Archives for the month of: January, 2014

The Solar Impulse solar powered plane has a wingspan of over 60 meters, close in size to that of a Boeing 747, but weighs about as much as a small car. About 12,000 solar cells cover the tops of the wings to generate power for the 40 hp engine, with an average speed of 70 kph (44 mph). The solar powered aircraft conducted its first test flight in 2009 and in 2012 it successfully voyaged from Switzerland to Spain and Morocco. In 2013 the single seat plane traveled across the USA.

The slightly larger design will circumnavigate the globe in the future. The duration is 20-25 total days up in the air with 5 planned stops to allow for changes of pilots. Each pilot goes through a 72 hour simulation in order to prepare their plane-and-pilot endurance of having to cross the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The initial date was set for 2014, but has been pushed to 2015 due to structural failure during static tests.

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For decades, Ferrari has made its name selling the sort of testosterone-packed cars that get petrol heads hot under the collar.

The Italian car-maker is ditching its famous red livery – temporarily at least – as it experiments with going green.

The Ferrari 599, a 200mph electric hybrid vehicle cuts pollution and fuel consumption while retaining the brand’s breathtaking acceleration and performance.

The 599 has the ability to start silently and run on a zero-emissions. The hybrid vehicle – which uses the electric motor to back up a more traditional 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine – even sports a bright metallic green paint to reinforce its environmentally friendly credentials.

Green Halo Ferrari 599 hybridThe two-seater will accelerate from 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds – quicker than the standard version – and to 125mph in 10.4 seconds. Under braking, the electric part of the hybrid system ‘captures’ energy that would otherwise be wasted from braking or slowing down, and uses it to recharge the batteries, which in turn can propel the car by electric power. 

CO2 emissions are cut to 270g/km – a 35 percent reduction on a conventional petrol-only model. It is expected to do up to 25 miles to the gallon, whereas the petrol- only version manages under 16mpg.

A Ferrari spokesman said: ‘ Ferrari has applied its F1 technology to the design, engineering and construction of a new kind of electric motor which also helps optimize the dynamics of the car.’

The aim is to have the green technology as an option across Ferrari’s entire range of cars by 2015.

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Concrete Printing Process developed at Loughborough University in the UK is capable of producing building components with a degree of customization that has not yet been seen. It could create a new era of architecture that is adapted to the environment and fully integrated with engineering function:

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Interview by dezeen magazine:

 3D Printing will revolutionise the way buildings are designed and built – and could herald a new aesthetic, according to Bart Van der Schueren, vice president of Belgian additive manufacturing company Materialise. 

“I do believe that in the not-too-distant future we will be able to print really large-scale architectural objects,” Van der Schueren said. “We will really see it on a level of houses and so on.”

Van der Schueren spoke to Dezeen earlier this year when they visited the leading 3D-printing company Materialise in Belgium as part of their print shift project, which documented cutting-edge developments in the 3D-printing world.

In this previously unpublished extract from the interview, Van der Schueren predicted that 3D printing would first be used to manufacture cladding for buildings, before being used to print structures containing integrated services such as plumbing and electrical conduits.

“You could think of making plastic structural components, which are covered by metals for aesthetic reasons, or [print] insulation [inside] the structure,” he said. “It’s certainly something that I can see developing in the next 5-10 years.”

This will give architects radical new aesthetic freedom, he predicted. “I see certainly in the coming years a development where architects will be able to become more free-form in their design and thinking thanks to the existence of 3D printing.”

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At the start of this year several architects announced plans to build the first 3D-printed house. In January, Dutch firm Universe Architecture unveiled designs for a dwelling resembling a Möbius strip.

Shortly after, London studio Softkill published a proposal for a home made of interlocking fibrous plastic modules. The DUS Architects from Amsterdam announced that they were constructing a canal house in the city, using an on-site printer.

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However, none of these proposals have yet been released.

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Reported by Contra Costa Times:

MARTINEZ, CA. — The Tesoro oil refinery has agreed to pay $472,000 in civil penalties for 35 alleged air pollution violations — some related to a 2010 emission release that triggered shelter in place warnings to neighbors.

The Bay Area Air Quality District reported Wednesday that it reached the settlement with the Tesoro’s Golden Eagle refinery east of Martinez to resolve a series of district violation notices between 2009 and 2011.

Two violation notices were for power failures in 2010 that shut down the refinery, resulting in flaring and smoke that triggered a public shelter in place warning from Contra Costa County’s community warning system.

Since then, Tesoro has improved its power delivery systems, the air pollution district reported.

“This settlement will ensure Tesoro takes responsibility for all systems within its refining process to ensure they do not jeopardize air quality and comply with district regulations,” Jack Broadbent, the district’s executive director, said in a written statement.

Other violations stemmed from a fire during tank maintenance, excessive boiler pollution, excessive hydrogen sulfide, two inaccurate pollution monitors and late emission reports, the air district reported.

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Green Halo Franchise AgreementAs Franchise Agreements are changing, so are the features Green Halo offers to allow you to manage the materials assigned to your Franchise Providers. Green Halo now allows you to set specific Materials to trigger your City’s Franchise Agreement notification, giving you more control over any Materials covered in your Franchise Agreement outside of just Trash and Mixed C&D. Assuring that proper notifications and instructions are given to contractors and businesses that are required to comply with these requirements.

To find out more about this new feature please contact our support staff at any time. Green Halo Systems, recycling today’s resources for tomorrow’s generations.

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Last month at Greenbuild in Philadelphia we had a chance to speak with Dan Burda, President and Owner of Industrial Shredder ( Dan is in the business of selling recycling equipment that processes debris for recycling and reuse with applications and solution for industrial, manufacturing and waste management sectors. Dan is very passionate about the recycling business and has years of experience in the set up and development of materials processing lines for a variety of users. Here’s what Dan had to say:

Can you tell me a little bit about your business background, what you’re currently involved with and the actual position held now?

The Burda family like others in the early 1960’s time frame were pioneering processing equipment for a new industry evolving around recycling. We are known as the Henry Ford of the shear type shredder (one, two and four shaft) and the vertical grinder or vertical shredder, two of the core pieces of equipment used in recycling systems today. The major family groups involved in this pioneering of recycling systems and equipment during this time frame can be counted on your hands; the Newell family, the Williams family, the Panning family, the Kasczmarek family, the Brewer family, the Griesedieck family, and the Gruendler family.

What are the most recent advances in recycling in your industry?

Advances in scrap metal recycling, e-waste recycling, and tire recycling are the three main areas where advances in systems and technology has improved these changing industries.

In your opinion, what are the challenges facing recycling today?

The baseline economics of recycling where everyone in the food chain can make money on a sustained basis at a living wage scale.

What has your company done to face those challenges?

Pioneer the expansion of our manufacturing base in China and India to offer lower cost recycling systems and equipment with western quality that allow for more economical solutions to recycling systems and equipment.

How are the new government regulations affecting recycling?

Any regulation that promotes recycling increases demand for recycling of materials, but mostly the increased need for recycling has been driven by the global demand for materials and the cost of energy. Which means that waste plastic has a value…10 years ago it did not have value.

What new innovations/products/equipment has your company released or is working on that you would like to share?

Many innovations in this field we pioneer and then the world copies. One such major effort is to use lower hp to process waste materials resulting in a lower cost per ton processing cost, and to miniaturize big systems for lower processing rates while still solving the problem of durability of the equipment. In example to be able to process tires at 1 ton per hour vs 10 tons per hour and still achieve the same results in a mini-system.

Where do you see recycling going in the next 12 to 24 months and what do companies need to do to stay current and adapt to the changes that are happening in recycling?

We have been involved in the recycling field for over 50 years and have never seen a down year. Growth in recycling and the needs for recycling will continue to grow the needs of the world and for materials that recycling can offer.

To contact Dan Burda or the Shredder Maker family contact sales at (815) 674-5802 or

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A Wichita, Kan., company that re-refines used motor oil has opened a 12,000-square-foot distribution center at 9262 S. Choctaw Drive, Baton Rouge.

The center will serve Universal Lubricants’ customers in Louisiana and Mississippi, spokeswoman Lynette F. Viviani said. The center will distribute Universal’s branded and proprietary lubricants, which include the Universal and Eco Ultra brands.

The center employs one sales representative and one warehouse woimagesrker/driver.

Universal Lubricants collects used motor oil and removes used-up additives and impurities at the company’s 13-million-gallon re-refinery in Wichita. The result is a “pure base oil” blended with new additives to produce the Eco Ultra line of oil. Products are used by consumers and commerical customers.

The Baton Rouge location is one of 32 facilities Universal Lubricants has nationwide, Viviani said. The local facility is the only one in Louisiana and is not collecting used oil. The amount of Universal’s investment in Baton Rouge was not immediately available.

The United States accounts for roughly 25 percent of the worldwide demand for lubricating oils each year, according to Universal Lubricants, and generates 1.3 billion gallons of used engine oil.

Half of the total comes from transportation and half from industry.

At present, about 880 million gallons is recovered for reuse. The rest is unaccounted for and likely disposed of improperly, damaging the environment, the company says. About 70 percent of the oil gets burned as an industrial fuel, and once that oil is burned it’s gone.

Universal Lubricants says its process offers an ecologically friendly alternative. Re-refining used oil requires about a tenth of the energy to refine crude oil. Re-refining also produces about 35 percent of the environment-impacting emissions that refining crude does.

The average driver who chooses Eco Ultra oil saves eight barrels of foreign crude per year, the company says.

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Ford has unveiled plans for a prototype solar-powered hybrid car.

The Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept has a solar panel system on the roof which tracks the position of the sun. The company said it can draw power equal to a four-hour battery charge.

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The concept car will be on display at CES in Las Vegas before testing begins to see if production is feasible.

Fully charged the car could travel for up to 21 miles powered just on electricity.

The solar panel roof will have a special solar concentrator lens similar to a magnifying glass. The Fresnal lens will follow the movement of the sun from east to west and direct sunlight to the
solar cells which project researchers say boosts the impact of sunlight by a factor of eight.

‘Charging socket’

Ford claim that a day’s worth of sunlight will produce the same performance from the Solar Energi Concept as is given by their conventional plug-in hybrid car. Both vehicles would have the same range of 620 miles.

The concept car – which was developed from a collaboration between Ford, the Georgia Institute of Technology and SunPower Corp, a solar power company – will still have a conventional electrical charging socket so its charge can be topped up from the power grid.

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But Ford claim that by using the solar power system drivers will not be dependent on the grid to use the car.

Research from the company suggests that in future the sun could

power up to 75% of all trips made by an average user in a solar hybrid vehicle.

However, it may be a while before solar panel cars are a common sight on the road, said Damion Smy from Car Magazine.

“What Ford has done here is clever use of solar technology, as it assists battery charging.

“Solar power could be used to run ancillaries, such as air-conditioning, but the limited capability for solar panels means that we won’t see them used as the main power source anytime soon,” he said.

Another car manufacturer reported to be unveiling new technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is Audi. They will be showcasing cars which use the Android operating system, which is normally found on smartphones and tablets, at the event which starts on the 7 January.


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