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G. David Felt - Staff Writer Alternative Energy - www.cheersandgears.com Eggshells and Tomato skins, Could this be your next Tire? The Ohio State University took up a big challenge, how to replace a core component in tire manufacturing, Carbon Black! This important component of tire manufacturing was in surplus up till 10 years ago when the Chinese market for auto's took off. A reason tire prices have increased is due to a dwindling supply of carbon black. The Ohio State University took on this challenge to find a replacement that would accomplish 3 things: sustainability, reduced foreign oil and reduction of waste from landfills. Their website states that the food industry uses 100 Billions eggs a year and over 13 million tons of tomatoes. This would give them a new market to sell the waste into rather than a landfill. Tire companies would buy their eggshells and tomato skins from a known source. Quoting the web site: “Fillers generally make rubber stronger, but they also make it less flexible,” Barrera said. “We found that replacing different portions of carbon black with ground eggshells and tomato peels caused synergistic effects—for instance, enabling strong rubber to retain flexibility.” Katrina Cornish (left) and Cindy Barrera (right) examin ground tomato skins and eggshells, as well as samples of rubber. Photos by Kenneth Chamberlain courtesy of The Ohio State University. Original Story Here
G. David Felt Staff Writer Alternative Energy - www.CheersandGears.com Bloomberg Predicts another OIL Crash with NO Recovery, Maybe Many of us are excited with the big drop in oil prices and finally gas prices retreating to below $2 a gallon in many places around the US. Some here on Cheers and Gears even feel that alternative energy auto's are a waste of time or should not even be bothered with. So it was with interest when I saw this story on Bloombergs web site. Another Oil Crash Is Coming, and There May Be No RecoveryThe focus on this is that with Tesla in 2017 and Chevy later this year, 2016 beginning to sell 200 Mile, $30,000 auto's, other Auto OEMs spending Billions to also field electric auto's with long battery pack range that the days of Dino powered auto's are limited. Bloomberg clearly states that OPEC and even ExxonMobil have reported that they only see EV auto's making up 1% at most by 2040 on the planet. What no one saw was the Huge growth in US oil fields in 2014 and a global glut of 2 million barrels of oil a day sitting on the market. Bloomberg reviewed world wide data to see that EV Auto's grew by 60% in 2015, show no signs of slowing down among governments push to reduce smog in cities around the world. Based on buying trends and who fast things can change, Bloomberg is predicting that by 2023 we will see another 2 million barrels of Oil being unused on the market leading to this prediction of another crash and the power of the Oil Companies being reduced. The video they have on their story is also very interesting to watch and listen too. Review the original story, watch the video and sound off on what you think of the OIL Industry and where we are headed with auto's! Bloomberg Oil Crash Story
G. David Felt Alternative Fuels & Propulsion writer www.CheersandGears.com Oil Price Drops, Worst To Come? CNBC had a great review this past week on Oil Supply, markets and where the cuts will come before we see prices rising and why does 15 barrels a day matter? CNBC Top Oil Analyst story with video http://www.cnbc.com/id/102414761 Capex Cuts will determine oil's bottom: Analyst. http://www.cnbc.com/id/102417058?utm_content=bufferb47df&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=buffer While we have seen gas prices rise again in the last few weeks, Inventory supply and the need to do something with all the oil being pumped in the US will cause prices to drop again. By the end of the week Oil per barrel on both WTI and Brent crude had dropped by as much as 2.4%. So if the politicians have their way with raising gas tax's when would we see gas return to $4 to $5 dollars a gallon? Some say 2nd quarter of this year, others are saying towards the end of this year but all seem to think we will see gas go back over $3 a gallon for sure in 2016. Washington state is considering a 32 cents per gallon gas tax increase to fund expanded road projects and general fund. Whether it passes the fall vote or not will be another thing and the fact that citizens are tired of funding things such as the 500 million spent on Illegals medical costs and other run away social services along with the under funding of schools and the education of future workers of America. What are your thoughts? Review the stories, listen to the videos and sound off on what you think Oil will do to this country and the direction of Auto's!