Environment

Capturing and Using Waste Heat from Cars, Factories, and Power Plants

New technology is being developed at Oregon State University to capture and use the low-to-medium grade waste heat from automobiles, diesel generators, or factories and electrical utilities. The new systems should be able to use much of that waste heat either in cooling or the production of electricity.

Posted in: GDM, News, News, Alternative Fuels, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Geothermal Power, Solar Power, Thermoelectrics, Green Design & Manufacturing, Transportation
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Geothermal Technology Sequesters Carbon Dioxide Underground

University of Minnesota researchers have developed an innovative approach to tapping heat beneath the Earth’s surface. The method is expected to not only produce renewable electricity far more efficiently than conventional geothermal systems, but also help reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Posted in: GDM, News, News, Energy, Geothermal Power, Renewable Energy, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases
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The Invasive Species Forecasting System

The Invasive Species Forecasting System (ISFS) provides computational support for the generic work processes found in many regional-scale ecosystem modeling applications. Decision support tools helps resource managers plan invasive species protection, monitoring, and control strategies for the lands they manage.
Posted in: Briefs, GDM, Briefs, Environmental Monitoring, Green Design & Manufacturing, Environmental testing, Test equipment and instrumentation
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Splitting Water to Create Renewable Energy: Simplified

An international team of scientists led by a team at Monash University of Melbourne, Australia has found that the key to the hydrogen economy could come from a very simple mineral - commonly seen as a black stain on rocks.

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Researchers Counteract Biofuel Toxicity in Microbes

Advanced biofuels are highly touted as potential replacements for gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels. Equally touted is the synthesis of these fuels through the use of microbes. However, many of the best candidate compounds for advanced biofuels are toxic to microbes, which presents a “production versus survival” conundrum.

Posted in: GDM, News, News, Alternative Fuels, Biomass, Energy, Renewable Energy, Green Design & Manufacturing, Transportation
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Cool and Green: Vehicle Thermal Management

Air conditioning is a ‘must-have’ for most new cars. But the fluorocarbon refrigerant HFC-134a – the global standard – is one of the ozone-depleting greenhouse gases causing global warming. With these concerns, the European Union has passed regulations phasing out the compound beginning in 2011 and mandating the use of alternatives with less environmental impact.

Posted in: Features, GDM, Articles, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, Transportation, Environmental regulations and standards, Greenhouse gas emissions, Air conditioning, Air conditioning, Refrigerants
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Improved, Low-Stress Economical Submerged Pipeline

A preliminary study has shown that the use of a high-strength composite fiber cloth material may greatly reduce fabrication and deployment costs of a subsea offshore pipeline. Above-water pipelines are often not feasible due to safety, cost, and environmental problems, and present, fixed-wall, submerged pipelines are often very expensive.

Posted in: Briefs, GDM, Briefs, TSP, Green Design & Manufacturing, Water, Composite materials, Fabrics, Parts, Mining vehicles and equipment
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Radiation-Resistant Hybrid Lotus Effect for Achieving Photoelectrocatalytic Self-Cleaning Anticontamination Coatings

This innovation from Goddard Space Flight Center is an antibacterial, anti-contamination, and self-cleaning coating that uses nano-sized semiconductor semimetal oxides to neutralize biological pathogens and toxic chemicals, as well as to mitigate dust accumulation.

Posted in: Briefs, GDM, Briefs, TSP, Green Design & Manufacturing, Bacteria, Chemicals, Coatings Colorants and Finishes, Coatings, colorants, and finishes, Materials properties, Metals, Nanomaterials, Radiation protection
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Testing Smart Energy-Management Systems

In the SmartEnergyLab, scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Germany are investigating how to network various electrical household appliances and operate them remotely. The researchers can analyze, assess, and develop almost any energy-management system for controlling power and heat.

Posted in: GDM, News, News, Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Green Design & Manufacturing, Smart Grid, Transportation
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Green Engineering Grant

Today, National Instruments announced its 2011 Green Engineering Grant program for the rapid design, prototyping, and commercialization of new green technology. The grant will provide access to up to $25,000 equivalent in NI LabVIEW graphical system design software tools and training to eligible startups.

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