Engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas have developed a thermal energy storage system that uses parallel concrete plates.  The new system is a structured thermocline system which can be bodies of water, such as oceans and lakes, for example, but also smaller units that contain fluids or gas – with distinct boundaries separating layers […]

Making cement is a major use of natural gas.  Then comes the transport, steel and other construction materials that usually are involved with concrete structures.  Building things uses plenty of energy, and making them last has important implications. Charles Carraher, Ph.D., explained at the 241st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society last […]