#AceNewsServices – NORWAY – October 20 – A Norwegian researcher has been able to achieve bio-oil yields of 79% from a common kelp. Other researchers working with the same species have yields closer to 20%. The secret is to heat the kelp very quickly and bring it to the right temperature within seconds.

The sea has long been a source of Norway’s riches, whether from cod, farmed salmon or oil. Now one researcher from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) researcher hopes to add seaweed to this list as he refines a way to produce “biocrude” from common kelp.

“What we are trying to do is to mimic natural processes to produce oil,” said Khanh-Quang Tran, an associate professor in NTNU’s Department of Energy and Process Engineering. “However, while petroleum oil is produced naturally on a geologic time scale, we can do it in minutes.”

Tran conducted preliminary studies using sugar kelp (Laminaria saccharina), which grows naturally along the Norwegian coast. His results have been published in the academic journal Algal Research (“Fast hydrothermal liquefaction of a Norwegian macro-alga: Screening tests”).

The breakthrough

Using small quartz tube “reactors” – which look like tiny sealed straws – Tran heated the reactor containing a slurry made from the kelp biomass and water to 350 degrees C at a very high rate of 585 degrees C per minute.

The technique, called fast hydrothermal liquefaction, gave him a bio-oil yield of 79%. That means that 79 % of the kelp biomass in the reactors was converted to bio-oil. A similar study in the UK using the same species of kelp yielded just 19%. The secret, Tran said, is the rapid heating.




NORWAY: ‘ Malala Yousafazi and Kailash Satyarthi Win 95th Nobel Peace Prize ‘

#AceBreakingNews – NORWAY – October 10 – Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi won the 95th Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their work promoting education rights for children in a year that has been anything but peaceful.

Malala Yousafazi and Kailash Satyarthi Win 95th Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousafazi and Kailash Satyarthi Win 95th Nobel Peace Prize

The Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the two “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”

Yousafzai, 17, is from Pakistan and Satyarthi, 60, is from India, facts that bring added significance to the award given the tumultuous history between those two nations.

Yousafzai was famously shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in 2012, but has recovered to advocate around the world for education for girls. Satyarthi, the Nobel committee said, has spent a lifetime “focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain.” 



#india, #nobel-peace-prize, #norway

NATO: ‘ Countries Start Military Exercise for Peacekeeping Though Kiev States Shipping Arms ‘

#AceNewsServices UKRAINE September 15  Nato countries have started an annual military exercise in west Ukraine, with Kiev saying some Nato states have also begun to ship weapons.

' Troops Depart for Rapid Trident 2014 '

‘ Troops Depart for Rapid Trident 2014 ‘

The exercise – “Rapid Trident” – began on Monday (15 September) in Yavoriv, near the Polish-Ukrainian border.

According to a Nato statement, the 11-day drill will practice “peacekeeping and stability operations”, including “countering improvised explosive devices, convoy operations, and patrolling”.

It includes 200 US soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, based in Italy.

It also includes 1,100 troops from Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, and the UK and from former Soviet republics Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine itself.

' Operation Maple Arch '

‘ Operation Maple Arch ‘

Rapid Trident is taking place at the same time as “Maple Arch” – another Nato drill involving Canandian, Lithuanian, and Polish soldiers in Poland.

' Partnership for Peace Programme '

‘ Partnership for Peace Programme ‘

Ukraine has taken part in similar events since 2006 under its “Partnership for Peace” programme with the Western alliance.


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` Norwegian Police Stop Protests of Greenpeace Rally that Blocked Drilling Rig of Company Statoil ‘

#AceWorldNews – NORWAY – May 29 – Norwegian police stopped a Greenpeace rally that blocked the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling rig of the Norwegian company Statoil in the Barents Sea after two days of protest, ITAR-TASS reported.

Transocean Spitsbergen will continue its way to the Apollo well.

The Greenpeace activists claim the company is violating the ban on drilling closer than 50 kilometres from the ice boundary.

The move follows an earlier attempt to end the protest by Norwegian authorities, who removed seven activists from the same rig in the early hours of Thursday morning following a 48 hour occupation. All activists have now been released without charge.

Speaking from the bridge of the Esperanza, Greenpeace Arctic Campaigner Sune Scheller said: “We were not sure whether to continue this action after two cold days on the rig, but the public support we have received has been a huge boost.

The Esperanza is a small ship, but we are determined to stay on top of this drilling site and stop Statoil from risking Bear Island.

This company is desperate to present an image of safety, but the world is starting to see the dangerous truth behind its fancy logo. Arctic oil drilling is risky, it is dangerous, and it must be stopped.”

Seven Greenpeace International activists were removed from Statoil’s oil rig Transocean Spitsbergen after 48 hours between 0330 and 0530 CET this morning.

The activists were taken by helicopter to a police station in Tromsø but have all now been released. The activists are not under any charges.

Statoil has a permit to start some drilling operations, but cannot drill into oil bearing rock before the Norwegian Ministry of climate and environment rules on a Greenpeace complaint.

Source: Greenpeace, May 29, 2014 –

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` Norway’s Security Service Arrest Three Men with Links to Al-Qaeda ‘

#AceWorldNews – NORWAY – May 27 – Norway’s security service says three men, with alleged links to an Al-Qaeda splinter group, have been arrested, AP reported.

The preliminary charges include supporting or participating in a terror organization.

The three suspects were Norwegian citizens aged 29, 27 and 24, the PST security service said on Tuesday.

The oldest was born in Somalia and the other two were born in the former Yugoslavia.



#al-qaeda, #norway, #norwegian

` World Bank postpones $90 million loan for `Ugandan's Health System’ because of law on Homosexuality'

#AceWorldNews says the World Bank announced on Thursday that it had postponed a $90 million loan payment intended for Uganda’s health system because of the African country’s new law that declares anyone convicted of homosexuality could be imprisoned for life.

It is rare for the poverty-fighting agency to make a political stand, yet President Jim Yong Kim told employees that the World Bank is against all forms of discrimination.

The law has angered western countries to the point that Uganda, already among the world’s poorest countries, has seen donations from Norway and Denmark suspended.

The World Bank still has a portfolio of projects in the African country worth $1.56 billion.


#african, #denm, #norway, #president-jim-yong-kim, #uganda, #world-bank

#UN ::”Refugee Agency calls the `International Community’ to make itself available to 10,000 Syrian Refugee’s to help them find a Home”

#AceWorldNews says the United Nations Refugee Agency called on the international community Friday to make itself available to the 100,000 Syrian refugees who are desperate to find a new home outside their war-torn country.

There is an immediate need for 30,000 people but as the civil war surpasses the three year mark, “there will be increasing numbers of vulnerable Syrian refugees who will be in need of resettlement, relocation, and other forms of humanitarian assistance,” the UN said. Germany has offered to take in 11,500 Syrians,

With Canada (1,300), Sweden (1,200), Norway (1,000), and other countries also preparing to accept the refugees.

The United States, already the world’s top landing-place for refugees, has offered to take in an open-ended number of displaced Syrians.

#canada, #norway, #sweden, #syrians, #un, #united-nations-refugee-agency, #united-states