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DOC determined dumping, subsidies of China, Taiwan PV products

| Renewable Energy

On December 16, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced its affirmative final determinations in the antidumping (AD) investigations of imports of certain crystalline silicon PV products (including cells, modules, laminates, and/or panels) from China and Taiwan and its affirmative final determination in the countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of imports of … Continue reading

SMN Board Member Spotlight: Chandler Slavin, Dordan Manufacturing

| Membership

Chandler Slavin is the Sustainable Manufacturer Network’s newest board member. She is the marketing manager and sustainability coordinator at Dordan Manufacturing, an engineering-based designer and manufacturer of custom thermoformed packaging solutions, such as clamshells, blisters, trays, and components. The company, located in Woodstock, Ill., has 50 years’ experience providing plastic … Continue reading

Nestlé U.K. facility converting chocolate to electricity

| Renewable Energy

CleanTechnica has reported that Nestlé U.K.’s Fawdon factory, maker of Rolo candies, is using leftover (unsold or rejected) chocolates and other residual raw material to generate electricity via a 200-kW Clearfleau power generation unit. It says the unit is based on anaerobic digestion that generates methane gas from waste product … Continue reading

Researchers convert CO2, slag into valuable resource

| Waste

Researchers at Aalto University, Espoo, Finland, have opened a pilot plant that converts CO2 and slag, the byproduct of steel manufacturing, into a valuable mineral product. The product, precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC), is used in such products as plastic, paper, rubber, and paint. “We are turning the industrial solid byproduct … Continue reading

Battery chargers meet California efficiency standards

| Energy Efficiency

Douglas Battery™ has introduced two new battery chargers for industrial lift truck applications: the Legacy® Neo™ charger for applications in which space is limited and the high-powered Legacy® Insight™ HF charger that enables opportunity charge for a range of batteries. The Legacy Neo HF charger is a small, compact model … Continue reading

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