Oregon State University (OSU) researchers found SAR11, the oceans’ most abundant organism, has ability to create methane, or natural gas.  The oxygen-rich surface waters of the world’s major oceans are supersaturated with methane – a powerful greenhouse gas that is roughly 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide. So far little is known about the [...]

Purdue and Cornell University scientists found high levels of the greenhouse gas methane above shale gas wells at a pre-production point not thought to be an important emissions source.  The findings could have implications for the design of gas well drilling sites and evaluation of the environmental impacts from natural gas production.  Letting natural gas [...]

Out of Brigham Young University and The Scripps Research Institute has come a new method of converting raw natural gas to alcohol.  It more interesting than converting to alcohol will suggest. The team is using raw natural gas.  This is quite different from what is going out to market now.  The three main parts of [...]

Hydraulic fracking has been studied with a published paper showing the energy return on investment (aka EROI) with a total input energy compared with the energy in natural gas expected to be made available to end users is similar to or better than coal. The news for the natural gas industry, consumers and landowners lucky [...]

The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has announced a system that converts natural gas using sunlight into the more energy-rich fuel called syngas.  The new system offers a 25% increase in available energy. Making the syngas uses concentrated solar power. Solar energy comes to a reflecting surface that concentrates the sun’s rays [...]

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