Archive | July, 2008

US Navy gets heated ACs

The US Navy is getting cool by using solar energy. According to GreenCore Technology, it is installing its solar air conditioners at a remote laboratory site operated by the Naval Research Laboratories (NRL). The company will also install ten GreenCore-specified 170 Watt/35 volt photovoltaic solar panels, along with peripheral solar related equipment. The green ACs […]

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Would you like biogas with your beer?

That refreshing beer your chugging will soon be manufactured using landfill-based gas. Anheuser-Busch said its brewery in Houston will purchase biogas as an alternative fuel from Allied Waste Services’ nearby McCarty Road landfill. Ameresco McCarty Energy will capture the biogas and transport it to the Anheuser-Busch brewery through a six-mile underground pipeline. The Houston plant […]

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Is geothermal better than wind and solar?

Investment news on solar and wind are plentiful but not much on geothermal projects. Still, compared to sporadic energy capacity of wind and solar (estimated around 20-35%), geothermal energy is continuous with more than 70% capacity factor. So what drags the development of this huge sources of energy coming from the center of the earth? […]

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Cops and McDonalds

An interesting thing happening in my birth town so I hope my co-blogger BiofuelSimon will forgive me for swiping this news from him. Cops in Manila, Philippines, are using a new strategy to apprehend criminals….by making them hungry with the smell of french fries coming from their patrol cars. According to this article from DowJones, […]

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Soapers respond to UW study

The Soap and Detergent Association sent me an email regarding their response to the University of Washington study about supposed toxic fragrance chemicals found on leading laundry products and air fresheners. According to them, the study is just a rehash of past studies and that it lacks real-world risk perspective. “Turning fabric care labels into […]

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A paid “no drilling” ad from WWF

Maybe World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) coffers are deeper than the chemical industry’s if they can afford to post an ad in the New York Times about their opposition to Bush’s oil drilling approval in Arctic waters and US coasts. The ad in yesterday’s Times argues that more drilling would have virtually no impact on gas […]

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Toxics in scented laundry, air fresheners?

More bad news for consumer products this time in the laundry market (which has seen its big share of public advocates complaints) as well as air fresheners. A study from the University of Washington (UW) found that chemicals with potential toxicity or health hazards are being used in top selling laundry products and air fresheners, […]

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Phthalates ban in toys coming soon

I am traveling today and tomorrow for Evonik’s plant groundbreaking event in Mobile, Alabama. The facility will produce alkoxides, which are used as catalysts in biodiesel production. Aside from the biodiesel industry, Evonik will also give an update on the lithium ion batteries market as well as tidbits on how sea urchins are playing a […]

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Bitter accusations on sugar plants

Sugar manufacturer Imperial Sugar is taking offense on the citations and allegations made by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) agency regarding the company’s workplace safety. Last week, OSHA issued Imperial Sugar an $8.8m fine, said to be the third largest in OSHA’s history, following a sugar refinery explosion in February at the company’s […]

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EPA to ban carbofuran pesticide

Then US Environmental Protection Agency said last week that it has identified risks associated with the pesticide carbofuran and is proceeding toward cancelling the pesticide’s registration. “EPA has concluded that dietary, worker, and ecological risks are of concern for all uses of carbofuran. All products containing carbofuran generally cause unreasonable adverse effects on humans and […]

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