BTG and GoodFuels exploring options for joint investment to convert pyrolysis oil to low-carbon fuel for ships

Biomass technology group BTG plans to set up a new high-tech technology company that can convert crude pyrolysis oil into diesel fuel suitable for the shipping sector. It will be the first refinery in the world for an advanced marine biofuel based on pyrolysis oil. The new facility will be operated by a new company named BTG-neXt. In the first phase, BTG-neXt will focus on building a pilot refinery for converting pyrolysis oil into 100% sustainable marine biodiesel for ships, in order to demonstrate that continuous production is feasible. Pyrolysis oil is made from biomass-based residues such as sawdust and roadside grass cuttings and is a sustainable alternative for replacing fossil fuels. Crucially, the new fuels will not make any concessions in terms of the sustainability of feedstocks. The new demonstration facility has a planned production capacity of a modest 1,000 tons of advanced marine fuel per year, with plans, if deemed successful, to scale up, in order to support the industry in meeting International Maritime Organisation (IMO) targets of a 50% reduction in Greenhouse Gas emissions by 2050, equivalent to an 85% reduction per vessel. This initial capacity is sufficien...

When you think of cities filled with neon signs, Las Vegas probably comes to mind. But

When you think of cities filled with neon signs, Las Vegas probably comes to mind. But at one time, Vancouver was known as the “Neon Capital of Canada.”  Alan Goldman produced Glowing in the Dark in 1997. The documentary film originally premiered at the Museum of Vancouver. It took a close look at Vancouver’s fabulous era of neon signs and how they shaped the cityscape.  Now after more than 20 years, the film is making a comeback as part of a series at Vancouver’s Pacific Cinematheque on the history of B.C. film. “Unfortunately, we haven’t really learned some of the lessons that I wish we would have learned in Vancouver,” Goldman said.  While many of the biggest and most decadent signs were gone by 1997, the large majority of the small signs are now  gone as well, says Goldman. “We continue to forget about this rich urban past that we’ve had … I think Vancouver, in particular, isn’t so good about remembering its history.” In the 1950s, there was more neon in Vancouver per capita than just about anywhere in the world, according to Goldman.  “I started to think, why aren’t we celebrating this? R...

Best of @SEMASHOW in Las Vegas: Ford, Honda, Acura, Volkswagen, Borg Warner, DRiV & More

SEMA the automotive trade-only show which opens tomorrow in Las Vegas has many mods, prods and new product showcases. Scanning the products will direct buyer to the location of the products. We’ve rounded-up the latest announcements to make it easier for our readers to figure out what to see. Cars and other equipment from Ford, Honda, Acura, Volkswagen, Borg Warner, GEARWRENCH and Cedar Electronics. XING Mobility will be a Camaro EV conversion. The Ram 1500 Rebel OTG (Off The Grid) debuts at SEMA 2019 tomorrow. The Ford display represents the largest original equipment manufacturer exhibit at the 2019 SEMA show with Ford Out Front, one of the top attractions featuring performance vehicles being showcased live on a closed track. Here’s a preview of the F-150s and Mustangs that are part of the more than 50 customized vehicles Ford is displaying at this year’s SEMA show: This off-road 2020 Ford F-150 Lariat Sport Crew Cab will leave the competition in the dust, literally. This truck is ready for your full-sized adventure, packed with Ford Performance Parts that will have you feeling right at home off the beaten path. A Fox-tuned by Ford Performance off-road suspension leveling kit ...

EVSC teachers spends hundreds on classroom supplies. Things are about to change.

Come August,  EVSC teachers will no longer have to expense $400-$500 of their own money to supply their classrooms. Welcome to our new and improved comments, which are for subscribers only. This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you. You do not need a Facebook profile to participate. You will need to register before adding a comment. Typed comments will be lost if you are not logged in. Please be polite. It’s OK to disagree with someone’s ideas, but personal attacks, insults, threats, hate speech, advocating violence and other violations can result in a ban. If you see comments in violation of our community guidelines, please report them. EVANSVILLE — Come August, some Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. teachers will no longer have to spend hundreds of dollars of their own money on supplies for their classrooms.  A new program, Teacher Locker, was launched Tuesday morning by EVSC officials and community partners. The purpose of Teacher Locker is to better support educators throughout the school year by offering school supplies at no cost.  A study released last year by the National Center for Education Statistics found that teachers spend an...

Irish couple create wearable safety alarm ‘as loud as rock concert’ for female joggers

An Irish couple have created a wearable personal safety device with audible alarm aimed at the female runner. Ellen Caren and her husband David first came up with the idea for runangel  after David returned home from a jog and shared an experience “that played on his mind”. “He was out running and a female runner passed him. He thought nothing of it until a man knocked into him at speed and turned on his tail and ran in the opposite direction,” Ms Caren told independent.ie. “He realised that the man – who wasn’t wearing any jogging gear – was actually in pursuit of the woman until he bumped into David.” Ellen, who previously worked in marketing and retail, and David, who has a background in music, have devoted the last three years developing a prototype that was effective but still aesthetically pleasing. A slim black watch-like product, the runangel  hardware retails at €99 and the app that it pairs with is available to download free on all mobile devices. Those on the ‘guardian network’ of the owner of the device do not need to have the app themselves; they simply need to accept and confirm an invite sent to th...

Gear of the decade: we chart the innovations that changed the guitar world

From avant-garde electrics to affordable acoustics, mini amps to mighty apps, coated strings to brilliant bracings and beyond During most previous decades, significant shifts took place in the guitar manufacturing industry that both defined an era and established new directions for the future. For example, the ’30s are remembered as a ‘Golden Era’ for acoustic guitars (particularly Martins and Gibsons) as well as for the introduction of the first electric guitars. The ’50s are known for the commercial birth of the solidbody electric guitar, and the ’70s are known for the decline of major players like Fender and Gibson and the rise of Japanese imports like Ibanez and Takamine. The ’80s are remembered for the dominance of Super Strats and hot-rodded high-gain amps, while the ’90s saw a retro-inspired resurgence of quirky ’60s designs like Jazzmasters and imported ‘pawn shop prizes’ along with the rise of boutique guitars, amps and pedals. Past decade’s biggest gear trend may be that there were no dominant overall trends, but rather numerous smaller ones However, the past decade’s biggest gear trend may be that there were...

The 1984 Olympic Games proved Los Angeles could do spectacle—on a shoestring budget. Can the city

The 1984 Olympic Games proved Los Angeles could do spectacle—on a shoestring budget. Can the city do it again in 2028? The headline in the Los Angeles Times on October 18, 1980, read “L.A. Will Push For A Spartan Olympics,” stressing that the city’s bid would not include a new Olympic Village, but instead repurpose university dorms and facilities. “We are invoking the spirit of Sparta,” said once and future Gov. Jerry Brown. “There will be zero government money spent. Zero.” “That’s the guy we need,” said movie producer David Wolper of Peter Ueberroth, when he was a candidate for the presidency of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee (LAOOC) in 1978. “If anyone can run a Spartan Olympics, the cheap sonofabitch can!” Spartan was the perfect word for what a non-Olympian might call economical, low-cost, or indeed, cheap. Montreal played host to the Summer Olympic Games in 1976, which cost the city 13 times the original estimate, leaving it $1.6 billion in debt. The Olympics had to be rebranded as an event that would not tax its host city or saddle it with overscaled stadiums. For the Olympics to have a future, LA had to stay frugal. As most people now know, Ueberroth succee...

Get an inside look at the University of Rochester Solar Splash team’s competition-grade solar/electric boat.

Get an inside look at the University of Rochester Solar Splash team’s competition-grade solar/electric boat. I recently wrote an article that served as an overview of Solar Splash event as a whole. However, I thought it wouldn’t do justice to the work I, my teammates, and the other teams put in if I didn’t provide a full view of what’s going on ‘under the hood’ in these solar/electric boats. I hope to provide just that, without requiring you to read through a 50-page technical report. Designing a good hull is one of the most crucial aspects of building any kind of boat. While there are many modeling programs such as Abacus to help test for hydrodynamic and aerodynamic properties, they nearly always have some level of inaccuracy. A lot depends on the smoothness of the surface of the hull touching the water. Of course, it is also necessary to have a hull which will be stable in the water. Here are some notes from last year’s tech report documenting its construction and design: This hull design was machined from two pounds of weight-extruded polystyrene (EPS) foam by Foamlinx LLC (Sunnyvale, CA). A 3D model was made and sent as an STP (a universal 3D format) to a CNC foam rou...

Nokia (NOK) Flat As Market Gains: What You Should Know

<!–*/ */ /*–>*/ In the latest trading session, Nokia (NOK) closed at $3.48, marking no change from the previous day. This move lagged the S&P 500′s daily gain of 0.91%. Elsewhere, the Dow gained 1.22%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq added 1%. Heading into today, shares of the technology company had lost 2.52% over the past month, lagging the Computer and Technology sector’s gain of 1.41% and the S&P 500′s gain of 1.65% in that time. Wall Street will be looking for positivity from NOK as it approaches its next earnings report date. On that day, NOK is projected to report earnings of $0.14 per share, which would represent a year-over-year decline of 6.67%. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $7.67 billion, down 2.16% from the year-ago period. NOK’s full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $0.22 per share and revenue of $25.93 billion. These results would represent year-over-year changes of -18.52% and -2.44%, respectively. Any recent changes to analyst estimates for NOK should also be noted by investors. Recent revisions tend to reflect the latest near-term business tre...

Stephen Donnelly: ‘My prescription for change as trolley crisis gives grim diagnosis of our failing health system’

To fix the trolley crisis we need to improve three specific areas of healthcare and make one mental shift. That shift is for us to understand that what’s happening is not normal. So many parts of our public healthcare system are now in crisis (like 117,000 children waiting for hospital treatment) that one could be forgiven for losing perspective, and hope. We hear the same opinions trotted out – “Sure isn’t this just healthcare?” or “Sure hasn’t healthcare always been a mess?” No it hasn’t. Ireland has never had a trolley crisis anything close to what’s happening now and other countries don’t either. Last week for example, the NHS declared a national crisis because one in six patients in emergency departments, EDs, were having to wait more than four hours. Not to be seen, but to be seen, assessed, treated and discharged! Tallaght Hospital has one of the busiest EDs in Ireland and has four emergency medicine consultants. An NHS hospital serving the same population would have 16 consultants. A father waits on a corridor with his terminally ill daughter for 24 hours. A 70-year-old woman waits four days on a trolley i...

Solenoid valve market worldwide is projected to grow by US$902.4 Million, guided by a compounded growth

Solenoid valve market worldwide is projected to grow by US$902.4 Million, guided by a compounded growth of 3.1%. Staying on top of trends is essential for decision makers to leverage this emerging opportunity. The report addresses this very need and provides the latest scoop on all major market segments. Stainless Steel, one of the segments analyzed and sized in this study, displays the potential to grow at over 3%. The shifting dynamics supporting this growth makes it critical for businesses in this space to keep abreast of the changing pulse of the market. Poised to reach over US$852.7 Million by the year 2025, Stainless Steel will bring in healthy gains adding significant momentum to global growth. While global megatrends sweeping through the market influence the primary direction of growth, regional markets are swayed by more granular locally unique business drivers. Representing the developed world, the United States will maintain a 2.7% growth momentum. Within Europe, which continues to remain an important element in the world economy, Germany will add over US$37 Million to the region’s size and clout in the next 5 to 6 years. Over US$161.4 Million worth of projected...

Global Market for Glycinates to Record Significant Incremental Dollar Opportunity Through 2021

Glycinates, also known as glycine chelates, are chemicals with good skin compatibility and foaming properties.These minerals are prepared with the help of amino acid and other high-quality chemicals in order to ensure the best quality of glycinates. Demand for glycinates is high among consumers due to their accurate composition, health benefits, and effectiveness. Glycinates are used in farming and agriculture industries to feed chicken and cattle in order to provide important nutrients for their growth. There are several types of glycinates formed after different chemical treatments  such as protein digest-mineral glycinates, zinc glycinates, manganese glycinates, magnesium glycinates, copper glycinates, calcium glycinates, boron glycinates, cobalt glycinates, selenium glycinates, chromium glycinates, iodine glycinates, and molybdenum glycinates. Some of the major properties of glycinates that are useful in its use as feed additives include improvement in growth and feed conversion, improvement in less fat meat, and enhancement in muscle and tissue growth and fertility. Consumption of the selenium glycinate may increase the level of vitamin E in the body.Selenium deficiency may...

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