BP Oil Spill Containment Dome Installation Hits Snag

Posted on May 10th, 2010 by

The BP oil spill containment dome installation hits a snag, Honeywell partners with US Green Fiber to improve their weatherization business and the Department of Energy releases $122 million for clean energy projects and research, this is your Daily Energy Report for Monday 10, 2010.

Attempts to install a containment dome over the leaking section of a BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico this weekend has hit a snag. BP was successfully able to lower the 100ton, 40 story structure almost 1-mile to the seafloor. But the formation of gas hyrdrate crystals, which is formed when methane gas mixes with water under certain conditions clogged the opening at the top of the dome that would have funneled the oil to a tanker ship at the surface. BP expected these structures to form but did not think that anticipate the current conditions. While the operation hasn’t been deemed a failure, BP has placed the dome next to the pipeline so that it may figure out a new solution for getting the dome installed correctly.

A new partnership has been formed between Honeywell US GreenFiberthe largest U.S. manufacturer of natural fiber insulation to promote a new weatherization program called the Honeywell Enovate PRO Weatherization Contractor Program. US GreenFiber has agreed to become a distributor of Honeywell’s new weatherization line and will also help select contractor partners who want to become certified under Honeywell’s weatherization contractor program. The Enovate Pro Weatherization Contractor Program is designed to give contractors an opportunity to add additional streams of revenue by offering air sealing and weatherization services to commercial and residential customers. The U.S. government estimates that 25 to 40% of all energy used for heating and cooling an average home comes from offsetting all of the air that escapes the home through cracks and leaks.

The Department of Energy has announced they have made available $60 million to innovative small businesses who want to research and develop better deployment practices of clean energy technologies.  The money will be awarded to companies that have already demonstrated successful results with new technologies and can now show potential to meet market needs. The DOE also announced the selections of projects for investment of up to $62 million over five years to research, develop, and demonstrate Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) systems capable of providing low-cost electrical power.  eSolar Inc. received the largest Concentrating Solar Power Systems Studies award, a $10.8 million grant to design, build, and test a CSP power plant system with fundamentally new components.  Instead of one central tower and receiver, the plant will employ multiple, modular towers.

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3 People have left comments on this post

» The Stickers Blog said: { May 12, 2010 - 10:05:52 }

We don’t realize the destruction this oil tragedy has caused.

» tiff said: { May 27, 2010 - 04:05:47 }

When will people learn about the dangers. I can’t even bring myself to look at any of the pictures or videos.

» Lonnie Mylar said: { May 28, 2010 - 09:05:33 }

Thanks for the over view.

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