The Future of Solar Energy

Download the document. This study considers only the two widely recognized classes of technologies for converting solar energy into electricity — photovoltaics (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP), sometimes called solar thermal) — in their current and plausible future forms. Because energy supply facilities typically last several decades, technologies in these classes will dominate solar-powered generation …

Using Intelligent Efficiency to Collect and Analyze Nonenergy Benefits Information

Download the document. In this report, we discuss how information technologies and communication networks are enabling new ways of tracking and analyzing the many benefits of saving energy. When stakeholders can quantify the coincident benefits of energy savings and put monetary value on them, they improve the accuracy of their cost-benefit analysis and increase the …

New data summary reports available: Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Fabricated Metals Industry

In 2015, the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR) began a project to analyze data from U.S. EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), Greenhouse Gas Emissions database, and the Census Bureau’s County Business Patterns database to determine the impact of manufacturing on the economy and environment of the six states in U.S. EPA Region 5. The following fact sheets …

Chemical Footprint of Products Commonly Used in Pediatrics Departments

Download the document (free registration required). A new report by Clean Production Action provides the first ever Chemical Footprint of Products Commonly Used in Pediatric Patient Rooms. Hazardous chemicals in products are catalyzing health care organizations to ask suppliers whether or not their products contain these chemicals. This study assessed the chemical footprint – presence …

Promising biobased alternatives to polar aprotic solvents

Read the full story from Wageningen Food & Biobased Research. A report from Wageningen Food & Biobased Research commissioned by RIVM (the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) has revealed a number of promising biobased alternatives to the controversial polar aprotic solvents NMP, DMAc and DMF. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research carried out …

Will people eat relish made from ‘waste’ ingredients? Study finds they may even prefer it

Read the full story from Drexel University. A new Drexel University study found strong potential for consumer acceptance of a new category of foods created from discarded ingredients. The joint research, led by three Drexel professors, Jonathan Deutsch, PhD professor in the Center for Food and Hospitality Management, Hasan Ayaz, PhD, associate research professor in …

Fish exposed to treated wastewater have altered behavior

Read the full story in Science Daily. Researchers have found that fish living downstream from a wastewater treatment plant showed changes to their normal behavior --- ones that made them vulnerable to predator --- when exposed to elevated levels of antidepressant drugs in the water. Related articles D. B. D. Simmons, J. Miller, S. Clarence, …