Since the first commercial oil well was drilled in the United States in 1859, most of the nation’s oil and natural gas has come from reservoirs from which the resources are relatively easy to extract. As these "conventional" reservoirs become harder to find, however, we are turning to oil and natural gas in shale or other less-permeable geologic formations, which do not readily release the hydrocarbons. These "unconventional" reservoirs require additional engineering measures, such as hydraulic fracturing, to improve reservoir quality and enable them to produce oil and gas at commercially viable rates.
Dr. Brian Anderson, a research fellow of the NETL-Regional University Alliance and associate professor of chemical engineering at West Virginia University, was recognized during a special event at U.S. Department of Energy Headquarters April 14 for receiving the highest honor the U.S. government can bestow on an outstanding scientist in the early stages of his research career.
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy joined RTI International (RTI) and Tampa Electric Company (TECO) to celebrate the successful startup of a pilot project to demonstrate a warm gas cleanup carbon capture technology in a coal gasification unit at the TECO Polk Power Station near Tampa, Fla. The project, which is approximately $3 million under budget, included $168 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
STEM Education: Preparing the Next Generation of Energy Scientists
Congratulations to the 2014 winners of the SWPA Science Bowl Competition.
North Allegheny High School and Marshall Middle School will attend the National Science Bowl in Washington D.C. in April.
Congratulations to Morgantown HS (Morgantown, WV) for qualifying for the 2014 National Science Bowl. After capturing the title from a
field of more than 70 WV high school teams, Morgantown HS looks to outperform its 2012 NSB 4th place finish with a 2014 championship!