Environment

Microscopic Bubbles Clean Oil from Polluted Water

Small amounts of oil leave a fluorescent sheen on polluted water. Oil sheen is hard to remove, even when the water is aerated with ozone or filtered through sand. A University of Utah engineer has developed an inexpensive method to remove oil sheen by repeatedly pressurizing and depressurizing ozone gas - creating tiny bubbles that attack the oil so it can be removed by sand filters.

Posted in: Pollution, News, News, Remediation Technologies

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Algae as a High-Temperature Hydrogen Source

A team of researchers from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have found that the inner machinery of photosynthesis can be isolated from certain algae and, when coupled with a platinum catalyst, is able to produce a steady supply of hydrogen when exposed to light.

Posted in: News, News, Biomass, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Alternative Fuels

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Japan Wins Australia's Global Green Challenge

The "Tokai Challenger" solar car from Japan's Tokai University won the 3,000 kilometer Global Green Challenge race down the center of Australia. The Tokai Challenger maintained an average speed of over 100 kilometers per hour, or about 62 miles per hour, besting the winner of the previous four races - the Dutch Nuon Solar Team.

Posted in: News, News, Batteries, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Alternative Fuels

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EPA's National TV Recycling Challenge

Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company (MRM) is the winner of EPA's National TV Recycling Challenge. MRM developed a TV collection network that uses a variety of collection approaches, including establishing collection points with charities and self-storage units, to recycle approximately 3 million pounds of TVs.

Posted in: News, News, Recycling Technologies

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Detecting Airborne Mercury by Use of Polymer/Carbon Films

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has introduced another method for detecting airborne elemental mercury. When films made of certain polymer/carbon composites are exposed to air containing mercury vapor, their electrical resistances decrease by measurable amounts. The films can be operated and regenerated at mild temperatures.

Posted in: Pollution, Briefs, Briefs, Environmental Monitoring

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Engineers Envision Cheaper Algae Oil Production

Compared to soybeans that produce 50 gallons of oil an acre a year, some algae can average 6,000 gallons - but it's not cheap to produce. Two Kansas State University engineers are assessing systematic production methods that could lower the costs of algae oil production. They plan to grow algae in the ocean on very large, supporting platforms.

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Robotic Fish Can Swim, Maneuver, and Monitor Water Quality

Michigan State University researchers are developing robots that use advanced materials to swim like fish and gather precise data on aquatic conditions. The robotic fish will carry sensors recording things like temperature, dissolved oxygen, pollutants, and harmful algae.

Posted in: Climate, Pollution, Videos, News, Videos, News, Environmental Monitoring

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