by Frank Ling
When you think of biofuels, the military may be last place that comes of mind. But major defense contractor Honeywelll has announced plans to accelerate the development of military jet fuels from vegetable and algae.
Jim Fraser at the Energy Blog says:
“Fuel produced by the new process is expected to achieve 90 percent energy efficiency for maximum conversion of feed to fuel, reduced waste and reduced production costs.”
Now what about weapons made from recycled materials? 🙂
Speaking of planes, Boeing will debut its long awaited 787 Dreamliner this Sunday. Hank Green at EcoGeek says:
“The plane will use roughly twenty percent less fuel per mile than other plane in its class. Two innovations make this possible. First, it’s ultra-efficient turbo-fan jet engines. But while some other planes are using the turbo-fans, no one else is using carbon fiber like Boeing. More than 50% of the plane, in fact, the entire fuselage, is made of carbon fiber.”
Stealing manhole covers for iron is a problem in many countries. Now, the metals needed to make solar panels are under threat. With the rise is price of materials (copper, nickel, zinc, etc), the theft of these materials is becoming prevalent.
Tyler at Clean Break says:
“Junkyards are being raided, hydro and cable companies are seeing a rise in the theft of copper cabling, and homeowners with ornamental pieces on their lawns are seeing them disappear.”
At least no one is stealing the sun! 🙂