Researchers at the Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute have developed a technique to synthesize DNA in a faster, cheaper and more environmentally friendly way than the current chemical method, according to a study published in the journal Nature Biotechnology. Researchers used an enzyme known as terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase for this technique, which can spool out 200 bases per minute.
Ace Glass Construction will use 100% solar power at its LEED Platinum-certified glass facility in Little Rock, Ark. The company will also recycle excess aluminum and cardboard while reducing waste with lean manufacturing processes at the plant.
The NFL has become part of the Green Sports Alliance, a sustainability coalition including nearly 600 sports teams from 15 sports leagues. The Green Sports Alliance and its partners support members as they reduce waste, conserve energy, reduce water use and end the use of toxic chemicals.
Fonterra is developing a reclaimed water system that will help the company save more than 132,000 gallons of groundwater per day at its Pahiatua site in New Zealand. The multinational dairy cooperative and exporter is planning to reduce water use by 20% by 2020, said Robert Spurway, Fonterra's chief operating officer for global operations.
A single 1,100-megawatt offshore wind farm has the potential to reduce carbon emissions by 2.2 million tons annually, says Jonathan Buonocore of Harvard University. "While it may not be possible, practical or necessary to build offshore wind everywhere, even replacing a small portion of the nation's fossil-fueled electricity will be good for everyone's health," he writes.
The time has arrived for the US to cast off outdated energy sources, such as coal and nuclear, and embrace new clean energy options that are good for the environment and enjoy the broad support of states, businesses and educational institutions, write Bruce Speight and Kim Rice. "The organizations and governments that are setting goals for a clean-energy future are acknowledging a crucial truth: The future we dream of is only possible if we get our energy systems out of the past," they write.
The creation of an interstate Western power grid would help California and its neighbors accelerate their clean energy transition in a cost-effective and efficient way, writes V. John White, executive director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies. "By participating with the Western power grid, we can create sustainable jobs and lower rate payers' electricity bills while helping the state reach its ambitious climate goals," he writes.
The Public Service Company of Oklahoma is working with the city of Bixby, Okla., to resolve concerns about PSO's proposed Wind Catcher Energy Project, says PSO spokesperson Stan Whiteford. Despite a Bixby City Council decision Monday to advance the city's opposition to the project, Whiteford says the project has broad support in Oklahoma and would deliver huge tax benefits to Bixby and other cities.
Vestas has won a contract to supply Spanish construction firm Elecnor with 20 V117 3.3-megawatt turbines for its 66-MW Toabre project in Panama, said the companies. "Vestas continues to build its footprint in Latin America through its market-leading wind energy solutions and hereby support the many Latin American countries that are accelerating the transition to renewables," noted Vestas LatAm Senior Director of Sales Enric Catala.
Dutch firms GustoMSC and Barge Master are working on a new Jones Act-compliant, motion-compensated feeder tool that they say will make it easier to install offshore wind turbines in the US. "By offering this steady top feeder barge, GustoMSC and Barge Master offer the capability to overcome current hurdles and make the successful development of the first US offshore wind projects possible within time and budget constraints," said GustoMSC.