Derek Elsworth, Professor, Energy and Mineral Engineering presents seminar on Prospects for Gas-Fracturing in Unconventional Reservoirs

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

- April 3, 2015

Derek Elsworth tackled the topic of prospects for gas-fracturing in unconventional reservoirs at Wednesday’s Energy Exchange Seminar. Elsworth provided background on unconventional oil and gas reserves around the world, discussed advantages and disadvantages of replacing water with gases, such as nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and methane for fracturing shale plays, and summarized the work of his research group. Some of the advantages he mentioned in using gases as fracking fluids included decreasing water usage, reducing induced seismicity, and bringing up less radioactive materials.

Dr. Chunshan Song presents gift to visiting professor from Dalian Institute after seminar on Single Metal Atom Catalysis.

Friday, March 27, 2015

- March 27, 2015

Dr. Chunshan Song, Director of the EMS Energy Institute, thanks Professor Tao Zhang after his seminar and presents him with a gift of appreciation from the EMS Energy Institute.

Professor Tao Zhang, Director of Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a leader in catalysis research from China is visiting Penn State. This morning, he gave a seminar on Single Metal Atom Catalysis (for clean and renewable energy) at EMS Energy Institute.

Volvo Group Talks About a Cleaner Future For Heavy Duty Vehicles at Energy Exchange Seminar

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

- March 19, 2015

Steps being taken by the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will ensure a cleaner future for heavy-duty vehicles on the road. At Wednesday’s Energy Exchange seminar, Sam McLaughlin, an external research manager for Volvo Group Truck Technology, gave an overview of the regulations, the impact and the Volvo Group’s role in making these changes.         

Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy Speaks at Energy Exchange Seminar

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

- March 5, 2015

Despite the University closing, around 20 people still ventured out in the icy conditions for the Energy Exchange Seminar Wednesday to listen to Senior Adviser to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy William F. Hederman. Hederman spoke about goals and challenges for energy infrastructure in the U.S. Hederman is an electrical engineer and public policy analyst with experience in both the public and private sectors.

National Academy of Engineering Elects Penn State Professor

Friday, February 6, 2015

- February 6, 2015

Derek Elsworth, professor in the Departments of Energy and Mineral Engineering and of Geosciences and the Center for Geomechanics, Geofluids, and Geohazards has just been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering. Derek was recognized "for contributions to understanding natural processes affecting flow and transport properties of fractured rocks." Derek’s interests are in the areas of computational mechanics, rock mechanics, and in the mechanical and transport characteristics of fractured rocks, with application to geothermal energy, the deep geological sequestration of r