Green Design

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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"Powder to Power"

Today, Bloom Energy Corporation (Sunnyvale, CA) announced the availability of the Bloom Energy Server™, a patented solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology that provides clean, affordable, and continuous onsite electricity from renewable or traditional fuel sources.

Posted in: Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Biomass, Solar Power, Wind Power, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Energy, Products, GDM

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Eco-friendly Nanocatalyst

A new nanotech catalyst developed by McGill University chemists Chao-Jun Li, Audrey Moores, and their colleagues offers industry an opportunity to reduce the use of expensive and toxic heavy metals. Li describes the new catalyst as, “use a magnet and pull them out!”

Posted in: Remediation Technologies, Green Design & Manufacturing, Recycling Technologies, Energy Efficiency, Energy, News, GDM

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Crystals for Carbon Dioxide Capture

UCLA chemists have created three-dimensional synthetic DNA-like crystals that have a sequence of information which is believed to code for carbon capture. The discovery could result in a new way to capture heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions and could lead to cleaner energy.

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

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External Electric Fields and Hydrogen Storage

It has been difficult to find materials that can efficiently and safely store and release hydrogen with fast kinetics under ambient temperature and pressure, but an international research team has developed a process using an electric field.

Posted in: Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Energy Storage, Energy, News, GDM

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Computer Model Simulates the Impact of White Roofs

The first computer modeling study to simulate the impact of white roofs on urban areas worldwide - led by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO - suggests there may be merit to the idea of turning roofs white.

Posted in: Building Technologies, Climate, Remediation Technologies, Green Design & Manufacturing, News, GDM

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Engineers Concerned About Algae-Based Biofuel

DOE recently announced that it is awarding $78 million in stimulus money for research and development of algae-based biofuel. Yet researchers from the University of Virginia have found there are significant environmental hurdles to overcome, and propose using wastewater as a solution to some of these challenges.

Posted in: Pollution, Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Biomass, Energy, Government Initiatives, Government, News, GDM

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