Chevron Corp. and Weyerhaeuser Co. will work together to commercialize the production of biofuels from cellulose-based sources. The companies plan to research and develop technology that can transform wood fiber and other non-food sources of cellulose into economical clean-burning biofuels for cars and trucks. Chevron turned to Weyerhaeuser because of the forest and mill system crops planted on the company’s forest plantations.
The companies believe cellulosic biofuels can become a popular low-carbon alternative transportation fuel. But there are some technical barriers to overcome. “There are several technology hurdles that need to be addressed before large-scale commercialization of cellulosic feedstocks occurs,” says Dave O’Reilly, chairman and CEO of Chevron. “We believe this partnership will accelerate the achievement of that reality.”
There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
Everyone has a MEMS story. For most of us it’s probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps it’s the tire pressure sensor that alerted us about deflation before we were stranded alone on a dark muddy road.
Bioimimicry is not merely a helpful design tool -- it also encourages designers to think not only about how to solve design problems by imitating nature, but how to make the products, materials, and systems they design more ecologically sound and nature-friendly.
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