Green Design

NIST Gets the Dirt on Soil

NIST has issued three new certified reference materials for soil. Intended for use as controls in testing laboratories, the new Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) will aid in determining soil quality, detecting soil contamination, and monitoring cleanup efforts from accidental spills or atmospheric deposition.

Posted in: Environmental Monitoring, Remediation Technologies, Green Design & Manufacturing, News, GDM

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Fuel Cell/Battery-Powered UAV Takes Flight

EnergyOr Technologies Inc., of Montreal, Canada, has designed, constructed, and tested an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platform to demonstrate its fuel cell hybrid technology. EnergyOr's system will achieve 8 hours flight endurance in the near future.

Posted in: Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Transportation, News, Products, GDM

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Scrubbing Out Sulfur

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers have developed a reusable organic liquid that can pull harmful gases like carbon dioxide or sulfur dioxide out of industrial emissions from power plants. Power plants could capture double the amount of harmful gases in a way that uses no water, less energy, and saves money.

Posted in: Climate, Pollution, Videos, Remediation Technologies, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, Energy Efficiency, Energy, News, GDM

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Doubling Butanol Production

An Ohio State University team led by Shang-Tian Yang, professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has found a way to double the production of the biofuel butanol - which might someday replace gasoline in automobiles.

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

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Nanocrystals Could Aid in Solid-State Lighting and CO2 Storage

Scientists at Berkeley Lab have created non-toxic magnesium oxide nanocrystals whose size can be adjusted within just a few nanometers. The nanocrystals glow blue when exposed to ultraviolet light, and could be a bright candidate for lighting that consumes less energy and has a longer lifespan. The nanocrystals could also allow researchers to probe a key pathway in carbon dioxide sequestration.

Posted in: Climate, Pollution, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, Lighting, News, GDM

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Process Cleans Wastewater, Generates Electricity, Desalinates Seawater

A team of researchers from the U.S. and China modified a microbial fuel cell - a device that uses naturally occurring bacteria to convert wastewater into clean water producing electricity - so it could desalinate salty water. The new process cleans wastewater, generates electricity, and removes 90 percent of salt from brackish water or seawater.

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

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Ethanol Funding Opportunity

DOE announced the availability of up to $5.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to increase the use of higher ethanol blends up to E85 (85% ethanol/15% gasoline) by expanding refueling infrastructure.

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

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