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Fossil fuel sector 2013

Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

Jun 1, 2012 EDT - Jun 16, 2013 EDT
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

Jun 16, 2013 EDT - Jun 30, 2013 EDT
Proposal revisions
Finalists can improve their proposals

Jul 1, 2013 EDT - Jul 15, 2013 EDT
Selection of winners
CoLab members vote and judges also select winners

Jul 16, 2013 EDT - Aug 31, 2013 EDT
Winners are awarded

Sep 1, 2013 EDT
What are some ways to create step-change improvements in the GHG emissions associated with the production of fossil fuels?

After review of the entries, the Judges in the Fossil fuel sector contest have chosen not to award any finalists or winners. While the entries presented interesting ideas, the Judges deemed the challenges associated with implementing those ideas as being too great to warrant further development of the proposals.

The IEA estimates that fossil fuels (oil, coal, and natural gas) today provide 80 percent of the world’s energy supply. These fuels provide a wide variety of services from electricity to transportation. Besides direct emissions released when these fuels are combusted, emissions are also released when they are extracted, transported and processed. The focus of this contest is on reducing GHG emissions associated with the extraction, transportation and processing of fossil fuels. See more…


5  Proposals

Proposal nameAuthor(s)

Fossil-Free HydrocarbonsDennis Peterson

Synthetic fuels from CO2, powered by advanced nuclear reactors

Molten Salt Reactors for Process Heat in the OilsandsPenumbra Energy

Utilize Molten Salt Reactors for GHG free, low cost and safe process heat for the development of the oilsands.

Save the methane!Ocean Foresters

The U.S. should amplify the edge that fracking gives the U.S. in inexpensive energy to unilaterally implement a carbon dividend.

Ethical Fossil Fuel ProductionDon Wilkins

Branding fossil fuel as ethical provides economical incentives to continuously reduce the amount of pollution generated in producing fuel.

Fossil Fuel Extraction and the Burden of International Security!Johnnie Buttram

A major blow-out in the Arctic could potentially bring down the United States of America and domino effect our planet into ultimate chaos.