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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.

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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High-Performance Green Batteries

As much as we may love our electronic gadgets, most of us are less than enamoured of the batteries that power those phones, music players, cameras and computers. It’s not uncommon to replace the battery several times before the device has served out its useful life. Along with expense and inconvenience, too many of those batteries are not properly...

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Pollution clean-up, energy recovery in one system

Controlling emissions from process industries and district heating plants generally leads to increased energy consumption and higher costs. To be sure, the pollution burden is lessened, but nobody gains when heat is released to the great outdoors. However, an integrated pollution control system that also recovers heat achieves the dual goals of environmental clean-up and energy efficiency. Such systems...

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A crazy chair

It’s been claimed that the IKEA catalogue is second only to the Bible among the world’s most widely distributed publications. Whether that particular factoid is true or not, the guide to affordable design put out by Sweden’s leading home furnishings retailer—with an annual circulation of about 100 million in some 40 different editions—has a huge readership. From modest beginnings...

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Nanotechnology – a toolkit with many practical application areas

After 30 years’ research in the field of nanoscience, there are today more than 200 products on the market which have been developed using this technology. The particles have long been used in coloured glass, but they are also increasingly being used as colour in tyres, paints, concrete, UV-filters in sunscreen products and in cosmetics. Nano surfaces which repel...

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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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