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by Mark Piepkorn <duckchow@...>
-> FWD: Straw and DOE Workshop On CO2 Sequestering
by Mark Piepkorn <duckchow@...>

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Date: 16 Apr 1999 13:49:30 -0500
From: Mark Piepkorn <duckchow@...>
Subject: FWD: enzymes for moisture prevention

From: "Martin Oehlmann" <martin.oehlmann@...>
Subject: enzymes for moisture prevention

Dear Mark, could you also forward this to GSBN. Thanks - Martin

Latest News:

This morning Jan Sonneveld called with exciting news. He said he is the
happiest man in the world. You remember the "Butterfly House" had been
treated generously with moisture during the wettest year since more than
100 years in The Netherlands and we desperately looked for appropriate
coating on clay stucco since last autumn. See article in the [upcoming]
European issue of the TLS.

Now first tests with an enzyme based coating seems to be extraordinary
successful. However we have to wait for confirmation of the official
results from the Dutch research agency TNO.

The new product works like this: Living enzymes get applied onto the wall
where they grow continuously into the stucco. They are water repellent yet
seem able to permute interior moisture out of the walls. They also seem to
be rather fertile on the clay stucco and grow much faster than they die.

This is an mazing story and I do hope Jans enthusiasm can be confirmed. As
soon the outcome of the tests are in you will here specifics.

Very best regards, Martin Oehlmann <martin.oehlmann@...>


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Date: 16 Apr 1999 14:04:57 -0500
From: Mark Piepkorn <duckchow@...>
Subject: FWD: Straw and DOE Workshop On CO2 Sequestering

From: Fred Chambers <regenerative@...>
Subject: Straw and DOE Workshop On CO2 Sequestering

Hello Baleheads, remember me? A few of my roommates and a professor wrote
the grant that the DOE approved to build a strawbale greenhouse. And
another roommate did his MS on a small strawbale greenhouse. Both buildings
are at Cal Poly Pomona.

The US Department of Energy will schedule a workshop in a couple of months
about ways to sequester atmospheric Carbon-Dioxide. You and I know that one
great way is through strawbale construction. Fast growing plants, like
grasses, are very effective at sucking CO2 out of the atmosphere while they
grow. Photosynthesis in plants turns CO2 into sugars, starches, and oils.
While the plants are alive, the CO2 stays in them. When the plants die,
that's when the CO2 comes back out. As plant matter decays, it will give
off almost all of the CO2 that the living plants worked so hard to gather.
What we baleheads are doing, is sequestering CO2 in buildings.

Once a bale is slathered with cob and concrete, it is effectively locking
CO2 up until the structure is remodeled. We need to make sure that the DOE
understands this, and that strawbale construction should be encouraged
through grants and tax incentives.

Keep your eyes open, and if anyone figures out who to contact and/or how
SB-people could present at the workshop, post it to the web.

Fred


- --- Newspiece follows:

DOE begins push to capture CO2

<Picture>Wind and other forms of renewable energy alone won't be able to
significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Department
of Energy

April 13, 1999
Web posted at: 10:30 AM EST


The U.S. Department of Energy released a 200-page "working draft" Monday on
the emerging science and technology of carbon sequestration o the capture
and secure storage of carbon dioxide emitted from the combustion of fossil
fuels.

The report is meant as a starting point for government, industry and
academia to begin setting priorities and identifying specific directions
for research and development activities that could extend over the next
quarter century, according to an Energy Department news release.

Sometime in late May or June, after the major players have had an
opportunity to study the working draft, DOE will hold a workshop to develop
a joint government-industry-academia roadmap for future carbon
sequestration research and technology development.

"We are starting with a bold vision of what might be possible by 2025 o a
safe, predictable and affordable way to prevent carbon dioxide from
building up in the atmosphere," said Energy Secretary Bill Richardson.
"These research paths could provide new options for the world to respond to
climate change concerns."

"Carbon sequestration is a whole new area of energy-related research," said
Richardson. Our efforts to this point have primarily been to identify the
scope of possibilities. But even at this early stage, we recognize the
potential of carbon sequestration to provide a fundamentally new approach
for dealing with climate change."

If we continue along our current path, according to the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change, global emissions of carbon dioxide could more than
triple during the coming century (from 7.4 billion tons of carbon a year in
1997 to 26 billion tons a year by 2100).

Carbon sequestration techniques are important, according to DOE, because
other options for reducing carbon dioxide, such as wind, solar and other
renewable energy options, alone will not sufficiently reduce greenhouse gas
emissions. Carbon sequestration is also low in cost, the agency said.

Research needs, according to the report, are in the areas of technologies
for separating and capturing carbon dioxide from energy systems and
sequestering it in the oceans, in geologic formations and in terrestrial
ecosystems such as forests, vegetation, soils and crops. The report also
discusses advanced options for chemically or biologically transforming
carbon dioxide emissions into environmentally safe and marketable products.

The working draft was developed jointly by the DOE Office of Science and
Office of Fossil Energy. They were assisted by the national laboratories,
the Federal Energy Technology Center and experts from academic and industry
groups.

Copyright 1999, Environmental News Network, All Rights Reserved




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Earning an MS in Sustainable Aquaculture at Cal Poly Pomona, I enjoy the
rewards and challenges of living, learning, working, and playing. The
dedicated, hard working team of students, staff, and faculty is the best
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*CAN* live a comfortable, modern life, without the big environmental
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