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Energy Archive

  • Notes on a Meltdown

    The presidential commission investigating the Three Mile Island accident learned that the problems rested with people, not technology.

  • Clean Gas

    Here is the policy we need to exploit our natural-gas resources.

  • The Marcellus Shale Gas Rush

    Over the last several years, vast amounts of natural gas have been found in the Marcellus shale that lies underneath vast areas of western New York, western and northern Pennsylvania, and parts of Ohio and West Virginia. If geologists are right, the Marcellus shale could be the world’s second-largest natural-gas field in the world. The natural gas is held tightly trapped in the shale, but advanced drilling techniques have made it economical to drill for the gas. Much of the activity is centered in the counties south of Pittsburgh.

  • How to (Rapidly) Move a Drilling Rig

    This speeded-up video shows how a natural-gas drilling rig, at a Range Resources site, can be quickly moved to drill a series of wells, each only a few feet apart. The specially designed, multi-ton rig “walks” from one well to the next, allowing Range to efficiently drill a half-dozen wells at the site.

  • The Future of Solar

    Emanuel Sachs, 1366 Technologies’s chief technology officer and professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, reflects on lessons learned from his earlier startup, Evergreen Solar, and discusses whether breakthroughs are needed for solar power to compete with conventional sources of electricity.

  • Improving Solar Cell Efficiency

    Emanuel Sachs, 1366 Technologies’s chief technology officer and a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, explains the physics of solar cells and how to make them more efficient.

  • Solar Lab Tour

    Craig Lund, director of business development at 1366 Technologies, and Emanuel Sachs, the company’s chief technology officer, give a behind-the-scenes look at the company’s lab and pilot manufacturing line.

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