College Launches Program to Prep for Shell Cracker

Pittsburgh Business Times By Justine Coyne Community College of Beaver County is launching an associate degree program in process technology the school said will prepare workers for jobs at the ethane cracker Shell Chemical has proposed building in the county. CCBC said it worked with more than 30 industry partners to develop the curriculum, which […]

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Opinion: The US Leaves Europe Behind On Growth

DW By James K. Galbraith Fifteen years ago there would have been an immediate confident mainstream answer. The United States was then celebrated for its flexible labor markets, while Europe was said to suffer from rigidity, known as Eurosclerosis. In a 1999 paper that has been cited over 2,000 times, economists Olivier Blanchard and Justin […]

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Testing Turbines to Save Energy

Penn State University By Krista Weidner They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. But a little knowledge can also be comforting. For anyone who has sat on a jet airplane at takeoff, tense and sweaty-palmed, wondering how in the world this gigantic assemblage will manage to climb into the sky and stay up, […]

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Behind the Ambitious Push for Solar Energy in Allegheny County

Powersource By Daniel Moore For solar power advocates, this part of the state has been a relatively dark and gloomy place. Allegheny County is home to fewer than 3 percent of the more than 7,000 total solar-powered generators registered statewide. Including Allegheny, the nine counties that make up southwestern Pennsylvania have just 6 percent of the […]

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Morning Scan: Supercharged Spending on Cybersecurity; Robo-Signers Return

American BankerBy Andy Peters Banks and other financial-services companies will increase spending on cybersecurity by $2 billion over the next two years, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers study. Citigroup, for example, now spends about $300 million yearly on cybersecurity, an anonymous source told the Journal. Wells Fargo spends about $250 million per year. JPMorgan Chase now spends […]

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Where Energy Companies Test What’ll Happen if Their Oil Spills

Wired By Omar Mouallem Oil pipeline leaks are bad. And that means pipeline operators and companies developing leak-sensing technologies are in a bind—they need to test their inventions without actually letting gunk seep into the earth. So they turn to a Canadian company called C-Fer Technologies. “There are few spots where you can dump oil […]

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FracTracker Alliance Launches Oil, Gas Tracking App

Akron Beacon Journal By Bob Downing Pittsburgh, PA – FracTracker Alliance announces the release of their free iPhone app – designed to collect and share experiences related to oil and gas drilling across the United States. As unconventional drilling or “fracking” intensifies, so too do the innovative ways in which citizens can track, monitor, and […]

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Oil & Gas Technology Of The Future Is Here

By. James Burgess of Oilprice.com LONDON, ENGLAND / ACCESSWIRE / November 6, 2014 / Oil and gas technology of the future is here, and it’s claimed to be safer and more economical than fracking. As oil prices slump and fracking remains under constant activist scrutiny, a new breakthrough technology promises a safe solution for making […]

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Fracking Alternative to Hit Market and Revive ‘Dead Wells’

By James Burgess Emerging oil and gas technology company FalconRidge Oil Technologies Corp. has announced the full commercialization of the third generation of a revolutionary new technology that revitalizes ‘dead’ wells and is poised to become the leading alternative to hydraulic fracturing. On 22 October, FalcronRidge (OTCQB:FROT) said its third-generation Terra Slicing Technology (“TST™”) for […]

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