Explore the Deck of the Largest Floating Object Ever Created

No one knows quite what to call the Prelude, the floating behemoth that Shell engineered to extract natural gas from below the ocean floor and liquify it for use. It's hard to describe Prelude because it's so much bigger than any other floating structure humans have ever built—which is also what makes it difficult to… » 11/01/14 6:09pm 11/01/14 6:09pm

Why This Company Wants To Build Data Centers Next To Gas Storage Sites

The problem with data centers is excess heat. The problem with liquified natural gas terminals is excess cold. In a perfect world, one problem would neatly cancel out the other—which is exactly the world imagined by Massachusetts-based TeraCool. Coupling data with liquified gas could make a lot of energy sense. » 8/21/14 4:45pm 8/21/14 4:45pm

How Pittsburgh Airport Will Frack for Gas Under Active Runways

Pittsburgh International Airport has seen better days. Saddled with debt from building now unused gates, the troubled airport is expanding into a completely different business: fracking. The airport will stay open as drillers tap the gas reserves underneath, thanks to a technique called horizontal drilling. » 8/12/14 3:21pm 8/12/14 3:21pm

This Natural Gas Plant Is Turbo-Charged by the Sun

With the decreasing popularity of coal and increasing volatility of petroleum prices, natural gas is emerging as a major energy resource in the the United States. And while we have plenty of reserves, an estimated 318 Trillion cubic feet (Tcf), it's still a non-renewable resource that must be used sparingly whenever… » 4/15/13 11:50am 4/15/13 11:50am

Japan: Where Sex Robots Permeate Every Aspect of Society

That headline may seem like an exaggeration, but we're talking about a country that uses sex robots to promote energy companies. Tokyo Gas is airing this commercial in which a typical salaryman takes a down and out attractive female robot home only to be educated in the practical wonders of natural gas (before his… » 9/22/08 3:00pm 9/22/08 3:00pm

Scientists Bring Us Closer to Methane-Driven Economy With Powdered Gas

Scientists have found a way to create powdered methane, making it much easier to store the elusive silent-but-deadly gas. By mixing the methane in a blender with water and silica, roughly one liter of the fuel can be stored in about six grams of powder. Though the powder form still needs to be held under light… » 9/17/08 3:00am 9/17/08 3:00am