CSU Researchers Developing Solutions To Drilling-Induced Methane Emissions


CSU Senior Research Associate Dan Zimmerle demonstates how methane emissions testing is cunducted at the the Methane Emissions Testing Evaluation Center (METAC) at Colorado State University. Video by Mark Roberts

Just east of the mountains that make up Northern Colorado’s Front Range lies an array of pipes and pumps churning out natural gas. Aligned in rows within a fenced-off area near Fort Collins, these well pads are not part of the state’s profit-generating energy industry. Instead, they may hold the key to curbing methane — a source of emissions scientists believe contribute to global climate change. Methane is a colorless, odorless flammable gas and one of the main components of natural gas.

Collaborative Algae Research in Colorado May Yield Creative Energy Solutions

A student conducts research on algae at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Photo by Ethan Green. While renewable energy is typically thought of as a product of sun or wind, researchers at Colorado State University say byproducts of plant life may yet yield one of the more important sources of fuel over the next century. The researchers are developing new methods to derive energy from algae and other plant life. Known as biofuels, the energy products not only offer an opportunity to power vehicles, they also can generate the polymers and chemical compounds necessary to create plastics and other petroleum-based products inherent in daily life.