RECOVERING OIL WITH WOOD?

Scientists at Texaco Inc. say plentiful tree chemicals called lignins can be made into compounds that will help flush out oil that otherwise would be too costly to recover. The compounds, known as surfactants, work much like a detergent, attaching themselves to oil drops and flattening them into a slurry that is easier to recover. The process can take several years, but could add 150 billion barrels of oil to reserves in the United States, says researcher Douglas Naae.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK