Bi-fuel and dual-fuel: these terms are often confused because many don’t understand the difference between the two. Both bi-fuel systems and dual-fuel systems use two types of fuel during operation, but each system uses those fuels differently. Both systems are useful for different applications, so it’s important to know which one you’re getting in order to make the right choice.
Complicating matters, government agencies and specific industries sometimes use the terms in completely opposite ways. Read on to learn the differences between the two fuel systems.
Perhaps to defend itself against charges that its stories have lost cultural relevance, the movie industry has jumped into one of today’s most contentious issues. Yes, Hollywood has joined the great energy debate. But should we be paying attention? In the past four years, not one, but two Gasland movies have put the energy industry in the crosshairs. In both films, director Josh Fox strives to illustrate the dangers of hydraulic fracturing of wells. While Fox can be commended for his passion for a very important topic – our nation’s gas production – I am disappointed by the sensationalism he substitutes for simple honesty. He plays especially fast and loose with the facts in his depiction of the effect fracking has on the drinking water of residents who live near natural gas wells. To date, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has verified the industry’s claim that there are zero cases on record of water wells being poisoned due to fracking. What Fox also didn |
Over the holidays, I received a newsletter from one of the companies in our industry, and among the normal details of oil and gas prices, procurement news, and other related items, I found a link to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Education at a Glance 2013: OECD Indicators. This yearly publication examines and analyzes the quality of learning outcomes, the policy and contextual issues factors that shape these outcomes, and the private and social return on investments in learning. The document is positively fascinating, and is filled with useful information for governments, think-tanks, students―and savvy businesses. Among its many, many insights, it ranks student performance―among more than 510,000 15-year-olds in participating countries―in mathematics, reading and science. The datafor the ranking comes from testing that participating countries conduct as part of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). To pu |
When most of us think of recycling, we think of plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Consumer and business recycling has slowly picked up steam in recent years as the materials have become more valuable. Recycling (better known as re-manufacturing) is becoming increasingly common on an industrial scale, as well. Machinery-and the metal with which it is built-is too valuable to be discarded after even years of use. In the case of industrial natural gas and diesel engines, companies “recycle” the engine by completely disassembling it and rebuilding it with a combination of existing (serviceable) and new components. This process essentially returns the engine to new operating condition. The core material of an engine-the steel housing-doesn‘t deteriorate significantly over time, when properly cared for. It’s the pumps, seals, hoses, belts, pins, rings and other components that wear out and must be repaired or replaced. A prime example is WPP’s recent sale of two rebuilt Wauk |
Quick question: What did the light bulb say to the generator? "I really get a charge out of you!" This joke may be old, but its kernel of truth makes it a winner, no matter what. I came across it recently on the same day that I read an article about Germany’s phasing out of its nuclear power plants. It made me wonder whether other countries are doing the same, and how that decision might impact our customers. Here’s what I found out: In 2011, Germany announced it was phasing out its 17 nuclear power plants in response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, replacing them with wind and solar sources. The following year, German industry group BDEW announced it would construct or update 84 gas- or coal-fired power plants over the coming years. These messages may be conflicting, but they agree on one thing― nuclear is out, for Germany, at least. In Japan things are less certain. After the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster (following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami), |