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Manufacturers to EPA: Chemicals Can’t Be Included in New Rule

Automakers, aircraft manufacturers, chemical companies and other manufacturers have told the EPA that widely used chemicals — nonylphenols and nonylphenol ethoxylates — can’t be included in a proposed significant new use rule, Bloomberg reports. “Many of the NP and NPE Chemical Abstracts Service numbers listed in the proposed SNUR are … Read more »

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GE Joins Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium

General Electric is the newest member of a research consortium working to develop sustainable alternative fuels. The Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium was founded by the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, together with Etihad Airways, Boeing, and Honeywell UOP to develop a clean, alternative fuel supply for the … Read more »

Major Companies Join Advanced Composites Manufacturing Partnership

Volkswagen, Ford, BASF, Dow Chemical and General Electric are among the 57 companies participating in the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), a public-private partnership aimed at creating jobs and boosting manufacturing within the automotive, wind turbine and compressed gas storage industries. The new Institute, announced by President Obama … Read more »

NTSB: Battery Defect Cause of Boeing 787 Fire

Defects in design and certification were responsible for a lithium-ion battery fire on a parked Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Boston last January, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s final report on the incident. The fire prompted an immediate grounding of Dreamliners by the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as … Read more »

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Boeing ecoDemonstrator Tests Green Technology

The Boeing ecoDemonstrator 787 has begun flight testing more than 25 technologies aimed at improving aviation’s environmental performance. This new round of testing, using 787 Dreamliner ZA004, will evaluate software and connectivity technologies related to operational efficiency, remote sensors to reduce wiring, aerodynamic and flight control improvements for greater fuel … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: Boeing, Indianapolis, SCT Fleet Solutions

Boeing and Commercial Aircraft of China have opened a demonstration facility that will turn waste cooking oil into aviation biofuel. The two companies estimate that 500 million gallons of biofuel could be made annually in China from used cooking oil. Indianapolis will deploy the largest municipal fleet of electrified vehicles … Read more »

Boeing to Recycle Dreamliner Carbon Fiber

Boeing and Russell Brands are teaming up to recycle excess carbon fiber from 787 Dreamliner production into protective athletic gear. The companies are expanding on a previous collaboration where 787 carbon fiber is placed into Russell Athletic’s CarbonTek football shoulder pad system. Boeing currently markets surplus factory materials to meet the … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: Volvo, Renault-Nissan, Mitsubishi, Greenlots, BMW

Volvo Trucks’ 2016 VN series highway tractors will offer greater fuel savings compared with previous generation models. Sculpting of airflow around the exterior and underneath the hood improves fuel efficiency by up to 3.5 percent, and Volvo’s new XE-Adaptive Gearing and Torque Management options can provide fuel efficiency improvements of … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: VW, Navistar, SpiceJet, Zenith, Avolon, Boeing

Volkswagen of America has announced providers of charging services for its e-Golf models. Bosch Automotive Service Solutions will be the charging station (pictured) and installation services partner for the e-Golf and ChargePoint will provide VW branded stations to all e-Golf dealerships and access to the largest network of public EV charging … Read more »

EPA to Fund Sustainability Projects at 21 Businesses

The EPA, through its Small Business Innovation Research program, announced July 14 that it will fund projects at 21 businesses for them to develop and commercialize innovative, sustainable technologies to address current environmental issues. The businesses are located across 15 states, with $2 million in funds being provided by the … Read more »

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Amyris Biofuel to Power GOL International Flights

Amyris has partnered with Brazilian airline GOL to begin the first commercial route with farnesane, a renewable jet fuel that was approved for use last month. GOL has committed to fly its Boeing 737 fleet with up to a 10 percent blend of the biofuel on its US to Brazil … Read more »

Fish Consumption Prompts Stricter Water Quality Rule

Boeing and other Washington state-based companies say proposals to limit toxic pollutants in Washington waters may drive business out of the state. At issue is the state’s efforts to boost the current fish consumption rate, which will drive higher water quality standards, the Associated Press reports. The regional head of … Read more »