Workplace

Many companies have adopted a proactive approach to the environment, with the aim of utilizing natural resources more efficiently and reducing the environmental impact of production processes, transportation and products. From green chemistry to nanotechnology, any number of fields present opportunities for dramatic environmental improvements.

Fluid Filtering Improves Shop Efficiency

Recent years have seen considerable progress on lessening the environmental impacts of metalworking shops, specifically from the hazardous mix of cutting fluid and metal shavings that’s a byproduct of lathing, grinding and cutting machines. Sweden’s Mercatus is a leader in systems that continuously filter cutting fluid and compress waste metal particles into briquettes for recycling. The company says it...

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An Electric Hybrid for Forestry

Hear the term “forwarder” and you might think of a company that handles freight shipments. But in forestry, a forwarder is tractor-like machine that transports raw timber from the felling site out to a road for collection by a truck. It’s a critical element of the highly mechanized and efficient forest products industry found throughout Scandinavia. The Swedish company...

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Fume Extraction for a Cleaner Workplace Environment

Air pollution is a problem indoors as well as out. In the workplace, it might be welding gases, engine exhaust in a repair shop, fumes from quick-starting emergency-response vehicles or the oily fog from cutting fluids in a mechanical workshop. The Swedish company Nederman offers solutions to indoor air pollution and much more. Indoor environmental regulations get tougher by...

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Swedish Biogas Technology Online in S. Korea

In a pollution-reduction trifecta that promises to stand as a model for other alternative energy projects in Asia, the Swedish company Scandinavian Biogas Fuels has begun operation of a new plant in South Korea that will convert sewage and food wastes into fuel for industrial processes. SBF says the plant, located in the industrial port city of Ulsan, will...

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Breathing New Life into Large Batteries

A unique new battery regeneration process known as Macbat Midi is giving a family-owned company from the Swedish province of Värmland visions of a potentially enormous international market. By giving new life to aging lead-acid batteries, Macbat cuts lead waste and saves energy. Macbat founder Åke Johansson bought the patent for the process, which is based on a combination...

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Innovative Software for Greener Computers

Green IT is often associated with making more energy efficient computers and TVs, removing environmentally hazardous components, and properly handling junked electronics. From an environmental standpoint, software doesn’t get the same attention as hardware. But innovative applications can cut down requirements for processing power and memory consumption, reducing energy consumption and increasing information storage capacity. Oricane AB, based in...

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New Scanner for Biomass Chemical Analysis

It may not be as glamorous as a bank of solar photovoltaic arrays or a windmill park gracefully extracting energy from shifting air masses, but simply improving the efficiency of biomass combustion may well represent a more significant alternative to fossil fuels. About 11 to 14 percent of all the energy used worldwide comes from plant-based sources such as...

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New Fertilizer Cuts Pollution

Traditional fertilizers contain inorganic nitrate or ammonia ions as a source of the nitrogen that all plants require for healthy growth. But the nitrate ions’ negative charge allows them to leach into the soil, eventually reaching local streams and lakes. The rapid expansion of oxygen-consuming organisms can eventually lead to an ecosystem dominated by anaerobic bacteria that are deadly...

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Greener Cellulose Chemistry

A single paper mill can use several thousand tons of chemicals each year in bringing forth the specialized characteristics of cellulose. Through a chemical process known as esterification – a chemical reaction between an acid and alcohol – various chemicals are bound to cellulose molecules. The result is modified cellulose with desirable technical characteristics. A problem with traditional paper-making...

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Cutting greenhouse gas emissions from foundries

Some 325,000 tons of steel parts are cast each year in Swedish foundries, with the automotive and machine tools industries as the largest markets. Engine blocks, brake drums, pump housings and countless thousands of other products are manufactured in one-use casting forms made from sand, bentonite clay binder and hard coal powder. It’s been several decades since the discovery...

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The Swedish project Advantage Environment provides information about existing and future products designed to reduce environmental impacts.

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