Hydrocarbon storage, fracking and lightning risk
Fires caused by lightning strikes on hydrocarbon storage plants are a century-old, yet to be addressed, problem. In the era of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, this is becoming an even more poignant issue for the fossil fuel industry.
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Lithium from the coal in China
Coal from China could become a major source of the metal lithium, according to a review of the geochemistry by scientists published in the International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology.Lithium is an essential component of rechargeable batteries used almost ubiquitously in mobile gad ... more
Put a plastic bag in your tank
Researchers in India have developed a relatively low-temperature process to convert certain kinds of plastic waste into liquid fuel as a way to re-use discarded plastic bags and other products. They report full details in the International Journal of Environment and Waste Management.
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