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 […]

A University of California – Berkeley team has now cracked the strongest of carbon-hydrogen bonds, those on a molecule’s terminal carbon. The C-H bond – 2/3rds of all bonds in hydrocarbons – has defied chemists’ attempts to open it up and add new chemical groups. The reaction catalyst is an iridium atom to break the […]

Bio Diesel leader Valero Energy Corp has been joined by other big oil firms Marathon Petroleum Corp., Phillips 66 and HollyFrontier in developing new projects designed to produce what’s been dubbed bio diesel or “renewable diesel,” a second-generation fuel made from animal fat that’s almost chemically identical to the petroleum form and offers the same […]

But is it natural gas or carbon dioxide or perhaps helium or sulfur dioxide? Kyushu University researchers used an automated method to create a high-resolution map of the seismic velocity below the seafloor where they found a large-scale gas reservoir in an area where the Earth’s upper layers are being separated. This reservoir, the first […]

Scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and China University of Petroleum (Beijing) have demonstrated that CO2 may make a better hydraulic fracturing (fracking) fluid than water. The new research could help pave the way for a more eco-friendly form of fracking that would double as a mechanism for storing and recycling captured atmospheric CO2. […]

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