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12 posts from February 2011


Experts to Assess Gas Burial Project

Source: Shane Fowles, The Standard A team from Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Korea, including ESD's Barry Freifeld have gathered at the Nirranda site to assess the ways carbon dioxide is trapped permanently in rock formations during deep geological storage. Read the full article here >


DSSS: The Exxon Valdez and BP MC 252 Oil Spills: What We Learned about Petroleum Biodegradation and Bioremediation

Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series, Ronald Atlas

Mining Soil Metagenomes for Meaning

Who: James M. Tiedge, Center for Microbial Ecology, Michigan State University What: Download the Flyer (pdf) Where: Building 15, Room 253 When: 10:30 am to 12 pm, January 14, 2011 Why: About the Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series More Information: JAMES TIEDJE is University Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics...

Laboratory and Numerical Simulation Studies of Convectively Enhanced Carbon Dioxide Dissolution

Timothy J. Kneafsey and Karsten Pruess As a possible means of reducing CO2 emissions into the atmosphere, ESD’s Timothy J. Kneafsey and Karsten Pruess have recently studied the injection of carbon dioxide (CO2) into deep saline aquifers and the benefits of enhanced CO2 dissolution into the local brine. The method...


Microbes & Oil Spills FAQ

What does it mean to say that microbes can ‘clean up’ an oil spill? Where do the ‘oil-eating’ microbes come from? Are they everywhere? Does that mean we don’t need to worry about oil spills because microbes will always clean them up? What are they doing when there isn’t any...


ESD Communications Digest - January 2011

Publications Update 2010 - Year to Date - Final » January 2011 More » Additions? Questions? Let us know! Other Division News Research Highlights » All news posted for January » Current Job Openings » ESD event calendar » ESD Move Blog (user name/password required) » About the ESD Communication...


Testing a New Carbon Sequestration Strategy by Accelerating Calcite Precipitation in Soils

Tetsu Tokunaga, Jiamin Wan, and Young Soo Han—ESD Effective methods for fixing carbon need to be developed o help control the adverse effects of increased atmospheric CO2concentrations. Unlike very deep subsurface reservoirs now being developed for geologic CO2 sequestration, surface soils are readily accessible, and hence are potentially more economical...

New Energy Resources Graphics

Michael Commer, Gregory Newman of ESD and Filipe R.N.C. Maia of NERSC Modern graphics processing units (GPUs) are designed for efficiently manipulating computer graphics. Their highly parallel architecture makes them also suitable for computing-intensive scientific applications. In a project conducted over the past year and sponsored by Chevron, ESD’s Michael...


Safety of Enhanced Geothermal Systems

Source: Dan Goldstein, energyNOW! Dan interviews ESD's Energy Resources Program Head & Geophysics Department scientist Ernie Majer about the connection between EGS and earthquakes. The report seeks to explain the new drilling techniques and approaches to enhanced geothermal systems. View the full video here » Also Reported in TABL »


Hazen Hosts Booth & Presents at AAAS

Source: Berkeley Lab TABL ESD's Terry Hazen and several other Lab scientists will host a booth for LBNL & present at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Feb. 18-21 in Washington DC. Read the TABL article here> More info: AAAS meeting site NPR The China Post Discover...