Category:Environment

October 15th, 2014

Recycling Startup Turns Plastics Into Oil

By Douglas Clark | Comments (0)
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One UK company has introduced technology that successfully turns mixed plastic waste into oil for heat and power plants.

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October 7th, 2014

Canada Turns On the World’s First Commercial-Scale CCS Facility

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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Saskpower officials threw the switch on the new $1.4-billion carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) retrofit. It will reduce CO2 emissions by 90 percent.

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October 3rd, 2014

Sustainable Packaging Symposium 2014
(SPS ’14)

By Idell Bryan | Comments (0)
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SPS’14 focuses on the impact of processes on natural resources, technology innovations, consumer mindsets, and economic interest in new biopolymers.

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August 14th, 2014

New “Bird-Friendly” Wind Turbines Come to California

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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New “shrouded” wind turbines near San Francisco will be tested to determine if they are less lethal to birds and bats than traditional turbines. Plus, they’re more efficient than similar-sized turbines on the market.

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July 24th, 2014

Starting Up the World’s First Retrofitted Carbon Capture Coal Plant

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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When SaskPower’s carbon capture plant is fully operational, it will capture 1 million tons of CO2 a year – about 95% – and have a 110 MW-generating capacity.

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July 14th, 2014

AIChE Apprentice Takes on Potable Water Challenge

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Drinking Water

Alex Avram, a chemical engineering PhD student at UARK who recently joined the three-year AIChE Apprenticeship Program, describes his plans to help communities gain access to potable water.

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July 11th, 2014

Electricity and the Environment

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Fossil fuels will continue to play an important part in electricity generation, and this opens the doors for many opportunities for young chemical engineers.

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June 18th, 2014

Should Greenhouse Gasses Be “Petrified” in Rock?

By Douglas Clark | Comments (0)
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Among the many scenarios for capturing greenhouse gasses, one of the most novel is “petrifying” it in basalt formations. But is it practical?

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May 30th, 2014

Low-Cost Battery an Answer to Solar Storage?

By Douglas Clark | Comments (0)
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A California-based company recently unveiled a new low-cost battery that it claims can compete with the lowest-cost energy storage available.

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May 28th, 2014

Women in Chemical Technology:
Mary Ellen Ternes, Environmental Lawyer

By Douglas Clark | Comments (1)
Mary Ellen Ternes
This entry is part 12 of 13 in the series Women in Chemical Technology

Meet Mary Ellen Ternes, a chemical engineer who now works as an environmental lawyer. Hear the story of her early days working as a chemical engineer in the field and the challenges she faced.

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