General Motors has finalized the production process for its
compressed natural gas-(CNG) powered Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size
vans. The automaker plans to deliver these vehicles with a fully integrated and
dedicated GNC fuel system to its fleet customers this fall.
The vans are designed to meet all Environmental Protection
Agency and California Air Resources Board emission certification requirements,
and will be fully compliant with applicable vehicle safety standards, according
Green Fan Cord Reduces Energy Costs
GardTec Inc. of Racine, WI has introduced a thermostatically
controlled AC Green Fan Cord designed to reduce energy costs while extending
the life of the fan. Thermostatic control is critical, since most industrial
fans operate 24/7, according to GardTec. As the ambient temperature rises from
continual use, the circuit component life is reduced by up to 45 percent for
each additional 10-12 degrees rise.
The Green Fan Cord was designed to easily replace an
existing cord, requiring no wiring, circuit boards, control boxes or design
changes. The company says that multiple fans can be controlled with a single
Green Fan Cord thermostat without additional controls.
Nissan Rolls out Zero-Emissions Leaf
Nearly 17,000 U.S. consumers have
already placed orders for Nissan's all-electric, zero-emission Leaf, which will be available to consumers in
December in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee. These areas
were chosen because they're home to the EV Project, an initiative to create a
charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. Nissan says the Leaf's
lithium-ion battery pack will carry a warranty of eight years or 100,000 miles.
Nissan also released data on the
consumers who have placed orders for the Leaf. Reasons for ordering the
all-electric vehicle included a desire for U.S. energy independence (35
percent), environmental consciousness (34 percent) and cost/fuel economy (20
In a world that's going green, industrial operations have a problem: Their processes involve materials that are potentially toxic, flammable, corrosive, or reactive. If improperly managed, this can precipitate dangerous health and environmental consequences.
The 3D printing revolution seems to have a knack for quickly moving technology ahead by way of collaborative effort and even a little friendly competition -- all of course in the name of scientific advancement.
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