Archive for December, 2013

ID-100219842Season’s Greetings, Loyal Readers:

The holidays are a time to consider all that we’re thankful for, and you are on our list.

You drove a tremendous 2013 for ThomasNet News with your Green & Clean Journal readership, sharing of our articles, and feedback on our content.

We want to keep this momentum going. In 2014, you will see a more streamlined and improved ThomasNet News that will ensure you get the most complete picture of manufacturing, industry, and business anywhere. We will be introducing an exciting all-new platform over the next few months. Read more


frackingIt’s not that Saudi Arabia has the world’s largest reserves of oil or gas; the United States and Russia both have more. It’s that in Saudi Arabia, oil is so close to the surface, it’s much cheaper to extract than elsewhere. Stamp your foot in Saudi Arabia and you have an oil well.

Fracking was developed to get to hard-to-reach oil and gas. So it makes sense to read circulating reports that as domestic oil consumption is rising in Saudi Arabia, the kingdom is turning to fracking to release huge amounts of shale gas and export more of its profitable oil.

As IndustryWeek reported in the fall, the head of Saudi Aramco announced a deal where the state oil giant is to supply gas to a massive Saudi power plant project. “The world’s largest oil exporter launched an unconventional gas program in northern Saudi Arabia two years ago, as it sought alternative domestic fuel supplies that would allow an expansion of lucrative oil exports,” the article noted. Read more



In this week’s episode of This Week in Engineering, hosts Dan Hedges and Vince Penman talk about the China’s first mission to the moon, a reusable hydrogen rocket engine, Michelin’s foray into making tires from biomass, converting acoustic energy to electricity, building a ring of solar panels along the moon’s equator, and carpets that light up via LEDs. Read more


Carbon capture and storage technology has had a rough, short life so far. It was hailed as a way to maintain our energy-hungry economy at manageable carbon emission levels and championed by the coal industry — and for a while by the federal government in the form of FutureGen. Whereas before there were measures to put carbon emissions into the ground rather than the atmosphere, there is now work being done to extract value out of underground CO2.  Read more


Corporate social responsibility has become a strategy upon which organizations put a premium for brand and business value, and more and more CEOs, as the faces of their companies, are eager to tout good work and citizenship. Boasting about CSR is a way for CEOs to show the public that they’re not just about profits and they want to make a difference in the world. Read more

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In What Went Wrong?, Fifth Edition: Case Histories of Process Plant Disasters and How They Could Have Been Avoided, author Trevor Kletz examines new accidents and their design, operational, and managerial causes while also incorporating managerial material from his Still Going Wrong. Read more

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