Bruce Dorminey's Articles

- January 14, 2014

Prickly Pear Cactus: Nuisance or Bioenergy Opportunity?

In much of west Texas, the iconic Prickly Pear cactus — with its plum-like fruit and forbidding spiked pads — is at best considered a nuisance, and at worst a downright hazard to livestock....

- November 14, 2013

Is Shrub Willow a Viable Biomass Feedstock for the US?

Shrub willow — the short rotation crop that kept the world in wicker baskets for centuries — is gradually finding new life as a cold-resistant biomass, particularly in upstate New York...

- October 03, 2013

A New Win-Win? CO2-eating Microalgae as a Biofuel Feedstock

Successful microalgae-to-biodiesel conversion has been the goal of some renewable energy researchers for more than two decades. But after years of research on how to best grow these...

- July 10, 2013

Are Beer and Cigarettes the New Bioenergy?

Don Draper and fellow “Mad Men” would likely be horrified, but alcohol and tobacco — long joined at the hip by chain smokers and heavy drinkers — are countering the U.S.’ current aversion...

- June 14, 2013

From the Sea to the Pump: Is Kelp a Viable Biofuel?

Brown kelp macroalgae — the strange, foul-smelling seaweed so often found washed up on the Pacific Northwest’s volcanic sand beaches — could ultimately offer an almost unlimited global...

- May 16, 2013

Are Run-of-River Hydroelectric Systems Ready to Ride US Currents?

Reaping renewable energy from un-dammed portions of great American rivers like the Mississippi, Ohio, or even the Columbia is an idea that has been bandied about for decades.

- April 12, 2013

Arundo Is Better than Switchgrass for Biomass Power Generation

Arundo donax, the ancient species of Giant Reed that may have hidden Moses along the Nile River more than 3500 years ago, could also go a long way in solving the U.S.' 21st century...

- January 11, 2013

Florida Innovates with Its Eucalyptus and Citrus for Biomass Production

By taking full advantage of both its natural subtropical climate and its own citrus resources, Florida's fledgling biomass energy sector looks to be finally coming into its own.

- October 31, 2012

Making Ground Source Geothermal a Win-Win Resource for Utilities and Customers

In its 75-year history, modern ground source geothermal energy (GSGE) has flown so far under the radar, it might as well lie in your granddad's root cellar. But unlike root cellars,...

- October 12, 2012

The Pine Beetle Problem: Making Renewable Energy Lemonade from Biomass Lemons

At least one University of Washington chemical engineer is working on a thermo-chemical conversion technology that should make renewable energy "lemonade" from a particularly problematic...

Bruce Dorminey

Bruce Dorminey

Bruce Dorminey is an award-winning science journalist who is a former Hong Kong bureau chief for Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine and a former Paris-based technology correspondent for the Financial Times newspaper. However, he...

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