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Researcher pursues sustainable energy through carbon dioxide conversion

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Seeing carbon dioxide as a raw material rather than a waste product could lead to a more sustainable future.

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Penn State researcher Chunshan Song has a plan to address one of the most important issues facing the world today — reducing greenhouse gas emissions to curb the negative impacts of climate change.

Quantitative X-ray imaging facility is moving big bytes across the network

Friday, January 29, 2016

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The teeth and jaw fossil fragments from a potential new human ancestor species that roamed regions of Ethiopia more than 3 million years ago are just a few of the more noteworthy objects Tim Ryan has scanned at Penn State's Center for Quantitative X-ray Imaging (CQI). The fossils might add a new branch to humanity’s family tree and provide further evidence that multiple human ancestors once roamed Africa alongside one another.

Extracting rare-earth elements from coal could soon be economical in U.S.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

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The U.S. could soon decrease its dependence on importing valuable rare-earth elements that are widely used in many industries, according to a team of Penn State and U.S. Department of Energy researchers who found a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to extract these metals from coal byproducts.

New technique both enhances oil recovery and sequesters carbon dioxide

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

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A proposed recovery technique for oil extraction developed by a Penn State-led research team not only outperforms existing drilling and recovery techniques, but also has the potential to sequester more carbon dioxide in the process.

Steel: Where is it Going and Where has it Been?

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Energy Institute was fortunate to welcome a Penn State and College of Earth and Mineral Sciences alumnus, Brandie Sebastian, to the microphone for this week’s Energy Exchange. Brandie Sebastian, formerly Murphy, is the Life Cycle Assessment Manager for the Steel Recycling Institute headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. With excitement in her eyes and Penn State nostalgia on her mind, Sebastian dug into her presentation: “Energy & Steel: A Life Cycle Perspective.”