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  • Nobel Prize Awarded for Blue LEDs

    7 October 2014, 10:42 am by: Philip Proefrock

    The Nobel Prize in physics this year has been awarded to three scientists, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura, for their work in the development of the blue LED. LEDs were first developed in the early 20th Century, and the first practical,…
  • Fuel-Free Plastics Manufacturing

    6 October 2014, 11:08 am by: Philip Proefrock

    Plastics manufacturing is typically a double consumer of petrochemicals, using them for both feedstock for the products, as well as fuel to provide the needed energy for the process.  But a greener method from LightManufacturing provides a system with low…
  • Navy Demonstrates Fuel From Seawater Production

    7 May 2014, 10:20 am by: Philip Proefrock

    A team of US Navy research scientists has developed a method to produce liquid fuel from seawater, using CO2 and hydrogen extracted from the ocean and then processed with a metal catalyst to produce liquid fuel. As a demonstration of the concept, an unmodified…
  • Ontario Completely Off Coal

    15 April 2014, 11:06 pm by: Philip Proefrock

    The Canadian province of Ontario has officially shut down its last coal burning power plant. Power for the province now comes from “emission-free electricity sources like wind, solar, nuclear and hydropower, along with lower-emission electricity sources like…
  • CETO Produces Wave Power and Freshwater

    12 April 2014, 1:47 pm by: Philip Proefrock

    A new, grid-tied offshore wave energy project called CETO is being readied off the west coast of Australia, near Perth. Carnegie Wave Energy is installing what is called the “first operating wave energy array scheme in the world.” The installation will…
  • Nontoxic Flame Retardants from Whey

    2 April 2014, 11:31 am by: Philip Proefrock

    Whey is generally a waste byproduct from cheese- and yogurt-making. Producers need to find ways to dispose of it, and often it is discharged into wastewater systems. Research at the Polytechnic University of Turin is being done to explore the use of whey as a…
  • Making Bio-Based Rocket Fuel

    27 March 2014, 10:52 am by: Philip Proefrock

    Rocket fuel is the latest in a long line of fuels being developed from bio sources instead of being produced from petrochemicals. Numerous other fuels have been developed from bio-diesel and synthetic gasolines to aviation fuels are now being made from…
  • More Efficient Flight in Formation

    22 January 2014, 9:05 am by: Philip Proefrock

    Many people are very familiar with the V formation used by migrating flocks of birds, and scientists have determined that this is an efficient mode of travel which helps the birds conserve energy, especially on long migratory journeys. But the same concept is…
  • Auto Show – Less Green in 2014

    15 January 2014, 11:26 am by: Philip Proefrock

    As we’ve done for the past several years, EcoGeek went to this year’s North American International Auto Show (the Detroit Auto Show) to see what is new in clean and green transportation. However, this year’s displays continue to move away from a focus on…
  • ​Cheap, Efficient Organic Flow Battery Materials

    12 January 2014, 8:50 pm by: Philip Proefrock

    The science of power storage has a new variety of options and new materials to investigate thanks to some recent developments in the chemistry of materials used in flow batteries. Until now, flow batteries have largely relied on metallic compounds for the…

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