Green Design

Desalinate Water, Produce Hydrogen, and Treat Wastewater?

Water purification requires a lot of energy, while utility companies need large amounts of water for energy production. Researchers from the University of Colorado Denver College of Engineering and Applied Science have found a way to generate pure hydrogen gas and desalination facilitated by an external power supply.

Posted in: Waste-to-Energy, Alternative Fuels, Remediation Technologies, Green Design & Manufacturing, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM

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Biomass Alternative to Petroleum for Industrial Chemicals

University of Massachusetts Amherst chemical engineers have developed a way to produce high-volume chemical feedstocks including benzene, toluene, xylenes, and olefins from pyrolytic bio-oils - the cheapest liquid fuels available today derived from biomass.

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

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Updated Energy Efficiency Modeling Software Programs

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released updated versions of its EnergyPlus simulation software and OpenStudio Plug-in for Google SketchUp, which help engineers and architects design better functioning, more energy-efficient buildings.

Posted in: Building Technologies, Pollution, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, Energy Efficiency, Energy, Lighting, News, Products, GDM

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Organic Solvent System May Improve Recycling of Catalysts

Noble metals such as platinum and palladium are becoming increasingly important because of growth in environmentally friendly applications such as fuel cells and pollution control catalysts. Because the world has limited quantities of these materials, manufacturers will have to rely on efficient recycling processes to help meet the demand.

Posted in: Climate, Pollution, Alternative Fuels, Remediation Technologies, Green Design & Manufacturing, Recycling Technologies, News, GDM

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Energy-Recovery Circuit

STMicroelectronics (Geneva, Switzerland) has released a high-efficiency circuit and optimized power components that will produce cost savings and are ideally suited for boost or buck converters - power devices usually used in solar inverters - or SMPS (Switched-Mode Power Supplies) for computers and telecom equipment.

Posted in: Green Design & Manufacturing, Recycling Technologies, Energy Storage, Solar Power, Energy Efficiency, Energy, Products, GDM

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Electronic Monitoring For Coastal Waters

With a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, researchers from North Carolina State University are developing a cost-effective electronic monitoring system that will advance understanding of critical coastal ecosystems by allowing users to track water-quality data from these waters in real time.

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

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Nickel-Zinc Battery System Technology

Société de Conseil et de Prospective Scientifique (SCPS), located in Rosny-sous-Bois, France, developed a technology that allows the nickel-zinc battery system to work as close as possible to its theoretical performance, with a long cycle life.

Posted in: Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Green Design & Manufacturing, Recycling Technologies, Energy Storage, Energy Efficiency, Energy, Briefs, TSP, GDM

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