Environment, Solar

Jinergy Shares Plans for its HJT Solar in CellTech 2018

Speaking yesterday at PV CellTech 2018 in Penang, Malaysia, GM of PV manufacturer Jinergy, said that this year the company will focus on cost reduction. For high-cost materials, such as Ag paste, N-type wafer, and TCO target, the company has cost-reduction plans including developing a new conductive Ag paste and constantly optimizing the use of consumables, he added.

Jinergy is the first PV manufacturer to mass produce HJT solar modules in mainland China. Currently, their average cell mass production efficiency is over 23.27%. The bifacial design of the HJT modules leaves room for a 10% to 30% increase in power generation in different applications, such as concrete floor, grassland, and reflective cloth. The overall generating capacity of these modules is 44% higher than that of regular ones. The power output of HJT 72-cell bifacial modules has exceeded 400W.


Is Recycling in UK Reaching Crisis Point? — News & Blogs

Troubled Times for the UK and European Recycling Sectors There appears to be a distinct disconnect between the political rhetoric and what is actually happening in the waste and recycling sector. In the UK, Theresa May has pledged to eliminate plastic waste by 2042 and the European government has ‘declared war’ on plastic waste setting […]

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Environment, Home

Increasing Awareness about Wildfire-Related Air Quality Issues

More than 10 million acres were burned in fires throughout the US in 2017, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Besides damaging plant life and buildings, fires can also significantly affect air quality.

In a recent report, NPR explained wildfire-related air quality problems and the financial issues many organizations and households face when needing to buy air cleaners. According to NPR, public health departments are giving greater importance to wildfire-related air quality problems as wildfire seasons increase in duration and intensity.

For instance, at the beginning of last year, Missoula County’s Health Department started collaborating with Climate Smart Missoula to provide HEPA air cleaners to seniors before the beginning of the fire season. By summer, they extended the program to include other at-risk residents. To compare, the department’s earlier approach was to issuing advisories warning.

According to Dan Debelius, Group Analyst at industrial researcher Freedonia, “At risk populations, particularly those with respiratory ailments, like asthma and chronic bronchitis, are susceptible to further health issues if exposed to poor quality air. Air treatment can prove invaluable to these people, as it reduces or even eliminates the source of the problem, rather than just treating the symptoms.”

Environment, Water

New Research Examines Impact of Hydropower Development on The Amazon

Hydropower projects are rapidly altering the Andean-Amazon region, according to new research by FIU Institute of Water and Environment, published this week in Science Advances.

The research team studied 302 dams, including 160 proposed dams for rivers draining Andean headwaters of the Amazon. They have compiled a comprehensive database that can show the overall impact of hydropower development on the region. The possible impacts of news dams include loss in river connectivity, impact on fish populations, and permanent alteration of channels and floodplains.

rainforestCommenting on the project, research team leader, professor Elizabeth Anderson from FIU, said, “I hope that by showing the regional trends and that there is widespread river alteration happening, this research can lead to more coordinated development and help to highlight the importance of keeping some rivers free-flowing in the region.”

The research involved 15 institutions from eight countries, conservation organizations, and local governments. The international collaboration for the project has resulted in a new initiative, Rios Vivos Andinos, the purpose of which is to facilitate further examination of freshwater biodiversity, river flows, and human well-being.


Qantas Uses Honeywell’s Mustard Seed-Based Fuel for Trans-Pacific Flight

Honeywell announced yesterday that Qantas Airlines has used its mustard seed-based jet fuel for a 13,000-km flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne. This is the first time such a fuel has been used for a flight between the two countries.

canola-fields-1911392_1280According to Dave Cepla, senior director of Honeywell UOP’s Renewable Energy & Chemicals business, “Honeywell Green Jet Fuel can replace as much as half of the petroleum jet fuel used in flight, without any changes to the aircraft technology, and still meet ASTM specifications.”

Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™ is manufactured from Carinata seeds, a non-edible industrial mustard seed. “Depending on the feedstock, this fuel can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 65 to 85 percent versus petroleum jet fuel,” Dave added.

The seeds for the flight were engineered by Agrisoma Biosciences. Qantas has partnered with Agrisoma to promote Carinata as a commercial aviation fuel crop in Australia. The first harvest of this crop is expected in 2020.