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Does shale gas mean cheap gas?

by ENER-G  (Sep. 11, 2014)

What is the true impact of shale gas extraction in the UK? Swathes of the British population are against fracking (the process of releasing natural gas trapped within shale rock formations) due to its perceived visual impact and environmental concerns. Two out of three of the main political parties apparently support further exploration and ...

Why Closing a Power Plant Could Be Part of Austin`s Water Solution

by Ceres  (Sep. 2, 2014)

The funny thing about Walter E. Long Lake is that most people don't know it exists. The lake, tucked into a rural-feeling part of Northeast Austin is big, by Austin standards. It can hold more water than Austin's two central city lakes -- Lake Austin and Lady Bird Lake -- combined. It was created to host a power plant, which it's done for for ...

PE-Recycling at its very best

by WEIMA Maschinenbau GmbH  (Aug. 5, 2014)

The Pipelife Group is a leading manufacturer of plastic pipe systems in Europe. The company's flagship products are created at its Stathelle facility in Norway, where PE pipeline pipes hundreds of meters long and up to 2.50 meters in diameter are produced for use throughout the world. Since the beginning of this year, production waste that ...

Denmark’s Near-Zero-Waste Wonder

by Ensia  (Jul. 21, 2014)

Has this Danish community found the formula for environmentally friendly industry? When we look closely at systems in nature — coral reefs or rainforests, for instance — we see something we don’t often see in human systems: mutually beneficial relationships and energy flows among the various elements, such as air, water, rocks, ...

Energy efficiency in water distribution systems – a path to an ideal network: AGS experience

by IWA Publishing  (Aug. 6, 2014)

Infrastructure asset management (IAM) gave a step forward in Portuguese water utilities due to recent legal obligations in developing IAM plans. An effort was made by AGS (Administração e Gestão de Sistemas de Salubridade, S.A.), private operator in 17 water utilities, to achieve a higher level of managing data. Data ...

Reducing Energy`s Water Footprint, Driving a Sustainable Energy Future

by IWA Publishing  (Jun. 16, 2014)

Water is an essential natural resource that impacts all aspects of life: Clean and abundant supplies of water are vital for supporting the production of food, public health, industrial and energy development, and a healthy environment. Water is an integral part of energy extraction, production, and generation. It is used directly in hydroelectric ...

The Emerging Power of Microgrids

by GLOBE Foundation  (Jul. 3, 2014)

Over many decades, the centralized power grid — a one-way flow of electricity, generated by large, remote power plants and distributed over miles of transmission lines to homes and businesses — succeeded in delivering electricity across continents to billions. But in recent years the system’s shortcomings have become increasingly ...

More to Scrubber Pumps than Meets the Eye

by DESMI A/S  (Jul. 2, 2014)

One component, in particular, needs to be carefully selected to ensure safe and efficient sulphur removal. The time is now Shipowners are having to move fast to change fuel type to distillate fuel or LNG, or to install the exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGC systems) known as scrubbers. They’re reacting to new sulphur emission legislation set ...

Questions and answers on the Commission Communication `Towards a Circular Economy` and the Waste Targets Review

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Jul. 2, 2014)

What is a circular economy? A circular economy preserves the value added in products for as long as possible and virtually eliminates waste. It retains the resources within the economy when a product has reached the end of its life, so that they remain in productive use and create further value. It may involve: Increasing the time products ...

Is China a market? A partner? A competitor? Yes. Yes. And yes.

by GLOBE Foundation  (Jun. 6, 2014)

Daily media reports on China are laden with coverage on both 1) massive resource-intensive industries and their devastating pollution footprints causing health scares, environmental protests, and economic constraints, and 2) debate on whether China will (or will not) be able to rejig the economic model onto a more sustainable footing amid ...

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