Scottish green chemicals firm launches crowdfunding campaign
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by Paul Marsh
3d ago
Scottish technology-led producer of green chemicals (including biofuels), Celtic Renewables, has launched its latest crowdfunding campaign with Crowdcube aiming to raise a minimum of £2.75 million to boost operational capacity and scale revenue growth. Celtic Renewables is the first in the world to produce and supply green chemicals to lower the carbon footprint of thousands of products like cosmetics, paints and household cleaners, and has recently sent its first production of bioacetone and biobutanol to distribution partner, Caldic, a company that creates bespoke solutions for the food, ph ..read more
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Demolition specialist reports fuel savings with diesel conditioner
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by Paul Marsh
3d ago
Green technology firm SulNOx Group describes a trial of one of its diesel conditioner products. Fuel consumption savings of up to 7.59% have been verified in a three-month series of trials with trucks owned by UK contractors MGL Demolition, part of MGL Group, using the product SulNOxEco Diesel Conditioner. The trial has been followed by MGL Demolition’s purchase of an Intermediate Bulk Container (approximately 1,000 litres capacity) of SulNOxEco through master distributor A&S International (A&S). The company’s evaluation ran from Monday 6 February 2023 to Friday 28 April 2023, and use ..read more
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Soy biodiesel byproduct can be used to make 3D printing filaments
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by Paul Marsh
3d ago
MONG recovered from soy biodiesel processing plants without treatment (Fig. 1a), after acid treatment (Fig. 1b), and after acid+peroxide treatment (Fig. 1c). Image credit: Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, University of Louisville, Louisville 40292, KY, USA. Researchers have discovered a way to transform a significant waste output from soy biodiesel plants into a valuable resource. The team behind it has developed a process to convert matter organic non-glycerol (MONG), a byproduct of biodiesel production, into copolymers suitable for 3D printing filaments. The global demand for renew ..read more
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Nitrous neutralization: Foam canister technology claims a first
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by Paul Marsh
3d ago
Cream whipper siphon. Cambridge start-up Triple Line Technology has created what is seemingly the world’s first eco-friendly compressed gas siphon for tasks such as whipping cream and foaming milk. Unlike the nitrous oxide (N2O) traditionally used as a propellant and foaming agent in food and drink single-use aerosol cans and refillable siphons, Triple Line Technology’s patented TLT-Foamer technology creates zero greenhouse gas emissions during use, as it replaces N20 with sustainable compressed air or nitrogen, explains the firm. N20 is a potent greenhouse gas, with a global warming potential ..read more
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South Crofty Tin Mine is Project of the Year winner at the Pump Industry Awards UK
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by Paul Marsh
3d ago
Pumps manufacturer KSB submitted the South Crofty tin mine project into the Pump Industry Awards UK, with Cornish Metals. In March it was announced the 2024 Project of the Year winner. The mine ceased production in 1998 and was allowed to flood to adit level – circa. 60m from surface. Approximately 8 million cubic metres of water now needs to be removed to enable resumption of tin mining from the deepest levels. Two KSB BSX463/5 950kW borehole pumps were purchased to dewater the mine, each capable of pumping up to 525m³/hr from a maximum depth of 400m. Utilising Variable Speed Drives, both pum ..read more
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The Low Carbon Apprenticeship is a miss-step says renewables training expert
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by Paul Marsh
3d ago
Mark Krull is Director of Logic4training and LCL Awards. Mark Krull criticises the recently launched ‘Low Carbon Apprenticeships’ as a PR exercise that ignores the needs and opportunities in the building services sector. As Director of a leading awarding organisation for renewable qualifications, and “a long-time member of Greenpeace”, he says, “you might be surprised that I’m not a big fan of the new ‘Low Carbon Apprenticeship'”. He explans further, below. While there is no doubt that we need more installers with the skills to fit heat pumps and other renewable technologies (and more new entr ..read more
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Endotoxin detection technology drastically cuts time for assessing water quality, says group
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by Paul Marsh
1w ago
An important advance is claimed for a technology that allows water quality to be assessed in a matter of minutes. The new Bacterisk technology was developed by Molendotech (https://molendotech.com/), a spin-out from The University of Plymouth. It gives an accurate running water quality assessment in the field, seemingly for the first time, with results available in 15 minutes. Historically, water quality testing has taken up to 48 hours and required testing in a laboratory. The Bacterisk kit is portable and can be carried in a briefcase, allowing water utilities and other stakeholders to rapi ..read more
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$3.7m crop lab will create food for ‘tomorrow’s atmosphere today’
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by Paul Marsh
1w ago
Professor Tracy Lawson examines the plants being grown in the vertical farm (image credit: University of Essex). A new $3.7m facility at the University of Essex aims to make it possible to adapt plants for a hotter drier climate, preventing threats to food security, according to the group behind it. It incorporates a vertical farm, an indoor field that replicates real environments anywhere in the globe, and suites that imitate a warming world – with researchers able to raise CO2 concentration and temperature levels at will. Computer plant scanning technology will also be used to monitor plants ..read more
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Flood risk proven by groundwater monitor
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by Paul Marsh
1w ago
The OTT ecoLog 1000 water level logger in situ. West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) in the UK recently refused a planning application on the grounds of flood risk. The proposed development included the construction of just a single dwelling within the village of Standlake. However, local campaigners were able to argue against the proposal with the benefit of groundwater level data provided by a continuous level logger that had been installed in the garden of an adjacent property. Instrumentation firm OTT HydroMet writes. In this case, the developer took occasional manual measurements that ..read more
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104,000 panel solar farm set to power The University of Manchester
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by Paul Marsh
1w ago
The University of Manchester has signed a landmark new deal that will see up to 65% of its electricity demand supplied through a brand-new renewables project. In a major move towards achieving its 2038 zero carbon ambitions, the University has partnered with leading UK clean energy company Enviromena to buy electricity generated from its brand-new solar farm based in Medebridge, Essex. Once complete, Medebridge Solar Farm will comprise 104,000 solar panels across 175 acres of low-grade agricultural land, the equivalent of around 70 football pitches. The site will also create a significant bio ..read more
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