Archive | November, 2008

From water to wine

While the bottled water industry is being besieged by environmental groups with its use of plastic bottles, the plastic industry, meanwhile, is finding a miraculous demand coming from the wine market. Several wineries across the globe are switching some of their wines’ bottle packaging from glass to PET (polyethylene terephthalate) to save transportation and packaging […]

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Granite countertops are safe

A study financed by the Marble Institute of America (MIA) reported that granite countertops will not turn anybody into a mutant. The environmental and engineering consulting services, EH&E, analyzed different varieties of granite countertops and stones (around 115 varieties were tested) and reported that the quantities of radiation and radon emitted from the samples were […]

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Green powerless in chemicals

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Center for Resource Solutions awarded late last month their annual Green Power Leadership Awards to 25 organizations/companies who either purchase, supply or develop renewable energy (solar, wind, geothermal, low-impact biomass, and low-impact hydro resources) across the US. Unfortunately, none of them is […]

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Oil weaning should be shared

I was watching the show 60 Minutes where the US President-elect Obama was being interviewed for the first time after winning the election. According to Obama, despite that the price of oil has gone down energy and a green economy will remain at the forefront of his agenda along with trying to fix the economy. […]

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Weekly News Roundup

A lot of acquisition activities seems to be happening recently in the global solar and wind markets. I guess with the volatile stock market these days, some companies are ripe for the picking. I do wonder if these M&A activities will continue next year and if this is a good omen or a bad one […]

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Dow’s Energy Plan for America

Maybe our friend amorris19 got something about Dow Chemical’s CEO Andrew Liveris being a candidate for Energy Secretary after all. Dow just announced today its own energy plan for America, something like what T. Boone Pickens has been doing before the election but much more expanded to other than just renewable energy. According to Dow, […]

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Green job hiring

Maybe a low carbon economy might give jobs back not only to the US manufacturing sector (solar, wind, hybrid cars) but to the now jobless members of the financial institution as well. I received an email this week about the growing carbon trading market and the current need for consultants, bankers, brokers, investors and traders: […]

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Beef liver in car fuel

The American Institute of Chemical Engineer’s (AIChE) Centennial annual meeting in Philadephia next week will prove to be an exciting event especially with its much-awaited 10th annual Chem-E car competition in November 16. Different US university teams will race small cars powered by their futuristic idea of alternative fuels from different chemical reactions such as […]

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Melamine in milk? Use zNose

No, I am not talking about using your nose to sniff bad milk odor in grocery shelves for melamine contamination. The California-based company Electronic Sensor Technology (EST) said they have developed a method using their zNose product for detecting and measuring melamine in less than 3 minutes and without modifying the sample for testing. EST […]

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Glycerine to methanol

Glycerine, a byproduct of biodiesel production, is proving to be a really versatile chemical with this new breakthrough from Oxford University in the UK. Oxford researchers said they were able to produce methanol directly by catalytic hydrogenolysis of glycerine using a precious metal catalyst in industrially mild conditions of just 100°C temperature and a 20 […]

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