we should highlight? Contact me at Mining & Metals: #DisruptMining Awards $1 Million for I .. ... READ MORE

    By: Kyle Gracey
  • The Air Wheel: A New Take on an Old Energy Source

    The production and storage of renewable energy sources has been studied extensively in the past few decades. A novel innovative way to produce energy using buoyancy forces was recently patented. The invention is called the Buoyancy Prime Mover turbine, or simply Air Wheel, and was developed and patented in the USA by Luis M. Carrion and Carl .. ... READ MORE

    By: Emanuele Quaranta
  • Natural Resources Roundup March 2017

    It has been another exciting, somewhat nerve-wracking, month for natural resources technologies. In this Roundup, we explore drones in mines, virtual batteries, bacterial bubbles and a colossal bankruptcy. Metals and Mining: Automation Advances While the transportation sector races to a .. ... READ MORE

    By: Kyle Gracey
  • Air Pollution Becomes Ink With Kaalink

    Air pollution is a global problem with few solutions beyond government regulations like The Clean Air Act in the United States and similar regulations in other countries. The problem has gotten so severe that air pollution in India is leading to nearly 1.1 million deaths ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Natural Resources Roundup for February 2017

    PreScouter is dedicated to keeping your company up to date on emerging technologies. That’s why I’m inaugurating a new feature: the Natural Resources Roundup. Check back at the beginning of every month for a quick bite of key technology headlines in the natural resources space. Up this month: renewables everywhere, IoT for oilfields, pot-driven water tech and a nuclear quagmire. Mining and Metals: Embracing Renewables Mining companies have been making steady in .. ... READ MORE

    By: Kyle Gracey
  • How Vertical Farms Are Disrupting Industries

    Forbes' annual “30 Under 30” list, honoring young artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs included individuals who are shaking up industries from asteroid mining to nanotechnology. One winner, Michael Barron, however, might be disrupting several industries with his work on vertical farming for a company called AeroFa .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • The Spiral Pump: Pumping Water Without Electricity

    The spiral pump (also known as water wheel pump) is a hydraulic machine that pumps water without electricity. With the global efforts to reduce carbon emissions, the increased focus on renewable energy is making the spiral pump a viable option for pumping water, especially in rural areas and developing countries. Simple installation and .. ... READ MORE

    By: Emanuele Quaranta
  • Google’s Push for 100% Renewable Energy

    In the corporate race to meet a 100% renewable energy goal, Google has become the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy. They claim that they will reach their goal by 2017. With electricity being the largest source of greenhouse gases, this corporate push for renewable energy c .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Hydrodynamic Screws: From Archimedes to Electricity

    Birth of the Hydrodynamic Screw The Hydrodynamic Screw is one of the oldest hydraulic machines still in use today. One theory regarding its creation supposes that the King of Egypt asked Archimedes to design a machine to remove water from his ships. A second theory suggests that the device was created hundreds of years prior to the birth of Archimedes and he adapted it to make it popular around the known world. Hence, this machine is also called Archimedes screw. < .. ... READ MORE

    By: Emanuele Quaranta
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