Industry News

01/24/2011

Aharon Gedanken and his colleagues are reporting successful lab tests of “killer paper,” a material intended as next-generation food packaging material to combat bacteria that cause spoilage.  However, this food packaging material has a lot of potential for commercial use as well, as a germ-fighting coating for plastics, fabrics, and metals in hospitals, kitchens, and bathrooms.


01/21/2011
Accor North America and Motel 6 have implemented the “Phoenix My Break Room” initiative, a energy-saving employee incentive program.  This simple plan has potential for use across many industry sectors, including retail, restaurant, and commercial locations.
01/21/2011

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and the DOE have announced initiatives to promote tribal energy development.  Up to $10 million will be available this year through the Tribal Energy Program to support energy efficiency and renewable energy resources on tribal lands.


01/20/2011

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced that more than 300,000 low-income homes have been weatherized under the Recovery Act.  This milestone places progress at 50% of President Obama’s goal of weatherizing 600,000 homes.


01/19/2011

The EPA and the SBA have announced a collaborative effort known as the Water Technology Innovation Cluster (WTIC), designed to develop and commercialize technologies to solve environmental issues, encourage sustainability, and create jobs.


01/18/2011
Colorado State University’s department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture has identified 5 plants optimum for green roof use in semiarid regions. 
01/17/2011
The EPA has allocated $7 million to fund human health issue research focused on communities where people are exposed to multiple health stressors, such as chemicals, anxiety, and poor nutrition. 
01/14/2011

The EPA has announced that it is using the authority bestowed by the Clean Water Act to halt disposal of mining waste in steams at the Mingo-Logan Coal Company’s Spruce No. 1 coal mine.


01/13/2011

Johnson Controls has announced the launch of the 10th annual Igniting Creative Energy (ICE) Challenge, a national competition for students K-12 to share knowledge, innovation, and ideas about environmental stewardship.


01/12/2011

Ford has introduced the first all-electric, zero-emissions passenger car, the Focus Electric.  The first of five electric vehicles Ford will deliver by 2013, the Focus is a gasoline free version of the popular small car.


01/11/2011

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) has been distinguished as one of the more promising methods for assessing potential carbon dioxide storage sites, and is now the focus of a series of the DOE’s “best practices” manuals.


01/10/2011

Glass stronger than steel? A new damage-tolerant metallic glass featuring strength and toughness beyond any known material has been developed by researchers from the DOE’s Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology. 


01/07/2011

The DOE has announced the finalization of plans for a $1.45 billion loan towards an Abengoa  Solar Inc. solar plant project near Gila Bend, AZ. 


01/07/2011
President Obama has signed a bill that will extend many energy efficiency and renewable energy provisions through 2011. 
01/07/2011

A successful full-scale test of hyperbaric centrifuge technology at a Jim Walter Resources Inc. coal-cleaning plant in Alabama has demonstrated the value of this revolutionary innovation.


01/05/2011
 

According to a recent study, the cancer-causing chromium-6 compound has been found polluting tap water in 31 U.S. cities.  Approximately 74 million Americans in 42 states consume water that is polluted with the chromium-6 chemical.

12/30/2010

A $17.1 million loan has been finalized for the AES Westover facility.  Located in Johnson City NY, the AES project is designed to provide a new stable, energy-efficient electrical grid for the state.


12/30/2010

Researchers from the Department of Horticulture at The Pennsylvania State University have published a study evaluating the suitability of five common plants featured on green roofs. Green roofs are typically associated with improved air quality, reduced stormwater runoff, and heat mitigation.


12/21/2010

ASHRAE leaders have met with U.S. Army officials regarding the adaptation and implementation of ASHRAE Standard 189.1, which incorporates requirements of the green building standard and sustainability.


12/21/2010

Great River Energy’s DryFining technology has been recognized in the 2010 Coal Project of the Year via Power Engineering magazine. DryFining is a method to control cost-effective coal-based power plant emissions while improving fuel quality.


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