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Game-changing clean technologies to watch in 2019

Game-changing clean technologies to watch in 2019
From the harrowing IPCC report on global warming to cases of whales dying after ingesting many kilograms of plastic, 2018 was rife with stories underlining the importance of clean technology. So, what will 2019 have in store for the cleantech industry? Here, Matthew Stone, CEO of cleantech investment company US Cleantech, explores three clean technologies set to change the game in 2019.
10th January 2019

Californian company lowers its carbon footprint with renewable diesel

Californian company lowers its carbon footprint with renewable diesel
Ecology, a transportation and logistics company in California, has switched its fleet of more than 600 trucks to run on Neste MY Renewable Diesel and is reporting cleaner fuel filters, fewer maintenance problems and reductions in tailpipe emissions.
7th November 2018

Helping plants in the face of climate change

Helping plants in the face of climate change
As the world heats up, plants face a dilemma – the same tiny holes they have to open to exchange gases also let out water. They can close the holes, called stomata, to stay hydrated in hotter, drier conditions but, in doing so, may miss out on critical carbon dioxide. The question for the Bergmann Lab at Stanford University is how this dilemma will play out as increasing portions of the world’s plants experience consistently warmer, drier environments.
7th September 2018


Material formed from crab shells could replace cling film

Material formed from crab shells could replace cling film
From liquid laundry detergent packaged in cardboard to compostable plastic cups, consumer products these days are increasingly touting their sustainable and renewable origins. Now researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have created a material derived from crab shells and tree fibres that has the potential to replace the flexible plastic packaging used to keep food fresh.
23rd July 2018

Using waste plastic as material for fuels and plastics

Using waste plastic as material for fuels and plastics
Neste has explored ways to introduce liquefied waste plastic as a future raw material for fossil refining. The aim of the development project is to proceed to industrial scale trial during 2019. The company’s target is to process annually more than one million tons of waste plastic by 2030. "Neste has been ranked the world's second most sustainable company and we are already the world's largest producer of renewable diesel from waste and residues."
18th July 2018

Recycling your TV during the World Cup 2018

Recycling your TV during the World Cup 2018
With the World Cup around the corner and OLED TVs a popular purchase, Veolia has received 65% more flat screen TVs at its recycling facility in Shropshire. This equates to 10,500 more compared with this time last year. Using advanced robotics technology 'ROBOTELE' expertly dismantles old TVs into new.
13th June 2018

A more accurate way to estimate climate change

A more accurate way to estimate climate change
It doesn’t matter if it’s a forest, a soybean field, or a prairie, all plants take up carbon dioxide during photosynthesis – the process where they use sunlight to convert water and carbon dioxide into food. During this changeover, the plants emit an energy 'glow' that is not visible to the human eye, but can be detected by satellites in space. Now, researchers at the University of New Hampshire have taken that one step further.
6th June 2018

Electronic waste to increase to 52.2mmt by 2021

Electronic waste to increase to 52.2mmt by 2021
Electronic waste - or ‘e-waste’ - refers to all items of electrical and electronic equipment and its parts that have been discarded by its owner as waste without the intent of reuse. Concerned that the amount of e-waste generated is expected to increase substantially over the next few decades, OnRecycle.co.uk delved deeper into the issue. They analysed 2018 data released by Gov.uk, concerning Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, which outlines the household e-waste collected in the UK throughout 2017.
5th June 2018

How large businesses can benefit from renewable energy

How large businesses can benefit from renewable energy
According to Apple, the large green spaces, wellness centre and 805,000 square-feet of solar panels at its second campus makes it the best office in the world. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete industrial parts supplier, EU Automation, explains how large businesses can benefit from renewable energy. Apple Campus Two, also known as the Spaceship, generates all of the energy required to power the 175-acre campus with renewable sources.
26th March 2018

British Science Week aims to tackle plastic pollutions with drones

British Science Week aims to tackle plastic pollutions with drones
For some time now, plastic pollution has been at the forefront of the environmental news agenda, but it’s only in the last few years where governments, corporations and the everyday consumer have come together to ramp up their efforts and face this problem head on. Most recently, restaurant chains and supermarkets have confirmed their commitment to reducing the level of plastic in their products, while governments have urged people to recycle more vigorously.
13th March 2018


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