Other Forms of Energy
There are many other forms of energy in addition to natural gas from the Marcellus Shale. In the future, the Instititute plans to develop information sharing sites for these other forms of energy also. For now, this page will provide links to information on other sources of energy that affect northeastern Pennsylvania and or may be in the news.
United States Department of Energy
Tidal Energy Turbines
"Below the surface of America’s coastal waters could be the energy needed to power your clothes drier and other appliances. Some say the tides have the potential to power about five percent of U.S. households by producing nearly 9 GW of renewable energy."
Click here to read a blog from the Department of Energy on a pilot project to harness energy from underwater tides:
"BP Wind Energy Enters In Purchase Agreements for Proposed Mehoopany Wind Farm," a July 6, 2011 article from the Citizens Voice newspaper explains thatt BP Wind Energy has entered into agreements for a total of 105 megawatts of wind turbine produced energy for a proposed wind farm in Wyoming County
- "Energy Firm Picks Hazleton Over Windy City" an article on April 7, 2011 from the Citizens Voice newspaper on the Beacon Energy Company selecting a site in the Humbolt Industrial Park in Hazleton for a site of a $53 million dollar project to build 200 underground flywheels to improve the electrical grid
Damaged Japanese Nuclear Plant
On March 11, 2011 a massive earthquake in Japan and its resulting tsunami badly damaged a nuclear power plant complex. Electrical grid breakdowns led to cooling system failures resulting in damage to several nuclear reactor cores and spent fuel storage ponds. Efforts continue to cool the damaged reactor cores and contain radioactivity emissions.
- Link to June 24, 2011 Scientific American article, "Fukushima Meltdown Mitigation Aims to Prevent Radioactive Flood" by David Biello
- Link to March 12, 2011 Scientific American article explaining the nature of the problems at the Japanese nuclear power plant
- Link to Scientific American article, "What Happens During a Nuclear Meltdown?"
- Link to list of additional Scientific American articles on the damaged nuclear plants
- Gas Hydrates are accumulations of methane trapped in ice-like structures with water. The Unconventional Gas Center provides information on its Gas Hydrates page. The National Energy Technology Laboratory/United States Department of Energy also provides information on the NETL webpage on gas hydrates and an excellent new brochure, Energy Resource Potential of Methane Hydrate