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Biobased fuel additive contains no trace metals, nitrates, phosphates

| Renewable Energy

Cortec® Corp. has introduced VpCI®-705 Bio, a specially formulated, biobased, biodegradable, multifunctional fuel additive to biofuels, produced using renewable and sustainable raw materials. This environmentally friendly product serves as a corrosion inhibitor, fuel stabilizer, and water emulsifier for biodiesel, diesel, gasoline, gasohol mixtures, and other biofuels. It provides multiphase corrosion … Continue reading

Carbios’ process speeds PLA depolymerization

| Waste

Carbios, Clermont-Ferrand, France, has announced that it has depolymerized 90 percent of polylactic acid (PLA) material—a thermoplastic aliphatic polyester derived from renewable resources—in only 48 hours using its enzymatic process. These results were obtained by the team from the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) in Toulouse, France (Toulouse … Continue reading

Prewired, preassembled rack speeds commercial rooftop PV installation

| Materials

SMA has introduced the ReadyRack™, a fully integrated, preassembled, and prewired roof-mount racking product for commercial-scale PV. Designed for use with the Sunny Tripower TL-US, a three-phase inverter, the rack includes all balance-of-system components and can be assembled in minutes, simplifying and speeding project completion. It comes with preinstalled ground … Continue reading

Ener-Core, Dresser-Rand sign global commercial licensing agreement

| Waste

Ener-Core Inc., Irvine, Calif., has announced it has entered into a global licensing agreement with the Dresser-Rand Co., Houston, to develop and market the Dresser-Rand KG2-3GEF 2-MW gas turbine coupled with the Ener-Core oxidizer.  “The adoption of the Ener-Core oxidizer technology by Dresser-Rand is an important step in capturing the … Continue reading

DuBois Chemicals acquires American Finishing Resources

| Waste

Dubois Chemicals Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, has completed the acquisition of American Finishing Resources (AFR), Chilton, Wis. The acquisition combines DuBois’ paint pre-treatment with AFR’s coating line fixtures, material handling, and coating removal products. The AFR acquisition will expand the service, chemical solutions, and Lean manufacturing capabilities that DuBois and AFR … Continue reading

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