Day: June 11, 2021

Can fisheries benefit from biodiversity and conserve it, too?

Read the full story from Simon Fraser University.

A new study reveals the trade-offs of fish biodiversity — its costs and benefits to mixed-stock fisheries — and points to a potential way to harness the benefits while avoiding costs to fishery performance.

To guide future growth, Bob’s Red Mill adds two

Read the full story at Food Business News.

Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods has hired two individuals to guide its future growth as an organization committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of equity and inclusion, as well as taking a leadership role in environmental best practices.

Argonne partners with Chilean company SQM to better understand lithium life cycle

Read the full story from Argonne National Laboratory.

A groundbreaking collaboration with one of the world’s largest producers of lithium will yield critical insights into the lithium production process and how it relates to environmental sustainability.

What’s the buzz? Magnetic properties for more energy-efficient computer chips

Read the full story at Centered.

Magnetostriction is a property of magnetic materials that causes fluorescent lights and electrical transformers to buzz. This property causes the materials to change shape or dimensions as the magnetic field changes. 

Magnetostriction also plays a big part in a new material that could lead to more energy-efficient computing. The research team that developed the material is led by the University of Michigan, and researchers from the University of Wisconsin and Purdue University also are participating.

The new material is twice as magnetostrictive and much cheaper than similar materials. It could contribute to magnetostrictive chips, which would cut the energy consumption of a wide range of electronics from cell phones to huge data centers.

Tomorrow Water awarded USDA SBIR grant to develop eco-friendly solution for recycling keratin from livestock rendering waste

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Tomorrow Water, an innovative total solution provider of water treatment technologies and eco-friendly waste management solutions, has been awarded a highly competitive Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) grant by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The funding will support the development of its environmentally friendly technology that extracts and upcycles valuable keratin from discarded animal rendering waste. This new technology is one of the many innovations created by Tomorrow Water in its pursuit of a “clean and beautiful world beyond waste.” 

Congestion pricing could shrink car size

Read the full story from Washington State University.

Rush hour will likely return when pandemic lockdowns lift, but a new study suggests that congestion pricing — policies that charge tolls for driving during peak hours — could not only cure traffic jams but also convince motorists it is safe to buy smaller, more efficient cars.

Andrew Zimmern’s latest culinary endeavor: Tackling food waste in America

Read the full story at Waste360.

In a recent conversation with Waste360, Zimmern discussed the proliferation of food waste in America, his observations while traveling and some tips about how to reduce food waste at home.

BASF, RWE partner on sustainability solutions for industrial production

Read the full story from ESG Today.

Chemical and materials company BASF and renewable energy-focused power provider RWE announced today a new collaboration aimed at developing new technologies for climate protection in industrial production.

The companies presented a project idea aiming to electrify the production processes for basic chemicals, which are currently based on fossil fuels. The project envisions an additional offshore wind farm with a capacity of 2 gigawatts (GW) to provide BASF’s Ludwigshafen chemical site with green electricity and enable CO2-free production of hydrogen.

Steam crackers play a central role in the production of basic chemicals and require a significant amount of energy to break down hydrocarbons into olefins and aromatics, with reactions conducted at temperatures of approximately 850 degrees Celsius. BASF recently announced an agreement with chemical company SABIC and industrial gases company Linde to develop and demonstrate solutions for electrically heated steam cracker furnaces, in a bid to significantly reduce CO2 emissions within the chemical industry. To advance the joint project, the CEOs of BASF and RWE have signed a letter of intent covering a wide-ranging cooperation for the creation of additional capacities for renewable electricity and the use of innovative technologies for climate protection.

ADM announces successful completion of one million metric ton carbon capture and storage project

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 ADM and the University of Illinois announced today the successful completion of the Illinois Basin – Decatur Project (IBDP), a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project designed to evaluate and test the technology at commercial scale. This is one of two CCS projects located adjacent to ADM’s corn processing plant in Decatur, Illinois.

The first-of-its-kind project was primarily funded through the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC) by the U.S. Department of Energy – National Energy Technology Laboratory with the goal to confirm the ability of the Mt. Simon Sandstone to accept and store one million metric tons of carbon dioxide over a period of three years, the equivalent of annual emissions from about 1.2 million passenger cars according to EPA calculations. Working together through the MGSC, the Illinois State Geological Survey at the University of Illinois designed, implemented, and monitored the project and ADM was the host and operator.

Ocean Spray collaborates with Bryce Corporation for store drop-off recyclable packaging solution

Read the news release from Bryce Corporation.

The first Store Drop-off recyclable stand-up-pouch solution for Bryce and Ocean Spray will be available for Ocean Spray Craisins® dried cranberries.

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