While the media has given a lot of attention to "going green," consumers are a bit ho-hum, according to Yankelovich research. In a survey of 2,763 consumers, the firm found only 34 percent are more concerned about environmental issues than a year ago. Fewer than 22 percent believe they can make a difference with it comes to the environment. "Consumers are not drinking the Kool-Aid when it comes to green," says J. Walker Smith, president of Yankelovich. "While they're highly aware of environmental issues due to the glut of media attention, 'going green' in their everyday life is not a big concern or high priority." The survey shows only 13 percent of respondents have a passionate interest in the environment, while 48 percent are either unmoved or simply don't care.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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