June 30, 2008
Entrants must submit a presentation why their company deserves an Ecoffice makeover.
Not that I'm ridiculing the idea (I think it's great!) but as a fan of the tv show The Office, this is one great plot to work on!
The study finds, among others, that solar photovoltaic prices are projected to decline from an average 15-32 cents kWh today to 8-18 cents kWh in 2015, and to 4-8 cents kWh by 2025.
June 29, 2008
Fuel cell for US Army
DuPont and SFC Smart Fuel Cell AG launched the M-25 portable fuel cell for a limited use for the US Army. The light-weight fuel cell uses Dupont's methanol technology with SFC's fuel cell systems.
June 27, 2008
I guess I am unable to escape my green blogging job as the issue's special report featured what else but all about solar, wind, biofuels, hybrids, carbon capture, geothermal, and other renewable energy sources.
Central to the plan is a cap and trade program covering 85% of the state's emissions.
June 26, 2008
In a House subcommittee hearing, scientists from the US Department of Agriculture still can't determined the cause of the disappearing bee colonies epidemic but said that they have not yet ruled out chemicals.
Whether the problem is from chemicals or other reasons, I hope they find the cause soon because if this continues, it will be a catastrophe to consumers who are already suffering from food price hikes.
June 25, 2008
Soy Bumpers Hit the Road
Polycon Industries, a division of Magna International, recently introduced car bumpers made with a 50 percent soy polyol blend. Polycon developed the bumpers through a partnership with Dow Automotive, using a Reaction Injection Molded (RIM) fascia. The soy bumpers pass all automotive physical and paint adhesion test requirements.
June 24, 2008
BASF says its new cost-effective detergent surfactant Lutensol M is not subjected to environmental classification because of its eco-friendly properties. The ethoxylate can also be marketed as energy-reducing surfactant because of its high detergent efficiency at low wash temperatures, the company said.
Genencor, meanwhile, said its new protease enzyme Excellase for auto dishwashing detergent, can perform in wide-range dishwashing temperature, as well as in non-phosphate detergents.
June 23, 2008
As far as the green cleaning trend goes, eco-labeling seems to be a very hot topic within North America and Europe. Pls. check out my article for more information and views on green labelings, certification and guidelines (mostly in the US).
June 20, 2008
DDGS concentrations between 25 and 50 percent worked best, according to the researchers.
For now, here are this week's green news roundup.
Biomass plastic in cars
Mazda Motor launched its Bioplastic Project with Hiroshima University aiming to develop plastics made from non-food cellulosic biomass. The bioplastics are expected to be ready for vehicle use by 2013.
According to the Department of Justice, Gerald Lakota presented on their monthly discharge monitoring reports only good sample to meet their facility's effluent limits required by the discharge permit.
June 19, 2008
Titled "Analysis of Sustainability Reporting of Fortune Companies in California," the report contains a compilation of Pacific Sustainability Index scores evaluating the environmental and social reporting of all California companies on the 2006 Fortune 1000 list
To make hydrogen production more green (and maybe get it cheaper??), InEnTec Chemical developed its mobile Plasma Enhanced Melter (PEM) that produces hydrogen-rich synthesis gas from chemical residues that are usually treated as hazardous waste (which are incinerated).
June 18, 2008
Major wind energy generator GE said it achieved more than 115 million hours of operation through its installed global fleet of 1.5 megawatt wind turbines. The company also said today that federal tax incentives for wind energy projects (which is set to expire on December 31) need to be renewed immediately as benefits from wind farms' tax revenue more than offset tax incentives.
Public advocates Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and the John McNamara Foundation formed a committee early this month that calls on legislators to eliminate manufacture and use of asbestos in America.
June 17, 2008
According to Honda, only 200 vehicles will be produced in the next three years and the first five were already promised to three Hollywood celebrities and two business owners and fuel cell car enthusiasts.
Calling Doctor Strangelove...
16 June 2008
Someone has noticed that dropping bombs and explosives is dangerous to the environment. Next week: water is wet. And ice is cold
By Ivan Lerner/New York
IN THE June 24 issue of the American Chemistry Society's magazine Chemistry of Materials, University of Munich chemists Thomas Klapotke and Carles Miro Sabate will detail their research concerning the replacement of trinitrotoluene (TNT), cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine (RDX) and other explosives, with tetrazoles Bis (3,4,5-triamino-1,2,4-triazolium) 5,5'-Azotetrazolate (G2ZT) and 5,5'-hydrazinebistetrazole (HBT). TNT derives its explosive energy from carbon, but tetrazoles derive energy from nitrogen.More on this post...
To coincide with the recently released "the Incredible Hulk", Universal Studio hooked up with conservation group the World Land Trust in developing the 'Incredible Hulk Carbon Calculator'. Both said Hulk's greenness might drive fans to analyze their own by balancing their carbon emissions.
World Land Trust said:
"There is no need to rip your shirt off before turning green, simply visit the calculator and offset your CO2. If only someone would tell the Hulk it's that easy!"
June 16, 2008
The W510 model also uses water-soluble coating while the F268 (including accessories) do not contain brominated flame retardants and polyvinyl chloride, the company said.
US producer Tyson seems to think so and recently sued the Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its supposed inconsistent labeling rules on antibiotic-related product claims, according to this report from Reuters.
June 13, 2008
More hydrogen stations
General Motors and Clean Energy Fuels opened a hydrogen fueling station in Los Angeles, and plans to expand more hydrogen infrastructure. The LA station will start operations in early fall.
Europe's new carbon pool
New York-based Natsource LLC formee pool, which will purchase carbon credits that participants can use to comply with Kyoto Protocol's emissions targets, has a Euro 200 million target.
June 12, 2008
Take for example these news regarding vinyl shower curtains and compact florescent lamps or CFL (which I thought are already considered green and more safe).
According to the United Soybean Board, products such as adhesives, coatings, lubricants and plastics made from soybeans are increasingly being incorporated in the construction industry.
June 11, 2008
They are now turning their attention to using more efficient engine washing system that could save millions of dollars of jet fuel costs, according to commercial jet engines service provider Pratt & Whitney.
The company said it is now providing its EcoPower engine wash system to United Airlines and Southwest Airlines. The system also reduces carbon dioxide emissions.
Wal-Mart said it expected to save more than 400 million gallons of water, more than 95 million pounds of plastic resin, and more than 125 million pounds of cardboard with this goal.
This report from CBS news talked about supposedly green products that do not stand up to the test.
June 10, 2008
Akrion and CEA-Liten will collaborate on advanced solar cell development
Amtech announces $8.5 Million in New Solar Orders
1. While gasoline and diesel prices reached record high, theft for waste grease (used as biofuel feedstock) are increasing across the US. Here's a about it from my ICIS colleague Ivan Lerner.
June 3, 2008
I will be posting furiously next week Monday (June 9), and maybe add some wedding tidbits as long as I can find a green connection to it. For now, I'll leave you with this important news about green lingeries being produced from Sri Lanka to hit the UK market this month.
According to market analyst Point Carbon, global carbon markets could be worth almost €2 trillion (USD $3.1 trillion), with total transaction volume forecast at 38 billion tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (Gt CO2e) per year by 2020.
According to ICIS News (I apologize for those who don't have the subscription for the service) , President Bush reportedly warned the Congress on the potential costs of the bill on the US economy and ultimately to consumers. Bush said he would veto the measure.
The US chemical industry is generally opposed to the bill. Check out this recent interview of the American Chemistry Council's Jack Gerard regarding his take on the pending policy.
June 2, 2008
The consulting firm offered five tips to make green banking for consumers as easy 'as screwing in a CFL bulb':
Turn off paper statements. This is the easiest and most widely available way to make an immediate, substantial impact on your carbon footprint and lower your risk of identity fraud.
My take: True but what about online identity fraud? A lot of banks offer security for this but with a price. They should make this service free. Also, it may be hard to believe but there are people who do not have access to the internet or who do not like to do their banking transactions via internet (such as my parents). Another reason why paper statements are still popular is because it physically reminds them to read it and [or] pay their bills if applicable.
1. Honeywell's solar shield - It is not natural or renewable based but Honeywell's UV-, moisture- and weather-resistant PowerShield PV325 does protects photovoltaic modules -- including their critical components that convert sunlight into electricity -- in all types of environments.
EIA reported that carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels increased by 1.6% last year...