Posts Tagged ‘Renewable’
Creating biodiesel from plants is one of the hottest alternative fuel efforts for weening us from fossil fuels. Biodiesel is being harvested from corn, grass, algae, sugar cane, and even beets. Now there is a new effort to try it with tobacco leaves. Perhaps this could be a future incentive. . .
A group of transatlantic universities have joined forces to improve the process of photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process whereby biological systems convert sunlight into food and the source of all the fossil fuels we burn today. Glasgow scientists Professor Lee Cronin, Gardiner Chair of Chemistry, and Professor Mike Blatt, Regius. . .
The Long Island New York town of Hempstead may be at the forefront of carbon neutral thinking in the U.S. In 2009 they became the first town near New York City to install a hydrogen and natural gas fueling station. They currently operate two town vehicles and a town bus. . .
The automobile industry is definitely taking the initiative on finding new ways to provide us with a “greener” product. For now, we’ll not discuss hybrid, electric, hydrogen propulsion systems for cars, but instead, we’ll tout Ford’s new interior initiatives. Ford plans on using more plant based ingredients in the vehicles. . .
Reusing wastewater as potable and non-potable water will some day become a reality in this country. A new a report released this month by the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Research Council, a division of the National Academy of Sciences, investigated the potential for establishing a more. . .
A recently published paper in Science claims that a new process has been developed to turn seaweed into a viable feedstock for biofuel. Bio Architecture Lab says that they’ve isolated an enzyme that could be used to convert seaweed into sugar. Making fuel and chemicals from crops such as corn. . .
The NASA Earth Observatory, in conjunction with Woods Hole Research Center’s (WHRC) National Biomass and Carbon Database, released an image showcasing where the greatest concentrations of trees are in the U.S. The newly released map was a byproduct of computer models, space-based radar, satellite sensors, and ground-based data. It took. . .
A new company is looking to take human pee, or any other water source that’s near by, and turn it into a sustainable energy source for a portable charger. The company, SiGNa Chemistry, has developed a product called the PowerTrekk. The PowerTrekk system uses sodium silicide cartridges, along with any. . .
A new cheaper method for producing drinking water from sea water has been unveiled in Israel. IDE Technologies’ transportable desalination system uses traditional reverse osmosis technology but without the need for chemicals. The unit, the first of its kind, is housed in a standard, 12-meter-long skid-mounted container and can produce. . .
With the holiday season upon us the question to ask for those that celebrate the Christmas season – do you buy a real Christmas tree or a fake one? Which is the more prudent environmental choice? Artificial trees are typically manufactured with metal and polyvinyl chloride, a petroleum based plastic. . .
If you are into gardening and farming the next question is for you, though it’s definitely being asked during the wrong season – do you prefer perennials or annuals? A bit of an odd question, but if you’re an agricultural scientist it’s a good question to ask, now that science. . .
Olive oil has been around for some 6000 years. Man has used it for a variety of purposes, and most of us enjoy it in the foods we prepare. However, as the ancients knew, olive oil has multiple uses around your home. As a remedy, it has been used to. . .
In a novel push for a renewable energy source, a local hospital in La Crosse, Wisconsin will be using all of a biogas product from a local brewery to create electricity. City Brewery in a Crosse is using its biogas byproduct from the brewing process to create 3 million kilowatt. . .
Could the U.S. pass carbon-limiting legislation similar to what Australia and the European Union have passed? Yesterday Australia joined the EU in imposing a price on carbon emissions on their economy. Its impact will be felt right across the economy, from miners and liquefied natural gas producers to airlines and. . .