On Earth Day this year, the Zaandam cruise ship of the Holland America Line set sail from Vancouver, B.C., with revamped emission technology. In cooperation with several U.S. and Canadian government and regulatory agencies, the cruise line launched a technology demonstration project designed to show the feasibility of using sea water to “scrub” or reduce engine emissions on ocean-going vessels. “This is a ship like no other in the cruise industry,” says Stein Kruse, president and CEO of Holland America Line. “After studies and modifications of the ship’s new test emissions technology, it could dramatically change not only the cruise industry, but the entire maritime industry by reducing ship engine emissions.”
The sea water scrubber system was developed by Krystallon, a subsidiary of BP. It uses the natural chemistry of seawater to remove virtually all sulfur oxide, as well as significantly reduce particulate matter emissions. The sea water is then treated to remove harmful components while the calcium carbonate in seawater renders the sulfur oxides harmless by converting them to sulfates and neutral salts.
The Holland America Zaandam sailed green on Earth Day.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.