Green Design

Genetically Engineering Algae for Biodiesel

John Morgan, an associate professor of chemical engineering at Purdue University, is leading a portion of a federally funded effort based at Iowa State University aimed at creating genetically engineered algae for biodiesel production.

Posted in: Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, Biomass, Solar Power, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM

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Generating Hydrogen from Water

Researchers with Berkeley Lab and the University of California, Berkeley have discovered an inexpensive metal catalyst that can effectively generate hydrogen gas from water.

Posted in: Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM

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Electrical Current Stemming From Algae

Stanford scientists have harnessed a tiny electrical current from algae cells. They found it at the very source of energy production – photosynthesis - and it may be the first step toward generating high-efficiency bioelectricity that doesn't give off carbon dioxide as a byproduct.

Posted in: Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, Energy Storage, Solar Power, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM

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Revolution in Fasteners Helps Bridge the Gap 
to Greener Vehicles

With auto sales down as much as 40 percent, it can feel to some like the industry is coming apart. But a "revolution in fasteners" may soon help bridge the gap to greener vehicles, while increasing sales and lowering recall and warranty rates.

Posted in: Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Transportation, Articles, Features, GDM

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Sliding Mode Pulsed Current Averaging IC Drivers for High-Brightness Light Emitting Diodes

Light Emitting Diode (LED) driver ICs associated with specific (uniquely operated) switching power supplies that optimize performance for High Brightness LEDs (HB-LEDs) have been developed. The LED drivers feature fewer external components and high power efficiency.

Posted in: Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, Energy Efficiency, Energy, Lighting, Briefs, GDM

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Keep Lighting Green from Start to Finish With Proper Packaging and Disposal of Used Fluorescent Lamps

Fluorescent lamps are a popular lighting option for businesses and consumers that are looking for ways to conserve energy and cut down on wastes. Since mercury - a very useful but very toxic element - is used to conduct the charge in fluorescent lamps, these benefits can come at a significant environmental and health risk.

Posted in: Pollution, Green Design & Manufacturing, Recycling Technologies, Energy Efficiency, Energy, Lighting, Government Initiatives, Government, Articles, Features, GDM

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Process Yields High-Energy-Density Plant-Based Transportation Fuel

A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers has developed a highly efficient, environmentally friendly process that selectively converts gamma-valerolactone - a biomass derivative - into the chemical equivalent of jet fuel. The process preserves about 95 percent of the energy from the original biomass.

Posted in: Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, Biomass, Energy Efficiency, Energy, News, GDM

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