Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have developed a fast and economical method of converting methane, or natural gas, into liquid methanol at ambient temperature and pressure. The method takes place under continuous flow over a photo-catalytic material using visible light to drive the conversion. To help observe how the process works and how selective it […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology researchers have succeeded in cultivating a ‘miracle microbe’ in the laboratory enabling them to describe exactly how the microbe achieves the oil to methane gas transformation. They also discovered that it prefers to eat rather bulky chunks of food. Microorganisms can convert oil into natural gas, i.e. methane. […]

University at Buffalo researchers report harnessing the wonders of biology and chemistry to turn glucose (a type of sugar) into olefins (a type of hydrocarbon, and one of several types of molecules that make up gasoline). The project was led by biochemists Zhen Q. Wang at the University at Buffalo and Michelle C. Y. Chang […]

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers can make methane from captured CO2 and renewably sourced hydrogen. The method converts captured carbon dioxide (CO2) into methane, the primary component of natural gas. The process offers recycling CO2 back into natural gas and a good way to store renewable energy sourced hydrogen. It would mean a short planetary […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… Researchers at Texas A&M University have developed an analytical procedure that can be used in spreadsheets to predict the amount of oil and gas that can be recovered from newly drilled wells. Porous rock containing oil and natural gas are buried so deep inside the earth that shale operators rely on complex models of […]

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