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Recycling Robots in Space: Plastics Recycling/3D Printing to Cut Waste Aboard ISS

Waste reduction and recycling efforts can save companies money and produce environmental benefits on earth — do these benefits extend to space? NASA, with help from aerospace technology company Tethers Unlimited, aims to find out. The Washington-based company has won a contract to test its recycling/3D printing system aboard the … Read more »

GE-Statoil Challenge

Meet the Technologies GE, Statoil Say Will Revolutionize Oil & Gas Water Management

The latest technologies poised to reduce water usage in onshore oil and gas production, according to General Electric and Statoil, include a water treatment via a nano-sponge, ice crystals and an evaporator tornado, as well as high-powered laser beams that make pipes super water repellent. Managing water is one of … Read more »

NASA ERA project

NASA Technologies Could Save Airlines Billions, Cut Pollution 75%

Donald Trump’s plane violating UK carbon emissions rules may have snagged the bulk of the aviation-emissions headlines last week, but an announcement by NASA may prove to be even bigger than the presidential hopeful’s ego. NASA says US airlines could save more than $250 billion, cut airline fuel in half … Read more »

Google Street View

Google Street View Cars Monitor Air Pollution

Google has partnered with environmental sensor networks company Aclima to better monitor and understand air pollution in urban areas. The partnership equipped three Google Street View cars with Aclima’s mobile sensing platform and took measurements of nitrogen dioxide, nitric oxide, ozone, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, methane, black carbon, particulate matter, … Read more »

Boeing ecoDemonstrator

Boeing ecoDemonstrator 757 Expands Environmental Technologies Testing

Boeing has announced the next phase in ecoDemonstrator 757 testing, including the first flight with US-made “green diesel” and two new environment-related technologies. Among more than 15 technologies on the 757, Boeing has begun testing solar and thermal energy harvesting to power electronic windows, as a way to reduce wiring, … Read more »

Green Chemistry

Nike, NASA Bring Green Chemistry Ideas to Market

A low-cost, low-energy process for treating high-salinity industrial wastewater and affordable biodegradable plastics produced from methane are among the 10 winners of a green chemistry challenge co-sponsored by Nike and NASA. The latest system Challenge initiated by Launch — an open innovation platform founded by NASA, Nike, the US Agency … Read more »

Boeing ecoDemonstrator

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 »

Farmers Fight Coca-Cola Over Groundwater

In Mehadiganj village, Uttar Pradesh state, India, the lack of groundwater has set farmers against a local Coca-Cola bottling plant, as both vie for the dwindling resource, according to Bloomberg. In August, Coca-Cola abandoned a $24 million expansion plan for the site, citing delays in permits to extract more water, … Read more »

Pureti Offers Pollution-Lowering Spray for Facilities

Pureti, A US company with facilities in Michigan and Connecticut, is offering a group of spray-on products that it says can make any surface self-cleaning while also lowering air pollution in the vicinity, according to Newsweek. At the heart of the products is titanium oxide, also known as titania. When … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: GHG Rules, EU ETS, Lightweight Metals

The EPA is issuing a notice of data availability in support of its proposed greenhouse gas rules for new power plants. The NODA asks for comment on the EPA’s interpretation of the provisions in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, including limits on the EPA’s authority to rely on information from … Read more »