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Your sludge is his plastic. Bissell has developed a technology and a business around converting municipal wastewater sludge into high-performance biodegradable plastics.
Using an exotic form of silicon could substantially improve the efficiency of solar cells, according to computer simulations by researchers at UC Davis and in Hungary. The work was published Jan. 25 in the journal Physical Review Letters.
UC Davis is wringing energy — and hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings — from a former waste product: the water vapor often seen as a fluffy white plume coming out of the campus steam plant.
With more than 100 energy-conservation projects completed since 2009, UC Davis tallied net savings of $4.63 million in energy costs and collected $7.65 million in PG&E rebates through 2012, according to preliminary data in a year-end report.
Nitrogen (N) fertilizers are widely used in modern agriculture. They produce high yields and play an integral role in feeding the global population. Unfortunately, their use in “fertigation” – using fertilizers dissolved in water to irrigate crops – has destructive effects on the environment.
The argument that those who have fuel-efficient cars drive them more and hence use more energy is overplayed and inaccurate, a UC Davis economist and his co-authors say in a comment article published Wednesday in the journal Nature.
1.15.13 — Plastics double danger to marine life
Marine creatures that ingest plastics in the ocean might suffer from a double whammy of the plastic itself and the pollutants those plastics have absorbed while floating in the open seas, according to research led by UC Davis doctoral student Chelsea Rochman.
Well-intentioned children and aquarium hobbyists seeking to “free” their pet fish down a toilet bowl or into a local waterway may inadvertently be contributing to the threat of invasive species downstream, according to a new report from UC Davis.
Chemists at UC Davis have engineered blue-green algae to grow chemical precursors for fuels and plastics — the first step in replacing fossil fuels as raw materials for the chemical industry.