Yun Hang Hu, the Charles and Caroll McArthur Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Michigan Technological University, has developed a new, inexpensive kind of material called 3D graphene that could replace the platinum in solar cells without degrading their efficiency. One of the most promising types of solar cells has a few drawbacks. Dye-sensitized […]

A team at Canada’s University of Regina (UR) is researching and developing an enhanced heavy oil recovery (EHOR) process called Cyclic Production with Continuous Solvent Injection (CPCSI).  Hydrocarbon solvent-based enhanced oil recovery techniques, such as cyclic solvent injection (CSI) and vapor extraction (VAPEX), have shown great potential to recover heavy oil reserves.  But VAPEX suffers […]

University of Washington (UW) engineers have created a new wireless communication system that allows devices to interact with each other without relying on batteries or wires for power. The new communication technique, which the researchers call “ambient backscatter,” takes advantage of the TV and cellular transmissions that already surround us around the clock. Two devices […]

Low Temperature Combustion (LTC) combustion researcher Mark Musculus has compiled knowledge over several years about diesel engines to form the “LTC strategy”.  Musculus, the lead author along with Sandia researchers Paul Miles and Lyle Pickett prepared the paper “Conceptual models for partially premixed low-temperature diesel combustion” published in the journal Progress in Energy and Combustion […]

The U.S. is the most fully developed petroleum transport nation – we have crude oil, natural gas, gasoline, and diesel and jet fuel in transit 24/7/365 – mostly in pipelines.  Lives lost are rare and environmental damage while awful at leak locations is a tiny amount of the total product moved. The horrible truth, and […]

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