Energy/Mining

‘Sun in a box’ would store renewable energy for the grid

MIT engineers have come up with a conceptual design for a system to store renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, and deliver that energy back into an electric grid on demand.

Making wind farms more efficient

With energy demands rising, researchers at Penn State Behrend and the University of Tabriz, Iran, have completed an algorithm — or approach — to design more efficient wind farms, helping to generate more revenue for builders and more renewable energy for their customers.

Pitt Engineering pilots a new, sustainable method of treating hydrofracturing wastewater

Research led by the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering may have cracked the code to not only greatly reduce the amount of fresh water used in the multi-billion-dollar hydrofracturing industry, but also leverage the waste heat available at drilling sites and natural gas compressor stations to safely treat shale gas wastewater for reuse.

Aqua America agrees to acquire Peoples Gas

Aqua America Inc., a regulated water and wastewater utility, announced it will acquire Peoples Natural Gas Company LLC, Peoples Gas Company LLC, and Delta Natural Gas Company Inc.

2018 Virginia Energy Plan focuses on grid modernization, solar, and wind

The 2018 Virginia Energy Plan, which provides a strategic vision for the Commonwealth’s energy policy over the next 10 years, focuses on modernizing the electric grid and promoting innovative technologies, including solar and wind energy.

PPI issues advisory for substandard plastic pipe

The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) warned that high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe that does not comply with the relevant product industry standards has been found in the oil and gas gathering operations of the Permian and Delaware basins in Texas and New Mexico.

DOE 2017 Wind Market Reports indicate strong wind power installation trends

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released three wind energy market reports demonstrating that as wind installations continue across the country and offshore wind projects move beyond the planning process, technology costs and wind energy prices continue to fall.

Maptek and LlamaZOO partnership delivers advanced data visualization for mining

Mining technology developer Maptek and augmented reality (AR) experts LlamaZOO are teaming together to bring digital twinning and advanced 3D data visualization to the mining industry.

Deepwater Wind study will create 3D map of offshore wind site

Deepwater Wind, beginning a new intensive phase of work on its Skipjack Wind Farm, deployed oceanographic vessels and dozens of experts tasked with completing Deepwater Wind’s multi-million dollar offshore research.
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