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Pump it up! Underground Mining Will Always Be a Challenge-Part 1

  “All energy-producing machinery must be fabricated from materials extracted from the earth. No energy system, in short, is actually “renewable,” since all machines require the continual mining and processing of millions of tons of primary materials and the disposal of hardware that inevitably wears out. Compared with hydrocarbons, green…
Clean Coal CO2 Capture
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The Decline of Clean Coal R&D Funding and the Pitfalls of Politically Driven Energy Policies

  In a previous article Resource Erectors highlighted Elon Musk’s $100 million and $20 million XPRIZEs as motivation for the development of innovative CO2 capturing technology. The winning projects involved a coal-fired power plant and an LNG facility, where CO2 was captured at the stacks and injected to make concrete…
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Coal, Concrete, the Zero-Carbon Cure, and Musk’s $100 Million XPRIZE

  An April 2021 Associated Press report posted at Power Engineering announced the latest first prize winners of Elon Musk’s $20 million XPRIZE. $15 million (with the other $5 million going to promising runners up) was split between two of the most unlikely candidates (from the green-minded environmentalist point of…