Insights from BCC Research

Potential to Create Electricity from Waste Heat Warms Up

Posted by Clayton Luz on Apr 17, 2017 12:15:00 PM

Thermoelectric technology offers great potential as an alternative and environmentally friendly technology for harvesting and recovering heat, which is then converted into electrical energy using thermoelectric generators. 

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Walk a Mile in These Plant-Sourced Shoes

Posted by Clayton Luz on Apr 13, 2017 11:00:00 AM

These plant-based shoes never need watering. The top of the shoe is made from organic cotton, the sole from industrially grown corn. After you've worn them out, you can compost them.

"We're 'growing shoes' here at Reebok," says Bill McInnis, vice-president of the company' Future Team, which developed the environmentally friendly shoe. "Ultimately, our goal is to create a broad selection of bio-based footwear that can be composted after use. We'll then use that compost as part of the soil to grow the materials for the next range of shoes. We want to take the entire cycle into account; to go from dust to dust."
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Microgrids a Cleaner Response to Renewable Energy Demands

Posted by Clayton Luz on Dec 27, 2016 10:00:00 AM

As utility companies face mounting pressure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the electricity eco-system, microgrids may offer a solution for delivering distributed renewable energy at an affordable cost. A pilot case recently launched in Brooklyn, New York, aims to demonstrate just that.

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Got Gasification? Technology Boosts Cleaner Air Production

Posted by Clayton Luz on Dec 15, 2016 10:00:00 AM
egy106b.jpgImprovements in the efficiency and environmental friendliness of gasifiers, as well as technology modifications, are ramping up use of gasifier technology throughout the United States.
 
One such project, Mississippi Power's energy facility in Kemper County, Miss., began generating its first power using combination of syngas and natural gas in October, according to Power Magazine.
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