Archive | February, 2009

Mitsubishi breaks own solar cell record

Truthfully, I have no idea on some of the technical jargons behind this press statement from Mitsubishi Electric but it seems important enough to warrant its own post. According to the company, it was able to develop multi-crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells with the world’s highest conversion efficiency rate of 18.9% – meaning it is the […]

Continue Reading

E-waste dumping in Nigeria

Here’s another interesting development from our Greenpeace friends in the UK. According to the group, a 3-year investigation from their researchers found that certain electronic wastes (such as an unfixable TV with a tracking device) are illegally dumped to Nigeria instead of supposedly being recycled to (in this case) the Hampshire County Council. Greenpeace said […]

Continue Reading

Greenpeace presents: CoalFinger

Here is why the coal industry in the Western world is losing their battle over environmental groups. Videos such as the one below from Greenpeace are spreading the dirtiness of coal across the web using animated graphics. If the coal industry wants to put out the message of being clean and green, they should spend […]

Continue Reading

Green chem product teasers

Yesterday’s Green Chemistry round table hosted by Elevance was very productive in terms of getting information. I will tell you more in details next week of what some of the panelists have to say about the future of green chemistry, its challenges, potential and how it can help the US economy. Unfortunately, I have a […]

Continue Reading

Coal in trouble?

The green blogger is in Bolingbrook, IL, right now to cover Elevance‘s renewable chemistry round table and the opening of their new facility. Fortunately, she’s a little bit early so has the time to blog a bit about the current coal situation. According to New York Times, 83 coal plants in the US have either […]

Continue Reading

Financial folks turn to trash

Several ex-Wall Street bankers turned their financial wizardry into creating green shoes for a good cause, according to this Reuters report. After being laid off because of the Wall Street collapse, partners Stephen Chen, Iris Chau, and Alastair Onglingswan founded GreenSoulShoes, where local artisans in Southeast Asia make their shoes using recycled scrap tires materials. […]

Continue Reading

Money in butterfly’s wings

Scientists from China and Japan discovered that butterfly wings have scales that act as tiny solar collectors, which can lead to a design of a more efficient dye-sensitized solar cells. These cells are said to have the highest light-conversion efficiencies among all solar cells — as high as 10 percent. The discoveries on butterfly wings […]

Continue Reading

Weekly News Roundup

I will be in Illinois on Tuesday attending Elevance’s renewable chemistry round table as well as the opening of their new Bolingbrook facility. The round table panelists include Robert Grubbs of the California Institute of Technology, John Warner of Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, David Long of Environmental Sustainability Solutions, Andrew Gilicinski of Clorox […]

Continue Reading

Samsung’s new solar touch screen phone

Samsung seems to be leading the next generation high-tech mobile gadget with its new solar-powered full-touch screen phone “Blue Earth.” The eco-friendly phone, which the company said is the first of its kind, has a solar panel located on its back and its plastic encasement is made from recycled plastic called PCM extracted from water […]

Continue Reading
Rich Wells Dow Chem.jpg

Chemistry: The alternative energizers

I just finished an alternative energy article featuring chemical companies that contribute on making clean energy technologies more affordable. Companies included in my interviews were Dow Chemical, Rohm and Haas, Air Products, Evonik, and Dow Corning. Here are some of what they said regarding chemistry and alternative energy: “While energy is crucial to the chemical […]

Continue Reading