Friday, October 17, 2014

Four Corners a methane hot spot, NASA study says

The Four Corners is a national "hot spot" for concentrations of atmospheric methane, according to a new study.

Facilities at the San Juan gas plant.
(Photo Courtesy Daily Times)
The joint study by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of Michigan published in the journal "Geophysical Research Letters" last week reported a high concentration of the greenhouse gas methane across 2,500 square miles in the Four Corners.

Manvendra Dubey, a senior scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, said the study findings were supported by ground-based testing Los Alamos researchers conducted at the PNM San Juan Generating Station. (full story)

This story also appeared in the Los Alamos Monitor

Where are we with algae biofuels?

Algae for processing into biofuel.
(LANL image.)
The state of R&D so far: Four NAABB advances have brought the cost of algae biocrude oil down to $7.50 per gallon. Three roadblocks remain between today’s cost and $3.00.

DOE awarded $48.6 million to a consortium of organizations who formed the NAABB, with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center as lead institution and Los Alamos’ Jose Olivares as principal investigator. (full story)

More on LANL algal biofuel program on YouTube


DOE awards Los Alamos Nat’l Lab employee safety efforts

Raising the VPP Flag for
employee safety (LANL image)
The Energy Department has given Los Alamos National Laboratory the “Star” status under the Voluntary Protection Program, which evaluates DOE contractor measures in employee health and safety.

“Hazards are part of our everyday work and achieving VPP Star recognition validates the evolution of worker-manager partnerships in making our Laboratory safe,” said LANL Director Charlie McMillan. (full story)

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