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.