Posts Tagged ‘energy’

A #librarian writes – news from the IET archives about #fracking and #shale gas

January 10, 2013

Now for the latest installment in our occasional series of news from the IET Library archives, direct from the librarians who archive stuff there…

Shale gas

So, what’s all this rumpus about shale gas?  It’s highly topical at the moment – and E&T has been covering the fracking issue since it first surfaced.  It’s all about extracting natural gas trapped in shale formations via the method known as fracking. It’s controversial for all sorts of interesting reasons, but congruently a potential major source of alternative energy. Big in the States and Canada but also being tested out in the UK.

If you want to know how it’s done, good news:  we added a highly educational infographic on how to frack a while back. Check it out!

Shale gas drilling rig

Shale gas drilling rig

If you want to read more about this new technology, try the IET Virtual Library resource.  Knovel has two Engineering Cases:

Shale Gas: The Facts about Chemical Additives by Henry Craddock © 2012

What to Do with the Brine? A Zero-Discharge Solution from CLLEEN™ Water and Power by Anthony Migyanka © 2012

And take a look at these articles and many more on EbscoHost databases

Benefits of Shale Gas Outweigh Risks; 8 In 10 Americans Connect Natural Gas with Jobs.  Pipeline & Gas Journal, March 2012.

Impact of Shale Gas Development on Global Gas Markets. By Medlock III, Kenneth B. Natural Gas & Electricity, April 2011.

Is Shale Gas Shallow or the Real Deal? By Maize, Kennedy in Power, December 2012.

Methane and the greenhouse-gas footprint of natural gas from shale formations. By Howarth, Robert W.; Santoro, Renee; Ingraffea, Anthony. Climatic Change, 2011.

Splitting rock vs. splitting atoms: What shale gas means for nuclear power. By Levi, Michael. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, July 2012.

The Shale Gas Extraction Process and Its Impacts on Water Resources. By Reins, Leonie. Review of European Community & International Environmental Law, 2011.

In March, the IET’s Clerk Maxwell lecture is on this topic so why not read up about it before you attend?

If you have a specific research enquiry please see http://www.theiet.org/resources/library/services/research/index.cfm and use the online form to send your request.

Happy searching in 2013!

The global switch to LED lighting – a handy infographic from Honeywell

July 31, 2012

The boffins at Honeywell Electrical Devices & Systems have called for a worldwide switch to LED lighting, claiming that organisations across the globe have a responsibility to seriously consider energy-efficient lighting in the drive to save energy.

To shore up their argument, they’ve produced this neat infographic, the facts of which appear hard to argue with.

They’ve also put together a nifty online tool for calculating the energy savings between fluorescent and LED tubes: access it at http://led.honeywell.com

LED vs fluorescent lighting

LED vs fluorescent lighting

There’s also this much bigger infographic detailing much the same information. It’s a whopper, but we include it here anyway for the sake of completeness. Enjoy!

And will the last one to leave WordPress this evening please turn out the light!

Fracking for shale gas – an annotated graphic

November 23, 2011

What with fracking being all over the news of late – including on E&T’s news pages, as we look at the controversy over the fracking process – it seemed a timely opportunity to share this illustrated graphic on how to frack.

Essentially, it’s a two-stage hydraulic process in order to extract natural gas from prehistoric shalebeds thousands of metres below ground. Enjoy the instructions presented here – but don’t try this at home.

Shale gas fracking

Shale gas fracking

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

Can Energy be appropriated in Art? Find out at Beyond Entropy exhibition, AA school London

May 20, 2011

Beyond Entropy: When Energy becomes Form, 3-28 May 2011
AA School, 36, Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3ES

The Architectural Association School in London is currently hosting a thought-provoking exhibition, showcasing the work of eight trios of world-leading scientists, architects and artists brought together with the aim of translating energy into its artistic form.

Beyond Entropy is part of an ambitious two year research project and features eight prototypes, each exploring a different type or aspect of energy. The exhibition comes to London after displays at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010 and Societe de Lecture, Geneva.

Works on display include a working time machine, thermal replication, the concept of the ownership of air and energy, and a giant self-balancing mechanism.

The exhibition continues until 28 May.

Erika Burrows


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