Program 17

AIRDATE:06/05/01

PROMO: Jim Blair, Inventor, Air Blair Systems Dean Richardson, Accounts Manager. Technology Commercialization, Alberta Research Council Wayne Hartford, President and CEO, Energy Ventures Inc Alan Johnson, Zero Emissions Coal Alliance, and Past President of the Coal Association of Canada

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TITLE: Jim Blair, Inventor, Blair Air Systems
SUBJECT: #17 Blair Air System to reduce fugitive emissions
SYNOPSIS: Natural gas wells are designed to vent gas to the atmosphere. Given the thousands of wells around the countryside, that's a lot of unnecessary pollution that contributes to the greenhouse gas effect. Jim Blair has worked for two decades in the oil patch. He also runs a ranch near Morin, Alberta. And he's invented a piece of equipment he calls the Blair Air System which captures the gas the would be vented, harnesses the mechanical energy in it, and then puts it back into the pipeline. There are zero emissions. The Blair Air device has other applications and is useful in areas where landowners complain of methane smells coming from pipelines.

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TITLE: Dean Richardson, Accounts Manager. Technology Commercialization, Alberta Research Council & Wayne Hartford, President and CEO, Energy Ventures Inc
SUBJECT: #17 Fuel Cell Research
SYNOPSIS: The Alberta Research Council has recently entered a joint venture with Energy Ventures Inc to commercialize a direct methanol fuel cell. Unlike explosive hydrogen, methanol is easy to manufacture and safe to store and transport. Using methanol as the source for fuel cells makes it easier and cheaper to retrofit the existing infrastructure to make the transition to fuel cell technology. ARC and Energy Ventures Inc plan to have small and medium range products on the market within the next three years. These fuel cells would be used by the military to provide power generation for recharging batteries in the field, provide power for small vehicles such as golf carts, and even power small villages in Africa. After all, you don't have to depend on fossil fuels to provide hydrogen for fuel cells when you can use biomass to produce methanol.

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TITLE: Alan Johnson, Zero Emissions Coal Alliance, and Past President of the Coal Association of Canada
SUBJECT: #17 Zero Emission Coal
SYNOPSIS: It seems like a pipedream but coal could be used in such a way that it gave off no emissions to the atmosphere. A chance meeting between Alan Johnson and a carbon scientist from Los Alamos led to the founding of the Zero Emissions Coal Alliance. The Los Alamos team has developed the pathway in which energy could be extracted from coal without combustion. Instead, coal is mixed with water in a special fuel cell. It may take 20 years to work through the engineering process before the technology is commercialized, but Alan Johnson believes this new process will revolutionize the way we use energy. It will provide an economic source of hydrogen in large quantities, becoming the foundation of the future hydrogen economy.

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