The University of New Hampshire (UNH) in Durham, NH, has launched a landfill gas project that pipes enriched and purified gas from a landfill in Rochester to the Durham campus. The renewable, carbon-neutral landfill gas from Waste Management's Turnkey Recycling and Environmental Enterprise facility in Rochester will replace commercial natural gas as the primary fuel for UNH's cogeneration plant. The landfill gas will provide 80 to 85 percent of the university's energy, making UNH the first university in the national to use landfill gas as it primary energy source.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.