Paper Accepted to I&ECR

Hydrate Dissociation EfficiencyGarrett Fitzgerald and Marco J. Castaldi recently published a paper “Thermal Stimulation Based Methane Production from Hydrate Bearing Quartz Sediment” in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research.  The research investigates the effect of methane hydrate saturation and point source heating rate on methane production.  This study contributes to the development of gas hydrate production methods which could provide a significant unconventional source of natural gas.

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Paper Accepted to Resources, Conservation, and Recycling

Garrett C. Fitzgerald, Jonathan S. Krones, and Nickolas J. Themelis are co-authors on a paper entitled “Greenhouse gas impact of dual stream and single stream collection and separation of recyclables,” to be published in Resources, Conservation, and Recycling in December.

This paper examines the greenhouse gas emissions, or “carbon footprint,” of recycling systems before and after a community or municipality’s transition from dual stream to single stream recycling.  The authors concluded that single stream recycling collects on average 50% more recycled tonnage than dual stream and results in 710 kg CO2-equiv. avoided emissions per MT of single stream recyclables.

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Paper Accepted to the Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering

Methane Hydrate Reactor

Garrett C. Fitzgerald, Marco J. Castaldi, and Yue Zhou are co-authors on a paper entitled “Large scale reactor details and results for the formation and decomposition of methane hydrates via thermal stimulation dissociation,” published in the Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering last month!

The research investigates and develops an in-situ heating method to efficiently produce methane gas from hydrates.  The research utilized CCL’s fully operational apparatus for hydrate production and dissociation.

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Paper Accepted to I&ECR

Naomi B. Klinghoffer, Marco J. Castaldi, and Ange Nzihou are co-authors on a paper entitled “Catalyst Properties and Catalytic Performance of Char from Biomass Gasification,” accepted to Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research last month!

The research investigates the properties and performance of biomass gasification char and demonstrates its potential to replace expensive tar decomposition catalysts with inexpensive, on-site, char catalysts.  This paper is a result of the collaboration between CCL and Ecole des Mines d’Albi.

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