London-based NetJets Europe has started a Climate Initiative to neutralize carbon emissions from all company activities by 2012. The company is investing in technological innovations designed to bring about changes in the environmental impact of aviation. NetJets is supporting research at Princeton University in an effort to develop an ultra-low emissions jet fuel. “We want to fix the problem, not just mitigate it,” says Mark Booth, chairman and CEO of NetJets Europe. “We are tackling issues in a meaningful way today, but our ultimate objective is to help find a solution to aircraft emissions long term.”
In the effort to find long-term solutions to aviation’s environmental challenges, NetJets is funding the Next Generation Jet Fuel Project at Princeton’s Dept. of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering. The project will identify the most promising ways to develop and commercialize green aviation fuel technology. The project will apply what is being learned in related research on bio-fuels and alternative jet fuels to its business jets with the goal of developing an ultra-low emissions jet fuel.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
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