Daily Green Wrap-Up 20.February, 2012

From large trucks moving around biomass; through odor and air-quality issues; to the fire hazard of compost heaps that overheat (yes, really!), there are a long list of concerns that residents often have when a composting facility is proposed nearby.
For the first time successfully creating the basic building blocks of plastic production from plant matter. They’ve done so using nanatechnology to break down plant biomass into ethylene and propylene, two common chemical structures using in plastic production. The scientists used a catalyst of nanoparticles separated by carbon nanofibers that converted biogas into these two chemical components.
The U.S. Virgin Islands has worked with NREL to come up with a strategic plan to reduce fossil fuel use by 60 percent by 2025. The plan will include the deployment of five different renewable energy technologies and a huge roll-out of energy efficiency improvements.
While electric vehicles are still a small portion of the auto market in most countries, many cities have been looking to integrate electric vehicles into their public transit networks. London recently unveiled a hybrid version of its double-decker Routemaster bus.
LunchBots stainless steel containers have been at the top of my lunch packing list for many years. Now this innovative little company has two new styles to add to their coffer of containers: The Quad and the Trio. Both are perfect for when you want to pack a mix of healthy foods instead of one big sandwich.
Japan looks set to see a new floating wind farm built off the coast of Fukushima, according to a number of recent news reports. Trading company Marubeni plans to develop the wind farm, and the process is set to start next month. The development comes after the near-shore wind farm Kamisu withstood the earthquake and tsunami that devestated the region last year.


  1. Fred Forrest

    Would you comment? I think using atomic naval energy (ships and subs) to generate electricity for the East coast could be a happy solution in order to stop the proliferation of oil and gas pipelines proposals (from Texas to Maine). This could be done now, and save the US in any emergency. We did this in WW2 in Italy. It saved thousands! God Bless you for your goodness!

    • Hi Fred,

      That would be a great short-term solution if it were only possible for the US to commit the naval ships to produce energy because that means basically grounding them to serve as power-plants. I think we need to look into a long-term solution for the energy problem, such as the usual suspects: Wind. solar, geo-thermal etc. but also other sources of energy. Maybe thorium power-plants might be the key. That’s just my 2 cents.

      Thanks for your comment! Good luck and God bless!

      Juan Miguel Ruiz

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