An international study led by researchers from the Center for Scientific Research of Yucatan in Mexico is investigating the potential of the Cocoyol palm fruit as a feedstock for producing solid biofuel and advanced composite materials. Researchers have begun conducting biomimicry tests to better understand the fruit and how it could be used to its full potential.
Lehigh Technologies has begun production at its new micronized rubber powder plant in Navarra, Spain, where the company will transform used tires and post-industrial rubber into micron-scale powders to be used by goods manufacturers. Lehigh will be able to produce more than 11,000 tons of micronized rubber powder each year at the facility.
A prototype of a 240-square-foot tiny house created by the UN and Yale University will be on display at the UN Plaza in New York City through today. The Ecological Living Module was built with renewable materials that were locally sourced and is powered by renewable energy.
Officials from Environment Massachusetts and the SouthCoast Chamber of Commerce are seeking state lawmaker support for wind energy by asserting that wind energy projects can create jobs, stimulate economic development and improve air quality in the state. "We have to work together as a region to do everything we can to support those jobs," adds Rick Kidder, president of the chamber.
Performance reviews can be nerve-wracking for leaders, especially when constructive criticism is required, Gerry Valentine writes. It's best to offer examples of specific, recent situations when making corrective feedback, he argues.
Land-based and offshore wind turbine manufacturers alike are ramping up the pace of innovation in hopes of driving down costs and gaining a leg up when it comes to competitive bidding rounds, says MAKE Consulting. The company's report notes that the trend is leading to the "unprecedented growth" of larger turbine models.
Utility and non-utility demand for renewables such as wind continues to climb as costs fall, said John Hensley, senior director of industry data and analysis at the American Wind Energy Association. He noted that power purchase agreements between wind farms and corporate buyers hit a multi-year high in the first quarter of 2018.
Ohio is uniquely positioned to become a competitive player in the renewables industry, said Talan Products CEO Steve Peplin. Retired Vice Admiral Lee Gunn, vice chairman of the Center for Naval Analyses' Military Advisory Board, said that the US "should seize the high ground" regarding "advanced energy."
Alliant Energy has selected Invenergy to build the 210-megawatt Richland Wind Farm in Sac County, Iowa, which will likely begin operations in 2020. Alliant says the project will infuse "tens of millions of dollars" into the area's economy and create more than 150 jobs in construction.
NextEra Energy has begun preparing a site in Audubon County, Iowa, for its Heartland Divide Wind Energy Center and will begin construction later this month, says Mitch Rydl, an engineer with the county. Turbine delivery is scheduled for October.