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  1. Aviation Fueling: A Cleaner, Greener Approach

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    Hendricks, Robert C.; Bushnell, Dennis M.; Shouse, Dale T.

    2010-01-01

    Projected growth of aviation depends on fueling where specific needs must be met. Safety is paramount, and along with political, social, environmental and legacy transport systems requirements, alternate aviation fueling becomes an opportunity of enormous proportions. Biofuels sourced from halophytes, algae, cyanobacteria, and weeds using wastelands, waste water, and seawater have the capacity to be drop-in fuel replacements for petroleum fuels. Biojet fuels from such sources solves the aviation CO2 emissions issue and do not compete with food or freshwater needs. They are not detrimental to the social or environmental fabric and use the existing fuels infrastructure. Cost and sustainable supply remains the major impediments to alternate fuels. Halophytes are the near-term solution to biomass/biofuels capacity at reasonable costs; they simply involve more farming, at usual farming costs. Biofuels represent a win-win approach, proffering as they do at least the ones we are studying massive capacity, climate neutral-to-some sequestration, and ultimately, reasonable costs.

  2. Aviation Fueling: A Cleaner, Greener Approach

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    Robert C. Hendricks

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Projected growth of aviation depends on fueling where specific needs must be met. Safety is paramount, and along with political, social, environmental, and legacy transport systems requirements, alternate aviation fueling becomes an opportunity of enormous proportions. Biofuels—sourced from halophytes, algae, cyanobacteria, and “weeds” using wastelands, waste water, and seawater—have the capacity to be drop-in fuel replacements for petroleum fuels. Biojet fuels from such sources solve the aviation CO2 emissions issue and do not compete with food or freshwater needs. They are not detrimental to the social or environmental fabric and use the existing fuels infrastructure. Cost and sustainable supply remain the major impediments to alternate fuels. Halophytes are the near-term solution to biomass/biofuels capacity at reasonable costs; they simply involve more farming, at usual farming costs. Biofuels represent a win-win approach, proffering as they do—at least the ones we are studying—massive capacity, climate neutral-to-some sequestration, and ultimately, reasonable costs.

  3. Aviation Fueling: A Cleaner, Greener Approach

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    2011-01-01

    continent-sized nutrient streams under the most opportune of conditions and converted to oils, in order to meet that demand with alternative fuels, the...natural resources, which are biomass, solar energy, arid land (43%), seawater (97%) with nutrients (80%), plus brackish waters and nutrients to resolve...world food supply depends on four major crops: rice, corn ( maize ), wheat, and soybeans, which provide 80% of consumed calories. Gressel [15] points

  4. New analytical approaches for faster or greener phytochemical analyses

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    Shen, Y.

    2015-01-01

    Summary Chapter 1 provides a short introduction into the constraints of phytochemical analysis. In order to make them faster, less laborious and greener, there is a clear scope for miniaturized and simplified sample preparation, solvent-free extractions and the use

  5. New analytical approaches for faster or greener phytochemical analyses

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    Shen, Y.

    2015-01-01

    Summary Chapter 1 provides a short introduction into the constraints of phytochemical analysis. In order to make them faster, less laborious and greener, there is a clear scope for miniaturized and simplified sample preparation, solvent-free extractions and the use

  6. IN SITU GEOTHERMAL ENERGY TECHNOLOGY: AN APPROACH FOR BUILDING CLEANER AND GREENER ENVIRONMENT

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    Md. Faruque Hossain

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Geothermal energy is abundant everywhere in the world. It certainly would be a great benefit for human being once it is produced by a sophisticated technology. Consequently, it would be the biggest console for earth considering environmental sustainability. Unfortunately, the current status of commercial production of geothermal energy primarily from hydrothermal, geopressured, hot dry rock, and magma are limited to a few countries due to technological difficulties and production cost. This paper describes a simple technology where an in situ geothermal plant assisted by a heat pump would act as a high-temperature production (>150°C to provide excellent capacity of energy generation. The issue related to costs is interestingly cheaper on production, comparing to other technologies, such as solar, hydro, wind, and traditional geothermal technology as described in this article. Therefore, it is suggested that heat pump assisted in situ geothermal energy sources has a great potentiality to be a prime energy source in near future. Since the technology has a number of positive characteristics (simple, safe, and provides continuous baseload, load following, or peaking capacity and benign environmental attributes (zero emissions of CO2, SOx, and NOx, it certainly would be an interesting technology in both developed, and developing countries as an attractive option to produce clean energy to confirm a better environment.

  7. Matrix compatible solid phase microextraction coating, a greener approach to sample preparation in vegetable matrices.

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    Naccarato, Attilio; Pawliszyn, Janusz

    2016-09-01

    This work proposes the novel PDMS/DVB/PDMS fiber as a greener strategy for analysis by direct immersion solid phase microextraction (SPME) in vegetables. SPME is an established sample preparation approach that has not yet been adequately explored for food analysis in direct immersion mode due to the limitations of the available commercial coatings. The robustness and endurance of this new coating were investigated by direct immersion extractions in raw blended vegetables without any further sample preparation steps. The PDMS/DVB/PDMS coating exhibited superior features related to the capability of the external PDMS layer to protect the commercial coating, and showed improvements in terms of extraction capability and in the cleanability of the coating surface. In addition to having contributed to the recognition of the superior features of this new fiber concept before commercialization, the outcomes of this work serve to confirm advancements in the matrix compatibility of the PDMS-modified fiber, and open new prospects for the development of greener high-throughput analytical methods in food analysis using solid phase microextraction in the near future.

  8. Visible light photocatalysis as a greener approach to photochemical synthesis.

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    Yoon, Tehshik P; Ischay, Michael A; Du, Juana

    2010-07-01

    Light can be considered an ideal reagent for environmentally friendly, 'green' chemical synthesis; unlike many conventional reagents, light is non-toxic, generates no waste, and can be obtained from renewable sources. Nevertheless, the need for high-energy ultraviolet radiation in most organic photochemical processes has limited both the practicality and environmental benefits of photochemical synthesis on industrially relevant scales. This perspective describes recent approaches to the use of metal polypyridyl photocatalysts in synthetic organic transformations. Given the remarkable photophysical properties of these complexes, these new transformations, which use Ru(bpy)(3)(2+) and related photocatalysts, can be conducted using almost any source of visible light, including both store-bought fluorescent light bulbs and ambient sunlight. Transition metal photocatalysis thus represents a promising strategy towards the development of practical, scalable industrial processes with great environmental benefits.

  9. Cleaner Production and Workplace Health and Safety: A combined approach. A case study from South Africa

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    Hedlund, Frank Huess

    Environmental goals may be pursued narrow-mindedly with no attention paid to the workplace. This book examines combined approaches in cleaner production projects. It explores two main avenues. First, integration into the project specification. The planning tools in use by assistance agencies...

  10. A cleaner production approach to urban water management: potential for application in Harare, Zimbabwe

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    Nhapi, Innocent; Hoko, Zvikomborero

    Water quality is an urgent problem in the Lake Chivero catchment, Zimbabwe, whilst water scarcity will be a problem soon. This study focused on assessing the potential impacts of the application of cleaner production principles in urban water supply and sanitation in the context of sustainable management of water resources. The cleaner production principles are explained together with how they can be applied to urban water management. Data from City of Harare and previous studies were collected and analysed. The study focused mainly on water, nitrogen and phosphorus. About 304,000 m 3/d of wastewater, containing 30,000 kg/d TN and 3600 kg/d TP are currently produced and treated at five sewage treatment works in Harare. Water conservation, treatment and reuse strategies were developed for different land uses starting from water-saving devices, regulation, leak detection and repair, to wastewater treatment and reuse. This study showed that the application of the cleaner production principles would reduce total wastewater production from 487,000 m 3/d to 379,000 m 3/d (a 27% reduction) based on year 2015 projections. A very large investment in treatment infrastructure can be postponed for about 10 years. In terms of amounts treated and discharged at central level this translates to reductions of 47% on flows, 34% on TN, and 44% on TP. River discharges can be eliminated. It was concluded that a cleaner production approach could substantially reduce current water pollution and long-term scarcity problems in Harare.

  11. Mechanochemical conversion of brominated POPs into useful oxybromides: a greener approach

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    Cagnetta, Giovanni; Liu, Han; Zhang, Kunlun; Huang, Jun; Wang, Bin; Deng, Shubo; Wang, Yujue; Yu, Gang

    2016-06-01

    Brominated organic pollutants are considered of great concern for their adverse effect on human health and the environment, so an increasing number of such compounds are being classified as persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Mechanochemical destruction is a promising technology for POPs safe disposal because it can achieve their complete carbonization by solvent-free high energy ball milling at room temperature. However, a large amount of co-milling reagent usually is necessary, so a considerable volume of residue is produced. In the present study a different approach to POPs mechanochemical destruction is proposed. Employing stoichiometric quantities of Bi2O3 or La2O3 as co-milling reagent, brominated POPs are selectively and completely converted into their corresponding oxybromides (i.e. BiOBr and LaOBr), which possess very peculiar properties and can be used for some actual and many more potential applications. In this way, bromine is beneficially reused in the final product, while POPs carbon skeleton is safely destroyed to amorphous carbon. Moreover, mechanochemical destruction is employed in a greener and more sustainable manner.

  12. Greener greenhouses

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    Paksoy, Halime; Turgut, Bekir; Beyhan, Beyza; Dasgan, H. Yildiz; Evliya, Hunay; Abak, Kazim; Bozdag, Saziye

    2010-09-15

    Agricultural greenhouses are solution to the increased demand for higher production yields, facilitating off season cultivation and allowing the growth of certain varieties in areas where it was not possible earlier. Heating and/or cooling system, required to maintain the inside micro-climate in greenhouses mostly rely on fossil fuels and/or electricity. This paper aims to discuss the 'greener' solutions for heating and cooling systems of greenhouses based on different thermal energy storage concepts. Results from a greenhouse Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES) application in Turkey producing tomatoes with zero fossil fuels and up to 40% higher yield are presented.

  13. A Greener, Quick and Comprehensive Extraction Approach for LC-MS of Multiple Mycotoxins

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    Andreas Breidbach

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available In food/feed control, mycotoxin analysis is often still performed “one analyte at a time”. Here a method is presented which aims at making mycotoxin analysis environmentally friendlier through replacing acetonitrile by ethyl acetate and reducing chemical waste production by analyzing four mycotoxins together, forgoing sample extract clean-up, and minimizing solvent consumption. For this, 2 g of test material were suspended in 8 mL water and 16 mL ethyl acetate were added. Extraction was accelerated through sonication for 30 min and subsequent addition of 8 g sodium sulfate. After centrifugation, 500 µL supernatant were spiked with isotopologues, dried down, reconstituted in mobile phase, and measured with LC-MS. The method was validated in-house and through a collaborative study and the performance was fit-for-purpose. Repeatability relative standard deviation (RSDs between 16% at low and 4% at higher contaminations were obtained. The reproducibility RSDs were mostly between 12% and 32%. The trueness of results for T-2 toxin and Zearalenone were not different from 100%, for Deoxynivalenol and HT-2 toxin they were larger than 89%. The extraction was also adapted to a quick screening of Aflatoxin B1 in maize by flow-injection–mass spectrometry. Semi-quantitative results were obtained through standard addition and scan-based ion ratio calculations. The method proved to be a viable greener and quicker alternative to existing methods.

  14. Greener pastures

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    Stonehouse, D.

    2000-03-06

    There are some 10,000 wells encompassing 25,000 acres of land along the southeastern border of Alberta and Saskatchewan, wells that are no longer producing and where the land is ready for reclamation. Clearing away equipment, sealing the well bores, scattering some seeds, and taking off to greener pastures no longer qualifies as 'cleaning up'; the owners of the land and conservationists want their grassland back, which involves the difficult tasks of replacing top soil and recreating native grass mixes as minimal requirements. This article describes some recent experiences in land reclamation, and a five year project by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and PanCanadian Petroleum concerning various mixes of seed which are suitable for growing on reclaimed soil. A vigorous Asian import, crested wheatgrass, while fast growing and hardy, is considered to displace native grasses, it breaks up the natural prairies ecosystem into segments, carving up wildlife habitat, and therefore untenable. Experiments at an abandoned wellsite with native wheat grasses, some blended with other native grasses and 13 perennial forbs, are underway as part of this project. Results to date show that undisturbed prairies mostly sprouts non-wheat grasses, and native wheat grasses dominate when seeded in mixes, Other native species such as blue gramma grass and needle- and thread grass can be established. However, they thrive only in the natural recovery plots, suggesting that doing nothing and letting nature take its course may, at times, be the best revegetation strategy. Unfortunately even if true, natural growth takes too long, and that is totally unacceptable in today's environmental thinking. Although cattle are willing to eat the growth on the experimental plots, so far, there is not enough credible evidence to say how non-native mixes would stand up to normal grazing by cattle. 2 photos.

  15. Swimming pool cleaner poisoning

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    Swimming pool cleaner poisoning occurs when someone swallows this type of cleaner, touches it, or breathes in ... The harmful substances in swimming pool cleaner are: Bromine ... copper Chlorine Soda ash Sodium bicarbonate Various mild acids

  16. The theory of inventive problem solving integrated to the cleaner production: theoretical approach

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    Flávio Issao Kubota

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Efforts towards to reduction of environmental impact by enterprises are a solving problem process, which often need inventive solutions that generate environmental, technical and economic benefits. Hence, this research aimed to verify, through literature, and discuss the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ integration to cleaner production (CP strategies, in order to structure a new methodology for inventive solutions focused on reduction of effluents, waste and emissions. To perform this study, we proceeded a qualitative and descriptive research, with documentary data collection strategy. The results show predominance of CP level 1 researches, with greater focus on product improvement, a smaller quantity of process modification studies (level 1 and internal recycling (level 2, and no evidence of TRIZ utilization was obtained on level 3 (external recycling and biogenic cycles. The proposed integration is promising, since both methodologies aim ideal situation and problems’ reduction. At the end, opportunities were detected for application of TRIZ in production processes, by means of functional analysis and Ideal Final Result (IFR, being possible to direct teams towards optimization of technical systems.

  17. Greener technologies for a cleaner environment: Hope or hot air?

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    Ulhøi, John Parm

    Denne artikel beskriver teknologiens rolle i behandlingen af miljøproblemer. Artiklen forsøger at komme ind under overfladen på de ofte 'hurtige' løsninger på de nuværende miljøproblemer, baseret på forførende slagord som renere teknologi, og bedst tilrådighedværende teknologi uden urimelige omko...

  18. Cleaner Production and Workplace Health and Safety: A combined approach. A case study from South Africa

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    Hedlund, Frank Huess

    , integration of management systems is an option. A study on the South African Nosa 5-Star system refutes earlier criticism of dismal performance of top-down systems. It is argued that integration at this level is viable. For small companies, less formalistic approaches are required. ILO's network concept WISE...

  19. Cleaner processing: a sulphide-free approach for depilation of skins.

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    Ranjithkumar, Ammasi; Durga, Jayanthi; Ramesh, Ramakrishnan; Rose, Chellan; Muralidharan, Chellappa

    2017-01-01

    The conventional unhairing process in leather making utilises large amount of lime and sodium sulphide which is hazardous and poses serious waste disposal concerns. Under acidic conditions, sodium sulphide liberates significant quantities of hydrogen sulphide which causes frequent fatal accidents. Further, the conventional unhairing process involves destruction of the hair leading to increased levels of biological oxygen demand (BOD), chemical oxygen demand (COD), total dissolved solids (TDS) and total suspended solids (TSS) in the effluent. A safe approach is needed to overcome such environmental and health problems through an eco-benign process. The present study deals with a clean technology in which the keratinous body is detached from the dermis using enzymes produced from Bacillus crolab MTCC 5468 by solid state fermentation (SSF) as an alternative to noxious chemicals. Complete unhairing of skin could be achieved with an enzyme concentration of 1.2 % (w/w). The bio-chemical parameters of the spent liquor of the enzymatic process were environmentally favourable when compared with conventional method. The study indicates that the enzymatic unhairing is a safe process which could be used effectively in leather processing to alleviate pollution and health problems.

  20. A Cleaner Approach

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    2009-01-01

    Energy is an indispensable resource of our time. Nevertheless,energy consumption has some nasty side effects, such as air pollution,resource depletion and global warming. This dual nature of energy has

  1. Cleaner concentrates

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    Boudechiche, S.; Hall, S. [University of Nottingham, Nottingham (United Kingdom)

    1995-06-01

    The desire for higher quality coal products in froth flotation has led to the introduction of a number of novel flotation techniques, including flotation columns, but the benefits of each in relation to the source of the slurry must be evaluated before plant is installed. It was to assess on a laboratory scale the quality of coal flotation concentrates from column flotation of fine coal (-500{mu}m) as an alternative to the traditional conventional agitated cell that this work was carried out. The column developed specifically for this purpose allowed the establishment of an approach to the examination of the flotation response of samples of UK coals (originating from Bolsover, Derbyshies; Rawdon, Leicestershire; and Bilsthorpe, Nottinghamshire). The work indicates the importance of the origin of the feed slurry, since each type of coal exhibits a different flotation response. The observations from the results described in this paper enable an assessment to be made of the merits of column flotation in fine coal treatment. 11 refs., 4 figs., 5 tabs.

  2. Greener by design.

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    Diwekar, Urmila M

    2003-12-01

    Process simulation models and other design tools allow engineers to design, simulate, and optimize chemical processes. However, there is a critical need to incorporate green engineering into the design of these processes. This calls for extending the breadth of the design process. This paper presents an integrated framework for greener design. The framework starts the decision-making as early as the chemical and material selection stage and also includes management and planning decisions. The design goal is not restricted to profitability, but environmental and ecological objectives are also added. However, this integration poses challenging problem of discrete and continuous decisions, nonlinear models, and uncertainties. Furthermore, there are multiple and conflicting objectives to be considered. Therefore, the core of this integrated framework is the efficient algorithmic framework for multiobjective optimization under uncertainty. Two real world case studies are presented that illustrate the promise of such a framework.

  3. Recent advances in plant metabolomics and greener pastures.

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    Sumner, Lloyd W

    2010-01-27

    Metabolomics is an extension of the omics concept and experimental approaches. However, is metabolomics just another trendy omics fashion perturbation or is metabolomics actually delivering novel content and value? This article highlights some recent advances that definitely support the role of plant metabolomics in the movement toward greener pastures.

  4. Preparation of zeolite from incinerator ash and its application for the remediation of selected inorganic pollutants: A greener approach

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    Iqra, J.; Faryal, M.; Uzaira, R.; Noshaba, T.

    2014-06-01

    Zeolites are potential materials and can conveniently be processed as adsorbents for the removal of environmental pollutants. A wide range of commercial zeolites have been marketed but due to high cost are of limited use. The present research offers a green approach for the synthesis of zeolite using Incinerator waste (ash) as precursor. The significance rests on the conversion of hazardous waste into a useful resource (adsorbent).Incinerator ash (IA) was converted hydrothermally under strongly alkaline conditions into zeolite (ZIA). The synthesized ZIA was applied as virgin adsorbent in batch mode for the removal of primary metal pollutants of Cadmium, Chromium and Lead. The residual concentration of each metal was analyzed on Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer. Each series of batch was conducted at four varying induced concentration of metal salts as a function of time. The synthesized adsorbent was characterized on FTIR spectrophotometer to assess the involvement of functional group in metal binding to adsorbent surface. The results depicted the performance of ZIA (1mg/Kg) in removing 99.5 %, 84% and 78% of Cadmium, Chromium and Lead, respectively, upon adsorbate-adsorbent contact for 30 minutes, at lower dose of ZIA. It was also found that higher is the induced concentration, less is the removal efficiency. It may be due to limiting factor of adsorbent dose. Correlation matrix suggests positive relationship of Pb and Cr, Pb and Cd, Cr and Cd. No negative correlation was found. The study recommends the reutilization of Incinerator ash as a potential adsorbent, which can greatly enhance the sustainability of useful resources.

  5. Greener Approach towards Corrosion Inhibition

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    Neha Patni

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Corrosion control of metals is technically, economically, environmentally, and aesthetically important. The best option is to use inhibitors for protecting metals and alloys against corrosion. As organic corrosion inhibitors are toxic in nature, so green inhibitors which are biodegradable, without any heavy metals and other toxic compounds, are promoted. Also plant products are inexpensive, renewable, and readily available. Tannins, organic amino acids, alkaloids, and organic dyes of plant origin have good corrosion-inhibiting abilities. Plant extracts contain many organic compounds, having polar atoms such as O, P, S, and N. These are adsorbed on the metal surface by these polar atoms, and protective films are formed, and various adsorption isotherms are obeyed. Various types of green inhibitors and their effect on different metals are mentioned in the paper.

  6. Pipe-cleaner Model of Neuronal Network Dynamics

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    Armstrong, Eve

    2016-01-01

    We present a functional model of neuronal network connectivity in which the single architectural element is the object commonly known in handicraft circles as a pipe cleaner. We argue that the dual nature of a neuronal circuit - that it be at times highly robust to external manipulation and yet sufficiently flexible to allow for learning and adaptation - is embodied in the pipe cleaner, and thus that a pipe cleaner framework serves as an instructive scaffold in which to examine network dynamics. Regarding the dynamics themselves: as pipe cleaners possess no intrinsic dynamics, in our model we attribute the emergent circuit dynamics to magic. Magic is a strategy that has been largely neglected in the neuroscience community, and may serve as an illuminating comparison to the common physics-based approaches. This model makes predictions that it would be really awesome to test experimentally. Moreover, the relative simplicity of the pipe cleaner - setting aside the fact that it comes in an overwhelming variety of...

  7. Institutionalising cleaner production in China: the cleaner production promotion law

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    Mol, A.P.J.; Liu Yi,

    2005-01-01

    During the 1990s, cleaner production was introduced in China, in the beginning especially via development aid projects. From 1992 to 1997 the focus was strongly on the introduction of cleaner production methodology, the training of personnel and the implementation of demonstration projects at the

  8. A novel and greener approach for shape controlled synthesis of gold and gold-silver core shell nanostructure and their application in optical coatings.

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    Sinha, Tanur; Ahmaruzzaman, M

    2015-06-15

    Green and facile synthetic methods have gained marvellous fame for the production of polyhedral, anisotropic and spherical gold, and gold-silver bimetallic nanostructures. The useful pivotal characteristics of a green procedure are the usage of environment benign solvent medium, reducing and stabilising agents, and shorter reaction time. We describe here a novel, and greener method for the production of gold and gold-silver core shell nanostructures using aqueous fish scales extract of the Labeo rohita. The effect of various reaction parameters, such as temperature and concentration for the synthesis of the nanostructures were studied. Results indicated that triangular and decahedron gold nanostructures were formed at a lower temperature (40°C) and concentration (10%). While, icosahedral and spherical gold nanostructures were produced at a comparatively higher temperature (100°C) and concentration (40%). The study also revealed that the core-shell bimetallic nanostructures with different morphologies (spherical and oval-shape) were formed at different ratios of chloroaurate and silver nitrate solution. Thus, the present study indicated a simple shape controlled synthesis of gold and gold silver core-shell nanostructures. The synthesised gold nanotriangles were coated over the glass substrate and found to be highly efficient in absorbing infra-red radiations for potential architectural applications. Therefore, the study demonstrated the facile usage of gold nanotriangles for optical coatings. The present strategy depicted the dual functional ability of the fish scale extract as reducing and stabilising agents. This strategy also eliminates the usage of hazardous chemicals, toxic solvents and harsh reducing and stabilizing agents.

  9. Cleaner in Hall of Residence

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    Hotel and Catering Industry Training Board, Wembley (England).

    This syllabus is intended for the use of training personnel in drawing up training programs for cleaners in halls of residence. Its main objective is to produce fully trained cleaners, thereby maintaining and raising standards. The syllabus is divided into three sections: Introduction to Housekeeping Employees, and Tasks Performed by the Majority…

  10. Greener and Sustainable Trends in Synthesis of Organics and Nanomaterials

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    Trends in greener and sustainable process development during the past 25 years are abridged involving the use of alternate energy inputs (mechanochemistry, ultrasound- or microwave irradiation), photochemistry, and greener reaction media as applied to synthesis of organics and na...

  11. Greener and Sustainable Trends in Synthesis of Organics and Nanomaterials

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    Trends in greener and sustainable process development during the past 25 years are abridged involving the use of alternate energy inputs (mechanochemistry, ultrasound- or microwave irradiation), photochemistry, and greener reaction media as applied to synthesis of organics and na...

  12. Greener "Solutions" for the Organic Chemistry Teaching Lab: Exploring the Advantages of Alternative Reaction Media

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    McKenzie, Lallie C.; Huffman, Lauren M.; Hutchison, James E.; Rogers, Courtney E.; Goodwin, Thomas E.; Spessard, Gary O.

    2009-01-01

    A major approach for implementing green chemistry is the discovery and development of synthetic strategies that reduce the quantity of solvent needed, eliminate it altogether, or rely on new reaction media. An increasing number of examples have demonstrated that greener reaction solvents or media can enhance performance as well as reduce hazard.…

  13. Desire for greener land : options for sustainable land management in drylands

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    Schwilch, G.; Hessel, R.; Verzandvoort, S.J.E.

    2012-01-01

    Desire for Greener Land compiles options for Sustainable Land Management (SLM) in drylands. It is a result of the integrated research project DESIRE (Desertification Mitigation and Remediation of Land - A Global Approach for Local Solutions). Lasting five years (2007–2012) and funded within the EU’s

  14. Qualification of environmentally friendly cleaners

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    De Marquis, G.; Lopez, E.P.

    1995-05-01

    Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) has traditionally used chlorinated and fluorinated organic solvents for general degreasing applications. Many of these solvents have been labeled by the Federal Government as ozone depleting chemicals and as toxic and/or suspected carcinogens. As a result, these solvents will no longer be recommended for use within the DOE weapons complex. There are three major classes of materials that are of concern for cleaning: organics, metals and ceramics. Each of these materials has its own special cleaning problems. Solvents that were used in the past, such as 1,1,1-trichloroethane (TCA) and trichloroethylene (TCE), were extremely efficient at removing everything from oils and greases to salts without leaving corrosive residues or permanently absorbing into the materials. These traditional degreasing solvents were essentially ``all-inone`` cleaners: quick, reliable, and easy to use. Unfortunately, a ``drop-in`` cleaner for such a wide variety of materials and contaminants will probably never be identified. So far, it has been difficult to identify environmentally conscious cleaners that clean as well as TCE and TCA. Most alternative cleaners require more volume to do the job, and also require longer exposure to get the job done. With these things in mind, we are hoping to identify and qualify new cleaners that will take care of general classes of materials.

  15. Inventory on cleaner production education and training

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    Jørgensen, Michael Søgaard; Pöyry, Sirkka; Huisingh, Donald;

    Analysis and presentation of the data from an international inventory on cleaner production education and training......Analysis and presentation of the data from an international inventory on cleaner production education and training...

  16. Employee participation and cleaner technology: learning processes in environmental teams

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    Remmen, Arne; Lorentzen, Børge

    2000-01-01

    The approach to pollution prevention in Danish industries in the late-1980s and in the beginning of the 1990s met criticism, because the cleaner technology projects focused too narrowly on technical solutions implemented by experts. The objective of the project “Employee Participation in the Impl......The approach to pollution prevention in Danish industries in the late-1980s and in the beginning of the 1990s met criticism, because the cleaner technology projects focused too narrowly on technical solutions implemented by experts. The objective of the project “Employee Participation...... in the Implementation of Cleaner Technology” was to develop a more active role for employees in the environmental activities of companies. Based on practical experiments in five Danish firms within different industrial sectors, the project concluded that employee participation can have a strong effect on changing...

  17. 7 CFR 2902.30 - Glass cleaners.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 7 Agriculture 15 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Glass cleaners. 2902.30 Section 2902.30 Agriculture... Glass cleaners. (a) Definition. Cleaning products designed specifically for use in cleaning glass... qualifying biobased glass cleaners. By that date, Federal agencies that have the responsibility for...

  18. Implementing Cleaner Technologies as a means of minimising waste production

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    Wenzel, Henrik

    2002-01-01

    This article gives an overview of how Cleaner Production methods may contribute to minimising waste formation as well as showing energy and resource savings. It introduces the tools and procedures used when working in this field. It also illustrates the theoretical approach by using examples from...... the textile industry and demonstrates the results that have been achieved....

  19. Implementing Cleaner Technologies as a means of minimising waste production

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    Wenzel, Henrik

    2002-01-01

    This article gives an overview of how Cleaner Production methods may contribute to minimising waste formation as well as showing energy and resource savings. It introduces the tools and procedures used when working in this field. It also illustrates the theoretical approach by using examples from...... the textile industry and demonstrates the results that have been achieved....

  20. Nanostructured intense-laser cleaner

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    Li, Xiao Feng; Kong, Qing; Wang, Ping Xiao; Yu, Qin; Gu, Yan Jan; Qu, Jun Fan

    2016-01-01

    A nanostructured target is proposed to enhance an intense-laser contrast: when a laser prepulse is injected on a nanostructured solid target surface, the prepulse is absorbed effectively by the nanostructured surface. The nanostructure size should be less than the laser wavelength. After the prepulse absorption, the front part of the main pulse destroys the microstructure and makes the surface a flat plasma mirror. The body of the main pulse is reflected almost perfectly. Compared with the plasma mirrors, the nanostructured surface is effective for the absorption of the intense laser prepulse, higher than 10^14 W/cm2. By the nanostructured laser cleaner, the laser pulse contrast increases about a hundredfold. The nanostructured laser cleaner works well for near-future intense lasers.

  1. Greener Approaches to Undergraduate Chemistry Experiments.

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    Kirchhoff, Mary, Ed.; Ryan, Mary Ann, Ed.

    This laboratory manual introduces the idea of Green Chemistry, which is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. Instructional samples are included to help teachers integrate green chemistry into the college chemistry curriculum. Each laboratory includes: (1) a…

  2. Design of Wireless Remote Control Solar Cleaner

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    Ma Zhicai

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes the operation principle and the hardware composition of the wireless remote control cleaner by adopting solar panel power supply mode in detail. The experimental circuit is designed and on based on the designed experimental circuit the wireless remote control solar cleaner is made. The experimental results show that it is feasible that the combination of solar panels and wireless remote control cleaner.

  3. Cleaner products : new tools, players and relationships

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    Remmen, Arne

    In connection with the establishment of the Product Oriented Environmental Initiative, the Environmental Protection Agency wished to undertake a subevaluation of the projects initiated under the cleaner technology action plan in relation to the sectors and areas which have been initially under fo...... and Cleaner Technology. Experience with cleaner technologies has been evaluated in these three sectors: The textiles and clothing industry, The electronics industry, The transport industry, The projects evaluated completely cover the period 1993-97 in these three sectors....

  4. CLEANER-Hydrologic Observatory Joint Science Plan

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    Welty, C.; Dressler, K.; Hooper, R.

    2005-12-01

    The CLEANER-Hydrologic Observatory* initiative is a distributed network for research on complex environmental systems that focuses on the intersecting water-related issues of both the CUAHSI and CLEANER communities. It emphasizes research on the nation's water resources related to human-dominated natural and built environments. The network will be comprised of: interacting field sites with an integrated cyberinfrastructure; a centralized technical resource staff and management infrastructure to support interdisciplinary research through data collection from advanced sensor systems, data mining and aggregation from multiple sources and databases; cyber-tools for analysis, visualization, and predictive multi-scale modeling that is dynamically driven. As such, the network will transform 21st century workforce development in the water-related intersection of environmental science and engineering, as well as enable substantial educational and engagement opportunities for all age levels. The scientific goal and strategic intent of the CLEANER-Hydrologic Observatory Network is to transform our understanding of the earth's water cycle and associated biogeochemical cycles across spatial and temporal scales-enabling quantitative forecasts of critical water-related processes, especially those that affect and are affected by human activities. This strategy will develop scientific and engineering tools that will enable more effective adaptive approaches for resource management. The need for the network is based on three critical deficiencies in current abilities to understand large-scale environmental processes and thereby develop more effective management strategies. First we lack basic data and the infrastructure to collect them at the needed resolution. Second, we lack the means to integrate data across scales from different media (paper records, electronic worksheets, web-based) and sources (observations, experiments, simulations). Third, we lack sufficiently accurate

  5. Cleaner Production Assessment in Textile Industry

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    ZHANG Zhi-zong; LU Shu-yu

    2007-01-01

    Cleaner Production focuses on environmental improvement with economic benefits. Based on the benefit assessment home and abroad, the assessment method and wocess in textile industry is discussed, including maneuverable indicator system, mathematics model. According to corresponding principles of Cleaner Production, representative problems are mentioned. With Analytic Hierarchy Process and Fuzzy Mathematics, some enterprise is collected to attain the economic, environmental and social benefit of Cleaner Production. The results show that Cleaner Production improves utilization efficiency of resources, energy sources even waste, and creates conditions of Sustainable Development in textile industry.

  6. IMPACT OF COSOLVENT FLUSHING ON SUBSURFACE MICROBIAL ECOLOGY AT THE FORMER SAGE'S DRY CLEANER SITE

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    The Solvent Extraction Residual Biotreatment (SERB) technology was evaluated at the former Sage's Dry Cleaner site in Jacksonville, FL where an area of tetrachloroethylene (PCE) contamination was identified. The SERB technology is a treatment train approach to complete site rest...

  7. 7 CFR 2902.49 - Industrial cleaners.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 7 Agriculture 15 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Industrial cleaners. 2902.49 Section 2902.49... Items § 2902.49 Industrial cleaners. (a) Definition. Products used to remove contaminants, such as... water in pressure washers, or in hand wiping applications in industrial or manufacturing settings,...

  8. Evaluation of the cleaner technology programme

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    Andersen, Mikael Skou; Jørgensen, Ulrik

    The report presents an independent evaluation of the Danish development programme for cleaner technology 1986-1989 and of the Action Plan for Cleaner Technology 1990-1992. The evaluation focuses on the results of technology development and implementation projects, on an examination of the dissemi...... of the dissemination of cleaner technology solutions achieved in six industrial branches, and on the overall programme and its effects, in particular environmental impacts, but also results in the form of employment, environmental export, strenghtening of Danish know-how etc.......The report presents an independent evaluation of the Danish development programme for cleaner technology 1986-1989 and of the Action Plan for Cleaner Technology 1990-1992. The evaluation focuses on the results of technology development and implementation projects, on an examination...

  9. Enzymes Enhance Biofilm Removal Efficiency of Cleaners.

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    Stiefel, Philipp; Mauerhofer, Stefan; Schneider, Jana; Maniura-Weber, Katharina; Rosenberg, Urs; Ren, Qun

    2016-06-01

    Efficient removal of biofilms from medical devices is a big challenge in health care to avoid hospital-acquired infections, especially from delicate devices like flexible endoscopes, which cannot be reprocessed using harsh chemicals or high temperatures. Therefore, milder solutions such as enzymatic cleaners have to be used, which need to be carefully developed to ensure efficacious performance. In vitro biofilm in a 96-well-plate system was used to select and optimize the formulation of novel enzymatic cleaners. Removal of the biofilm was quantified by crystal violet staining, while the disinfecting properties were evaluated by a BacTiter-Glo assay. The biofilm removal efficacy of the selected cleaner was further tested by using European standard (EN) for endoscope cleaning EN ISO 15883, and removal of artificial blood soil was investigated by treating TOSI (Test Object Surgical Instrument) cleaning indicators. Using the process described here, a novel enzymatic endoscope cleaner was developed, which removed 95% of Staphylococcus aureus and 90% of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms in the 96-well plate system. With a >99% reduction of CFU and a >90% reduction of extracellular polymeric substances, this cleaner enabled subsequent complete disinfection and fulfilled acceptance criteria of EN ISO 15883. Furthermore, it efficiently removed blood soil and significantly outperformed comparable commercial products. The cleaning performance was stable even after storage of the cleaner for 6 months. It was demonstrated that incorporation of appropriate enzymes into the cleaner enhanced performance significantly.

  10. Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge: 2000 Greener Synthetic Pathways Award

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    Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge 2000 award winner, Roche Colorado, developed a greener synthesis for gancyclovir (Cytovene, a potent antiviral drug) that uses a second-generation Guanine Triester (GTE) process.

  11. Cleaner Production Practices, Environmental Management and National Policy Development in Malaysia for Electroplating Enterprises

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    Wangel, Arne; Mohamed, Maketab; Agamuthu, P.

    2004-01-01

    -operation for Environment and Development (DANCED), Ministry of Environment and Energy. SMEs were targeted within three sectors: Textile, food and electroplating industries. The paper illustrates the change process from the perspective of electroplating SMEs by reviewing the cleaner production options chosen, presenting...... figures on the results achieved, and discussing the experiences gained. Reviewing the approach and results of the Centre, as well as the status of cleaner production (CP) in Malaysia, the paper outlines the challenges for national policy making, when moving from promotion by project intervention towards...... sustainable practices in the SME sector at large. The paper draws upon data collection conducted by the research project 'A Study on Promotion and Implementation of Cleaner Production Practices in Malaysian Industry - Development of a National Program and Action Plan for Promotion of Cleaner Production'....

  12. Cleaner production: Minimizing hazardous waste in Indonesia

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    Bratasida, D.L. [BAPEDAL, Jakarta (Indonesia)

    1996-12-31

    In the second long-term development plan, industry plays a significant role in economic growth. In Indonesia, industries grow very fast; such fast growth can adversely effect the environment. Exploitation of assets can mean depletion of natural resources and energy, which, if incorrectly managed, can endanger human life and the environment. The inefficient use of natural resources will accelerate their exhaustion and generate pollution, resulting in environmental damage and threats to economic development and human well being. In recent years, changes in the approach used to control pollution have been necessary because of the increasing seriousness of the problems. Initial environmental management strategies were based on a carrying capacity approach; the natural assimilative capacity accommodated the pollution load that was applied. The environmental management strategies adopted later included technologies applied to the end of the discharge point (so-called {open_quotes}end-of-pipe{close_quotes} treatments). Until now, environmental management strategies focused on end-of-pipe approaches that control pollutants after they are generated. These approaches concentrate on waste treatment and disposal to control pollution and environmental degradation. However, as industry develops, waste volumes continue to increase, thereby creating further environmental problems. In addition, the wastes produced tend to have more complex characteristics and are potentially more difficult to treat for a reasonable cost. There are often technical and financial obstacles to regulatory compliance if waste treatment is relied on as the only means of achieving environmental objectives. Consequently, the reactive end-of-pipe treatment approach has been changed to a proactive cleaner production approach. This approach is based on the concept of sustainable development and is designed to prevent pollution as well as to protect natural resources and the quality of the environment.

  13. Guide to Air Cleaners in the Home

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    ... Ozone Generators that are Sold as Air Cleaners webpage for more information. The chart below provides a ... always safe and effective in removing pollutants. By design, they produce ozone, a lung irritant. In addition ...

  14. Computer-controlled Sophisticated Ultrasonic Cleaner

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    H. Muthurajan

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The significant advantage of ultrasonic cleaning technique is the abilities to clean the delicateand complex shape materials without damaging their surfaces quickly. Ultrasonic cleaners havefound increasing applications in a variety of industries because these offer an environmentallygood alternative to ozone-depleting compounds and hazardous solvents. Also, ultrasonicvibration is one of the methods for chemical synthesis (chemical reaction and of yieldenhancement of chemical engineering process. Consequently, there is a need to developmultipurpose ultrasonic cleaner/vibrator using computer control, which can be used to set thevarious performance parameter of ultrasonic vibrator such as frequency, duty cycle, continuous/pulsed mode, duration of operation, and thermal profile of tank during the process. An ultrasoniccleaner was developed using an oscillator circuit and the duration of oscillator circuit functioningcan be set through the computer. Computerised ultrasonic cleaner using indigenously madepiezoceramic transducers and their advantages over the conventional ultrasonic cleaners are discussed.

  15. GUIDE TO CLEANER TECHNOLOGIES: ORGANIC COATING REMOVAL

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    A cleaner technology is a source reduction or recycle method |applied to eliminate or significantly reduce hazardous waste generation. Source reduction includes product changes and source control. Source control can be further characterized as input material changes, technology...

  16. Education and Manpower development for Cleaner Production

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    Jørgensen, Michael Søgaard

    1996-01-01

    An overview of the needs for education and training for dissemination and implementation of cleaner production. Expericne from training in companies and training of officials from public authorities and from integration into engineering, business and management and social science curricula...

  17. QFD analysis of RSRM aqueous cleaners

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    Marrs, Roy D.; Jones, Randy K.

    1995-01-01

    This paper presents a Quality Function Deployment (QFD) analysis of the final down-selected aqueous cleaners to be used on the Redesigned Solid Rocket Motor (RSRM) program. The new cleaner will replace solvent vapor degreasing. The RSRM Ozone Depleting Compound Elimination program is discontinuing the methyl chloroform vapor degreasing process and replacing it with a spray-in-air aqueous cleaning process. Previously, 15 cleaners were down-selected to two candidates by passing screening tests involving toxicity, flammability, cleaning efficiency, contaminant solubility, corrosion potential, cost, and bond strength. The two down-selected cleaners were further evaluated with more intensive testing and evaluated using QFD techniques to assess suitability for cleaning RSRM case and nozzle surfaces in preparation for adhesive bonding.

  18. Education and Manpower development for Cleaner Production

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    Jørgensen, Michael Søgaard

    1996-01-01

    An overview of the needs for education and training for dissemination and implementation of cleaner production. Expericne from training in companies and training of officials from public authorities and from integration into engineering, business and management and social science curricula...

  19. HISTORIC ENERGY STAR Certified Room Air Cleaners

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — Certified models meet all ENERGY STAR requirements as listed in the Version 1.2 ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Room Air Cleaners that are effective as of July...

  20. Harvesting space for a greener earth

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    Matloff, Greg; Johnson, Les

    2014-01-01

    What was our planet like in years past? How has our civilization affected Earth and its ecology? Harvesting Space for a Greener Planet, the Second Edition of Paradise Regained: The Regreening of the Earth, begins by discussing these questions, and then generates a scenario for the restoration of Earth. It introduces new and innovative ideas on how we could use the Solar System and its resources for terrestrial benefit. The environmental challenges that face us today cannot be resolved by conservation and current technologies alone. Harvesting Space highlights the risk of humankind’s future extinction from environmental degradation. Population growth, global climate change, and maintaining sustainability of habitats for wildlife are all considered, among other issues. Rather than losing heart, we need to realize that the solutions to these problems lie in being good stewards of the planet and in the development of space. Not only will the solutions offered here avert a crisis, they will also provide the basi...

  1. The continuous acid-catalyzed dehydration of alcohols in supercritical fluids: A new approach to the cleaner synthesis of acetals, ketals, and ethers with high selectivity

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    Gray, W.K.; Smail, F.R.; Hitzler, M.G.; Ross, S.K.; Poliakoff, M.

    1999-11-24

    This report describes a new a continuous method for forming ethers, acetals and ketals using solid acid catalysts, DELOXAN ASP or AMBERLYST 15, and supercritical fluid solvents. In the case of ether formation, the authors observe a high selectivity for linear alkyl ethers with little rearrangement to give branches ethers. Such rearrangement is common in conventional synthesis. The approach is effective for a range of n-alcohols up to n-octanol and also for the secondary alcohol 2-propanol. In the reaction of phenol with an alkylating agent, the continuous reaction can be tuned to give preferential O- or C-alkylation with up to 49% O-alkylation with supercritical propene. The authors also investigate the synthesis of a range of cyclic ethers and show an improved method for the synthesis of THF from 1,4-butandiol under very mild conditions.

  2. Iron(III Fluorinated Porphyrins: Greener Chemistry from Synthesis to Oxidative Catalysis Reactions

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    Susana L. H. Rebelo

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Iron(III fluorinated porphyrins play a central role in the biomimetics of heme enzymes and enable cleaner routes to the oxidation of organic compounds. The present work reports significant improvements in the eco-compatibility of the synthesis of 5,10,15,20-tetrakis-pentafluorophenylporphyrin (H2TPFPP and the corresponding iron complex [Fe(TPFPPCl], and the use of [Fe(TPFPPCl] as an oxidation catalyst in green conditions. The preparations of H2TPFPP and [Fe(TPFPPCl] typically use toxic solvents and can be made significantly greener and simpler using microwave heating and optimization of the reaction conditions. In the optimized procedure it was possible to eliminate nitrobenzene from the porphyrin synthesis and replace DMF by acetonitrile in the metalation reaction, concomitant with a significant reduction of reaction time and simplification of the purification procedure. The Fe(IIIporphyrin is then tested as catalyst in the selective oxidation of aromatics at room temperature using a green oxidant (hydrogen peroxide and green solvent (ethanol. Efficient epoxidation of indene and selective oxidation of 3,5-dimethylphenol and naphthalene to the corresponding quinones is observed.

  3. Iron(III) Fluorinated Porphyrins: Greener Chemistry from Synthesis to Oxidative Catalysis Reactions.

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    Rebelo, Susana L H; Silva, André M N; Medforth, Craig J; Freire, Cristina

    2016-04-12

    Iron(III) fluorinated porphyrins play a central role in the biomimetics of heme enzymes and enable cleaner routes to the oxidation of organic compounds. The present work reports significant improvements in the eco-compatibility of the synthesis of 5,10,15,20-tetrakis-pentafluorophenylporphyrin (H₂TPFPP) and the corresponding iron complex [Fe(TPFPP)Cl], and the use of [Fe(TPFPP)Cl] as an oxidation catalyst in green conditions. The preparations of H₂TPFPP and [Fe(TPFPP)Cl] typically use toxic solvents and can be made significantly greener and simpler using microwave heating and optimization of the reaction conditions. In the optimized procedure it was possible to eliminate nitrobenzene from the porphyrin synthesis and replace DMF by acetonitrile in the metalation reaction, concomitant with a significant reduction of reaction time and simplification of the purification procedure. The Fe(III)porphyrin is then tested as catalyst in the selective oxidation of aromatics at room temperature using a green oxidant (hydrogen peroxide) and green solvent (ethanol). Efficient epoxidation of indene and selective oxidation of 3,5-dimethylphenol and naphthalene to the corresponding quinones is observed.

  4. IMPLEMENTATION OF CLEANER PRODUCTION STRATEGIES TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE CITY

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    CHEN Jie

    2004-01-01

    Rapid urbanization and growing size of cities will have an increasing impact on the global environment in the 21 st century.As an engine of urban development to drive economic growth and technological innovations,industry has moved its focus from controlling environmental hazards to stimulating sustainable industrial development throughout the entire product lifecycle.These process- and technology-driven innovations for industrial production are prerequisites for enhancement of urban environment and sustainable development of cities.In this review,problems of environment and resources scarcity associated with rapid urbanization are demonstrated.And,on the basis of expatiations on the concepts and policies of the cleaner production (CP) and other similar initiatives with the goal of preventing pollution at the source and of managing the raw material more efficiently,two different ways to link the practice of cleaner production in industrial sector with performance of urban environment are discussed in detail.Then,the introduction,practice and legislation of CP strategies in China are outlined,and possibility for China to develop CPC (Cleaner Practices for Cities) approaches in the demonstration cities is discussed.Finally,some suggestions on implementation of CPC strategies are put forward.

  5. Impaired odor perception in tank cleaners.

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    Ahlström, R; Berglund, B; Berglund, U; Lindvall, T; Wennberg, A

    1986-12-01

    The olfactory perception of 20 men (tank cleaners) exposed to petroleum products (while cleaning oil tanks) was examined. Office workers and watchmen were used as referents (N = 20 + 20). They were matched with regard to sex, age, and smoking habits. Odor detection thresholds and the perceived odor intensity of four odorous stimuli, pyridine, dimethyl disulfide (DMDS), n-butanol, and heating oil vapor (gas phase of heating oil heated to +40 degrees C), were determined. The results suggested that the tank cleaners had higher absolute odor thresholds for n-butanol and oil vapor than the referents. The psychophysical function of the tank cleaners and referents differed for all the tested substances in respect to odor intensity. The tank cleaners displayed an odor deficit analogous to the hearing loss known as "loudness recruitment," ie, normal perception of strong stimuli but impaired perception of weak stimuli. This odor deficit was therefore named "odor intensity recruitment" and seems, in tank cleaners, to be associated with occupational exposure to oil vapor.

  6. Health disparities between immigrant and Danish cleaners

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    Jørgensen, Marie B; Rasmussen, Charlotte D N; Carneiro, Isabella G

    2011-01-01

    ability, self-rated health, and musculoskeletal symptoms). In order to investigate differences between Danish and immigrant cleaners, logistic regression analyses and General Linear Models were performed. RESULTS: When controlling for age, sex, workplace, job seniority, and smoking, more Danish compared...... hundred and fifty-one cleaners, consisting of 166 Danes (88% women) and 179 immigrants (74% women) (6 with unknown ethnicity), from 9 workplaces in Denmark participated in the study. Health and work ability were obtained by objective (e.g., BMI and blood pressure) and self-reported measures (e.g., work...

  7. Research on Development Status and Countermeasures of Agricultural Cleaner Production

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    2011-01-01

    In the study,the connotation and objectives of agricultural cleaner production were introduced firstly,and then the development status of agricultural cleaner production in China was analyzed,and the problems existing in the development of agricultural cleaner production were pointed out.From the strategy of agricultural sustainable development,the necessity and feasibility of implementing agricultural cleaner production in China were discussed.Finally,some related countermeasures were put forward according...

  8. RELATION BETWEEN FUNCTION AND FORM IN VACUUM CLEANERS DESIGN

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    RADU Ștefan

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available The paper analyses how robotic vacuum cleaner works, describing their cleaning capabilities and additional features. The paper illustrates advantages of using robotic vacuum cleaners that have intelligent programming and a vacuum cleaning system, the components of a robotic vacuum cleaner. The paper develops aspects concerning to create 2D scale models for the evaluation of specific features of the new components for a prototype robotic vacuum cleaner.

  9. RELATION BETWEEN FUNCTION AND FORM IN VACUUM CLEANERS DESIGN

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    RADU Ștefan

    2015-01-01

    The paper analyses how robotic vacuum cleaner works, describing their cleaning capabilities and additional features. The paper illustrates advantages of using robotic vacuum cleaners that have intelligent programming and a vacuum cleaning system, the components of a robotic vacuum cleaner. The paper develops aspects concerning to create 2D scale models for the evaluation of specific features of the new components for a prototype robotic vacuum cleaner.

  10. 21 CFR 878.4410 - Low energy ultrasound wound cleaner.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Low energy ultrasound wound cleaner. 878.4410... (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES GENERAL AND PLASTIC SURGERY DEVICES Surgical Devices § 878.4410 Low energy ultrasound wound cleaner. (a) Identification. A low energy ultrasound wound cleaner is a device that...

  11. The Infraordinary as Spatial Discourse: Tongue of the Dry Cleaner

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    Lunde Nielsen, Espen

    2014-01-01

    of perception, I interrogated a London dry cleaner as an (infra-ordinary) urban function: Tongue of the Dry Cleaner uses creative writing and critical spatial practice as tools for gaining insight. It moves through the elements of the space and production line of the dry cleaner, unfolding it bit by bit...

  12. Drivers for Cleaner Production in Malaysian Industry

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    Wangel, Arne

    2003-01-01

    This working paper tries to piece together information on regulatory initiatives promoting cleaner production (CP) in Malaysian industry, as well as points of discussion on environmental performance in the sector. It draws upon initial data collection by the team of the research project ‘A Study ...

  13. GUIDE TO CLEANER TECHNOLOGIES: ORGANIC COATING REPLACEMENTS

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    This guide describes available and emerging cleaner technologies that can be used to reduce emissions and wastes from paint and coatings applications. Environmental concerns and increasing costs of organic chemicals and metals are leading to changes in the formulation of organic ...

  14. Union Spinning Mills - Cleaner Production option report

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    Wenzel, Henrik; Schneider, Zsig

    In October and November 2002 meetings were held between Union Spinning Mills and external consultants from the South African – Danish Cleaner Textile Production Project. Project participants from USM were: • From USM: Operations Director Johan Ferreira, Finishing Manager Anrico (Andrej) Kritzinger...

  15. Bacterial aerosolization from an ultrasonic cleaner.

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    Turner, A G; Wilkins, J R; Craddock, J G

    1975-03-01

    An ultrasonic device used for cleaning surgical instruments was found to produce a significant microbial aerosol. No correlation was found between the concentration of aerosol generated and the bacterial contamination in the cleaning solution. Table top contamination around the cleaner was due essentially to splash and dripping, and not from the settling of the aerosol. Recommendations are made for cleaning and disinfection protocols.

  16. Berg River Textiles - Cleaner Production Option Report

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    Wenzel, Henrik; Schneider, Zsig

    In October and November 2002 meetings were held between Berg River Textiles, Mr. Juan Laubscher, and external consultants from the South African – Danish Cleaner Textile Production Project, Mr. Zsig Schneider and Mr. Henrik Wenzel. This team of people collected information on recipes and flow...

  17. Berg River Textiles - Cleaner Production Option Report

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    Wenzel, Henrik; Schneider, Zsig

    In October and November 2002 meetings were held between Berg River Textiles, Mr. Juan Laubscher, and external consultants from the South African – Danish Cleaner Textile Production Project, Mr. Zsig Schneider and Mr. Henrik Wenzel. This team of people collected information on recipes and flow...

  18. New opportunities for biocatalysis: making pharmaceutical processes greener

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    Woodley, John

    2008-01-01

    , and in this review some of these opportunities are outlined and outstanding challenges presented. Future development will require research targeted towards increased commercial availability of key enzymes, as well as the improvement of enzyme stability and substrate repertoire, to fully realize the potential...... of biocatalysis for making pharmaceutical processes greener....

  19. GREENER SYNTHESIS OF NOBLE METAL NANOSTRUCTURES AND NANOCOMPOSITES

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    A brief account of a greener preparation of nanoparticles which reduces or eliminates the use and generation of hazardous substances is presented. The utility of vitamins B1 and B2, which can function both as reducing and capping agents, provides an extremely simple, one-pot, gre...

  20. Alternative solvents can make preparative liquid chromatography greener

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    Shen, Y.; Chen, B.; Beek, van T.A.

    2015-01-01

    To make preparative Reversed-Phase High Performance Liquid Chromatography (RP-pHPLC) greener, alternative solvents were considered among others in terms of toxicity, cost, safety, workability, chromatographic selectivity and elution strength. The less toxic solvents ethanol, acetone and ethyl acetat

  1. Too tired for exercise? The work and leisure of female cleaners in Denmark

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    Lenneis, Verena; Pfister, Gertrud Ursula

    2017-01-01

    on the relevant literature on women’s work–life balance and (migrant) women’s participation in LTPA, we approached their work and leisure from an intersectionality perspective and explored if and how female cleaners engaged in LTPA and which constraints impeded their involvement. The interviewees’ narratives......The aim of this study was to explore the opportunities and challenges of female cleaners with regard to participation in leisure time physical activity (LTPA). We gained information about their everyday lives via semi-structured interviews with 25 women, most of them from rural Turkey. Drawing...

  2. Cleaner Production Practices, Environmental Management and National Policy Development in Malaysia for Electroplating Enterprises

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    Wangel, Arne; Mohamed, Maketab; Agamuthu, P.

    2004-01-01

    figures on the results achieved, and discussing the experiences gained. Reviewing the approach and results of the Centre, as well as the status of cleaner production (CP) in Malaysia, the paper outlines the challenges for national policy making, when moving from promotion by project intervention towards...

  3. Combustion Chemistry Diagnostics for Cleaner Processes.

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    Kohse-Höinghaus, Katharina

    2016-09-12

    Climate change, environmental problems, urban pollution, and the dependence on fossil fuels demand cleaner, renewable energy strategies. However, they also ask for urgent advances in combustion science to reduce emissions. For alternative fuels and new combustion regimes, crucial information about the chemical reactions from fuel to exhaust remains lacking. Understanding such relations between combustion process, fuel, and emissions needs reliable experimental data from a wide range of conditions to provide a firm basis for predictive modeling of practical combustion processes.

  4. Enzymes Enhance Biofilm Removal Efficiency of Cleaners

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    2016-01-01

    Efficient removal of biofilms from medical devices is a big challenge in health care to avoid hospital-acquired infections, especially from delicate devices like flexible endoscopes, which cannot be reprocessed using harsh chemicals or high temperatures. Therefore, milder solutions such as enzymatic cleaners have to be used, which need to be carefully developed to ensure efficacious performance. In vitro biofilm in a 96-well-plate system was used to select and optimize the formulation of nove...

  5. An air cleaner for road tunnels

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    2003-01-01

    an air cleaner employing pulse induced plasma chemical process to remove dust and carbon monoxide (CO) in road tunnels is presented, which is composed of mainly a precipitator, a reactor, a flow control system, a power supply and a measurement system. Its performances are studied in simulated air conditions. It is found that the rate of dust removal is dependent on the voltage of the pulse power, the distance between the two dust collecting plates of the electrostatic precipitator,the effective length of the precipitator and the air flow rate in the precipitator, and that of CO removal is affected by the voltage and frequency of the super pulse power, the air flow rate in the reactor and the relative humidity of air. Applying such an cleaner of a proper design to the treatment of polluted air at a flow rate of 7 m/s can achieve the rate of dust removal up to 93 % and that of CO removal up to 72.6 %, which efficiently controls the concentrations of CO and dust under allowable limits. It is implied that the proposed air cleaner is a potential solution to air control in road tunnels, and is prominent for its performances and saving the huge cost of longitudinal ventilation tunnel or vertical vent and ventilation facilities.

  6. [Research and production of air cleaner for traveller train carriage].

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    Bi, Z

    1998-07-01

    After the traveller train carriage is closed, the air pollution would be serious in the carriage. In order to control the air pollution, the air cleaning technology must be studied and the air cleaner for the carriage must be designed. The authors discussed. 1. Working out a technology scheme and main technology parameter for the air cleaner, and the structure design of the air cleaner. 2. Texting the function and performance of the air cleaner. 3. Investigating the effectiveness of the cleaner in same train sections. Thereby it will be confirmed that the air cleaner can improve the air environment in the carriage, and give convincingly security to the health of attendants and travellers.

  7. Occupational exposures and health outcomes among Latina hotel cleaners.

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    Hsieh, Yu-Chin Jerrie; Apostolopoulos, Yorghos; Hatzudis, Kiki; Sönmez, Sevil

    2014-01-01

    The poor working conditions of Latina hotel cleaners render them particularly vulnerable to elevated occupational hazards that lead to adverse health outcomes. This article presents a comprehensive review of occupational risks (including physical, chemical, biological, and psychosocial risk factors) and health outcomes (including musculoskeletal disorders, respiratory diseases, dermatological diseases and allergies, and psychological disorders) for Latina hotel cleaners, within their unique sociocultural contexts. Preventive interventions for improving Latina hotel cleaners' work and health conditions are recommended.

  8. Cleaner combustion developing detailed chemical kinetic models

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    Battin-Leclerc, Frédérique; Blurock, Edward

    2013-01-01

    This overview compiles the on-going research in Europe to enlarge and deepen the understanding of the reaction mechanisms and pathways associated with the combustion of an increased range of fuels. Focus is given to the formation of a large number of hazardous minor pollutants and the inability of current combustion models to predict the  formation of minor products such as alkenes, dienes, aromatics, aldehydes and soot nano-particles which have a deleterious impact on both the environment and on human health. Cleaner Combustion describes, at a fundamental level, the reactive chemistry of min

  9. Auto Disinfectant Cleaner using AVR microcontroller

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    M. Huned

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The trend of microcontroller in industrial as well as domestic application is increasing now-a-days. The use of microcontroller is increasing due to the following advantages/features of controller such as Processor reset, Device clocking, central processor, RAM, I/O pins and Instruction cycle timers. There are two types ofmicrocontroller available. They are- Embedded (8,16,32-bit and Digital Signal Processors. Now-a-days advanced controllers such as PIC, ARM and AVR are widely used in which AVR is used mostly due to several advantages. The disinfectant cleaner used by doctors to clean the medical instruments specially used in Endoscopy are very large in size, bulky and costly. The design of Disinfectant Cleaner is cost effective, light in weight, mobile and user friendly. Atmel AVR 8- and 32-bit microcontrollers deliver a unique combination of performance, power efficiency, and design flexibility. Optimized to speed time to market, they are based on the industry's most code-efficient architecture for C and assembly programming. No other microcontrollers deliver more computing performance with better power efficiency.

  10. Aerobic exercise reduces biomarkers related to cardiovascular risk among cleaners

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    Korshøj, Mette; Ravn, Marie Højbjerg; Holtermann, Andreas

    2016-01-01

    an aerobic exercise worksite intervention changes the level of inflammation biomarkers among cleaners. METHODS: The design was a cluster-randomized controlled trial with 4-month worksite intervention. Before the 116 cleaners aged 18-65 years were randomized, they signed an informed consent form...... of cardiovascular overload....

  11. 7 CFR 2902.35 - Bathroom and spa cleaners.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 7 Agriculture 15 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Bathroom and spa cleaners. 2902.35 Section 2902.35... Items § 2902.35 Bathroom and spa cleaners. (a) Definition. Products that are designed to clean and/or prevent deposits on surfaces found in bathrooms and spas including, but not necessarily limited to, bath...

  12. Water resources protection today: end-of-pipe technology and cleaner production. Case study of the Czech Odra River watershed.

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    Chour, V

    2001-01-01

    This paper reports on integrated watershed-based protection and sustainable use of water resources to increase the effectiveness of water pollution abatement. The approach includes improvements in end-of-pipe waste-water treatment technologies and implementation of Cleaner Production (CP) principles and policies within the watershed. An example of the general effectiveness of this approach is illustrated by the Czech Odra River Cleaner Production Project where reductions in pollution were achieved with improved industrial production. The CP theme is worth considering as an important challenge for the IWA.

  13. Simulation of particle distribution in a room with air cleaner

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    Ardkapan, Siamak Rahimi; Afshari, Alireza; Nielsen, Peter V.

    2012-01-01

    gas and particles with different sizes.The proper turbulence model was selected after comparing the results with the behaviour of the gass in the test room. The simulations showed the effect that the location of an air cleaner had on the particle level. The results showed that the location of the air...... and particle phase model for simulating an air cleaner in a room. In addition, the aim is to study the impact of location of an air cleaner in a room. The dynamics of the particle inside a room was simulated by computational fluid dynamics software. Furthermore, the air change rate was measured by both tracer...... cleaner in relation to inlet, outlet and particle source had a significant effect on the effectiveness of the air cleaner....

  14. Cleaner wrasse influence habitat selection of young damselfish

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    Sun, D.; Cheney, K. L.; Werminghausen, J.; McClure, E. C.; Meekan, M. G.; McCormick, M. I.; Cribb, T. H.; Grutter, A. S.

    2016-06-01

    The presence of bluestreak cleaner wrasse, Labroides dimidiatus, on coral reefs increases total abundance and biodiversity of reef fishes. The mechanism(s) that cause such shifts in population structure are unclear, but it is possible that young fish preferentially settle into microhabitats where cleaner wrasse are present. As a first step to investigate this possibility, we conducted aquarium experiments to examine whether settlement-stage and young juveniles of ambon damselfish, Pomacentrus amboinensis, selected a microhabitat near a cleaner wrasse (adult or juvenile). Both settlement-stage (0 d post-settlement) and juvenile (~5 weeks post-settlement) fish spent a greater proportion of time in a microhabitat adjacent to L. dimidiatus than in one next to a control fish (a non-cleaner wrasse, Halichoeres melanurus) or one where no fish was present. This suggests that cleaner wrasse may serve as a positive cue during microhabitat selection. We also conducted focal observations of cleaner wrasse and counts of nearby damselfishes (1 m radius) to examine whether newly settled fish obtained direct benefits, in the form of cleaning services, from being near a cleaner wrasse. Although abundant, newly settled recruits (reinforces the potentially important role of mutualism during the processes of settlement and recruitment of young reef fishes.

  15. Effects of noncontact cleaners on transparent solar materials

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    Hampton, H.L.; Lind, M.A.

    1979-04-01

    A brief study has been undertaken to evaluate the performance of noncontact cleaning agents for use on solar collectors. Several techniques are used to compare cleansing agents which have been recommended by their respective manufacturers for cleaning solar mirrors. Wetting and residue buildup properties are evaluated for over 50 of these commercially available cleaners. The wetting properties of each cleaner are evaluated by measuring the growth of the contact area of a constant volume drop as a function of time. Losses due to residue buildup are solar weighted and considered equally with the wetting parameters and cost figures to construct a figure of merit for cleaner comparison.

  16. Greener routes to organics and nanomaterials: Sustainable applications of nano-catalysts (JA)

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    Sustainable synthetic activity involving alternate energy input and greener reaction medium in aqueous or under solvent-free conditions is summarized. This includes the synthesis of heterocyclic compounds, coupling reactions, and a variety of reactions catalyzed by basic water o...

  17. Preliminary Design of an Automated White Board Cleaner

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    An International Multidisciplinary Journal, Ethiopia. Vol. 8 (2), Serial No. ... The mechanism of the automated board cleaner entails a horizontal motion. The design is aimed ..... The production cost of chains is relatively high. (ii) The chain drive.

  18. Cleaner production for solid waste management in leather industry ...

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    Cleaner production for solid waste management in leather industry. ... are generated which include wastewater effluents, solid wastes, and hazardous wastes. ... industries discharge wastes into the environment without any proper treatment.

  19. Risk Assessment: Perchloroethylene Dry Cleaners Refined Human Health Risk Characterization

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    This November 2005 memo and appendices describe the methods by which EPA conducted its refined risk assessment of the Major Source and Area Source facilities within the perchloroethylene (perc) dry cleaners source category.

  20. Cleaner Coal in China [Chinese Version

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    2009-07-01

    China’s rapid economic growth has aroused intense interest around the world. Policy makers, industrialists, investors, environmentalists, researchers and others want to better understand the issues that this populous nation faces as it further develops an already thriving economy largely fuelled by coal. This study sheds light on the Chinese coal supply and transformation sectors. China’s rapid economic growth has aroused intense interest around the world. Policy makers, industrialists, investors, environmentalists, researchers and others want to better understand the issues that this populous nation faces as it further develops an already thriving economy largely fuelled by coal. This study sheds light on the Chinese coal supply and transformation sectors. China’s coal, mined locally and available at a relatively low cost, has brought enormous benefits to energy consumers in China and to those outside the country who enjoy the products of its coal-based economy. Yet from another perspective, China’s coal use has a high cost. Despite progress, health and safety in the thousands of small coal mines lag far behind the standards achieved in China’s modern, large mines. Environmental degradation is a real and pressing problem at all stages of coal production, supply and use. Adding to these burdens, emissions of carbon dioxide are of concern to the Chinese government as it embarks on its own climate protection strategy. Technology solutions are already transforming the way coal is used in China and elsewhere. This study explores the context in which the development and deployment of these technologies can be accelerated. Providing a large amount of new data, it describes in detail the situation in China as well as the experiences of other countries in making coal cleaner. Above all, the report calls for much greater levels of collaboration – existing bi-lateral and multi-lateral co-operation with China on coal is found lacking. China’s growing openness

  1. Cleaner technology development--some practical steps for developing countries.

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    Rathi, A K A; Bhanujan, K V

    2004-10-01

    Cleaner technologies often originate from developed countries. Little developmental work is continued on the products sourced from developing countries. These products are by and large low value products generating large quantities of hazardous waste per unit of production. Methodology is proposed for phasing out such dirty technologies! products. The development of cleaner technologies is proposed for utilizing large quantity of hazardous waste generated from identified manufacturing process.

  2. Stimuli-Responsive/Rheoreversible Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids as a Greener Alternative to Support Geothermal and Fossil Energy Production

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    Jung, Hun Bok; Carroll, KC; Kabilan, Senthil; Heldebrant, David J.; Hoyt, David W.; Zhong, Lirong; Varga, Tamas; Stephens, Sean A.; Adams, Lexor; Bonneville, Alain; Kuprat, Andrew P.; Fernandez, Carlos A.

    2015-01-01

    Cost-effective yet safe creation of high-permeability reservoirs within deep bedrock is the primary challenge for the viability of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) and unconventional oil/gas recovery. Although fracturing fluids are commonly used for oil/gas, standard fracturing methods are not developed or proven for EGS temperatures and pressures. Furthermore, the environmental impacts of currently used fracturing methods are only recently being determined. Widespread concerns about the environmental contamination have resulted in a number of regulations for fracturing fluids advocating for greener fracturing processes. To enable EGS feasibility and lessen environmental impact of reservoir stimulation, an environmentally benign, CO2-activated, rheoreversible fracturing fluid that enhances permeability through fracturing (at significantly lower effective stress than standard fracturing fluids) due to in situ volume expansion and gel formation is investigated herein. The chemical mechanism, stability, phase-change behavior, and rheology for a novel polyallylamine (PAA)-CO2 fracturing fluid was characterized at EGS temperatures and pressures. Hydrogel is formed upon reaction with CO2 and this process is reversible (via CO2 depressurization or solubilizing with a mild acid) allowing removal from the formation and recycling, decreasing environmental impact. Rock obtained from the Coso geothermal field was fractured in laboratory experiments under various EGS temperatures and pressures with comparison to standard fracturing fluids, and the fractures were characterized with imaging, permeability measurement, and flow modeling. This novel fracturing fluid and process may vastly reduce water usage and the environmental impact of fracturing practices and effectively make EGS production and unconventional oil/gas exploitation cost-effective and cleaner.

  3. Genesis Ultrapure Water Megasonic Wafer Spin Cleaner

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    Allton, Judith H.; Stansbery, Eileen K.; Calaway, Michael J.; Rodriquez, Melissa C.

    2013-01-01

    A device removes, with high precision, the majority of surface particle contamination greater than 1-micron-diameter in size from ultrapure semiconductor wafer materials containing implanted solar wind samples returned by NASA's Genesis mission. This cleaning device uses a 1.5-liter/minute flowing stream of heated ultrapure water (UPW) with 1- MHz oscillating megasonic pulse energy focused at 3 to 5 mm away from the wafer surface spinning at 1,000 to 10,000 RPM, depending on sample size. The surface particle contamination is removed by three processes: flowing UPW, megasonic cavitations, and centripetal force from the spinning wafer. The device can also dry the wafer fragment after UPW/megasonic cleaning by continuing to spin the wafer in the cleaning chamber, which is purged with flowing ultrapure nitrogen gas at 65 psi (.448 kPa). The cleaner also uses three types of vacuum chucks that can accommodate all Genesis-flown array fragments in any dimensional shape between 3 and 100 mm in diameter. A sample vacuum chuck, and the manufactured UPW/megasonic nozzle holder, replace the human deficiencies by maintaining a consistent distance between the nozzle and wafer surface as well as allowing for longer cleaning time. The 3- to 5-mm critical distance is important for the ability to remove particles by megasonic cavitations. The increased UPW sonication time and exposure to heated UPW improve the removal of 1- to 5-micron-sized particles.

  4. Simultaneous Blind Separation and Recognition of Speech Mixtures Using Two Microphones to Control a Robot Cleaner

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    Heungkyu Lee

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes a method for the simultaneous separation and recognition of speech mixtures in noisy environments using two‐channel based independent vector analysis (IVA on a home‐robot cleaner. The issues to be considered in our target application are speech recognition at a distance and noise removal to cope with a variety of noises, including TV sounds, air conditioners, babble, and so on, that can occur in a house, where people can utter a voice command to control a robot cleaner at any time and at any location, even while a robot cleaner is moving. Thus, the system should always be in a recognition‐ready state to promptly recognize a spoken word at any time, and the false acceptance rate should be lower. To cope with these issues, the keyword spotting technique is applied. In addition, a microphone alignment method and a model‐based real‐time IVA approach are proposed to effectively and simultaneously process the speech and noise sources, as well as to cover 360‐degree directions irrespective of distance. From the experimental evaluations, we show that the proposed method is robust in terms of speech recognition accuracy, even when the speaker location is unfixed and changes all the time. In addition, the proposed method shows good performance in severely noisy environments.

  5. Going clean : new technology makes coal greener

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    Robinson, H.

    2007-09-15

    As a widely distributed and reliable resource, coal has played an important role in industrial development. At a cost of less than US $2.00 per GJ, coal will remain a valuable resource as the demand for energy increases. The science of clean coal technology is proven and applications are being formed, particularly in carbon dioxide sequestration. Examples of clean coal technology include oxy-fuel combustion, amine scrubbing and coal gasification. All these approaches produce energy while emitting CO{sub 2} gas that is relatively pure and can be easily captured for storage, thereby preventing emissions to the atmosphere. The Canadian Clean Power Coalition has determined that coal gasification has considerable potential in Canada, particularly since Alberta sits above some of the largest coal and oil reserves in the world. Gasification involves heating up a coal feedstock at high temperatures and pressure, in the presence of water in the form of steam. Synthesis gas and hydrogen are produced in the process. The produced CO{sub 2} is concentrated in a way that makes it relatively easy to capture and sequester in the earth or used to enhance the recovery of oil from depleted oil wells. In addition to coal, there are numerous other carbon-based materials that can be gasified, including bitumens, bitumen residuals or petroleum coke. Studies have shown that Alberta's sub-bituminous coal is an ideal candidate for gasification. There are industries in Alberta that need hydrogen for feedstock, and the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin provides a vast storage for pure CO{sub 2}. It was concluded that gasification is the only current technology that will have the ability to significantly reduce the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere from fossil fuels. The greatest challenge is the capital cost of building the coal gasification facilities. 4 figs.

  6. Greener energy systems energy production technologies with minimum environmental impact

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    Jeffs, Eric

    2012-01-01

    Recent years have seen acceleration in the development of cleaner energy systems. In Europe and North America, many old coal-fired power plants will be shut down in the next few years and will likely be replaced by combined cycle plants with higher-efficiency gas turbines that can start up and load quickly. With the revival of nuclear energy, designers are creating smaller nuclear reactors of a simpler integrated design that could expand the application of clean, emission-free energy to industry. And a number of manufacturers now offer hybrid cars with an electric motor and a gasoline engine t

  7. Trade unions and cleaner production: perspectives and proposals for action.

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    Roelofs, C

    1999-01-01

    Despite their reputation for linking progress and security to dirty smokestacks, many trade unions around the world have designed and fought for sophisticated environmental policies--many of which promote a radical restructuring of production in order to prevent environmental harm. This article surveys trade union perspectives on cleaner production and offers examples of trade union action for cleaner production in the United States and around the world. Two general conceptual frameworks arising out of union writing on the subject--the "Transition Position" and the European-based "Harmony of Interests"--are elaborated. The article concludes with recommendations for employee participation in pollution prevention activities and ideas for a trade union agenda on cleaner production.

  8. Wind power electricity: the bigger the turbine, the greener the electricity?

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    Caduff, Marloes; Huijbregts, Mark A J; Althaus, Hans-Joerg; Koehler, Annette; Hellweg, Stefanie

    2012-05-01

    Wind energy is a fast-growing and promising renewable energy source. The investment costs of wind turbines have decreased over the years, making wind energy economically competitive to conventionally produced electricity. Size scaling in the form of a power law, experience curves and progress rates are used to estimate the cost development of ever-larger turbines. In life cycle assessment, scaling and progress rates are seldom applied to estimate the environmental impacts of wind energy. This study quantifies whether the trend toward larger turbines affects the environmental profile of the generated electricity. Previously published life cycle inventories were combined with an engineering-based scaling approach as well as European wind power statistics. The results showed that the larger the turbine is, the greener the electricity becomes. This effect was caused by pure size effects of the turbine (micro level) as well as learning and experience with the technology over time (macro level). The environmental progress rate was 86%, indicating that for every cumulative production doubling, the global warming potential per kWh was reduced by 14%. The parameters, hub height and rotor diameter were identified as Environmental Key Performance Indicators that can be used to estimate the environmental impacts for a generic turbine. © 2012 American Chemical Society

  9. Food security: contributions from science to a new and greener revolution.

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    Beddington, John

    2010-01-12

    There is an intrinsic link between the challenge we face to ensure food security through the twenty-first century and other global issues, most notably climate change, population growth and the need to sustainably manage the world's rapidly growing demand for energy and water. Our progress in reducing global poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals will be determined to a great extent by how coherently these long-term challenges are tackled. A key question is whether we can feed a future nine billion people equitably, healthily and sustainably. Science and technology can make a major contribution, by providing practical solutions. Securing this contribution requires that high priority be attached both to research and to facilitating the real world deployment of existing and emergent technologies. Put simply, we need a new, 'greener revolution'. Important areas for focus include: crop improvement; smarter use of water and fertilizers; new pesticides and their effective management to avoid resistance problems; introduction of novel non-chemical approaches to crop protection; reduction of post-harvest losses; and more sustainable livestock and marine production. Techniques and technologies from many disciplines, ranging from biotechnology and engineering to newer fields such as nanotechnology, will be needed.

  10. Planning of the evaluation of cleaner production experiences in the CEPITA companies

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    Jørgensen, Michael Søgaard

    1998-01-01

    The report describes the theoretical and methodological background for the evaluation in 1998 of the cleaner production implementation in a nu,mber of Tanzanian companies taking part in a DANIDA financed cleaner production develeopment project in 1994-95......The report describes the theoretical and methodological background for the evaluation in 1998 of the cleaner production implementation in a nu,mber of Tanzanian companies taking part in a DANIDA financed cleaner production develeopment project in 1994-95...

  11. Evaluation Of Manufacturers' Attitude To Cleaner Production Strategy Implementation

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    Ludmila Zahvoyska; Lesya Linynska

    2011-01-01

    Preferences of the Ltd «Yaz'm» staff concerning introduction of cleaner production strategy are examined using factor analysis, namely Q-methodology. Four paradigms of views are identified. These findings allow better understanding of stakeholders' motivation to introduce the preventive production strategy.

  12. Actual problems of municipal cleaner’s waste waters

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    Konko¾ová Patrícia

    2000-03-01

    Full Text Available In paper are evaluated social and economical changes in water economy with emphasis on complex evaluation of municipal cleaner’s waste waters with respect of legislative, position of ownerskip relationskips and financial security of public experiences of water economy.

  13. Psychosocial work factors and shoulder pain in hotel room cleaners.

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    Burgel, Barbara J; White, Mary C; Gillen, Marion; Krause, Niklas

    2010-07-01

    Hotel room cleaners have physically demanding jobs that place them at high risk for shoulder pain. Psychosocial work factors may also play a role in shoulder pain, but their independent role has not been studied in this group. Seventy-four percent (941 of 1,276) of hotel room cleaners from five Las Vegas hotels completed a 29-page survey assessing health status, working conditions, and psychosocial work factors. For this study, 493 of the 941 (52%) with complete data for 21 variables were included in multivariate logistic regression analyses. Fifty-six percent reported shoulder pain in the prior four weeks. Room cleaners with effort-reward imbalance (ERI) were three times as likely to report shoulder pain (OR 2.99, 95% CI 1.95-4.59, P = 0.000) even after adjustment for physical workload and other factors. After adjustment for physical workload, job strain and iso-strain were not significantly associated with shoulder pain. ERI is independently associated with shoulder pain in hotel room cleaners even after adjustment for physical workload and other risk factors. 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  14. Psychosocial work environment among immigrant and Danish cleaners

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    Olesen, Kasper; Carneiro, Isabella G; Jørgensen, Marie B;

    2012-01-01

    Non-Western cleaners have been shown to have poorer health than their Danish colleagues. One reason could be a poorer psychosocial work environment. However, it is unknown if differences in self-reported psychosocial work environment exist between non-Western and Danish workers within the same...

  15. On Cleaner Technologies in a Transboundary Pollution Game

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    Benchekroun, H.; Ray Chaudhuri, A.

    2009-01-01

    We show that in a non-cooperative transboundary pollution game, a cleaner technology (i.e., a decrease in the emission to output ratio) induces each country to increase its emissions and ultimately can yield a higher level of pollution and reduce social welfare.

  16. The Development Of Cleaner Production Practices Between Environmental

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    Wangel, Arne; Mohamed, Maketab; Agamuthu, P.

    2003-01-01

    (DANCED), Ministry of Environment and Energy. Small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) were targeted within three sectors: Textile, food and electroplating industries. The paper illustrates the change process from the perspective of electroplating SMEs by reviewing the cleaner production options chosen...

  17. The Development Of Cleaner Production Practices Between Environmental

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    Wangel, Arne; Mohamed, Maketab; Agamuthu, P.

    2003-01-01

    (DANCED), Ministry of Environment and Energy. Small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) were targeted within three sectors: Textile, food and electroplating industries. The paper illustrates the change process from the perspective of electroplating SMEs by reviewing the cleaner production options chosen...

  18. You Can Help Keep the Air Cleaner -- Every Day

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    ... when ozone is expected to be high: Conserve electricity and set your air conditioner at a higher temperature. Choose a cleaner commute—share a ride to work or use public transportation. Bicycle or walk to errands when possible. Refuel cars ...

  19. Diesel engines vs. spark ignition gasoline engines -- Which is ``greener``?

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    Fairbanks, J.W. [Dept. of Energy, Washington, DC (United States)

    1997-12-31

    Criteria emissions, i.e., NO{sub x}, PM, CO, CO{sub 2}, and H{sub 2}, from recently manufactured automobiles, compared on the basis of what actually comes out of the engines, the diesel engine is greener than spark ignition gasoline engines and this advantage for the diesel engine increases with time. SI gasoline engines tend to get out of tune more than diesel engines and 3-way catalytic converters and oxygen sensors degrade with use. Highway measurements of NO{sub 2}, H{sub 2}, and CO revealed that for each model year, 10% of the vehicles produce 50% of the emissions and older model years emit more than recent model year vehicles. Since 1974, cars with SI gasoline engines have uncontrolled emission until the 3-way catalytic converter reaches operating temperature, which occurs after roughly 7 miles of driving. Honda reports a system to be introduced in 1998 that will alleviate this cold start problem by storing the emissions then sending them through the catalytic converter after it reaches operating temperature. Acceleration enrichment, wherein considerable excess fuel is introduced to keep temperatures down of SI gasoline engine in-cylinder components and catalytic converters so these parts meet warranty, results in 2,500 times more CO and 40 times more H{sub 2} being emitted. One cannot kill oneself, accidentally or otherwise, with CO from a diesel engine vehicle in a confined space. There are 2,850 deaths per year attributable to CO from SI gasoline engine cars. Diesel fuel has advantages compared with gasoline. Refinery emissions are lower as catalytic cracking isn`t necessary. The low volatility of diesel fuel results in a much lower probability of fires. Emissions could be improved by further reducing sulfur and aromatics and/or fuel additives. Reformulated fuel has become the term covering reducing the fuels contribution to emissions. Further PM reduction should be anticipated with reformulated diesel and gasoline fuels.

  20. Hyphenation of optimized microfluidic sample preparation with nano liquid chromatography for faster and greener alkaloid analysis

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    Shen, Y.; Beek, van T.A.; Zuilhof, H.; Chen, B.

    2013-01-01

    A glass liquid–liquid extraction (LLE) microchip with three parallel 3.5 cm long and 100 µm wide interconnecting channels was optimized in terms of more environmentally friendly (greener) solvents and extraction efficiency. In addition, the optimized chip was successfully hyphenated with nano-liquid

  1. Greener iodination of arenes using sulphated ceria-zirconia catalysts in polyethylene glycol

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    An environmentally benign method for the selective monoiodination of diverse aromatic compounds has been developed using reusable sulphated ceria-zirconia under mild conditions. The protocol provides moderate to good yields of aryl iodides in PEG-200 as a greener solvent. The cat...

  2. Hyphenation of optimized microfluidic sample preparation with nano liquid chromatography for faster and greener alkaloid analysis

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    Shen, Y.; Beek, van T.A.; Zuilhof, H.; Chen, B.

    2013-01-01

    A glass liquid–liquid extraction (LLE) microchip with three parallel 3.5 cm long and 100 µm wide interconnecting channels was optimized in terms of more environmentally friendly (greener) solvents and extraction efficiency. In addition, the optimized chip was successfully hyphenated with nano-liquid

  3. Risk Reduction via Greener Synthesis of Noble Metal Nanostructures and Nanocomposites (Presentation)

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    A brief account of greener production of nanoparticles which reduces or eliminates the use and generation of hazardous substances is presented. The utility of vitamins B1 and B2, which can function both as reducing and capping agents, provides an extremely simple, one-pot, greene...

  4. Microwave-Assisted Organic Synthesis in the Organic Teaching Lab: A Simple, Greener Wittig Reaction

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    Martin, Eric; Kellen-Yuen, Cynthia

    2007-01-01

    A greener, microwave-assisted Wittig reaction has been developed for the second-semester organic teaching laboratory. Utilizing this microwave technique, a variety of styrene derivatives have been successfully synthesized from aromatic aldehydes in good yields (41-68%). The reaction not only occurs under neat reaction conditions, but also employs…

  5. The Life, Work and Recreational Physical Activity of Female Cleaners

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    Lenneis, Verena

    by the Copenhagen Centre for Team Sport and Health, a part of the PhD project was to organize and evaluate a workplace physical activity programme that used team games as the main form of exercise. Via participant observation and semi-structured interviews with 42 cleaners and their supervisors I gained insights...... targeting cleaners or other marginalized groups of the population must pay specific attention to structural factors such as the organization of the labour market or to the gendered division of work....... into their experiences with and great challenges to participate in a worksite fitness programme as well as their work, family and everyday lives, their previous experiences with sport and exercise and their health-related knowledge, opinions and practices. Although each of the four articles had a different focus...

  6. Cleaner production in a remanufacturing process of air compressors.

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    Esquer, Javier; Arvayo, Jose Angel; Alvarez-Chavez, Clara Rosalia; Munguia-Vega, Nora Elba; Velazquez, Luis

    2017-03-01

    This article provides relevant results of a cleaner production program conducted in a company dedicated to remanufacturing air compressors in the city of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. The overall study design was based on an integration of acknowledged cleaner production and pollution prevention programs. Although this kind of program also involves environmental issues, this study focused on occupational health and safety by addressing different aspects of the work environment: ergonomic, physical (noise and lighting), and chemical. Particularly, ergonomic aspects were evaluated through the Modular Arrangement of Predetermined Time Standards (MODAPTS) method. For physical aspects, noise and lighting were addressed through Standard No. NOM-011-STPS-2001 and Standard No. NOM-025-STPS-2008 respectively. In addition, chemical aspects were analyzed through material safety data sheets and different search tools. Root causes of each risk were identified, and options to prevent, eliminate, and/or reduce each risk have been provided.

  7. The Life, Work and Recreational Physical Activity of Female Cleaners

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    Lenneis, Verena

    by the Copenhagen Centre for Team Sport and Health, a part of the PhD project was to organize and evaluate a workplace physical activity programme that used team games as the main form of exercise. Via participant observation and semi-structured interviews with 42 cleaners and their supervisors I gained insights...... into their experiences with and great challenges to participate in a worksite fitness programme as well as their work, family and everyday lives, their previous experiences with sport and exercise and their health-related knowledge, opinions and practices. Although each of the four articles had a different focus...... targeting cleaners or other marginalized groups of the population must pay specific attention to structural factors such as the organization of the labour market or to the gendered division of work....

  8. Cleaner Production: A Growing Movement in Brazilian Companies

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    Oduvaldo Vendrametto

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Cleaner Production (CP is gaining emphasis in both world and Brazilian production sectors. Nature’s warnings indicating the exhaustion of any capacity to absorb and regenerate waste, stricter legislation regarding pollution emitters, market competitiveness associated with environmental and social responsibility cause concerns and lead to actions to reduce aggressions against the environment. This paper shows evidence of this concern and presents cases in which a large automotive industry, acting as a partner to suppliers, promotes changes in how it delivers its products, eliminating large cardboard, plastic and wood packaging. A small company had a similar initiative, reducing the use of cardboard and plastic packaging. More important is the revelation of a widely dispersed, yet growing and incremental movement of responsibilities among companies.The benefits of cleaner production implementation were evaluated by confronting environmental and financial assessment. For the ambient evaluation, it will be used methodology of Material Intensity (Wuppertal Institute, a.

  9. THE STATE OF RESEARCH ON CLEANER PRODUCTION IN BRAZIL

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    Geraldo Cardoso Oliveira Neto; Fábio Ytoshi Shibao; Moacir Godinho Filho

    2016-01-01

    The application of cleaner production (CP) practices in companies is not commonplace in Brazil. Moreover, there are significant difficulties in establishing partnerships among universities, companies, and the government. However, an increase in the number of companies concerned about the impacts of industrial activities on the environment has enabled the development of CP research. Hence, using a literature review and a bibliometric analysis to quantify the scientific production o...

  10. Aqueous Alkaline Cleaners: An Alternative to Organic Solvents

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    synthetic detergents : anionic, cationic, and nonionic.2 𔃼󈧡 " Anionic surfactants possess a negative charge on the surface active ion. The charge is...tripolyphosphates for soil suspension, scale prevention, and rinsing; and synthetic detergents to improve oil penetration. 27 It is important to emphasize that the...cleaners include sodium and potassium hydroxide, silicates, phosphates, and carbonates. Surfactants are typically synthetic detergents that provide the

  11. A novel cleaner production process of citric acid by recycling its treated wastewater.

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    Xu, Jian; Su, Xian-Feng; Bao, Jia-Wei; Zhang, Hong-Jian; Zeng, Xin; Tang, Lei; Wang, Ke; Zhang, Jian-Hua; Chen, Xu-Sheng; Mao, Zhong-Gui

    2016-07-01

    In this study, a novel cleaner production process of citric acid was proposed to completely solve the problem of wastewater management in citric acid industry. In the process, wastewater from citric acid fermentation was used to produce methane through anaerobic digestion and then the anaerobic digestion effluent was further treated with air stripping and electrodialysis before recycled as process water for the later citric acid fermentation. This proposed process was performed for 10 batches and the average citric acid production in recycling batches was 142.4±2.1g/L which was comparable to that with tap water (141.6g/L). Anaerobic digestion was also efficient and stable in operation. The average chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal rate was 95.1±1.2% and methane yield approached to 297.7±19.8mL/g TCODremoved. In conclusion, this novel process minimized the wastewater discharge and achieved the cleaner production in citric acid industry.

  12. IMPLEMENTING CLEANER PRODUCTION IN ROMANIAN INDUSTRIAL ENTERPRISES IN TERMS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

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    PAUL BOGDAN ZAMFIR

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper I propose to emphasize the necessity of implementation cleaner production in industrial enterprises from our country in the contemporary context of sustainable development through extensive use of renewable resources. On this backgroung it is important to note that in accordance with recent scientific studies and research in the field of analyzed phenomenon it is suggested the idea that obtaining a cleaner production by industrial enterprises becomes a sine qua non condition in the achievement process of sustainable development objectives. Moreover, it is obvious that the integration of Romanian industrial enterprises into the paradigm of sustainable development is essentially possible in obtaining a clean production through evacuation into the natural environment of minimum quantity of waste and pollutants. In this paper the scientific argumentation is achieved by using the specific methods of research elaborated in the area of analysis theme such as: methods of quantitative measurement and qualitative analysis. Also in the strucure of this paper are inserted some current statistical data that show the adaptation level of Romanian industry to sustainable development objectives. Finally it is important to emphansize that all results of economic research and major conclusions which are presented in this article are based on a series of specialized studies and official documents among that are highlighted in the content of this scientific approach such as : Europe 2020 Strategy, National Sustainable Development Strategy Romania 2013–2020–2030, National Strategy of Waste Management 2014- 2020.

  13. Integrated Technology Air Cleaners (ITAC): Design and Evaluation

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    Fisk, William J.; Cohn, Sebastian; Destaillats, Hugo; Henzel, Victor; Sidheswaran, Meera; Sullivan, Douglas P.

    2013-09-13

    The primary objective of this project was to design, build, and test an air cleaner for residential use with the potential to substantially improve indoor air quality, or maintain indoor air quality unchanged, when outdoor air ventilation rates are reduced to save energy. Two air cleaners were designed and fabricated. The design targets for airflow rate, fan power, and projected cost were met. In short term laboratory studies, both units performed as expected; however, during field studies in homes, the formaldehyde removal performance of the air cleaners was much lower than expected. In subsequent laboratory studies, incomplete decomposition of some indoor air volatile organic compounds, with formaldehyde as a product of partial decomposition of volatile organic compounds, was confirmed as the explanation for the poor formaldehyde removal performance in the field studies. The amount of formaldehyde produced per unit of decomposition of other volatile organic compounds was substantially diminished by increasing the amount of catalyst on the filter and also by decreasing the air velocity. Together, these two measures reduced formaldehyde production, per unit destruction of other volatile organic compounds, by a factor of four, while increasing the removal efficiency of volatile organic compounds by a factor of 1.4. A company with a southern California office is conducting studies in conjunction with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, with the goal of incorporating the ITAC catalytic air cleaning technology in their future commercial products.

  14. Task sequencing for autonomous robotic vacuum cleaners

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    Gorbenko, Anna; Popov, Vladimir

    2017-07-01

    Various planning problems for robotic systems are of considerable interest. One of such problems is the problem of task sequencing. In this paper, we consider the problem of task sequencing for autonomous vacuum floor cleaning robots. We consider a graph model for the problem. We propose an efficient approach to solve the problem. In particular, we use an explicit reduction from the decision version of the problem to the satisfiability problem. We present the results of computational experiments for different satisfiability algorithms.

  15. Different Pathways for Achieving Cleaner Urban Areas

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    Schippl, J.; Gudmundsson, Henrik; Sørensen, Claus Hedegaard

    2016-01-01

    The 2011 White Paper on Transport of the European Commission spells out a series of targets for 2030 and 2050. One of the 10 targets is explicitly related to urban transport and stipulates: ''Halve the use of 'conventionally fuelled' cars in urban transport by 2030; phase them out in cities by 2050....... Achieve essentially CO2-free city logistics in major urban centres by 2030.'' With this paper we present and discuss a roadmap that deals with the question who needs to do what by when in order to reach the White Paper goal for urban transport. The ''stakeholder-driven'' roadmap was developed in the FP7...... project TRANSFORuM. The paper will present the key findings and the suggested action steps identified in the roadmap. The paper will also exemplify three possible urban transformation pathways towards the urban target. This approach emerged from stakeholder consultations which highlighted the need to take...

  16. The Costs of a Cleaner baltic Sea

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    Brodersen, Sisse Liv; Konrad, Maria Theresia Hedegaard; Hasler, Berit;

    2009-01-01

    of the results was nutrient reduction targets for each country - the BSAP targets. Because the Baltic Sea is such an international marine area, receiving pollutants from many  countries, an international approach is necessary to make effective solutions. But is the BSAP the most cost-effective solution...... to the regulation of the Baltic Sea? And does the BSAP result in cost-effective reductions in the different countries, which is a requirement of the Water Framework Directive and the Marine Strategy Directive?   These questions are studied and answered using a cost minimisation model for the Baltic sea, initially...... the BSAP targets are set as target reductions for each countries.  The comparison reveals what the additional costs of fulfilling a political target for each country are instead pursuing a cost effective solution for the Baltic Sea.  In addition  we simulate cost minimising solutions for obtaining...

  17. Ultrafine particle removal and generation by portable air cleaners

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    Waring, Michael S.; Siegel, Jeffrey A.; Corsi, Richard L.

    Portable air cleaners can both remove and generate pollutants indoors. To investigate these phenomena, we conducted a two-phase investigation in a 14.75 m 3 stainless steel chamber. In the first phase, particle size-resolved (12.6-514 nm diameter) clean air delivery rates (CADR) and efficiencies were determined, as were ozone emission rates, for two high-efficiency particle arresting (HEPA) filters, one electrostatic precipitator with a fan, and two ion generators without fans. The two HEPA air cleaners had count average CADR (standard deviation) of 188 (30) and 324 (44) m 3 h -1; the electrostatic precipitator 284 (62) m 3 h -1; and the two ion generators 41 (11) and 35 (13) m 3 h -1. The electrostatic precipitator emitted ozone at a rate of 3.8±0.2 mg h -1, and the two ion generators 3.3±0.2 and 4.3±0.2 mg h -1. Ozone initiates reactions with certain unsaturated organic compounds that produce ultrafine and fine particles, carbonyls, other oxidized products, and free radicals. During the second phase, five different ion generators were operated separately in the presence of a plug-in liquid or solid air freshener, representing a strong terpene source. For air exchange rates of between 0.49 and 0.96 h -1, three ion generators acted as steady-state net particle generators in the entire measured range of 4.61-157 nm, and two generated particles in the range of approximately 10 to 39-55 nm. Terpene and aldehyde concentrations were also sampled for one ion generator, and concentrations of terpenes decreased and formaldehyde increased. Given these results, the pollutant removal benefits of ozone-generating air cleaners may be outweighed by the generation of indoor pollution.

  18. Barriers and drivers in creating greener plastic toys: A technology management methodology

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    Falk Jensen, Maibritt; Liltorp, Helle; Tambo, Torben

    2012-01-01

    Given materials scarcity and drive for greener consumer products, marketers strive for redesigning products and realigning supply chains to accomplish these challenges. Plastic toys impose a complicated challenge as entertainment value, product safety, durability, globalization, cost, and environ......Given materials scarcity and drive for greener consumer products, marketers strive for redesigning products and realigning supply chains to accomplish these challenges. Plastic toys impose a complicated challenge as entertainment value, product safety, durability, globalization, cost...... of greening of the product portfolio based on management of the individual technologies of creative design, mold design, polymers, and supply chain. The study is conducted within plastic toys, but results are applicable to a wide range of durable consumer products....

  19. Design of policy mechanism to promote cleaner production in China.

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    Zhang, T Z

    2001-07-01

    In order to promote cleaner production in China, a package of policy options was presented based on the identification of the barriers encountered in the CP demonstration project and the effectiveness and feasibility of policy options for the CP implementation were analyzed. Furthermore, the policy mechanism framework was given, which composes of compulsory, economic incentive, social pressure and supportive function. Finally, the implementation strategy of the policy mechanism, in which the emphasis will be changed from compulsory policy options towards economic and social pressure policy options, was proposed.

  20. Transition to an intelligent use of cleaner biomass stoves

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    Luis Teles de Carvalho, Ricardo; Jensen, Ole Michael; Vicent, Estela D.

    2016-01-01

    In Europe, inappropriate user behaviours in the operation of wood-burning stoves (WBSs) results in substantial energy losses where fireplaces and conventional stoves are major contributors to undue emissions of health damaging fine particulate matter (PM2.5). The design and adoption of cleaner WBSs...... and their contribution to residential heating. Laboratory and energy simulations were performed to study their thermal efficiency, PM2.5 emissions and the influence of their usage on the indoor climate. This work shows that the operation of enclosed stoves in uninsulated Iberian homes emit more PM2.5 than the Ecodesign...

  1. Standard Practice for Effects of Cleaners on Unpainted Aircraft Surfaces

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    2008-01-01

    1.1 This practice describes the procedure used to determine the effect of cleaners on unpainted aircraft surfaces. Visual observation is used for determining streaking or permanent stains which require polishing to remove. 1.2 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information. 1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

  2. Design study of the KAGRA output mode cleaner

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    Kumeta, Ayaka; Bond, Charlotte; Somiya, Kentaro

    2015-02-01

    Most second-generation gravitational-wave detectors employ an optical resonator called an output mode cleaner (OMC), which filters out junk light from the signal and the reference light, before it reaches the detection photodiode located at the asymmetric port of the large-scale interferometer. The optical parameters of the OMC should be carefully chosen to satisfy the requirements to filter out unwanted light whilst transmitting the gravitational-wave signal. We use the simulation program FINESSE and realistic mirror phase maps that have the same surface quality as the KAGRA test masses to find out a proper design of the KAGRA OMC.

  3. Design of policy mechanism to promote cleaner production in China

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    2001-01-01

    In order to promote cleaner production in China, a package of policy options was presented based on the identification of the barriers encountered in the CP demonstration project and the effectiveness and feasibility of policy options for the CP implementation were analyzed.Furthermore, the policy mechanism framework was giyen, which composes of compulsory, economic incentive, social pressure and supportive function. Finally, the implementation strategy of the policy mechanism, in which the emphasis will be changed from compulsory Policy options towards economic and social pressure policy options, was proposed.

  4. NASA Rocket Propulsion Test Replacement Effort for Oxygen System Cleaner - Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) 225

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    DeWitt Burns, H.; Mitchell, Mark A.; Lowrey, Nikki M.; Farner, Bruce R.; Ross, H. Richard

    2014-01-01

    Gaseous and liquid oxygen are extremely reactive materials used in bipropellant propulsion systems. Both flight and ground oxygen systems require a high level of cleanliness to support engine performance, testing, and prevent mishaps. Solvents used to clean and verify the cleanliness of oxygen systems and supporting test hardware must be compatible with the system's materials of construction and effective at removing or reducing expected contaminants to an acceptable level. This paper will define the philosophy and test approach used for evaluating replacement solvents for the current Marshall Space Flight Center/Stennis Space Center baseline HCFC-225 material that will no longer be available for purchase after 2014. MSFC/SSC applications in cleaning / sampling oxygen propulsion components, support equipment, and test system were reviewed then candidate replacement cleaners and test methods selected. All of these factors as well as testing results will be discussed.

  5. Survey of Greener Ignition and Combustion Systems for Internal Combustion Engines

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    Luo, Wuqiao; Li, Yun; Tian, Zhong; Gao, Bo; Tong, Ling; Wang, Houjun; Zeng, Baoqing

    2015-01-01

    The spark and compression ignition principles of, petrol and diesel internal combustion engines (ICEs) have, not advanced for a century. These do not lead to complete, combustion and hence result in high exhaust emission and, low energy efficiency. This paper presents a comprehensive survey on the attempts and developments of greener ignition, and combustion systems for ICEs and points out that, homogeneous charge microwave ignition (HCMI) holds the, key to a perfect solution. Increasing the ...

  6. Synthesis of Schiff Bases via Environmentally Benign and Energy-Efficient Greener Methodologies

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    Arshi Naqvi

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Non classical methods (water based reaction, microwave and grindstone chemistry were used for the preparation of Schiff bases from 3-chloro-4-fluoro aniline and several benzaldehydes. The key raw materials were allowed to react in water, under microwave irradiation and grindstone. These methodologies constitute an energy-efficient and environmentally benign greener chemistry version of the classical condensation reactions for Schiff bases formation.

  7. Investigation of nanoparticle transformations to guide the design of greener products and processes

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    Hutchison, James

    2012-02-01

    Nanoscale particles and products containing nanoparticles hold promise as higher performance materials; however, there are concerns that the production and use of nanoparticles might negatively impact human health or the environment. Within the context of greener nanoscience we aim to maximize the benefits, while minimizing hazards, of nanoscale products. A significant gap in the knowledge needed to develop greener products and processes is our understanding of the formation and transformation of nanoparticles. Such studies of nanoparticle dynamics are technically challenging and few studies have been reported. In this presentation, I will describe convenient methods to monitor nanoparticle dynamics and show how knowledge of nanoparticle transformations can guide the design of greener products and processes. In one example, chemically-modified transmission electron microscopy (TEM) grids are used to directly visualize silver nanoparticle transformations on surfaces. By indexing the TEM grids, it was possible to examine the same nanoparticles repeatedly throughout exposure to different environments. These studies show that larger particles can act as a source of smaller nanoparticles and that much larger particles also produce nanoparticles. With this knowledge, an improved design of nanoparticle coatings for antimicrobial fabrics was developed. A second example involves the use of small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) to monitor nanoparticle formation reactions in solution in real-time. A combination of beam-line and lab-scale SAXS measurements, combined with simultaneous optical studies, showed that particle growth and coalescence compete under typical synthesis conditions, leading to loss of structural definition of the product. This mechanistic insight, in turn, guided the design of efficient and greener syntheses of well-defined nanoparticles.

  8. Environmental Technology Verification: Supplement to Test/QA Plan for Biological and Aerosol Testing of General Ventilation Air Cleaners; Bioaerosol Inactivation Efficiency by HVAC In-Duct Ultraviolet Light Air Cleaners

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    The Air Pollution Control Technology Verification Center has selected general ventilation air cleaners as a technology area. The Generic Verification Protocol for Biological and Aerosol Testing of General Ventilation Air Cleaners is on the Environmental Technology Verification we...

  9. THE STATE OF RESEARCH ON CLEANER PRODUCTION IN BRAZIL

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    Geraldo Cardoso Oliveira Neto

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The application of cleaner production (CP practices in companies is not commonplace in Brazil. Moreover, there are significant difficulties in establishing partnerships among universities, companies, and the government. However, an increase in the number of companies concerned about the impacts of industrial activities on the environment has enabled the development of CP research. Hence, using a literature review and a bibliometric analysis to quantify the scientific production of CP, published in a congress promoted by the Journal of Cleaner Production in Brazil, and an analysis of social networks using UCINET-Draw, this study contributes to the current state of CP research in Brazil. Despite remarkable developments, shareholders and entrepreneurs still lack knowledge about the subsidies/funds to implement CP made available by the government, which would improve the implementation of CP practices. Moreover, university research programs may help companies to generate innovations in this field. This study is one of the first to review CP practices in Brazil, and proposes a framework to promote CP practices in Brazil.

  10. 76 FR 71342 - Proposed CERCLA Administrative Cost Recovery Settlement; River Forest Dry Cleaners Site, River...

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    2011-11-17

    ... AGENCY Proposed CERCLA Administrative Cost Recovery Settlement; River Forest Dry Cleaners Site, River... proposed administrative settlement for recovery of past response costs concerning the River Forest Dry Cleaners site in River Forest, Cook County, Illinois with the following settling party: Edward...

  11. Removing seed coat fragments with a lint cleaner grid bar air knife

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    Seed coat fragments (SCF) in ginned lint cause spinning problems at the textile mill and undesirable defects in finished goods. Work continued on developing an air knife that may help remove SCF from ginned lint. The air knife is mounted on the 1st lint cleaner grid bar of a saw-type lint cleaner,...

  12. Pressure pain sensitivity maps, self-reported musculoskeletal disorders and sickness absence among cleaners

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    Binderup, Asbjørn Thalund; Holtermann, Andreas; Søgaard, Karen

    2011-01-01

     months among cleaners. METHODS: About 29 cleaners filled out a self-administered questionnaire regarding health, work-related measures and musculoskeletal disorders. Subsequently, PPTs were measured at (1) tibialis anterior (control location, 1 point), (2) the neck-shoulder (48 points) and (3) the low...... back regions (27 points). LTSA was defined as ten or more consecutive workdays with sick leave. RESULTS: The PPT maps revealed the spatial heterogeneity in mechanical sensitivity among cleaners. The level of pain in the neck and dominant shoulder and upper back within the last 7 days correlated...... negatively with most PPT measurements. The group of cleaners with LTSA had significantly lower levels of PPT (large effects) in the neck-shoulder region than the cleaners with no LTSA (P ...

  13. Study on the evaluation system for the cleaner production of the mine

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    Chen Jianhong; Wang Bin

    2007-01-01

    It is important to establish the evaluation system of the cleaner production of the mining enterprise,which can provide the technical support and guidance for the cleaner production evaluation and facilitating the promotion of cleaner productive techniques so as to realize the integration of economic development and environmental protection.This paper,according to the characteristic of mining and Analytic Hierarchy Process(AHP),establishes the evaluation index system,puts forward the overall quantitative evaluation method based on Fuzzy Mathematics and the experts'experience,and establishes the evaluation system of cleaner production.The main problems in cleaner production of the mine are analyzed by calculation,and some countermeasures and suggestions are proposed.

  14. Cleaner cooking solutions to achieve health, climate, and economic cobenefits.

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    Anenberg, Susan C; Balakrishnan, Kalpana; Jetter, James; Masera, Omar; Mehta, Sumi; Moss, Jacob; Ramanathan, Veerabhadran

    2013-05-07

    Nearly half the world's population must rely on solid fuels such as biomass (wood, charcoal, agricultural residues, and animal dung) and coal for household energy, burning them in inefficient open fires and stoves with inadequate ventilation. Household solid fuel combustion is associated with four million premature deaths annually; contributes to forest degradation, loss of habitat and biodiversity, and climate change; and hinders social and economic progress as women and children spend hours every day collecting fuel. Several recent studies, as well as key emerging national and international efforts, are making progress toward enabling wide-scale household adoption of cleaner and more efficient stoves and fuels. While significant challenges remain, these efforts offer considerable promise to save lives, improve forest sustainability, slow climate change, and empower women around the world.

  15. Design study of the KAGRA output mode-cleaner

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    Kumeta, Ayaka; Somiya, Kentaro

    2014-01-01

    Most second-generation gravitational-wave detectors employ an optical resonator called an output mode-cleaner (OMC), which filters out junk light from the signal and the reference light, before it reaches the detection photodiode located at the asymmetric port of the large-scale interferometer. The optical parameters of the OMC should be carefully chosen to satisfy the requirements to filter out unwanted light whilst transmitting the gravitational wave signal and reference light. The Japanese gravitational-wave detector KAGRA plans to use a very small amount of reference light to minimize the influence of quantum noise for gravitational waves from binary neutron stars, and hence the requirements to the OMC are more challenging than for other advanced detectors. In this paper, we present the result of numerical simulations, which verify that the OMC requirements are satisfied with the current design. We use the simulation program FINESSE and realistic mirror phase maps that have the same surface quality as the...

  16. Cleaner production at pharmaceutical industry: first steps assessment

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    Edilaine Conceição Rezende

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The Cleaner Production (CP is an environmental management system effective to comply the environmental obligations and promote sustainable development of enterprises. In this study, the implementing possibilities of CP practices were evaluated to pharmaceutical industry, through prior identification procedures for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Practices. The study was conducted in a scientific and health care institution, which produces pharmaceutical drugs and makes assistance for public health. The production process was evaluated and made a survey of the main points of waste and sewage generations in each stage, in order to diagnose the measures of CP established and propose new actions. Thus, by using this tool, it was possible to demonstrate the reduction of environmental impacts associated with pharmaceutical production. The Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Practices also contributed to the implementation of measures CP, preserving the final product quality, and generating environmental and economic benefits.

  17. Evolution and diversification of National Cleaner Production Centres (NCPCs).

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    Van Berkel, Rene

    2010-07-01

    Since 1994 UNIDO and UNEP cooperate in a Programme to establish National Cleaner Production Centres (NCPCs) as a mechanism for delivery of Cleaner Production (CP) services to businesses, governments and other organisations. In 2007, 38 NCPCs were operational in 37 developing and transition countries. While initially set up in near-identical ways in each country, over time NCPCs evolved in response to both programme-internal and country-level factors. The resulting diversity among NCPCs is described and analysed here. Differentiation and specialisation had occurred in service areas or topics both within and between NCPCs, however without a clear strategy for integration and synergy. NCPCs were becoming part of expanding networks of business services providers nationally forcing some to focus on audit and training services (tier 1), and others on specialist services in CP technology and/or policy (tier 2) and/or networking services (tier 3). All NCPCs were on a trajectory from a project management organisation to a nationally-owned entity. The different management requirements were not proactively managed and technical aspects of CP service delivery overshadowed institutional and governance aspects of establishing and operating the NCPC institution. Differences in service delivery methods between NCPCs are most evident in three service areas: CP assessments; policy advice; and transfer of Environmentally Sound Technologies. It is argued here that understanding root causes and benefits of this presently-observed differentiation, could lay the foundation for capturing and advancing best practice CP concepts, methods and policies. This in turn would enable strategic planning for customised interventions and support at the national level. Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Bacterial and fungal aerosols in the work environment of cleaners

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: Cleaning services are carried out in almost all sectors and branches of industry. Due to the above, cleaners are exposed to various harmful biological agents, depending on the tasks performed and the commercial sector involved. The aim of this study was to assess the exposure of cleaning workers to biological agents based on quantitative and qualitative characteristics of airborne microflora. Material and methods: A six-stage Andersen sampler was used to collect bioaerosols during the cleaning activities in different workplaces, including schools, offices, car services, healthy services and shops. Standard Petri dishes filled with blood trypticase soy agar and malt extract agar were used for bacterial and fungal sampling, respectively. Results: The bioaerosol concentration values obtained during testing of selected workposts of cleaners were lower than the Polish recommended threshold limit values for microorganisms concentrations in public service. The most prevalent bacterial species in studied places were Gram-positive cocci (mainly of genera Micrococcus, Staphylococcus and endospore-forming Gram-positive rods (mainly of genera Bacillus. Among the most common fungal species were those from genera Penicillium and Aspergillus. The size distribution analysis revealed that bioaerosols present in the air of workposts at shops, schools and car services may be responsible for nose and eye mucosa irritation and allergic reactions in the form of asthma or allergic inflammation in the cleaning workers. Conclusions: The study shows that occupational activities of cleaning workers are associated with exposure to airborne biological agents classified into risk groups, 1. and 2., according to their level of infection risk, posing respiratory hazard. Med Pr 2015;66(6:779–791

  19. Reactions of dairy cows during the operation of a robotic slat cleaner

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    Anna Stülpner

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available During manure removal, robotic slat cleaners move in close proximity to dairy cows. The present study investigated the influence of a robotic cleaner on the animals by video recording and analysing their reactions. As most important influence factors concerning individual animal reactions, the small proportion of 8 % of marked reactions by cows to the slat robot as well as the actual distance between the cows and the slat robot, indicated a good adaption of dairy cows to the equipment. Observation of the complete herd of cows demonstrated that animals increased their movement from lying area to feeding area while the robotic slat cleaner was operating.

  20. Specific immunoglobulin measurements related to exposure and resistance to Schistosoma mansoni infection in Sudanese canal cleaners

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    Satti, M.Z.; Lind, Peter; Vennervald, B.J.;

    1996-01-01

    The present work comprises a longitudinal study of Schistosoma mansoni infection in occupationally hyper-exposed canal cleaners in the Sudan and the influence of chemotherapy on humoral immune parameters. The study groups included chronically infected canal cleaners (n = 19), newly recruited canal...... was used to detect specific IgE and IgG subclasses in response to whole worm antigen (WWH) and soluble egg antigen (SEA) before and 3 months after praziquantel treatment in the groups of canal cleaners and before and 1 year after treatment in normally exposed adults. When intensity of infection...

  1. Low-cost nanomaterials toward greener and more efficient energy applications

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    Lin, Zhiqun

    2014-01-01

    This book will cover the most recent progress on the use of low-cost nanomaterials and development of low-cost/large scale processing techniques for greener and more efficient energy related applications, including but not limited to solar cells, energy storage, fuel cells, hydrogen generation, biofuels, etc. Leading researchers will be invited to author chapters in the field with their expertise. Each chapter will provide general introduction to a specific topic, current status of research and development, research challenges and outlook for future direction of research. This book aims

  2. The challenge of a greener European construction sector: Views on technology-driven (eco)innovation

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    Jofre, Sergio

    The aim of this report is to disseminate crossdisciplinary knowledge regarding innovation in the European construction sector. The review focuses on the challenge of incrementing the productivity and competitiveness of the sector while increasing its environmental sustainability. In this context......, particular emphasis is given to the description and discussion of technology-driven eco-innovation initiatives such us nanotechnologies for a greener construction. Although the scope of this report covers the European construction sector, most data presented is at an EU scale. In this context, particular...

  3. SUSTAINABILITY IN PELLETIZING IRON ORE THROUGH THE INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY AND CLEANER PRODUCTION PROGRAM

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    Cristiano Farias Coelho; Gudelia Morales

    2013-01-01

      This study aims to analyze the practices of a pelletizing iron ore industry with respect to adoption of pollution prevention measures, suggested by applying the concepts of Cleaner Production and Material Flow Analysis...

  4. A randomised controlled trial among cleaners--effects on strength, balance and kinesiophobia

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    Jørgensen, Marie Birk; Ektor-Andersen, John; Sjøgaard, Gisela

    2011-01-01

    , and kinesiophobia from CBTr. The improved strength, postural balance and kinesiophobia may improve the cleaners' tolerance for high physical work demands. Future studies should investigate the potential in the combination of PCT and CBTr in a workplace intervention. Current controlled trials ISRCTN96241850.......%, respectively. ITT-analyses showed that CBTr reduced kinesiophobia compared to PCT and REF (p study including PCT and CBTr among cleaners improved strength and postural balance from PCT......Cleaners constitute a job group with poor health and low socioeconomic resources. Therefore, there is a great need for scientifically documented health promoting initiatives for cleaners. However, both workplace initiatives and high quality intervention studies are lacking. The aim of this study...

  5. [Acroosteolysis in PVC autoclave cleaners: history of an occupational disease].

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    Zocchetti, C; Osculati, A; Colosio, C

    2010-01-01

    This paper examines the history of an occupational disease which has now disappeared: acroosteolysis of manual tank cleaners in the production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is a rare disease characterized by destructive alterations of the distal phalanges of the hands. All the available literature on this disease was examined. The history of acroosteolysis was studied within the general framework of the history of the discovery of adverse health effects of exposure to vinyl chloride, and this history was studied up to the end of the 1960's. The disease was observed for the first time in mid-1963 in Belgium (Jemeppe) in a chemical plant operated by Solvay, and affected two workers whose job was the manual cleaning of vessels used for the polymerization of vinyl chloride; similar cases occurred in almost all PVC production plants all over the world, but not in the plants where the main activity was the production of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM). Little more than one hundred cases are described in the scientific literature, and this number increases by a few dozen if we consider known but unpublished cases. These figures confirm the rarity of the disease, which peaked at the end of the 1960's and disappeared during the 1970's, probably due to the complete elimination of manual reactor cleaning. Observation of the disease lasted no more than fifteen years and the disease was not replicated in experimental conditions on animals. The disease was clinically characterized, had a short latency (from several months to several years), was rare and unequivocally linked to the manual cleaning of PVC polymerization tanks. However many questions still remain open: the period when the disease first appeared (many years after the start of PVC production in the world), the etiology of the disease (the most accredited hypothesis considers three concomitant factors: a chemical factor--one of the many substances used during polymerization, and particularly vinyl chloride monomer

  6. Seasonal and geographical differences in cleaner fish activity in the Mediterranean Sea

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    Zander, Dieter C.; Sötje, Ilka

    2002-02-01

    Investigations into symbioses may be important in order to analyse the grade of stability in ecosystems. Host-cleaner relationships were investigated in two localities of the Mediterranean Sea: Giglio (Tuscany, Italy) and Banyuls-sur-Mer (France). The cleaner wrasse, Symphodus melanocercus, was the main cleaner. Supplementary cleaners, such as the young of several wrasses, Symphodus mediterraneus, Symphodus ocellatus, Symphodus tinca, Coris julis and Ctenolabrus rupestris, are able to help out in times when there is a shortage of cleaners. Differences between the localities were obvious by a greater fish (host) density in Banyuls, which is probably due to eutrophication and might improve and increase cleaner activities. Regarding two seasons, spring and late summer, the fishes presented a lower degree of activity in Giglio, but a higher one in Banyuls - in late summer compared with spring. The main hosts were Chromis chromis, Symphodus tinca and Coris julis; additionally Diplodus sargus in Banyuls and Apogon imberbis in Giglio. Chromis chromis may be a key host species because of its distribution in large groups in the whole Mediterranean; Coris julis is of similar abundance. Symphodus melanocercus additionally came into contact with Symphodus tinca in order to partake of the food of the peacock wrasse. During cleaning activities, Diplodus sargus and other sparids present hesitant behaviour, where the cleaner probably picks more than parasites (skin, scales?) from the body surface. Apogon imberbis (which prefers dark habitats such as caves) totally rejects the main cleaner but was cleaned exclusively by Coris julis which, unlike Symphodus melanocercus, is regularly present near cave entrances. The investigations may present models of the evolutionary processes on specialised partnerships in ecosystems.

  7. Spectral sensitivity, spatial resolution and temporal resolution and their implications for conspecific signalling in cleaner shrimp.

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    Caves, Eleanor M; Frank, Tamara M; Johnsen, Sönke

    2016-02-01

    Cleaner shrimp (Decapoda) regularly interact with conspecifics and client reef fish, both of which appear colourful and finely patterned to human observers. However, whether cleaner shrimp can perceive the colour patterns of conspecifics and clients is unknown, because cleaner shrimp visual capabilities are unstudied. We quantified spectral sensitivity and temporal resolution using electroretinography (ERG), and spatial resolution using both morphological (inter-ommatidial angle) and behavioural (optomotor) methods in three cleaner shrimp species: Lysmata amboinensis, Ancylomenes pedersoni and Urocaridella antonbruunii. In all three species, we found strong evidence for only a single spectral sensitivity peak of (mean ± s.e.m.) 518 ± 5, 518 ± 2 and 533 ± 3 nm, respectively. Temporal resolution in dark-adapted eyes was 39 ± 1.3, 36 ± 0.6 and 34 ± 1.3 Hz. Spatial resolution was 9.9 ± 0.3, 8.3 ± 0.1 and 11 ± 0.5 deg, respectively, which is low compared with other compound eyes of similar size. Assuming monochromacy, we present approximations of cleaner shrimp perception of both conspecifics and clients, and show that cleaner shrimp visual capabilities are sufficient to detect the outlines of large stimuli, but not to detect the colour patterns of conspecifics or clients, even over short distances. Thus, conspecific viewers have probably not played a role in the evolution of cleaner shrimp appearance; rather, further studies should investigate whether cleaner shrimp colour patterns have evolved to be viewed by client reef fish, many of which possess tri- and tetra-chromatic colour vision and relatively high spatial acuity.

  8. A GREENER SYNTHESIS OF CORE (FE, CU)-SHELL (AU, PT, PD AND AG) NANOCRYSTALS USING AQUEOUS VITAMIN C

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    A greener method to fabricate the novel core (Fe and Cu)-shell (noble metals) metal nanocrystals using aqueous ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is described. Transition metal salts such as Cu and Fe were reduced using ascorbic acid, a benign naturally available antioxidant, and then add...

  9. A greener electrodeposition recipe for ZnO films in terawatt photovoltaics

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    Zhou, Bin; Han, Xiaofei [School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287 (United States); Feng, Qing [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019 (United States); Tao, Meng, E-mail: meng.tao@asu.edu [School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287 (United States)

    2012-09-01

    Electrodeposition of ZnO can be performed in an aqueous solution using a greener recipe, where the solution can be reused for multiple deposition runs. The solution in this greener recipe has only one function, i.e. to provide electrical conductivity for the deposition reactions. A Zn sheet serves as the anode, which dissolves during the deposition as the Zn source. O{sub 2} is bubbled into the solution and reduced to OH{sup -} ions as the O source. This recipe minimizes concentration changes in the solution as deposition proceeds, making the solution reusable. An initial Zn{sup 2+} concentration of a few mM in the solution is required, not to serve as a Zn source but to facilitate the deposition and prevent precipitation of ZnO in the solution. Multiple deposition runs for ZnO films in the same solution have been demonstrated. X-ray diffraction, optical transmittance and absorption spectra reveal that all the ZnO films have similar structural and optical properties. They all display high transmittance of {approx} 80% and low absorbance of {approx} 10%. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A new ZnO electrodeposition recipe is developed where the solution is reusable. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Waste solutions from ZnO electrodeposition are reduced by over four fold. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ZnO films from the same solution show high transmittance and low absorbance.

  10. Maximizing the Sustainability of Cement Utilization in Building Projects through the Use of Greener Materials

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    Mark Bediako

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Greener technologies and sustainable developments are currently among the main tools used by many industries in shaping the world for a better future. The construction industry that is known to have numerous negative impact on sustainability is now wide awake on sustainable measures which can aid in reducing its negative impact. In this work, green cement was produced from pyroprocessed clay (PC at 800°C and mixed together with Portland cement. This paper presents both laboratory tests and some field applications of green cement application. Laboratory tests performed included setting times, compressive strength, and shrinkage. Field applications of the green cement are shown. Results from the work showed that well-proportioned greener cement gained strengths between 11% and 30% more than Portland cement at standard curing period of 3, 7, 14, and 28 days. However, in real statistical terms, there was no difference between Portland cement and green cement strength performance. Shrinkage from both total and autogenous tests also showed insignificant differences between the two cements. The study recommends the use of green cements with pozzolanic origin than only Portland cement as a way to maximize sustainability in building projects.

  11. Reputation management promotes strategic adjustment of service quality in cleaner wrasse.

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    Binning, Sandra A; Rey, Olivia; Wismer, Sharon; Triki, Zegni; Glauser, Gaétan; Soares, Marta C; Bshary, Redouan

    2017-08-21

    Adjusting one's behaviour in response to eavesdropping bystanders is considered a sophisticated social strategy, yet the underlying mechanisms are not well studied. Cleaner wrasse, Labroides dimidiatus, cooperate by eating ectoparasites off "client" fishes, or cheat (i.e. bite) and eat client mucus. Image scoring by bystander clients generally causes cleaners from socially-complex (i.e. high cleaner and client abundance; high client species richness) habitats to increase levels of cooperation. However, some individuals may periodically provide tactile stimulation to small resident clients, which attract bystanders close that are bitten, a form of tactical deception. Cortisol injection can reproduce this pattern. Here, we tested whether cleaners from socially-complex versus simple habitats respond differently to cortisol injections in terms of their cleaning interactions with clients. We found that only cleaners from the socially-complex habitat respond to cortisol injection with strategies functioning as tactical deception: i.e. increased tactile stimulation to small clients and increased cheating of large clients relative to small ones. At the socially-simple site, where reputation management is less important, cortisol-treated fish increased their overall levels of cheating, especially of small clients. Thus, strategic adjustments to cooperative behaviour and tactical deception are likely context-dependent, forming part of general reputation management abilities in cleaner wrasse.

  12. Cleaner production opportunity assessment for a milk processing facility.

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    Ozbay, A; Demirer, G N

    2007-09-01

    Possible cleaner production (CP) opportunities for a milk processing facility were examined in this study. The CP concept and its key tools of implementation were used to assess the potential CP opportunities in the facility studied. The general production process and its resulting environmental loads were investigated by taking possible CP opportunities as the basis of study. The methodology developed for CP opportunity assessment in the milk processing facility covered two major steps: preparation of checklists to assist auditing and CP opportunity assessment, and implementation of the mass-balance analysis. For mass-balance analysis, measurements and experimental analysis of the mass flows were utilized to determine the inputs and outputs. Prepared checklists were utilized to determine waste reduction options that could be implemented. Selected opportunities were evaluated considering their environmental benefits and economic feasibility. The results of the study indicated that 50% of the service water used, 9.3% of the current wastewater (WW) discharge, 65.36% of the chemical use and the discharge of 181.9 kg/day of chemical oxygen demand (COD) and 20.7 kg/day of total suspended solids (TSS) could be eliminated and 19.6% of the service water used could be recycled/reused.

  13. Cleaner Production Assessment of Fast Bordeaux GP Base

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    Mausumi Mukhopadhyay

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The pilot plant study of cleaner production (CP process of a dyes intermediate, Fast Bordeaux GP Base (2-nitro-p-anisidine, is presented in this work. The existing production process with acetic anhydride as raw material generates highly polluting (high chemical oxygen demand, huge-volume effluent, and thus the treatment is expensive. In the proposed process, raw material acetic anhydride in acetylation step is replaced with acetic acid. The reaction conditions like reaction time (3 h, temperature (120∘C and molar ratio of p-anisidine and acetic acid (1 : 3.58 are optimized in the laboratory scale and implemented in pilot plant. The extent of conversion has been monitored by nitrite value test, and purity of product mixture is measured with thin-layer chromatography (TLC. The acidic wastewater quantity is dramatically reduced by incorporating recycling in washing scheme, and thus water consumption is reduced. Reduction in wastewater generation and reduction/elimination of treatment cost is also observed. Chemical oxygen demand (COD of the effluent stream is reduced by the recovery of by-products sodium acetate and spent acid. The technoeconomical feasibility studies show that the proposed CP options are highly economical and environmental friendly.

  14. Inter-organizational cooperation for greener products and services

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    Stewart, Raphaëlle Marie Marianne; Ali, Faheem

    business strategies, green supply chain initiatives, and target setting on a value chain level. Current literature on green management reveals that cooperation practices across companies on green issues are still rare, that implementing cooperation practices is challenging and that there is a need......The business world experiences an increasing attention to sustainability topics. In response to their stakeholders’ concerns or following their own aspirations, more and more companies develop their approaches to sustainability. Life-cycle thinking recommends companies to integrate...... their sustainability strategies into a value chain perspective in order to avoid burden shifts from one life-cycle stage to another. Certain decisions impacting products’ and services’ life-cycle may be taken at a given company, while others are likely to be beyond the direct control of the company and require...

  15. Cortisol mediates cleaner wrasse switch from cooperation to cheating and tactical deception.

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    Soares, Marta C; Cardoso, Sónia C; Grutter, Alexandra S; Oliveira, Rui F; Bshary, Redouan

    2014-07-01

    Recent empirical research, mostly done on humans, recognizes that individuals' physiological state affects levels of cooperation. An individual's internal state may affect the payoffs of behavioural alternatives, which in turn could influence the decision to either cooperate or to defect. However, little is known about the physiology underlying condition dependent cooperation. Here, we demonstrate that shifts in cortisol levels affect levels of cooperation in wild cleaner wrasse Labroides dimidiatus. These cleaners cooperate by removing ectoparasites from visiting 'client' reef fishes but prefer to eat client mucus, which constitutes cheating. We exogenously administrated one of three different compounds to adults, that is, (a) cortisol, (b) glucocorticoid receptor antagonist mifepristone RU486 or (c) sham (saline), and observed their cleaning behaviour during the following 45min. The effects of cortisol match an earlier observational study that first described the existence of "cheating" cleaners: such cleaners provide small clients with more tactile stimulation with their pectoral and pelvic fins, a behaviour that attracts larger clients that are then bitten to obtain mucus. Blocking glucocorticoid receptors led to more tactile stimulation to large clients. As energy demands and associated cortisol concentration level shifts affect cleaner wrasse behavioural patterns, cortisol potentially offers a general mechanism for condition dependent cooperation in vertebrates.

  16. A 24-h assessment of physical activity and cardio-respiratory fitness among female hospital cleaners

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    Larsen, Mette Korshøj; Krustrup, Peter; Jespersen, Tobias

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of methods for objective 24-h sampling of physical activity among cleaners. Twenty cleaners participated in three 24-h measurements. Amount of steps, heart rate (HR), cardio-respiratory fitness, body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure were...... measured. The methods were feasible for the objective 24-h sampling of physical activity and cardio-respiratory fitness among cleaners. Measurements showed that the cleaners walked 20,198 ± 4,627 steps per day. During working hours, the average cardio-respiratory load was 25 ± 6% of heart rate reserve (HRR......). The cleaners had a low estimated cardio-respiratory fitness (34 mlO2/kg/min), a high BMI (50%, >25 kg/m(2)) and blood pressure (50%, >120/>80 mmHg). The high amount of steps, the relatively high cardiovascular load at work and low cardio-respiratory fitness illustrate the need for further investigation...

  17. Biofuels for a Greener Economy? Insights from Jatropha Production in Northeastern Ethiopia

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    Brigitte Portner

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Many observers view Jatropha as a miracle plant that grows in harsh environments, halts land degradation and provides seeds for fuel production. This makes it particularly attractive for use in Ethiopia, where poverty levels are high and the degradation of agricultural land is widespread. In this article, we investigate the potentials and limitations of a government-initiated Jatropha project for smallholders in northeastern Ethiopia from a green economy perspective. Data are based on a 2009 household survey and interviews with key informants, as well as on a 2012 follow-up round of interviews with key informants. We conclude that the project has not contributed to a greener economy so far, but has the potential to do so in the future. To maximize Jatropha’s potential, interventions must focus mainly on smallholders and pay more attention to the entire biofuel value chain.

  18. Optimization of a greener method for removal phenol species by cloud point extraction and spectrophotometry.

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    Zain, N N M; Abu Bakar, N K; Mohamad, S; Saleh, N Md

    2014-01-24

    A greener method based on cloud point extraction was developed for removing phenol species including 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP), 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (2,4,6-TCP) and 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) in water samples by using the UV-Vis spectrophotometric method. The non-ionic surfactant DC193C was chosen as an extraction solvent due to its low water content in a surfactant rich phase and it is well-known as an environmentally-friendly solvent. The parameters affecting the extraction efficiency such as pH, temperature and incubation time, concentration of surfactant and salt, amount of surfactant and water content were evaluated and optimized. The proposed method was successfully applied for removing phenol species in real water samples.

  19. Optimization of a greener method for removal phenol species by cloud point extraction and spectrophotometry

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    Zain, N. N. M.; Abu Bakar, N. K.; Mohamad, S.; Saleh, N. Md.

    2014-01-01

    A greener method based on cloud point extraction was developed for removing phenol species including 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP), 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (2,4,6-TCP) and 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) in water samples by using the UV-Vis spectrophotometric method. The non-ionic surfactant DC193C was chosen as an extraction solvent due to its low water content in a surfactant rich phase and it is well-known as an environmentally-friendly solvent. The parameters affecting the extraction efficiency such as pH, temperature and incubation time, concentration of surfactant and salt, amount of surfactant and water content were evaluated and optimized. The proposed method was successfully applied for removing phenol species in real water samples.

  20. Going greener: Synthesis of fully biobased unsaturated polyesters for styrene crosslinked resins with enhanced thermomechanical properties

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    C. S. M. F. Costa

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    Full Text Available The main goal of this work was the development of fully biobased unsaturated polyesters (UPs that upon crosslinking with unsaturated monomers (UM could lead to greener unsaturated polyester resins (UPRs with similar thermomechanical properties to commercial fossil based UPR. After the successful synthesis of the biobased UPs, those were crosslinked with styrene (Sty, the most commonly used monomer, and the influence of the chemical structure of the UPs on the thermomechanical characteristics of UPRs were evaluated. The properties were compared with those of a commercial resin (Resipur 9837©. The BioUPRs presented high gel contents and contact angles that are similar to the commercial resin. The thermomechanical properties were evaluated by dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA and it was found that the UPR synthesized using propylene glycol (PG, succinic acid (SuAc and itaconic acid (ItAc presented very close thermomechanical properties compared to the commercial resin.

  1. A Study on Promotion and Implementation of Cleaner Production Practices in Malaysian Industry - Development of a National Program and Action Plan for Promotion of Cleaner Production. Progress Report 1

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    Wangel, Arne

    This Progress Report presents the initial findings of the research project 'A Study on Promotion and Implementation of Cleaner Production Practices in Malaysian Industry - Development of a National Program and Action Plan for Promotion of Cleaner Production. Progress Report' funded...... by the Department of Environment, Malaysia...

  2. A study on the sound quality evaluation model of mechanical air-cleaners

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    Ih, Jeong-Guon; Jang, Su-Won; Jeong, Cheol-Ho;

    2009-01-01

    of an immediate cleaning of pollutants. In this context, it is important to evaluate and design the air-cleaner noise to satisfy such contradictory expectations from the customers. In this study, a model for evaluating the sound quality of air-cleaners of mechanical type was developed based on objective...... perceptive descriptor. Annoyance and performance indices of air-cleaners were modeled from the subjective responses of the juries and the measured sound quality metrics: loudness, sharpness, roughness, and fluctuation strength. The multiple regression method was employed to generate sound quality evaluation...... models. Using the developed indices, sound quality of the measured data was evaluated and compared with the subjective data. The difference between predicted and tested scores was less than 0.5 points. © 2009 by ASME....

  3. Efficiency Enhancement of a Low-Voltage Automotive Vacuum Cleaner Using a Switched Reluctance Motor

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    Han-Geol Seon

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available A recent increase in the number of diverse leisure activities and family outdoor activities has increased the need for the automobile-embedded vacuum cleaner. To date, this technology has not been applied in Korea and development efforts are not underway. Many of the existing portable cleaners connecting to the lighter jack of the vehicle use a direct current motor (DC motor. However, they do not have sufficient suction power to satisfy consumers; moreover, they have low durability and efficiency. In this paper, we therefore propose a technology for increasing the efficiency of the low-voltage automobile vacuum cleaner by replacing the existing DC motor with a switched reluctance motor (SRM, which has superior durability and efficiency.

  4. Participatory ergonomics and an evaluation of a low-cost improvement effect on cleaners' working posture.

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    Kumar, Rupesh; Chaikumarn, Montakarn; Lundberg, Jan

    2005-01-01

    Cleaning is a highly physically demanding job with a high frequency of awkward postures and working environments as contributing risk factors. Participatory ergonomics is a method in which end-users take an active role in identifying risk factors and solutions. The aim of this study was to apply the participatory ergonomics method to identify cleaning problems and to evaluate the effect of a low-cost improvement on cleaners' working postures in an office environment. The results show that the cleaning problem was identified, and the low-cost ergonomics solution suggested by the cleaners was implemented. Thus an improved working environment reduced the number of awkward cleaning postures and the Ovako Working Posture Analysis System (OWAS) action category for floor mopping decreased. It can be concluded that working in an improved environment can lead to better working postures which, in turn, leads to the cleaners' better health and better cleaning results.

  5. Biomarkers of oxidative-stress and inflammation in exhaled breath condensate from hospital cleaners.

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    Casimirri, Enrico; Stendardo, Mariarita; Bonci, Melissa; Andreoli, Roberta; Bottazzi, Barbara; Leone, Roberto; Schito, Michela; Vaccari, Alice; Papi, Alberto; Contoli, Marco; Corradi, Massimo; Boschetto, Piera

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    We studied the impact of chlorinated agents exposure on exhaled breath condensate (EBC) biomarkers in cleaners. Malondialdehyde (MDA), 4-hydroxynonenal (4-HNE), nitrites (NO2(-)), nitrates (NO3(-)), pH, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and ammonium (NH3(+)) were tested in EBC of 40 cleaners and 40 non-exposed controls. Pentraxin-3 (PTX3) and soluble type II receptor of IL-1 (sIL-1RII) were analyzed also in plasma. Levels of MDA-EBC, 4-HNE-EBC and NO3(-)-EBC were higher, while pH-EBC values were lower, in cleaners. MDA-EBC was associated with 4-HNE-EBC, NO3(-)-EBC and pH. 4-HNE-EBC correlated with PTX3. Professional exposure to chlorinated agents increases EBC biomarkers of oxidative stress and inflammation.

  6. Determining the EDTA Content in a Consumer Shower Cleaner. An Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Experiment

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    Weigand, Willis A.

    2000-10-01

    At Altoona College, Chemistry 11 is offered to students as a preparatory course for the University's Chemical Principles course, Chem 12. A relevant laboratory is a source of motivation for the students to learn the chemistry. One way of making the laboratory relevant is to analyze the chemical components of consumer products. Several new shower-cleaning products have been introduced, which advertise that cleaning the shower is no longer necessary. The cleaners work using a combination of surfactants, alcohols, and a chelating agent. The Web site of a popular shower cleaner lists EDTA (ethylenediamine tetraacetate ion) as the chelating agent. The classic EDTA/calcium complexometric titration can be used to determine the EDTA content of the cleaner. This article describes the experiment to determine the EDTA content in a shower-cleaning product.

  7. Evaluation of heat stress in dry cleaner units:A case study in Qom, Iran

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    Javad Malakouti

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Background & Aims of the Study: Nowadays, heat stress is one of the most harmful physical agents in workplaces. According to the consequences of heat stress and have no information about it in Qom dry cleaner units, Iran, this study have been designed to evaluate the heat stress among workers of dry cleaner units in Qom province of Iran, in Jul-Aug 2011. Materials & Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in 113 units of active dry cleaner units. WBGT (Wet Bulb Globe Temperature index was selected for heat stress evaluation. In order to measure the requisite parameters, WBGT meter made of Casella Company had been used according to ISO 7243. Data had been analyzed according to Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs with SPSS V.16, using analysis of variance, independent T and LSD tests. Results: The average of WBGT index in Qom dry cleaner units of Iran were 28.98±1.64 °C. The average of WBGT index in 66.4% of units was up to 28°C. The average of relative humidity was 42.86%, the average of wet bulb temperature and globe temperature were 25.56°C and 36.72°C, respectively. The findings showed a significant correlation between the average of WBGT index and the standard recommendation level (p<0.0001. In dry cleaner units with less than 10 m2 area, heat stress was higher than other units  significantly (p<0.05. Conclusions: Heat stress in many dry cleaner units in Qom, Iran, was more than recommended OELs. Because of wet bulb and globe temperature in units were high value, the most important measures to heat controls, are technical engineering controls such as  radiation shield, insulation on boilers and modify the cooling systems.

  8. Increased Participation Among Cleaners as a Strategy to Improve Quality and Occupational Health

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    Therese Öhrling

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Like many other industries, today the cleaning industry is affected more than ever by competition and pressure toward low prices, which leads to a nonadvantageous situation for cleaners. These days many Swedish municipalities choose to outsource cleaning service in order to save money, although the situation for the cleaners appears to be worsening. The aim of this paper is to evaluate an alternative organizational structure within a Swedish public cleaning division to investigate how good work environment for cleaners can be combined with economical savings for a municipality. Like many other cleaning organizations, both national and international, the present cleaning division has been struggling for a long time with high levels of sick leave and early retirements. After years of unsuccessful attempts to improve the situation by reducing the physical load, cleaning managers made a decision to broaden their strategy by changing the structure of their organization. In this study, both qualitative and quantitative methods have been applied to identify and understand the effects of the organizational change, both on an individual level and on an organizational level. The results show that the organizational change, which leads to increased participation and autonomy for the cleaners, in combination with a high degree of social support, had a positive effect on job satisfaction, work motivation, and pride among the cleaners. Sick leave within the division has decreased, and both the quality and efficiency of the cleaning service have increased. It can be concluded that there are other alternative organizational structures that could be applied within the public sector and prove advantageous, both for the individual cleaners and for the municipality. Further research of similar organizational structures within the private cleaning sector is recommended.

  9. Life cycle environmental impacts of vacuum cleaners and the effects of European regulation.

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    Gallego-Schmid, Alejandro; Mendoza, Joan Manuel F; Jeswani, Harish Kumar; Azapagic, Adisa

    2016-07-15

    Energy efficiency of vacuum cleaners has been declining over the past decades while at the same time their number in Europe has been increasing. The European Commission has recently adopted an eco-design regulation to improve the environmental performance of vacuum cleaners. In addition to the existing directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), the regulation could potentially have significant effects on the environmental performance of vacuum cleaners. However, the scale of the effects is currently unknown, beyond scant information on greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, this paper considers for the first time life cycle environmental impacts of vacuum cleaners and the effects of the implementation of these regulations at the European level. The effects of electricity decarbonisation, product lifetime and end-of-life disposal options are also considered. The results suggest that the implementation of the eco-design regulation alone will reduce significantly the impacts from vacuum cleaners (37%-44%) by 2020 compared with current situation. If business as usual continued and the regulation was not implemented, the impacts would be 82%-109% higher by 2020 compared to the impacts with the implementation of the regulation. Improvements associated with the implementation of the WEEE directive will be much smaller (electricity mix. Therefore, energy efficiency measures must be accompanied by appropriate actions to reduce the environmental impacts of electricity generation; otherwise, the benefits of improved energy efficiency could be limited. Moreover, because of expected lower life expectancy of vacuum cleaners and limited availability of some raw materials, the eco-design regulation should be broadened to reduce the impacts from raw materials, production and end-of-life management.

  10. Biofilm removal by medical device cleaners: comparison of two bioreactor detection assays.

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    Hadi, R; Vickery, K; Deva, A; Charlton, T

    2010-02-01

    Currently there are no standards for testing efficacy of medical device cleaners. With fears of prion transmission, residual protein on medical devices needs to be minimised. A bioreactor model was used to grow Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm on polytetrafluoroethylene coupons. The biofilm was subjected to various cleaners and residual biofilm was detected either by Crystal Violet assay (CrV) or a commercially available protein assay (PA) following hydrolysis of the biofilm. Percentage reduction of biofilm was compared with untreated controls in three independent tests. There was no significant difference in percentage biofilm reduction irrespective of whether the CrV or PA was used to detect residual biofilm. Processing of coupons attached to the bioreactor rod and position of coupon within the rod had no significant effect on cleaning efficiency or detection of residual biofilm. Both within-run and between-run variation was very low for good cleaners such as 10g/L NaOH, Zen, and 3M Rapid Multi-Enzyme Cleaner (RMEC) 70500 but was higher for poor cleaners such as Tween 20 which removed less than 20% of the biofilm. Confocal microscopy and electron microscopy provided visual confirmation of the assay results. We propose that this method is suitable as a test method for evaluating the efficacy of surgical instrument cleaners in removing biofilm, as both within-run and between-run variation was low, detection of residual biofilm can be done using either CrV or PA, and the apparatus is easy to use, cheap and readily available.

  11. Life cycle environmental impacts of vacuum cleaners and the effects of European regulation

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    Gallego-Schmid, Alejandro, E-mail: alejandro.gallegoschmid@manchester.ac.uk; Mendoza, Joan Manuel F.; Jeswani, Harish Kumar; Azapagic, Adisa

    2016-07-15

    Energy efficiency of vacuum cleaners has been declining over the past decades while at the same time their number in Europe has been increasing. The European Commission has recently adopted an eco-design regulation to improve the environmental performance of vacuum cleaners. In addition to the existing directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), the regulation could potentially have significant effects on the environmental performance of vacuum cleaners. However, the scale of the effects is currently unknown, beyond scant information on greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, this paper considers for the first time life cycle environmental impacts of vacuum cleaners and the effects of the implementation of these regulations at the European level. The effects of electricity decarbonisation, product lifetime and end-of-life disposal options are also considered. The results suggest that the implementation of the eco-design regulation alone will reduce significantly the impacts from vacuum cleaners (37%–44%) by 2020 compared with current situation. If business as usual continued and the regulation was not implemented, the impacts would be 82%–109% higher by 2020 compared to the impacts with the implementation of the regulation. Improvements associated with the implementation of the WEEE directive will be much smaller (< 1% in 2020). However, if the WEEE directive did not exist, then the impacts would be 2%–21% higher by 2020 relative to the impacts with the implementation of the directive. Further improvements in most impacts (6%–20%) could be achieved by decarbonising the electricity mix. Therefore, energy efficiency measures must be accompanied by appropriate actions to reduce the environmental impacts of electricity generation; otherwise, the benefits of improved energy efficiency could be limited. Moreover, because of expected lower life expectancy of vacuum cleaners and limited availability of some raw materials, the eco-design regulation should

  12. Incorporation of occupational health and safety in cleaner production projects in South Africa

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    Hedlund, Frank Huess

    2002-01-01

    occupational health and safety into the environmental activities that take place at company level. Two ways of doing so are explored, the main distinction being company size. For large companies, integration of management systems may be attractive. For small companies, integration into a less formal network......The purpose of this research is to reveal ways in which occupational health and safety can be integrated in environmental cleaner production projects. Of particular interest are those cleaner production projects that are run by the Danish government's environmental assistance agency, Danced...

  13. The Urban Function of the Infraordinary: Dry Cleaners as Social Vertexes

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    Lunde Nielsen, Espen

    2015-01-01

    of social coexistence that has ‘a function that is separate from their practical use’ (Jorn 1954). A London dry cleaner serves as testing ground, employing critical spatial practices and creative writing as research tools. The dry cleaner does not simply clean clothes, but is a social vertex and physical...... interface through which (non-)events unfold, trajectories thickens and people of the neighbourhood coexists as familiar strangers (Milgram 2010; Paulos and Goodman 2004) through events in real-time and deposits over time. It is a semi-public space and an implosion of the external neighbourhood, partly...

  14. Does aerobic exercise improve or impair cardiorespiratory fitness and health among cleaners?

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    Korshøj, Mette; Lidegaard, Mark; Skotte, Jørgen H;

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: It is unknown if aerobic exercise overloads or improves the cardiovascular system among workers with high occupational physical activity. This was investigated in a worksite randomized controlled trial (RCT) of aerobic exercise among cleaners. METHODS: We randomized 116 cleaners between...... 18-65 years. The aerobic exercise group (N=57) performed worksite aerobic exercise (30 minutes twice a week) and the reference group (N=59) received lectures. Cardiorespiratory fitness, blood pressure (BP) and diurnal heart rate (HR) for measuring aerobic workload [% HR reserve (% HRR)] were...

  15. Screening for Common Mental Disorders and Substance Abuse among Temporary Hired Cleaners in Egyptian Governmental Hospitals, Zagazig City, Sharqia Governorate

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    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: Informal employment is common in developing countries, including Egypt. This type of employment may have significant consequences on mental health. Objectives: To determine the prevalence and risk factors of common mental disorders and substance abuse among temporary hired hospital cleaners. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 242 adult temporary cleaners and 209 permanent cleaners working in 4 governmental hospitals in Zagazig City, Sharqia Governorate, Egypt. All participants were invited to complete a structured questionnaire through a semi-structured interview which included the self-reporting questionnaire 20 items (SRQ-20 and the work stress scale. Assessment of drug use included urine-based screening tests for common substances abused. Results: The prevalence of job stress, common mental disorders and substance abuse, particularly tramadol and cannabis (Bango, was significantly higher in the studied temporary cleaners compared to permanent cleaners. Risk factors associated with increased susceptibility of the temporary cleaners to common mental disorders were family history of substance abuse, high crowding index, history of physical illness, low educational level, and smoking; while being unmarried, male sex, family history of mental disorder, age ≥40 years, smoking, and length of service ≥8 years, were associated with substance abuse among the same group. Conclusion: Temporary hired hospital cleaners suffered from impaired mental health more than permanent cleaners. Therefore, expanding the coverage of current laws and occupational safety and health standards to cover workers in the informal sector especially in developing countries is recommended.

  16. The association between health and sickness absence among Danish and non-Western immigrant cleaners in Denmark

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    Carneiro, Isabella G; Rasmussen, Charlotte D N; Jørgensen, Marie B

    2013-01-01

    related to high occurrence of sickness absence. Among Danish cleaners, high blood pressure was related to high occurrence of sickness absence. Among non-Western immigrant cleaners, total body pain and having one or more diagnosed chronic disease were related to high occurrence of sickness absence...

  17. The Role of Cleaner-Production in Ensuring a Cleaner Processing and Mining Environment in a Developing African Country. Case of a Midlands Steel Smelting Plant in Zimbabwe

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    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Mines and Mineral Processing Plants are major contributors to high dust emission. This paper explores Cleaner Production Opportunities, to ensure lower risk of dust explosion, minimum health & safety risks, reduction in environmental issues, operations closer to urban areas, reduction in maintenance and cleaning costs, minimum product shrinkage, load trucks and rail cars faster and to load stockpiles cleanly. The green methods will involve a walk through processing plant and identifying cleaner production opportunities. Characterisation of dust was also done. Dust Control Methods are going to be reviewed with the aim of minimizing dust-raising, containing it, suppressing it or extracting and collecting the dust eventually. The paper will also design and recommend specific methods of dust reduction for specific operations.

  18. A Streamlined Western Blot Exercise: An Efficient and Greener Approach in the Laboratory Classroom

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    Ness, Traci L.; Robinson, Rebekah L.; Mojadedi, Wais; Peavy, Lydia; Weiland, Mitch H.

    2015-01-01

    SDS-PAGE and western blotting are two commonly taught protein detection techniques in biochemistry and molecular biology laboratory classrooms. A pitfall associated with incorporating these techniques into the laboratory is the significant wait times that do not allow students to obtain timely results. The waiting associated with SDS-PAGE comes…

  19. Policies for a greener agriculture: The agro-ecological approach of current programs in Brazil

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    Abreu, Lucimar S.; Almeida, Gustavo Fonseca

    2011-01-01

    XXIV European congress for Rural Sociology. Chania, Crete. Book of abstracts by Working Group. p. 62.......XXIV European congress for Rural Sociology. Chania, Crete. Book of abstracts by Working Group. p. 62....

  20. Synthesis and characterization of carboxymethyl cellulose from office waste paper: a greener approach towards waste management.

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    Joshi, Gyanesh; Naithani, Sanjay; Varshney, V K; Bisht, Surendra S; Rana, Vikas; Gupta, P K

    2015-04-01

    In the present study, functionalization of mixed office waste (MOW) paper has been carried out to synthesize carboxymethyl cellulose, a most widely used product for various applications. MOW was pulped and deinked prior to carboxymethylation. The deinked pulp yield was 80.62 ± 2.0% with 72.30 ± 1.50% deinkability factor. The deinked pulp was converted to CMC by alkalization followed by etherification using NaOH and ClCH2COONa respectively, in an alcoholic medium. Maximum degree of substitution (DS) (1.07) of prepared CMC was achieved at 50 °C with 0.094 M and 0.108 M concentrations of NaOH and ClCH2COONa respectively for 3h reaction time. The rheological characteristics of 1-3% aqueous solution of optimized CMC product showed the non-Newtonian pseudoplastic behavior. Fourier transform infra red (FTIR), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) study were used to characterize the CMC product. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. A Streamlined Western Blot Exercise: An Efficient and Greener Approach in the Laboratory Classroom

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    Ness, Traci L.; Robinson, Rebekah L.; Mojadedi, Wais; Peavy, Lydia; Weiland, Mitch H.

    2015-01-01

    SDS-PAGE and western blotting are two commonly taught protein detection techniques in biochemistry and molecular biology laboratory classrooms. A pitfall associated with incorporating these techniques into the laboratory is the significant wait times that do not allow students to obtain timely results. The waiting associated with SDS-PAGE comes…

  2. A Greener, Efficient Approach to Michael Addition of Barbituric Acid to Nitroalkene in Aqueous Diethylamine Medium

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    Hany J. Al-Najjar

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available An efficient method for the synthesis of a variety of pyrimidine derivatives 3a–t by reaction of barbituric acids 1a,b as Michael donor with nitroalkenes 2a–k as Michael acceptor using an aqueous medium and diethylamine is described. This 1,4-addition strategy offers several advantages, such as using an economic and environmentally benign reaction media, high yields, versatility, and shorter reaction times. The synthesized compounds were identified by 1H-NMR, 13C-NMR, CHN, IR, and MS. The structure of compound 3a was further confirmed by single crystal X-ray structure determination.

  3. Fluorescent probes for detection of picric acid explosive: A greener approach

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    Chakravarty, Sudesna; Gogoi, Bedanta; Sen Sarma, Neelotpal, E-mail: neelot@iasst.gov.in

    2015-09-15

    Green materials with advantages of low cost and high sensitivity are important from the perspective of human health, environment and homeland security. Herein, we have reported two cost effective modified biomaterials as fluorophores for detection of Picric acid in aqueous state. The biomaterials Scutellarin–Hispiduloside and Curcumin have been modified with green solvent glycerol for Picric acid detection in aqueous solution. The limit of detection for Picric acid by Scutellarin–Hispiduloside–glycerol and Curcumin–glycerol are 9.1×10{sup −8} M and 6.03×10{sup −8} M respectively. These luminescence based sensors have also been able to detect Picric acid in real samples with high efficiency. The fluorescence quenching efficiency of Scutellarin–Hispiduloside–glycerol has been found to be 99% while that for Curcumin–glycerol, it is 88.9% for 0.5 µM Picric acid in aqueous state. In both the cases, the quenching is governed by FRET between the fluorophore and the quencher and the FRET efficiency has been found to be 0.968 and 0.792 respectively. In addition, both the systems show excellent selectivity towards PA in presence of other nitroaromatic compounds and are also statistically accessible. The utilization of readily available cheap biomaterials without using multistep protocol for synthesis and devoid of any kind of sophisticated equipments for the processs further enhances the utility of the method. - Highlights: • Environmentally benign systems – Scutellarin, Hispiduloside and curcumin with green solvent glycerol – have been used for Picric acid sensing. • The method is simple and cost effective with a detection limit for CIG and CG found to be 9.1×10−8 M and 6.03×10−8 M of PA respectively. • Both the sensing systems were found to be highly selective for Picric acid in the presence of structurally similar compounds. • The quenching occurs by FRET between the fluorophore and the quencher and the FRET efficiency is determined. • The sensing systems are applicable to real samples.

  4. Greener Biomimetic Approach to the Synthesis of Nanomaterials using Antioxidants and their Sustainable Applications

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    The presentation summarizes our sustainable synthetic activity for the preparation of nanoparticles involving benign alternatives which reduces or eliminates the use and generation of hazardous substances. Vitamins B1, B2, C, and tea and wine polyphenols which function both as r...

  5. A new cleaner process to prepare pressing-powder

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    Shu, Z.

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available An alternative cleaner process of pressing-powder preparation, based on filter-pressing and a novel granulation method, is presented to substitute the existing spray-drying process. In the new process, about two-thirds of wet-milled slurry is filterpressed, dried and milled into dry fine powder. The other one-third of the slurry and the as-obtained dry fine powder are spray-mixed in a tower, where the slurry droplets adsorb the dry powder to form granules which are then rolled and dried into a useable pressing-powder for tile pressing. The key stages, filter-pressing and granulation (consisting of spray-mixing and rolling treatment, are specially studied. The pressing-powder properties and pressing/firing behavior, and, energy/water consumption and pollution emission data are presented, and a comparison between the new process and the existing spray-drying process is made. This new process has been found to be feasible and provides a pressing-powder with suitable properties, together with lower energy/water consumption and pollution emission (particulate matter and CO2.

    En ese trabajo se presenta un proceso alternativo y más ecológico para la preparación de polvo de prensas por molienda vía húmeda de las materias primas. En este proceso la eliminación del agua de la suspensión obtenida en la etapa de molienda, en vez de realizarse por secado por atomización, se lleva a cabo en dos etapas, en una primera etapa dos tercios de esta suspensión se filtro-prensan, posteriormente se secan y molturan hasta obtener un polvo seco micronizado. Este material seco se introduce por la parte superior de una torre granuladora, en la que se pulveriza el tercio de la suspensión restante por la parte inferior, de forma que las gotas adsorben sobre su superficie las partículas secas formando gránulos, que posteriormente se compactan por rodamiento (“rolling”, y finalmente se secan hasta la humedad requerida para el prensado. En

  6. Greener synthesis of electrospun collagen/hydroxyapatite composite fibers with an excellent microstructure for bone tissue engineering

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Yuanyuan Zhou,1,2 Hongchang Yao,1 Jianshe Wang,1 Dalu Wang,1 Qian Liu,1 Zhongjun Li11College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, People’s Republic of China; 2Institute of Enviromental and Municipal Engineering, North China University of Water Resources and Electric Power, Zhengzhou, People’s Republic of ChinaAbstract: In bone tissue engineering, collagen/hydroxyapatite (HAP fibrous composite obtained via electrospinning method has been demonstrated to support the cells’ adhesion and bone regeneration. However, electrospinning of natural collagen often requires the use of cytotoxic organic solvents, and the HAP crystals were usually aggregated and randomly distributed within a fibrous matrix of collagen, limiting their clinical potential. Here, an effective and greener method for the preparation of collagen/HAP composite fibers was developed for the first time, and this green product not only had 40 times higher mechanical properties than that previously reported, but also had an excellent microstructure similar to that of natural bone. By dissolving type I collagen in environmentally friendly phosphate buffered saline/ethanol solution instead of the frequently-used cytotoxic organic solvents, followed with the key step of desalination, co-electrospinning the collagen solution with the HAP sol, generates a collagen/HAP composite with a uniform and continuous fibrous morphology. Interestingly, the nano-HAP needles were found to preferentially orient along the longitudinal direction of the collagen fibers, which mimicked the nanostructure of natural bones. Based on the characterization of the related products, the formation mechanism for this novel phenomenon was proposed. After cross-linking with 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethyl-aminopropyl-1-carbodiimide hydrochloride/N-hydroxysuccinimide, the obtained composite exhibited a significant enhancement in mechanical properties. In addition, the biocompatibility of the

  7. Too tired for exercise? The work and leisure of female cleaners in Denmark

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    Lenneis, Verena; Pfister, Gertrud Ursula

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to explore the opportunities and challenges of female cleaners with regard to participation in leisure time physical activity (LTPA). We gained information about their everyday lives via semi-structured interviews with 25 women, most of them from rural Turkey. Drawing on...

  8. Implementing Cleaner Production as an Environmental Management Efforts in Small Industries of Cassava Chips

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    Rahmadyanti Erina

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs is one of the major driving factors for Indonesian economy, especially in food processing industries. The cassava-based industry is one type of food and beverage industry with chips as its major product. The limitations of knowledge caused their activities to only aim at pursuing economic benefits and ignoring the environmental balance. The most appropriate preventive method used, according to the characteristics of SMEs in Indonesia, is Cleaner Production. This study aims to reduce the risk of environmental pollution caused by the waste production of small chips industries by implementing cleaner production. The method used in this study is quick scanning by analyzing mass balance, energy, and utilities that aim to find an inefficient process to minimize losses. Implementation of cleaner production may include good housekeeping, reducing, and reusing. Based on the assessment of alternative eligibility criteria, the equipment modifications are the main factor in implementing cleaner production that drives the profits by providing efficiency of cutting as much as 80 percent and optimizes the profits into 57.62 kg in a month or 691.44 kg in a year. If the price of cassava chips is IDR 40,000 in a kg, then it would save IDR 27,657,600 in a year.

  9. Synthesis of chemicals and polymers: towards cleaner processes and atom economy, session 5

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    Razavi, A.; Thivolle-Cazat, J.; Hutchings, G.; Murata, K.; Leininger, S.; Sorokin, A.; Angelis, A. de; Apesteguia, C.I.; Mayoral, J.A.; Hardacre, C.; Jeon, J.; Tominaga, K.; Plasseraud, L.; Kervennal, J.; Souza, R.F. de; Ciardelli, F.; Dominguez, J.M.

    2004-07-01

    The abstracts of all the presentations (1 plenary session, 2 keynotes, 16 oral communications, 151 posters) of the thematic session 5 'synthesis of chemicals and polymers: towards cleaner processes and atom economy' are gathered in the CD-Rom of the conference. (O.M.)

  10. Evaluation of a sporicidal peracetic acid/hydrogen peroxide-based daily disinfectant cleaner.

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    Deshpande, Abhishek; Mana, Thriveen S C; Cadnum, Jennifer L; Jencson, Annette C; Sitzlar, Brett; Fertelli, Dennis; Hurless, Kelly; Kundrapu, Sirisha; Sunkesula, Venkata C K; Donskey, Curtis J

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    OxyCide Daily Disinfectant Cleaner, a novel peracetic acid/hydrogen peroxide-based sporicidal disinfectant, was as effective as sodium hypochlorite for in vitro killing of Clostridium difficile spores, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and vancomcyin-resistant enterococci. OxyCide was minimally affected by organic load and was effective in reducing pathogen contamination in isolation rooms.

  11. Workshop on Indian Chemical Industry: perspectives on safety, cleaner production and environment production

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    Ham, J.M.

    1996-01-01

    A Workshop on "Indian Chemical Industry: Perspectives on Safety, Cleaner Production and Environmental Protection" was held on 3, 4 and 5 January 1996, in Bombay, India. The main objective of the workshop, which was organised jointly by the Government of India, UNIDO/UNDP and the Indian Chemical Manu

  12. Use of a foaming disinfectant and cleaner to reduce aerobic bacteria on poultry transport coops

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    Poultry transportation coops are rarely washed and have been demonstrated to be a point of cross-contamination of broiler carcasses. Foaming disinfectants and cleaners, commonly used within processing plants, may be used to clean and disinfect poultry transportation coops. In this study, homogeniz...

  13. Using Pipe Cleaners to Bring the Tree of Life to Life

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    Halverson, Kristy L.

    2010-01-01

    Phylogenetic trees, such as the "Tree of Life," are commonly found in biology textbooks and are often used in teaching. Because students often struggle to understand these diagrams, I developed a simple, inexpensive classroom model. Made of pipe cleaners, it is easily manipulated to rotate branches, compare topologies, map complete lineages,…

  14. The use of naturally clean coals to achieve cleaner coal technology

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    Rees, D.P.

    2003-07-01

    Cleaner coals have been used to achieve lower and more restrictive environmental regulations, primarily in older plant designed to use only more energy-intensive bituminous coals. So far, some of these naturally clean coals have been able to meet some of the most restrictive regulations without the addition of environmental equipment. Naturally cleaner, subbituminous coal include Envirocoal made in Indonesia (mainly quoted in this paper), Antelope, Blair Athol and Kideco coals. In some places these coals are used where environmental equipment has been installed so that the solid and liquid wastes can be minimized. Nitrogen and sulphur oxides can be significantly lowered by using these naturally clean coals. The emissions of these pollutants per ton of carbon dioxide produced are also lower with the cleaner coals, compared to traditionally used bituminous coals. However, because of the lower thermal efficiency of the cleaner coals, the amount of carbon dioxide produced is slightly higher than typically used coals. This paper discusses some of these phenomena. 6 figs., 1 tab.

  15. Physical Fitness of Cleaners in Faculty of Medicine Universitas Padjadjaran, November 2012

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    Adi Wibisono Sulistijo

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: Cleaning is an occupation that is carried out worldwide in many different environments. Cleaning workers (cleaners often have low occupational skills and belong to the less advantaged educational and socioeconomic groups. Because of the high physical work demands and low cardiorespiratory fitness, cleaners have the risk to have cardiovascular diseases. The aim of this study was to measure the 5 components of physical fitness (cardiorespiratory endurance, muscle endurance, muscle strength, flexibility and body composition of cleaners in Faculty of Medicine Universitas Padjadjaran. Methods: A descriptive study was carried out to all cleaners (31 persons of Faculty of Medicine Universitas Padjadjaran in November 2012. The subjects were tested for cardiorespiratory endurance, muscle endurance, muscle strength, flexibility and body composition. The results were categorized using the standard of Ministry of Health Republic Indonesia. Results: From 31 subjects, cardiorespiratory endurance was in poor category (50%. Shoulder and hand muscle endurance was in poor category (54.8% and stomach muscle endurance was in very poor category (67.7%. Hand−grip muscular strength was in very poor category: right hand (80.7% and left hand (87.1%. Back muscle strength was in poor category (58.1%. Leg muscular strength was in very poor category (48.4%. Flexibility was in a very good category (97% and body composition was also in a good category (54.8%. Conclusions: From 5 components of cleaners’ physical fitness, 3 components (cardiorespiratory endurance, muscle endurance and muscular strength are in poor and very poor category.

  16. Participation of Danish and immigrant cleaners in a 1-year worksite intervention preventingphysical deterioration

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    Rasmussen, Charlotte D N; Jørgensen, Marie B; Carneiro, Isabella G;

    2012-01-01

    was equally distributed among Danish and immigrant cleaners. This study indicates that a worksite health promotion intervention among a female-dominated, high-risk occupation such as cleaning can be equally appealing for Danes and immigrants. Statement of Relevance: This study provides insight about...... of the workers, but also to be specifically tailored to the job group....

  17. Clinical effects of air cleaners in homes of asthmatic children sensitized to pet allergens

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    van der Heide, S; van Aalderen, WMC; Kauffman, HF; Dubois, AEJ; de Monchy, JGR

    1999-01-01

    Background: Exposure to cat and dog allergens is very common in the Western World and is a serious cause of asthma in sensitized subjects. Objective: We sought to study the clinical effects of air cleaners in living rooms and bedrooms of asthmatic children sensitized to cat or dog allergens. Methods

  18. Using newly-designed lint cleaner grid bars to remove seed coat fragments

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    An experiment was conducted to remove seed coat fragments at the saw-type lint cleaner using newly-designed grid bars. The test consisted of five experimental grid bar designs and one control. The experimental grid bars had angles from the sharp toe of the grid bar (or the angle from vertical) of ...

  19. Evaluation of efficacy of four commercial enzyme-based cleaners of ultrafiltration systems.

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    Smith, K E; Bradley, R L

    1987-06-01

    Use of UF and RO in the dairy industry is rapidly expanding. Because the dairy industry demands high levels of cleanliness, this new technology requires close evaluation to assure adherence to these standards. Efficacy of four commercial enzyme-based cleaners (pH 7.0 to 8.4) in UF systems was determined by microbiological evaluation and permeate flux restoration. The UF system containing two polysulfone UF membranes in parallel, was soiled by recycling 380 L of sweet whey (40 degrees C) for 2.0 h followed by concentrating whey for .5 h. The cleaning cycle consisted of acid cleaner (.5 h, 40 degrees C), followed by enzyme cleaner (10.0 h, 40 degrees C), and rinsing (2.0 h, 40 degrees C). A chlorine sanitizer was circulated (5 min, 40 degrees C) and the unit containing sanitizing solution left idle overnight. Flux was determined and swabs and rinse water samples were taken immediately after soiling, after cleaning, and the next morning to check sanitizing. The four enzyme-based cleaners were unsatisfactory when microbiological criteria were considered. Loss of sanitizer strength and problems with yeast and especially mold growth over time also indicated lack of effective cleaning. Flux, however, was restored easily and did not correlate with efficacy of cleaning based on numbers of microorganisms remaining.

  20. Playing after work? Opportunities and challenges of a physical activity programme for female cleaners

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    Lenneis, Verena; Pfister, Gertrud Ursula

    2016-01-01

    factors constrained and which supported participation. The interviews revealed a high degree of appreciation for the training but also pointed to a number of constraints which were embedded into the participants’ biographies and everyday lives as migrant cleaners in Denmark. Most women had no previous...

  1. 清洁生产标准指标体系在审核中的作用%Function of Cleaner Production Standard Index System in Cleaner Production Audit

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    杨恒学; 张建强; 赵希锦

    2012-01-01

    清洁生产审核已成为企业实施清洁生产的有效手段,清洁生产标准指标体系在审核工作中具有举足轻重的作用。文章分析了清洁生产标准指标体系在审核中的作用:判断企业清洁生产潜力,确定审核重点;设置科学合理的清洁生产目标;对审核产生的绩效进行评估;建立长期持续的清洁生产计划。同时,以某制革企业为例,说明清洁生产标准体系的具体应用。%Cleaner production audit has become an effective tool to implement cleaner production. Cleaner production stand- ard indicator system plays an important role in the audit process. This paper analyzes four functions of cleaner production stand- ards in the audit process: diagnose cleaner production potentials and determine audit priorities, set up scientific and reasonable au- dit objectives, assess the performance after auditing and establish long - term sustainable cleaner production plan. The application of cleaner production standard system is illustrated by taking a tannery as example.

  2. Evaluation of ozone generation and indoor organic compounds removal by air cleaners based on chamber tests

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    Yu, Kuo-Pin; Lee, Grace Whei-May; Hsieh, Ching-Pei; Lin, Chi-Chi

    2011-01-01

    Ozone can cause many health problems, including exacerbation of asthma, throat irritation, cough, chest ache, shortness of breath, and respiratory infections. Air cleaners are one of the sources of indoor ozone, and thus the evaluation of ozone generated by air cleaners is desired significant issue. Most evaluation methods proposed are based on chamber tests. However, the adsorption and desorption of ozone on the wall of test chamber and the deposition of ozone resulted from the surface reaction can influence the evaluation results. In this study, we developed a mass balance model that took the adsorption, desorption and deposition of ozone into consideration to evaluate the effective ozone emission rates of six selected air cleaners. The experiments were conducted in a stainless steel chamber with a volume of 11.3 m 3 at 25 °C and 60% relative humidity. The adsorption, desorption and deposition rate constants of ozone obtained by fitting the model to the experimental data were k a = 0.149 ± 0.052 m h -1, k d = 0.013 ± 0.007 h -1, and k r = 0.050 ± 0.020 h -1, respectively. The effective ozone emission rates of Air Cleaners No. 1, 2, and 3 ranged between 13,400-24,500 μg h -1, 7190-10,400 μg h -1, and 4880-6560 μg h -1, respectively, which were more stable than those of No.4, 5, and 6. The effective ozone emission rates of Air Cleaners No. 4, 5, and 6 increased with the time of operation which might be relevant to the decrease of ozone removal by the "aging" filter installed in these cleaners. The removal of toluene and formaldehyde by these six air cleaners were also evaluated and the clean air delivery rates (CADRs) of these two pollutants ranged from non-detectable to 0.42 ± 0.08 m 3 h -1, and from non-detectable to 0.75 ± 0.07 m 3 h -1, respectively. The CADRs showed an insignificant relationship with the effective ozone emission rates. Thus, the removal of toluene and formaldehyde might be resulted from the adsorption on the filters and the

  3. Production, separation and speciation of no-carrier-added Hg radionuclides using greener methodologies

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    Mandal, S.; Nayak, D. [Chemical Sciences Div., Saba Inst. of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata (India)

    2010-07-01

    Species dependent studies of no-carrier-added (nca) mercury were carried out using radioanalytical technique coupled with two greener analytical methodologies. The adsorption of nca {sup 195mg}Hg and {sup 197m}Hg radionuclides on chitosan biopolymer and cloud point extraction (CPE) was studied to develop environmentally sustainable speciation methodologies at ultra trace level. Species information was obtained by comparing the adsorption profile of nca radiomercury on chitosan biopolymer with the software code CHEAQS PRO. Results obtained from the adsorption study were validated by CPE technique using non ionic surfactant and mixed micelle. Both the experiments established that nca Hg existed as Hg(II). The experimental results support the presence of HgCl{sub 2} species over the pH range 2-4, whereas Hg(OH){sub 2} is the main species over the pH range 6-8. Chitosan biopolymer and mixed micelle [Triton-X-114 and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)] constitute an efficient reagent for the preconcentration of ultra trace level mercury. (orig.)

  4. Relationship between ecological economics and circular economy,eco-industry,cleaner production,and other relevant categories

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    Ma Chuandong

    2006-01-01

    Eco-industry, circular economy, cleaner production, industrial ecology or industrial ecosystem and other subjects are all categories related to sustainable development. This paper studies the relations and differences between the four categories and sustainable development as well as ecological economics. Circular economy, eco-industry,industrial ecosystem and cleaner production were put forward during the revolution in "end treatment pattern" of traditional industrial society. Industrial ecology, eco-indtustry and circular economy theory are three content expansions of cleaner production. Ecological economics is of instructive function theoretically and methodologically for circular economy, eco-industrial, cleaner production and industrial ecology. Circular economy theory is easier to be accepted,compared with ecological economics theory. And circular economy in nature is the complete application of ecological economics theory.

  5. Associations between psychosocial work environment and hypertension among non-Western immigrant and Danish cleaners

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    Olesen, Kasper Vinther; Carneiro, Isabella G; Jørgensen, Marie B;

    2012-01-01

    that high Trust regarding management (OR = 0.50) and high Predictability (OR = 0.63) were statistically significantly associated with low prevalence of hypertension in the Danish population. In the immigrant population, no significant associations were found. Analyses on interaction effects showed......INTRODUCTION: Non-Western cleaners have reported better psychosocial work environment but worse health compared with their Danish colleagues. The aim of this study was to compare the association between psychosocial work environment and hypertension among non-Western immigrant cleaners and Danish...... was assessed by the Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire (COPSOQ). In each population, multivariate logistic regressions were applied testing for an association between each of the COPSOQ scales and hypertension. RESULTS: Models adjusted for age, sex, BMI, smoking, workplace and physical work exertion showed...

  6. Sustainability in pelletizing iron ore through the Industrial Ecology and Cleaner Production Program

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    Cristiano Farias Coelho

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to analyze the practices of a pelletizing iron ore industry with respect to adoption of pollution prevention measures, suggested by applying the concepts of Cleaner Production and Material Flow Analysis. The technical procedure adopted was the case study, the data collection was done through direct observation, with field research and literature review. The main results were obtained from analysis of company reports available to the public, but require a more detailed quantification of data. The study concludes that the identification of environmental opportunities is possible through the proposed implementation of Cleaner Production program, which provides better results when combined with the precepts of the industrial ecology tool, the Material Flow Analysis.

  7. What drives successful implementation of pollution prevention and cleaner technology strategy? The role of innovative capability.

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    Bhupendra, Kumar Verma; Sangle, Shirish

    2015-05-15

    Firms that are dynamic and prepared to implement environmental strategies have a potential competitive advantage over their industry counterparts. Therefore, it is important to understand, what capabilities are required to implement proactive environmental strategies. The paper discusses the attributes of innovative capability required by firms in order to adopt pollution prevention and cleaner technology strategies. Empirical results show that process and behavioral innovativeness are required by firms to implement a pollution prevention strategy. In addition to process and behavioral innovativeness, firms need a top management with high risk-taking ability as well as market, product, and strategic innovativeness to implement a cleaner technology strategy. The paper proposes some important managerial implications on the basis of the above research findings. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Evaluating The Operation Of Three Air Cleaners Working Individually In A Clean Room

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    Ardkapan, Siamak Rahimi; Afshari, Alireza; Bergsøe, Niels Christian

    2011-01-01

    The use of portable air cleaners is becoming increasingly popular in many countries including Denmark. Portable air cleaners are known for not only removing but also generating particles and gases. To clarify this, three air cleaning technologies were evaluated. They were nonthermal plasma......, photochemical air purifier and corona discharge ionizer. The concentrations of ultrafine particles, ozone and total volatile organic compounds were measured both in a duct and in a clean room. It was found that the studied air cleaning technologies increased the ozone level in the clean room and the duct....... The increase of ozone level in the clean room was more than that was measured in the duct. Additionally, it was found that the number of ultrafine particles in the room increased due to the generated ozone. The number of generated particles changed with the season. The study leads to the recommendation...

  9. Blood cleaner on-chip design for artificial human kidney manipulation.

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    Suwanpayak, N; Jalil, M A; Aziz, M S; Ismail, F D; Ali, J; Yupapin, P P

    2011-01-01

    A novel design of a blood cleaner on-chip using an optical waveguide known as a PANDA ring resonator is proposed. By controlling some suitable parameters, the optical vortices (gradient optical fields/wells) can be generated and used to form the trapping tools in the same way as optical tweezers. In operation, the trapping force is formed by the combination between the gradient field and scattering photons by using the intense optical vortices generated within the PANDA ring resonator. This can be used for blood waste trapping and moves dynamically within the blood cleaner on-chip system (artificial kidney), and is performed within the wavelength routers. Finally, the blood quality test is exploited by the external probe before sending to the destination. The advantage of the proposed kidney on-chip system is that the unwanted substances can be trapped and filtered from the artificial kidney, which can be available for blood cleaning applications.

  10. Cardiorespiratory fitness, cardiovascular workload and risk factors among cleaners; a cluster randomized worksite intervention

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    Korshøj, Mette; Krustrup, Peter; Jørgensen, Marie Birk;

    2012-01-01

    Prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors is unevenly distributed among occupational groups. The working environment, as well as lifestyle and socioeconomic status contribute to the disparity and variation in prevalence of these risk factors. High physical work demands have been shown to increase...... the risk for cardiovascular disease and mortality, contrary to leisure time physical activity. High physical work demands in combination with a low cardiorespiratory fitness infer a high relative workload and an excessive risk for cardiovascular mortality. Therefore, the aim of this study is to examine...... and cardiovascular risk factors among cleaners. Cleaners are eligible if they are employed ≥ 20 hours/week, at one of the enrolled companies. In the randomization, strata are formed according to the manager the participant reports to. The clusters will be balanced on the following criteria: Geographical work...

  11. What characterizes cleaners sustaining good musculoskeletal health after years with physically heavy work?

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    Holtermann, A; Blangsted, A K; Christensen, H

    2009-01-01

    reported severe symptoms in the low back, neck shoulders or upper limbs. The groups were of matching age, height, body weight and seniority (19 years). Muscular strength was recorded by isometric maximal voluntary contractions on a day without pain. Exposure to physical risk factors at work, psychosocial...... work factors, and leisure time physical activity were assessed by a postal questionnaire. RESULTS: Cleaners with good musculoskeletal health were not reporting different exposure to physical risk factors at work or leisure time physical activity, but had higher muscular strength and reported higher...... influence at work than cleaners with severe symptoms. CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that muscular strength and influence at work are of relevance for sustaining good musculoskeletal health in workers with physically heavy work....

  12. Visibility and Social Recognition as Psychosocial Work Environment Factors among Cleaners in a Multi-Ethnic Workplace Intervention

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    Kirsten Hviid

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available This article focuses on the psychosocial work environment of immigrant cleaners at a Danish workplace. Today, many cleaners working in Danish cleaning jobs are women from the established immigrant communities, but also labour migrants from the newer EU member states have found their way to the cleaning industry. Studies have drawn attention to immigrants’ low position in the cleaning industry and their increased risk of work injuries. This article is based on a case study of an intervention called “Make a Difference” designed to improve the work environment among cleaners at a multi-ethnic workplace. We used semi-structured interviews, photo logs, observation and participation to investigate how the cleaners experienced their work environment. The cleaners reported an overload of heavy work, related to the concept of a classroom’s “readiness for cleaning”, and they expressed strained social relations and communication in addition to a lack of social recognition and invisibility at the workplace, a school. We analysed these psychosocial work environmental problems by investigating the different forms of social relationships and communication within the group of cleaners, and between the cleaners and the teachers and pupils at the school. Moreover, we discussed why the intervention, based on training of language and cleaning skills and social interaction, only partially improved the cleaners’ psychosocial work environment problems. In this article, we argue that social divisions based on ethnicity between the new and the established group of cleaners, combined with their marginal position and poor work organisation at the school, reinforced the cleaners’ experiences of psychosocial work environment problems. This article suggests that increased effort towards social inclusion at work and improved work organisation, especially for the new labour migrants from newer EU-countries, should be considered.

  13. The cleaner, the greener? Product sustainability assessment of the biomimetic façade paint Lotusan® in comparison to the conventional façade paint Jumbosil®

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    Florian Antony

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: The debate on the question whether biomimetics has a specific potential to contribute to sustainability is discussed among scientists, business leaders, politicians and those responsible for project funding. The objective of this paper is to contribute to this controversial debate by presenting the sustainability assessment of one of the most well-known and most successful biomimetic products: the façade paint Lotusan®.Results: As a first step it has been examined and verified that the façade paint Lotusan® is correctly defined as a biomimetic product. Secondly, Lotusan® has been assessed and compared to a conventional façade paint within the course of a detailed product sustainability assessment (PROSA. For purposes of comparison, the façade paint Jumbosil® was chosen as reference for a conventional paint available on the market. The benefit analysis showed that both paints fulfil equally well the requirements of functional utility. With respect to the symbolic utility, Lotusan® has a particular added aesthetic value by the preservation of the optical quality over the life cycle. Within the social analysis no substantial differences between the two paints could be found regarding the handling and disposal of the final products. Regarding the life-cycle cost, Lotusan® is the more expensive product. However, the higher investment cost for a Lotusan®-based façade painting are more than compensated by the longer life time, resulting in both reduced overall material demand and lower labour cost. In terms of the life-cycle impact assessment, it can be ascertained that substantial differences between the paints arise from the respective service life, which are presented in terms of four scenario analyses.Conclusion: In summary, the biomimetic façade paint Lotusan® has been identified as a cost-effective and at the same time resource-saving product. Based on the underlying data and assumptions it could be demonstrated that Lotusan®-based façade paintings have a comparatively low overall impact on the environment. Summarizing our results, it can be emphasized that Lotusan® is the more favourable product compared to Jumbosil® according to sustainability aspects.

  14. The 'Hoover' (vacuum cleaner) technique for calcifying tendonitis deposits excision and removal of the calcific debris

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    2012-01-01

    A new technical tip for the improvement of the arthroscopic treatment of symptomatic calcifying tendinitis is described. Arthroscopic excision of calcifying tendonitis may result with multiple minute calcific debris in the subacromial bursa, causing severe post operative pain due to chemical irritation of the bursa. We suggest the use of a bladeless shaver barrel as a “Hoover” (vacuum cleaner) for arthroscopic clearance of these miniature calcific debris from the subacromial space after resec...

  15. Overview of cleaner production as a result of clean technology research in Vietnam

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    Sam, D.V.; Nhan, T.V.; Lan, N.N. [Hanoi Univ. of Technology (Viet Nam)

    1996-12-31

    Vietnam is beginning its industrialization process, and it currently lacks the capital necessary for expensive pollution control and treatment systems. Pollution strategies are critical for the country. This study evaluates the present status of industry and the pollution problems associated with industrial development in Vietnam. The purpose of the study is to identify sectors that may have potential for promoting cleaner production practices. 4 refs.

  16. Implementation of cleaner production practices with the support of a diploma course

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    2000-01-01

    p.375–379 This paper describes the initial proposal of a cleaner technologies network in the state of Bahia, in the northeast section of Brazil. This network intends to bring together industry, universities, and government to discuss the relationship between production and the environment. Its main objective is to support a change in the way this relationship is nowadays perceived, in order to make preventive practices a priority and improve eco-efficiency. Implementation of the network...

  17. TNO moving forward ... to safer, cleaner and more efficient mobility

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    2008-01-01

    TNO develops knowledge and collaborates with industry to make this practicable. We find solutions today for problems that appeared unsolvable yesterday and we tackle the problems that will confront our customers tomorrow. We take a multidisciplinary approach to complex issues, clustering knowledge f

  18. On-site application of air cleaner emitting plasma ion to reduce airborne contaminants in pig building

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    Cho, Man Su; Ko, Han Jong; Kim, Daekeun; Kim, Ki Youn

    2012-12-01

    The objective of this field study is to evaluate temporal reduction efficiency of air cleaner emitting plasma ion on airborne pollutants emitted from pig building. The operation principle of air cleaner based on plasma ion is that hydrogen atoms and oxygen ions combine to form hydroperoxyl radicals (HOO-), which surround and attach to surface of airborne microorganisms and eliminate them by breaking the hydrogen bond in their protein structure. In gaseous pollutants, it was found that there is no reduction effect of the air cleaner on ammonia and hydrogen sulfide (p > 0.05). In particulate pollutants, the air cleaner showed mean 79%(±6.1) and 78%(±3.0) of reduction efficiency for PM2.5. and PM1, respectively, compared to the control without air cleaner (p 0.05). In biological pollutants, the mean reduction efficiencies for airborne bacteria and fungi by application of air cleaner were 22%(±6.6) and 25%(±8.7), respectively (p effect on PM2.5, PM1, airborne bacteria and airborne fungi among airborne pollutants distributed in pig building while it did not lead to significant reduction of ammonia and hydrogen sulfide.

  19. Blood cleaner on-chip design for artificial human kidney manipulation

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    Suwanpayak N

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available N Suwanpayak1, MA Jalil2, MS Aziz3, FD Ismail3, J Ali3, PP Yupapin11Nanoscale Science and Engineering Research Alliance (N'SERA, Advanced Research Center for Photonics, Faculty of Science, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology, Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand; 2Ibnu Sina Institute of Fundamental Science Studies (IIS, 3Institute of Advanced Photonics Science, Nanotechnology Research Alliance, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru, MalaysiaAbstract: A novel design of a blood cleaner on-chip using an optical waveguide known as a PANDA ring resonator is proposed. By controlling some suitable parameters, the optical vortices (gradient optical fields/wells can be generated and used to form the trapping tools in the same way as optical tweezers. In operation, the trapping force is formed by the combination between the gradient field and scattering photons by using the intense optical vortices generated within the PANDA ring resonator. This can be used for blood waste trapping and moves dynamically within the blood cleaner on-chip system (artificial kidney, and is performed within the wavelength routers. Finally, the blood quality test is exploited by the external probe before sending to the destination. The advantage of the proposed kidney on-chip system is that the unwanted substances can be trapped and filtered from the artificial kidney, which can be available for blood cleaning applications.Keywords: optical trapping, blood dialysis, blood cleaner, human kidney manipulation

  20. Visualization of vacuum cleaner-induced flow in a carpet by using magnetic resonance velocimetry

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    Lee, Jeesoo; Song, Simon

    2016-11-01

    Understanding characteristics of in-carpet flow induced by a vacuum cleaner nozzle is important to improve the design and performance of the cleaner nozzle. However, optical visualization techniques like PIV are limited to uncover the flow details because a carpet is opaque porous media. We have visualized a mean flow field in a cut-pile type carpet by magnetic resonance velocimetry. The flow was generated by a static vacuum cleaner nozzle, and the working fluid is a copper sulfate aqueous solution. Three dimensional, three component velocity vectors were obtained in a measurement domain of 336 x 128 x 14 mm3 covering the entire nozzle span and a 7-mm thick carpet below the nozzle. The voxel size was 1 x 1 x 0.5 (depthwise) mm3. Based on the visualization data, the permeability, the Forchheimer coefficient and pressure distribution were calculated for the carpet. This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) Grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (No. 2016R1A2B3009541).

  1. Sustainability and cleaner production: a study on the implications competitive advantage in business

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    Jaqueline Guimarães Santos

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper discusses the relationship between the adoption of environmental management system in the business and the competitive advantages that can result from this process. Therefore, the effects are discussed the emergence of a model of sustainable development and the role and opportunities of the company that perspective. Being theoretical, the aim of this paper is to discuss the potential contributions that the implementation of cleaner production technology can offer to the enterprise competitive strategy. To elucidate these relationships are discussed concepts relating to the introduction of an environmental management system, which emphasized the use of environmental measures, specifically the inherent Cleaner Production that aim to reduce the environmental impacts of industrial production, eliminating waste and reducing costs. Moreover, the concept of competitive advantage is crafted light of assumptions Porter on profitability from cost reduction and product differentiation. The findings indicate that the introduction of the Cleaner Production to reduce costs and add value to the image of the product, is an instrument of competitiveness that allows the company to differentiate and gain competitive advantage.

  2. Sozzy: a hormone-driven autonomous vacuum cleaner

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    Yamamoto, Masaki

    1994-02-01

    Domestic robots are promising examples of the application of robotics to personal life. There have been many approaches in this field, but no successful results exist. The problem is that domestic environments are more difficult for robots than other environments, such as factory floors or office floors. Consequently, conventional approaches using a model of human intelligence to design robots have not been successful. In this paper, we report on a prototyped domestic vacuum-cleaning robot that is designed to be able to handle complex environments. The control software is composed of two layers, both of which are generally inspired by behaviors of living creatures. The first layer corresponds to a dynamically reconfigurable system of behaviors implemented in the subsumption architecture. The ability of the robot to support alternate configurations of its behaviors provides the robot with increased robustness. We have conveniently labeled particular configurations as specific `emotions' according to the interpretation of observers of the robot's behavior. The second layer simulates the hormone system. The hormone system is modeled using state variables, increased or decreased by stimuli from the environment. The hormone condition selects the robot's most suitable emotion, according to the changing environments. The robot hardware is built of off-the-shelf parts, such as an embedded CPU, inexpensive home-appliance sensors, and small motors. These parts keep the total building cost to a minimum. The robot also has a vacuum cleaning function to demonstrate its capability to perform useful tasks. We tested the robot in our laboratory, and successfully videotaped its robust behaviors. We also confirmed the hormone system to enhance the robot's plasticity and lifelike quality.

  3. Long-term effects of the cleaner fish Labroides dimidiatus on coral reef fish communities.

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    Peter A Waldie

    Full Text Available Cleaning behaviour is deemed a mutualism, however the benefit of cleaning interactions to client individuals is unknown. Furthermore, mechanisms that may shift fish community structure in the presence of cleaning organisms are unclear. Here we show that on patch reefs (61-285 m² which had all cleaner wrasse Labroides dimidiatus (Labridae experimentally removed (1-5 adults reef⁻¹ and which were then maintained cleaner-fish free over 8.5 years, individuals of two site-attached (resident client damselfishes (Pomacentridae were smaller compared to those on control reefs. Furthermore, resident fishes were 37% less abundant and 23% less species rich per reef, compared to control reefs. Such changes in site-attached fish may reflect lower fish growth rates and/or survivorship. Additionally, juveniles of visitors (fish likely to move between reefs were 65% less abundant on removal reefs suggesting cleaners may also affect recruitment. This may, in part, explain the 23% lower abundance and 33% lower species richness of visitor fishes, and 66% lower abundance of visitor herbivores (Acanthuridae on removal reefs that we also observed. This is the first study to demonstrate a benefit of cleaning behaviour to client individuals, in the form of increased size, and to elucidate potential mechanisms leading to community-wide effects on the fish population. Many of the fish groups affected may also indirectly affect other reef organisms, thus further impacting the reef community. The large-scale effect of the presence of the relatively small and uncommon fish, Labroides dimidiadus, on other fishes is unparalleled on coral reefs.

  4. Arginine Vasotocin Regulation of Interspecific Cooperative Behaviour in a Cleaner Fish

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    Soares, Marta C.; Bshary, Redouan; Mendonça, Rute; Grutter, Alexandra S.; Oliveira, Rui F.

    2012-01-01

    In an interspecific cooperative context, individuals must be prepared to tolerate close interactive proximity to other species but also need to be able to respond to relevant social stimuli in the most appropriate manner. The neuropeptides vasopressin and oxytocin and their non-mammalian homologues have been implicated in the evolution of sociality and in the regulation of social behaviour across vertebrates. However, little is known about the underlying physiological mechanisms of interspecific cooperative interactions. In interspecific cleaning mutualisms, interactions functionally resemble most intraspecific social interactions. Here we provide the first empirical evidence that arginine vasotocin (AVT), a non-mammalian homologue of arginine vasopressin (AVP), plays a critical role as moderator of interspecific behaviour in the best studied and ubiquitous marine cleaning mutualism involving the Indo-Pacific bluestreak cleaner wrasse Labroides dimidiatus. Exogenous administration of AVT caused a substantial decrease of most interspecific cleaning activities, without similarly affecting the expression of conspecific directed behaviour, which suggests a differential effect of AVT on cleaning behaviour and not a general effect on social behaviour. Furthermore, the AVP-V1a receptor antagonist (manning compound) induced a higher likelihood for cleaners to engage in cleaning interactions and also to increase their levels of dishonesty towards clients. The present findings extend the knowledge of neuropeptide effects on social interactions beyond the study of their influence on conspecific social behaviour. Our evidence demonstrates that AVT pathways might play a pivotal role in the regulation of interspecific cooperative behaviour and conspecific social behaviour among stabilized pairs of cleaner fish. Moreover, our results suggest that the role of AVT as a neurochemical regulator of social behaviour may have been co-opted in the evolution of cooperative behaviour in an

  5. New approaches to cleaner production: applying the SASI method to micro-tanneries in Colombia

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    Sanz, M.; Siebel, M.A.; Ahlers, R.; Gupta, J.

    2016-01-01

    The literature on micro and small sized enterprises in developing countries shows their existential difficulties. This is particularly true for those in marginal areas with multiple challenges including pollution prevention. Environmental agencies tend to require capital intensive end-of-pipe

  6. New approaches to cleaner production: applying the SASI method to micro-tanneries in Colombia

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    Sanz, M.; Siebel, M.A.; Ahlers, R.; Gupta, J.

    2016-01-01

    The literature on micro and small sized enterprises in developing countries shows their existential difficulties. This is particularly true for those in marginal areas with multiple challenges including pollution prevention. Environmental agencies tend to require capital intensive end-of-pipe soluti

  7. The "Hoover" (vacuum cleaner) technique for calcifying tendonitis deposits excision and removal of the calcific debris.

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    Ehud, Atoun; Ehud, Rath; Alexander, Van Tongel; Ali, Narvani; Giusseppe, Sforza; Ofer, Levy

    2012-07-01

    A new technical tip for the improvement of the arthroscopic treatment of symptomatic calcifying tendinitis is described. Arthroscopic excision of calcifying tendonitis may result with multiple minute calcific debris in the subacromial bursa, causing severe post operative pain due to chemical irritation of the bursa. We suggest the use of a bladeless shaver barrel as a "Hoover" (vacuum cleaner) for arthroscopic clearance of these miniature calcific debris from the subacromial space after resection of the major deposits. The use of this technique resulted in good clinical outcome with improved post operative pain.

  8. Cleaner metallurgical industry in Serbia: a road to the sustainable development

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    D. Panias

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Since the sustainable development has been a global and fundamental objecttive, a metallurgical industrial sector faces some of the most difficult sustainability challenges of any industrial sector. On the other hand, the metallurgical production in Serbia is a very important part of the economy. Due to present facilities and technologies, metallurgical companies face a great challenge to fulfill the requirements introduced by legislature referring to the cleaner production and sustainable development. The state of art in the production, facilities, pollution with some answers to imposed challenges is presented.

  9. Challenges Achieved By Innovative Technologies Our Link to a Safer, Cleaner, Healthier Tomorrow - 12369

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    Henderson, Heidi [Department of Energy Fellow (United States); Shoffner, Peggy; Lagos, Leonel E. [Project Management Professional - PMP (United States)

    2012-07-01

    The River Corridor Closure Project is the nation's largest environmental cleanup closure project where innovative technologies are being utilized to overcome DOE's environmental clean-up challenges. DOE provides a Technology Needs Statement that specifies their on-site challenges and the criteria to overcome those challenges. This allows for both the private sector and federally funded organizations to respond with solutions that meet their immediate needs. DOE selects the company based on their ability to reduce risk to human health and the environment, improve efficiency of the cleanup, and lower costs. These technologies are our link to a cleaner, safer, healthier tomorrow. (authors)

  10. Contributions to cleaner chemical waste treatment and production processes; Beitraege zu zukuenftigen chemischen Entsorgungs- und Produktionsverfahren

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    Schmieder, H.; Bleyl, H.J.; Boukis, N.; Ederer, H.; Galla, U.; Goldacker, H.; Grimm, R.; Henrich, E.; Kluth, M.; Petrich, G.; Schoen, J.; Weirich, F.

    1992-09-01

    Ways and chances for the development of cleaner chemical waste treatment and production processes are discussed. Supercritical fluids as reaction media and as separation solvents and the application of indirect electroredox processes were selected for process developments. The R and D activities are described in detail. (orig.). [Deutsch] Wege und Chancen zur Entwicklung oekologisch vertraeglicher Entsorgungs- und Produktionsverfahren werden diskutiert. Fuer die Verfahrensentwicklungen wurde die Nutzung von ueberkritischen Fluiden als Reaktionsmedium und Solvent zur Trennung sowie die Anwendung von indirekten Elektroredox-Verfahren ausgewaehlt. Die einzelnen Entwicklungsarbeiten werden detailliert beschrieben. (orig.).

  11. Level of self-reported neck/shoulder pain and biomechanical workload in cleaners

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    Madeleine, Pascal; Søgaard, Karen; Holtermann, Andreas

    2012-01-01

    -axial accelerometer package was mounted on the low back (L5-S1) to measure postural changes during cleaning tasks. The 10th, 50th and 90th percentiles of the angular distributions were computed to characterize postures and movements. Pain tended to play a significant role on RMS of left/right trapezius and left......The aim of the present study was to investigate the relation between self-reported pain, muscular activity and postural load during cleaning tasks. Eighteen cleaners performed usual cleaning tasks in both a laboratory and a lecture room. The level of perceived pain in the neck-shoulder region...

  12. The "Hoover" (vacuum cleaner technique for calcifying tendonitis deposits excision and removal of the calcific debris

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    Atoun Ehud

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A new technical tip for the improvement of the arthroscopic treatment of symptomatic calcifying tendinitis is described. Arthroscopic excision of calcifying tendonitis may result with multiple minute calcific debris in the subacromial bursa, causing severe post operative pain due to chemical irritation of the bursa. We suggest the use of a bladeless shaver barrel as a "Hoover" (vacuum cleaner for arthroscopic clearance of these miniature calcific debris from the subacromial space after resection of the major deposits. The use of this technique resulted in good clinical outcome with improved post operative pain.

  13. Early retirement among Danish female cleaners and shop assistants according to work environment characteristics and upper extremity complaints

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    Jensen, Lone Donbæk; Bonde, Jens Peter Ellekilde; Christensen, Michael Victor

    2016-01-01

    -year cohort study with registry-based follow-up of 1430 female cleaners and 579 shop assistants. In subsequent analyses of female cleaners, disability pension and voluntary early retirement were modeled according to work characteristics and upper extremity complaints. RESULTS: The adjusted hazard rate......BACKGROUND: Studies have shown a negative social gradient in the incidence of early retirement. To prevent undesired early retirement, there is a need for knowledge of specific predictors in addition to social factors with a limited potential for change. The main purpose of this study...... was to examine musculoskeletal complaints and working conditions as predictors of early retirement among Danish female cleaners. METHODS: Using Cox regression with an adjustment for extraneous factors, we compared the risk of disability pension and retirement before the nominal retirement age (65 years) in an 11...

  14. High-field asymmetric waveform ion mobility spectrometry with solvent vapor addition: a potential greener bioanalytical technique.

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    Tsai, Chia-Wei; Yost, Richard A; Garrett, Timothy J

    2012-06-01

    Green chemistry is a way to avoid threats to human health and the environment in chemical processes, including analytical methodology. According to the 12 principles provided by ACS Green Chemistry Institute, first described by Anastas and Warner, prevention of waste generation should be first considered as an alternative to ways of treating waste. Therefore, analytical techniques that may reduce solvent waste are of great interest towards greener analysis. High-field asymmetric waveform ion mobility spectrometry (FAIMS) utilizes electrical fields to achieve separation, post an ionization source, and could provide an alternative method for separation and reduce solvent use in comparison with traditional HPLC methodologies. In this article, the operational principles and developments of FAIMS will be discussed, including the advantages of adding solvent vapor to the carrier gas. In addition, applications and challenges of implementing FAIMS technology will also be discussed.

  15. Jewelry cleaners

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    ... nose, eyes, ears, lips, or tongue Vision loss GASTROINTESTINAL SYSTEM Abdominal pain (severe) Bloody stools Burns and possible ... cause severe burns to the inside of the gastrointestinal tract. Extensive damage to the mouth, throat, eyes, lungs, ...

  16. Drainpipe cleaners

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    ... SYSTEM Collapse Low blood pressure that develops rapidly SKIN Burns Holes (necrosis) in the skin or tissues underneath Irritation ... tracing) Endoscopy: camera down the throat to see burns in the ... (skin debridement) Washing of the skin (irrigation), perhaps ...

  17. Brief Discussion on Cleaner Production of Beer%略论啤酒清洁生产

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    张华; 张雁秋; 阚久方

    2001-01-01

    介绍了我国啤酒废水的来源和污染强度,从改革啤酒生产工艺、回收利用废酵母、加强管理、降低酒损等方面论述了啤酒清洁生产的可行性。通过环境和经济效益分析可以看出,上述措施将在啤酒清洁生产中起到重要作用。%Introduction on the sources and pollution degree of wastewaterfrom chinas brewery was presented.By innovating production process,re-utilizing used yeast,strengthening management,reducing beer loss,the paper discussed the feasibility of cleaner production of the beer,It can be made a conclusion that these measures will play important roles on cleaner production of the beer by analyzing environmental and economic benefits.

  18. Level of self-reported neck/shoulder pain and biomechanical workload in cleaners.

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    Madeleine, Pascal; Søgaard, Karen; Holtermann, Andreas; Samani, Afshin

    2012-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to investigate the relation between self-reported pain, muscular activity and postural load during cleaning tasks. Eighteen cleaners performed usual cleaning tasks in both a laboratory and a lecture room. The level of perceived pain in the neck-shoulder region during the last 7 days was recorded. Bipolar surface electromyography (SEMG) was recorded bilaterally from upper trapezius and erector spinae muscles during cleaning. Root mean square (RMS) and permutation entropy (PE) values representing amplitude and complexity of SEMG time-series were estimated. A tri-axial accelerometer package was mounted on the low back (L5-S1) to measure postural changes during cleaning tasks. The 10th, 50th and 90th percentiles of the angular distributions were computed to characterize postures and movements. Pain tended to play a significant role on RMS of left/right trapezius and left erector spinae muscles (P≤0.08). Cleaners with low pain level exhibited higher muscular activity during cleaning. Pain played or tended to play a significant role on PE of left and right erector spinae muscles (P≤0.08). Pain played a significant role on the 10th, 50th and 90th percentile (Pflexion angle (side bending). The present study emphasizes biomechanical adaptations occurring in presence of neck-shoulder pain during cleaning tasks.

  19. Modelling of the filter-adsorber type air cleaner by using neural network

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    Raos Miomir

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available It is well known that most air purifying methods imply the passing of air flow, as a pollutant carrier, through a control unit which retains impurities. Properties of the air control unit and the purifying process itself therefore differ depending on the nature of present impurities, as well as on flow-thermal properties of air as the carrier of those impurities. For the assumed conditions, in terms of production of a pollution source and presence of different polluting substances in the form of dust, aerosols, gas, vapor in the exhaust gas, etc., an integrated gas purifier has been designed and tested, comprising a module for purification of mechanical impurities and a module for purification of gaseous impurities. The purifier is compact and has a universal application while simultaneously retaining several different pollutants. These requirements were met through application of the filtration and adsorption methods. On the formed experimental line with an adequate system of acquisition, filter-adsorber type gas cleaners in the function of flow-thermal parameters of gas mixture were tested simultaneously. Experimental data were used for training the radial basis function neural network, which was then used to model properties of the process and gas cleaner.

  20. Male cleaner wrasses adjust punishment of female partners according to the stakes.

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    Raihani, Nichola J; Pinto, Ana I; Grutter, Alexandra S; Wismer, Sharon; Bshary, Redouan

    2012-01-22

    Punishment is an important deterrent against cheating in cooperative interactions. In humans, the severity of cheating affects the strength of punishment which, in turn, affects the punished individual's future behaviour. Here, we show such flexible adjustments for the first time in a non-human species, the cleaner wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus), where males are known to punish female partners. We exposed pairs of cleaners to a model client offering two types of food, preferred 'prawn' items and less-preferred 'flake' items. Analogous to interactions with real clients, eating a preferred prawn item ('cheating') led to model client removal. We varied the extent to which female cheating caused pay-off reduction to the male and measured the corresponding severity of male punishment. Males punished females more severely when females cheated during interactions with high value, rather than low value, model clients; and when females were similar in size to the male. This pattern may arise because, in this protogynous hermaphrodite, cheating by similar-sized females may reduce size differences to the extent that females change sex and become reproductive competitors. In response to more severe punishment from males, females behaved more cooperatively. Our results show that punishment can be adjusted to circumstances and that such subtleties can have an important bearing on the outcome of cooperative interactions.

  1. Cleaner production analysis in a company of the red ceramic segment

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    Dayanna dos Santos Costa Maciel

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available The present study had as objective to analyze the productive process of a red ceramic segment industry in relation to the Cleaner Production (CP, based on the theoretical model proposed by National Center of Clean Technologies (CTNL, 2003b. As for the methodology, is classified as exploratory and descriptive, using the case study method. For this purpose, data was collected primary and secondary, the primers were obtained through semi-structured interviews with the owner and manager of production and a questionnaire administered to the owner. As for the secondary data, they were obtained through the company's environmental license, reports, documents, audits, standards and web searches, among others. As results were found in a waste around 10% of manufactured products (bricks, tiles and blocks;  Emission of pollutants such as ash and gases (CO2; High consumption of natural resources such as clay, water, electricity and firewood. This situation is being modified in the function of actions which are taken to obtain a cleaner production.

  2. Cleaner and convenient preparation of 3-(4,6-dimethoxy-pyrimidin-2-yloxy)-2-methyl-phenol.

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    Wen, Yue-Zhong; Fang, Zhao-Hua; Liu, Wei-Ping

    2004-08-01

    Environmental concerns have highlighted the need of cleaner technologies. A cleaner, convenient and selective technology has been developed for the preparation of 3-(4,6-dimethoxy-pyrimidin-2-yloxy)-2-methyl-phenol (DPMP) from 2-methyl-benzene-1,3-diol in water as solvent. The isolated yield of DPMP is up to 86% in good selectivity. The product structure was characterized by conventional methods, 1H-NMR and MS. This technology belongs to the modern concept of environmentally friendly low wastes or non-wastes technology (LWNWT).

  3. Cleaner and convenient preparation of 3-(4,6-dimethoxy-pyrimidin-2-yloxy)-2-methyl-phenol

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    文岳中; 方兆华; 刘维屏

    2004-01-01

    Environmental concerns have highlighted the need of cleaner technologies. A cleaner, convenient and selective technology has been developed for the preparation of 3-(4,6-dimethoxy-pyrimidin-2-yloxy)-2-methyl-phenol (DPMP) from 2-methyl-benzene-1,3-diol in water as solvent. The isolated yield of DPMP is up to 86% in good selectivity. The product structure was characterized by conventional methods, 1H-NMR and MS. This technology belongs to the modern concept of environmentally friendly low wastes or non-wastes technology (LWNWT).

  4. 无公害清洗剂的研制%The Development of the Biorational Cleaner

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    朱灵峰; 范彩玲; 樊素芳; 王彩霞; 潘振良; 李静

    2001-01-01

    A biorational cleaner has been developed.It is a kind of weak alkaline aqueous cleaner,which contains no harmful compositions of strong acids,alkaline,phosphates,aluminum salts etc.It is effective for cleaning any hard surfaces and almost poisonless on human beings and animals.%研制了无公害清洗剂,该剂为弱碱性水基清洗剂,不含强酸、强碱、磷、铝等有害成分,能有效地清洗任何硬表面的油污,对人、畜基本无毒。

  5. Cleaner and convenient preparation of 3-(4,6-dimethoxy-pyrimidin-2-yloxy)-2-methyl-phenol

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    文岳中; 方兆华; 刘维屏

    2004-01-01

    Environmental concerns have highlighted the need of cleaner technologies. A cleaner, convenient and selectivetechnology has been developed for the preparation of 3-(4,6-dimethoxy-pyrimidin-2-yloxy)-2-methyl-phenol (DPMP) from2-methyl-benzene-l,3-diol in water as solvent. The isolated yield of DPMP is up to 86% in good selectivity. The productstructure was characterized by conventional methods, 1H-NMR and MS. This technology belongs to the modern concept ofenvironmentally friendly low wastes or non-wastes technology (LWNWT).

  6. 基于计算流体动力学的内燃机进气空滤器消声量计算%Calculation of noise reduction of an internal-combustion engine air-cleaner based on CFD

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    刘联鋆; 郝志勇; 郑旭

    2013-01-01

    A CFD approach was proposed to calculate noise reduction of an air-cleaner of an internal-combustion engine without mean flow. With the approach, a correction pipe was modeled to represent the real inlet boundary of the air-cleaner regarding the duct acoustic characteristics. The model and the approach were validated by comparing the calculated noise reduction with test data. Further, the noise reduction with mean flow was calculated. It was suggested that the mean flow with Mach number of 0. 08 has no significant effect on noise reduction compared with the condition without mean flow. In addition, a filter was modeled as a porous zone, and the noise reduction of the cleaner with the filter was calculated in conditions with and without mean flow. The features of the CFD model of the filter were investigated.%分析管道末端声反射特性,用等效延长管模拟进气口声学边界,基于计算流体动力学计算无流条件下某内燃机空滤器消声量.将计算值与实验测量值对比,验证模型与计算流体动力学方法的有效性.通过计算平均流条件下空滤器消声量发现,进气口马赫数为0.08时空滤器消声量与无流条件下差别不大.并用多孔区域模拟滤芯,用CFD法计算无流与有流时带滤芯空滤器消声量,研究CFD法中滤芯模拟特点.

  7. Saving the planet with bin packing - Experiences using 2D and 3D bin packing of virtual machines for greener clouds

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    Hage, Thomas; Begnum, Kyrre; Yazidi, Anis

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    Greener cloud computing has recently become an extremely pertinent research topic in academy and among practitioners. Despite the abundance of the state of the art studies that tackle the problem, the vast majority of them solely rely on simulation, and do not report real settings experience. Thus, the theoretical models might overlook some of the practical details that might emerge in real life scenarios. In this paper, we try to bridge the aforementioned gap in the l...

  8. Greener Route for Synthesis of aryl and alkyl-14H-dibenzo [a.j] xanthenes using Graphene Oxide-Copper Ferrite Nanocomposite as a Recyclable Heterogeneous Catalyst

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    Kumar, Aniket; Rout, Lipeeka; Achary, Lakkoji Satish Kumar; Dhaka, Rajendra. S.; Dash, Priyabrat

    2017-01-01

    A facile, efficient and environmentally-friendly protocol for the synthesis of xanthenes by graphene oxide based nanocomposite (GO-CuFe2O4) has been developed by one-pot condensation route. The nanocomposite was designed by decorating copper ferrite nanoparticles on graphene oxide (GO) surface via a solution combustion route without the use of template. The as-synthesized GO-CuFe2O4 composite was comprehensively characterized by XRD, FTIR, Raman, SEM, EDX, HRTEM with EDS mapping, XPS, N2 adsorption-desorption and ICP-OES techniques. This nanocomposite was then used in an operationally simple, cost effective, efficient and environmentally benign synthesis of 14H-dibenzo xanthene under solvent free condition. The present approach offers several advantages such as short reaction times, high yields, easy purification, a cleaner reaction, ease of recovery and reusability of the catalyst by a magnetic field. Based upon various controlled reaction results, a possible mechanism for xanthene synthesis over GO-CuFe2O4 catalyst was proposed. The superior catalytic activity of the GO-CuFe2O4 nanocomposite can be attributed to the synergistic interaction between GO and CuFe2O4 nanoparticles, high surface area and presence of small sized CuFe2O4 NPs. This versatile GO-CuFe2O4 nanocomposite synthesized via combustion method holds great promise for applications in wide range of industrially important catalytic reactions. PMID:28233832

  9. Greener Route for Synthesis of aryl and alkyl-14H-dibenzo [a.j] xanthenes using Graphene Oxide-Copper Ferrite Nanocomposite as a Recyclable Heterogeneous Catalyst

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    Kumar, Aniket; Rout, Lipeeka; Achary, Lakkoji Satish Kumar; Dhaka, Rajendra. S.; Dash, Priyabrat

    2017-02-01

    A facile, efficient and environmentally-friendly protocol for the synthesis of xanthenes by graphene oxide based nanocomposite (GO-CuFe2O4) has been developed by one-pot condensation route. The nanocomposite was designed by decorating copper ferrite nanoparticles on graphene oxide (GO) surface via a solution combustion route without the use of template. The as-synthesized GO-CuFe2O4 composite was comprehensively characterized by XRD, FTIR, Raman, SEM, EDX, HRTEM with EDS mapping, XPS, N2 adsorption-desorption and ICP-OES techniques. This nanocomposite was then used in an operationally simple, cost effective, efficient and environmentally benign synthesis of 14H-dibenzo xanthene under solvent free condition. The present approach offers several advantages such as short reaction times, high yields, easy purification, a cleaner reaction, ease of recovery and reusability of the catalyst by a magnetic field. Based upon various controlled reaction results, a possible mechanism for xanthene synthesis over GO-CuFe2O4 catalyst was proposed. The superior catalytic activity of the GO-CuFe2O4 nanocomposite can be attributed to the synergistic interaction between GO and CuFe2O4 nanoparticles, high surface area and presence of small sized CuFe2O4 NPs. This versatile GO-CuFe2O4 nanocomposite synthesized via combustion method holds great promise for applications in wide range of industrially important catalytic reactions.

  10. Cardiorespiratory fitness, cardiovascular workload and risk factors among cleaners; a cluster randomized worksite intervention

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    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors is unevenly distributed among occupational groups. The working environment, as well as lifestyle and socioeconomic status contribute to the disparity and variation in prevalence of these risk factors. High physical work demands have been shown to increase the risk for cardiovascular disease and mortality, contrary to leisure time physical activity. High physical work demands in combination with a low cardiorespiratory fitness infer a high relative workload and an excessive risk for cardiovascular mortality. Therefore, the aim of this study is to examine whether a worksite aerobic exercise intervention will reduce the relative workload and cardiovascular risk factors by an increased cardiorespiratory fitness. Methods/design A cluster-randomized controlled trial is performed to evaluate the effect of the worksite aerobic exercise intervention on cardiorespiratory fitness and cardiovascular risk factors among cleaners. Cleaners are eligible if they are employed ≥ 20 hours/week, at one of the enrolled companies. In the randomization, strata are formed according to the manager the participant reports to. The clusters will be balanced on the following criteria: Geographical work location, gender, age and seniority. Cleaners are randomized to either I a reference group, receiving lectures concerning healthy living, or II an intervention group, performing worksite aerobic exercise “60 min per week”. Data collection will be conducted at baseline, four months and 12 months after baseline, at the worksite during working hours. The data collection will consist of a questionnaire-based interview, physiological testing of health and capacity-related measures, and objective diurnal measures of heart rate, physical activity and blood pressure. Primary outcome is cardiorespiratory fitness. Discussion Information is lacking about whether an improved cardiorespiratory fitness will affect

  11. Lipophilic super-absorbent polymer gels as surface cleaners for oil and grease from metal and non-metal surfaces

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    The objective of this research is to develop a new cleaning technology based on lipophilic super-absorbent swelling gels for the removal of oil, grease and particulate matters from metal and non-metal surfaces. It is desired that the cleaner is in solid form and is VOC-exempt, HAP-free, non-toxic, n...

  12. Transitioning from traditional to green cleaners: an analysis of custodian and manager focus groups.

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    Simcox, Nancy; Wakai, Sara; Welsh, Loyola; Westinghouse, Carol; Morse, Tim

    2012-01-01

    Custodians represent one of the largest occupational groups using cleaning agents, and yet their voices are infrequently heard in relation to the introduction of "green" cleaners and the laws regarding environmentally preferable products (EPP). This study reflects worker voices on use and effectiveness of chemicals, as well as incentives and obstacles for green cleaning programs. Sixty-four custodians and staff participated in 10 focus groups. Data were entered into Atlas Ti and the constant comparative method of qualitative data analysis was used to identify themes. Themes included satisfaction in a "well-done" job, more effort required for job, lack of involvement in EPP selection process, EPP's ease of use for workers with English as a Second Language (ESL), misuse of disinfectants, health complaints, and need for training. This study shows that custodians have a voice, and that improved communication and feedback among all the stakeholders are needed to make the transition to green cleaning more effective.

  13. Design study and prototype experiment of the KAGRA output mode-cleaner

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    Yano, Kazushiro; Kumeta, Ayaka; Somiya, Kentaro

    2016-05-01

    The sensitivity of the Japanese gravitational-wave detector KAGRA is limited mainly by quantum noise. In order to reduce the quantum noise level, KAGRA employs an output mode-cleaner (OMC), which filters out junk light to clean up the signal and the reference light at the signal extraction port. The proper design of the OMC is a key to achieve the target sensitivity of KAGRA. In this proceeding, we present two results. One is the final result of numerical simulations, from which we determined the optical parameters of the OMC. The other is the latest results of our prototype experiment, the goal of which is to establish the control scheme of the OMC.

  14. Cleaner production for continuous digester processes based on hybrid Pareto genetic algorithm

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    2003-01-01

    Pulping production process produce large amount of wastewater and pollutant emitted, which has become one of the main pollution sources in pulp and paper industry. To solve this problem, it is necessary to implement cleaner production by using modeling and optimization technology. This paper studies the model and multi-objective genetic algorithms for continuous digester process. A model is established, in which environmental pollution and saving energy factors are considered. A hybrid genetic algorithm based on Pareto stratum-niche count is designed for finding near-Pareto or Pareto optimal solutions in the problem. A new genetic evaluation and selection mechanism is proposed. Using the real data from a pulp mill shows the results of computer simulation. Through comparing with the practical curve of digester,this method can reduce the pollutant effectively and increase the profit while keeping the pulp quality constant.

  15. Cleaner production for continuous digester processes based on hybrid Pareto genetic algorithm.

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    Jin, Fu-Jiang; Wang, Hui; Li, Ping

    2003-01-01

    Pulping production process produces a large amount of wastewater and pollutant emitted, which has become one of the main pollution sources in pulp and paper industry. To solve this problem, it is necessary to implement cleaner production by using modeling and optimization technology. This paper studies the modeling and multi-objective genetic algorithms for continuous digester process. First, model is established, in which environmental pollution and saving energy factors are considered. Then hybrid genetic algorithm based on Pareto stratum-nichecount is designed for finding near-Pareto or Pareto optimal solutions in the problem and a new genetic evaluation and selection mechanism is proposed. Finally using the real data from a pulp mill shows the results of computer simulation. Through comparing with the practical curve of digester, this method can reduce the pollutant effectively and increase the profit while keeping the pulp quality unchanged.

  16. Cleaner coal technology and its commercial implementation. Conference documentation and information

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    This conference analyses the enormous potential of new markets for cleaner coal technologies as well as analysing what the implications of legislation hold for those involved in power generation. It also discusses how technology can be effectively utilised to meet environmental performance requirements, as well as competitive, operational and economic performance parameters. Specific regional requirements and opportunities as well as the implications of important agreements such as those reached at Kyoto are analysed. Technological issues are discussed with particular reference to use of by-products of coal fired stations blending techniques; plant upgrading and the concept of zero emission coal. Presented papers are abstracted separately for the IEA Coal Research coal database CD-ROM.

  17. A cleaner two-step synthesis of high purity diallyldimethylammonium chloride monomers for flocculant preparation

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    TIAN Bing-hui; FAN Bin; PENG Xian-jia; LUAN Zhao-kun

    2005-01-01

    In order to improve the flocculation efficiency of polydiallyldimethylammonium chloride (PDADMAC), high molecular weight PDADMAC should be prepared from high purity diallyldimethylammonium chloride(DADMAC) monomers. In this paper, a cleaner method with microwave irradiation and alkali solidification was proposed for preparing high pure DADMAC by selective heating under low temperature, and the prepared high purity DADMAC is characterized using FTIR and atomic absorption spectrometry. The new method provides a solution to the key technical problem of PDADMAC synthesis. Comparing with the conventional methods, the results showed that the advantages of the novel synthesis include: (a) high purity DADMAC is improved from 57% to 71%; (b) reaction time of tertiary amine preparation is shortened from 6 h to 7 min; (c) water instead of acetone was used as reaction medium; (d) toxic by-products,wastewater and waste gas are eliminated. Flocculant made from the synthesized high purity DADMAC monomers was proved more efficient in flocculation tests.

  18. Evaluation of a Combined Ultraviolet Photocatalytic Oxidation(UVPCO)/Chemisorbent Air Cleaner for Indoor Air Applications

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    Hodgson, Alfred T.; Destaillats, Hugo; Hotchi, Toshifumi; Fisk,William J.

    2007-02-01

    We previously reported that gas-phase byproducts of incomplete oxidation were generated when a prototype ultraviolet photocatalytic oxidation (UVPCO) air cleaner was operated in the laboratory with indoor-relevant mixtures of VOCs at realistic concentrations. Under these conditions, there was net production of formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, two important indoor air toxicants. Here, we further explore the issue of byproduct generation. Using the same UVPCO air cleaner, we conducted experiments to identify common VOCs that lead to the production of formaldehyde and acetaldehyde and to quantify their production rates. We sought to reduce the production of formaldehyde and acetaldehyde to acceptable levels by employing different chemisorbent scrubbers downstream of the UVPCO device. Additionally, we made preliminary measurements to estimate the capacity and expected lifetime of the chemisorbent media. For most experiments, the system was operated at 680-780 m{sup 3}/h (400-460 cfm). A set of experiments was conducted with common VOCs introduced into the UVPCO device individually and in mixture. Compound conversion efficiencies and the production of formaldehyde and acetaldehyde were determined by comparison of compound concentrations upstream and downstream of the reactor. There was general agreement between compound conversions efficiencies determined individually and in the mixture. This suggests that competition among compounds for active sites on the photocatalyst surface will not limit the performance of the UVPCO device when the total VOC concentration is low. A possible exception was the very volatile alcohols, for which there were some indications of competitive adsorption. The results also showed that formaldehyde was produced from many commonly encountered VOCs, while acetaldehyde was generated by specific VOCs, particularly ethanol. The implication is that formaldehyde concentrations are likely to increase when an effective UVPCO air cleaner is used in

  19. 皮革行业实施清洁生产途径的可持续发展研究%Sustainable Development on the Application of Cleaner Production in Tanning Industry

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    周林艳; 曾丽璇; 李晨

    2012-01-01

    皮革行业迅速的发展同时带来了严重的环境污染和资源浪费等问题.在皮革行业发展相对集中的区域,地表水和地下水均受到严重污染.此外,皮革行业还存在大量固体废弃物污染的问题.因此,研究在皮革行业实施清洁生产的途径,对其可持续发展有着非常重要的意义.文章通过简单介绍皮革行业的污染源,指出在制革过程中推行清洁生产审核以及政府引导的必要性,重点提出了在制革工艺、设备、废弃物管理等方面的清洁生产途径,目的是促使清洁生产及其实施途径能得到全面的认识和应用,从而达到节能、减污、增效等生态经济效应.%Leather industry with rapid economic development has brought serious environmental pollution, such as waste of resources and other problems. Surface water and groundwater are severely polluted in the area where the leather industry is relatively concentrated. In addition, there is a large number of solid waste pollution in the leather industry. Therefore, the study in the leather industry to implement cleaner production approach to get sustainable development is of great importance. In this paper, the pollution sources of leather making are briefly introduced. The necessity of the implementation of cleaner production audits and the government guidance to the tanning industry is pointed out. The new ways of tanning technique, equipment, waste management and other aspects are emphasized. Through these new cleaner production technologies, the tanning industry can promote the implementation of cleaner production to a comprehensive understanding and achieve the target of ecological and economic effects including energy saving, pollution reduction, efficiency and other purposes.

  20. Cleaner drive - Obstacles in the way of a market for a new generation of vehicles; Cleaner Drive. Hindernisse fuer die Markteinfuehrung von neuen Fahrzeug-Generationen. Bericht ueber die Beteiligung von e'mobile am EU-Projekt

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    Schwegler, U. [e' mobile, der Schweizerische Verband fuer elektrische und effiziente Strassenfahrzeuge, Berne (Switzerland); Domeniconi, R. [AssoVEL2, Mendrisio (Switzerland); Kaufmann, J. [Kaufmann Consulting, Berne (Switzerland); Werfeli, A. [Verband der Schweizerischen Gasindustrie, Zuerich (Switzerland)

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    This final report for the Association of Swiss Traffic Engineers describes work done within the framework of the fifth European Research Framework Programme involving the development of tools to speed up the introduction of a new generations of vehicles. This report lists the work done by the Swiss e'mobil organisation and discusses the limitations placed on the work by its international framework. The report presents the 'Cleaner Drive' environmental evaluation methods used for vehicles. This considers greenhouse-gas emissions and external costs. Factors not considered, noise and bio-fuels, are mentioned. A data-base based decision-support tool is introduced. The development of the 'Cleaner Drive' web site is described. A further chapter takes a look at efforts being made in the area of filling stations for gaseous fuels.

  1. Tandem Knoevenagel–Michael reactions in aqueous diethylamine medium: A greener and efficient approach toward bis-dimedone derivatives

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    2017-02-01

    The use of inexpensive, eco-friendly and readily available reagents, easy work-up, and high purity products makes the procedure a convenient and robust method for the synthesis of tandem Knoevenagel–Michael adducts.

  2. Power generation by high head water in a building using micro hydro turbine-a greener approach.

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    M M S R S, Bhargav; V, Ratna Kishore; S P, Anbuudayasankar; K, Balaji

    2016-05-01

    Demand for green energy production is arising all over the world. A lot of emphasis is laid in making the buildings green. Even a small amount of energy savings made contribute to saving the environment. In this study, an idea is proposed and studied to extract power from the high head water in the pipelines of a building. A building of height 15 m is considered for this study. Water flowing in the pipe has sufficient energy to run a micro hydro turbine. The feasibility of producing electrical energy from the energy of pipe water is found. The motivation is to find the feasibility of generating power using a low-cost turbine. The experimental setup consists of micro turbine of 135 mm diameter coupled to a 12-V DC generator; LEDs and resistors are employed to validate the results. The theoretical calculations were presented using the fundamental equations of fluid mechanics. The theoretical results are validated using experimental and numerical results using CFD simulation. In addition, exergy analysis has been carried out to quantify the irreversibilities during the process in the system.

  3. Water Quality Index Assessment ofGroundwater in Todaraisingh Tehsil of Rajasthan State, India-A Greener Approach

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available This study deals with the statistical analysis and study of water quality index to assess hardness of groundwater in Todaraisingh tehsil of Tonk district of Rajasthan state. The study has been carried out to examine its suitability for drinking, irrigation and industrial purpose. The presence of problematic salts contains in groundwater due to local pollutants and affected the groundwater quality adversely. The estimated values were compared with drinking water quality standards prescribed by B.I.S. It was found that drinking water is severely polluted with hardness causing salts. This study reveals that people dependent on water sources of the study area are prone to health hazards of contaminated water and quality managements to hardness urgently needed.

  4. Synthesis of Ibuprofen intermediate using alcoholic silver nanoparticles and its kinetics: A greener approach towards drug synthesis

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    Pawar, Sandeep J.; Patil, Shivkumar Y.; Mahulikar, Pramod P.; Zope, Vishvanath S.

    2017-03-01

    Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were prepared and tested for the activity in the catalytic reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol showing to be exceptionally active. Further, using AgNPs we catalytically synthesized 1-(4-isobutylphenyl)ethanol which is important drug intermediate for the widely used Ibuprofen. The rate constants were determined at temperatures 298 K, 303 K, 308 K, 313 K, 318 K, 232 K correspond to 0.29 min-1, 0.37 min-1, 0.40 min-1, 0.43 min-1, 0.50 min-1, 0.68 min-1, respectively. The activation energy of AgNPs is 23.25 kJ/mol. The number of collisions of reactants in the term of frequency factor was found to be high 1.99 × 108 min-1 and average heat of reaction is 26.1 kJ/mol. The recyclability study of AgNPs in the reduction of 1-(4-isobutylphenyl)ethanone (4-IBPEON) to 1-(4-isobutylphenyl)ethanol (4-IBPE) in six consecutive reaction cycles found to be (0.91 g, 90%), (0.89 g, 88%), (0.87 g, 86%), (0.84 g, 83%), (0.84 g, 83%), (0.81 g, 80%), respectively. We promisingly minimize the waste generated in the synthesis of 4-IBPE by calculation E-factor and atom efficiency and was found to 0.57 and 81.56%, respectively. Reported experimental results were directly relevance to develop theoretical concepts.

  5. Research on the Audit for Cleaner Production of Lead and Zinc Metallurgical Enterprise%铅锌冶炼企业清洁生产审核研究

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    刘维维; 栾景丽; 何艳明; 杨勇

    2012-01-01

    通过参与铅锌冶炼行业清洁生产审核指南的编写,分析铅锌冶炼企业开展清洁生产审核的意义,审核过程存在的障碍及克服办法,总结铅锌冶炼企业常见的清洁生产方案,为企业开展清洁生产审核提供指导意见.%The significance, barriers and their countermeasures for lead and zinc metallurgical enterprises to develop cleaner production audit is analyzed in this paper via participating in writing of the cleaner production audit guidance for lead and zinc metallurgical industry, and the common cleaner production scheme is summarized in lead and zinc metallurgy, which can supply the guidance for enter-prises to develop cleaner production audit.

  6. Gender and cleaner production: toward a framework for including gender analysis when developing strategies and designing solutions.

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    Edwards, Sally; Quinn, Margaret

    2005-01-01

    Environmental policies that do not consider global gender dimensions often create benefits for some people and ecosystems but result in costs for others, in particular women, at some point along the global chain of production and consumption. This article is intended to begin a dialogue about the importance of including gender analysis in the design of cleaner production strategies. We review global development policy and its critiques that have identified a need for gender awareness and analysis. This examination provides a backdrop for a discussion of how to include gender analysis in cleaner production planning and implementation. We invite researchers and practitioners to enter this dialogue to further the field and develop effective tools and policies to analyze gender dynamics, support gender equity, and find environmentally sound solutions that are sustainable for the long-term.

  7. Effects on musculoskeletal pain, work ability and sickness absence in a 1-year randomised controlled trial among cleaners

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    Jørgensen, Marie B.; Faber, Anne; Hansen, Jørgen V.;

    2011-01-01

    or CBTr compared with REF was found in conservative ITT analyses. However, explorative analyses revealed a treatment effect for musculoskeletal pain of the PCT. People with chronic neck/shoulder pain at baseline were more frequently non-chronic at follow-up after PCT compared with REF (p = 0.05). The PCT...... intervention appeared effective for reducing chronic neck/shoulder pain among the female cleaners. It is recommended that future interventions among similar high-risk job groups focus on the implementation aspects of the interventions to maximise outcomes more distal from the intervention such as work ability......Only a few workplace initiatives among cleaners have been reported, even though they constitute a job group in great need of health promotion. The purpose of this trial was to evaluate the effect of either physical coordination training or cognitive behavioural training on musculoskeletal pain...

  8. Effectiveness of cleaners and sanitizers in killing Salmonella Newport in the gut of a free-living nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans.

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    Kenney, Stephen J; Anderson, Gary L; Williams, Phillip L; Millner, Patricia D; Beuchat, Larry R

    2004-10-01

    Caenorhabditis elegans, a free-living nematode found in soil, has been shown to ingest human enteric pathogens, thereby potentially serving as a vector for preharvest contamination of fruits and vegetables. A study was undertaken to evaluate the efficacy of cleaners and sanitizers in killing Salmonella enterica serotype Newport in the gut of C. elegans. Adult worms were fed nalidixic acid-adapted cells of Escherichia coli OP50 (control) or Salmonella Newport for 24 h, washed, placed on paper discs, and incubated at temperatures of 4 or 20 degrees C and relative humidities of 33 or 98% for 24 h. Two commercial cleaners (Enforce and K Foam Lo) and four sanitizers (2% acetic acid, 2% lactic acid, Sanova, and chlorine [50 and 200 microg/ml]) were applied to worms for 0, 2, or 10 min. Populations of E. coli and Salmonella Newport (CFU per worm) in untreated and treated worms were determined by sonicating worms in 0.1% peptone and surface plating suspensions of released cells on tryptic soy agar containing nalidixic acid. Populations of Salmonella Newport in worms exposed to 33 or 98% relative humidity at 4 degrees or 33% relative humidity at 20 degrees C were significantly (P < or = 0.05) lower than the number surviving exposure to 98% relative humidity at 20 degrees C. In general, treatment of desiccated worms with cleaners and sanitizers was effective in significantly (P < or = 0.05) reducing the number of ingested Salmonella Newport. Results indicate that temperature and relative humidity influence the survival of Salmonella Newport in the gut of C. elegans, and cleaners and sanitizers may not eliminate the pathogen.

  9. The ecological significance of juvenile Diplodus sargus as ectoparasite fish cleaners in the north-eastern Atlantic

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    Cleaning behaviour was recently described for the omnivorous species Diplodus sargus. Although previous studies have reported the existence of ectoparasites in the stomach contents of some individuals this commercially important fish was never considered a cleaner species. Here we make the first characterization of this behaviour based on field observations. This behaviour was exclusively performed by juvenile D. sargus and, until now, was only observed in confined or semi-confined areas such...

  10. Ocean cleaning stations under a changing climate: biological responses of tropical and temperate fish-cleaner shrimp to global warming.

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    Rosa, Rui; Lopes, Ana Rita; Pimentel, Marta; Faleiro, Filipa; Baptista, Miguel; Trübenbach, Katja; Narciso, Luis; Dionísio, Gisela; Pegado, Maria Rita; Repolho, Tiago; Calado, Ricardo; Diniz, Mário

    2014-10-01

    Cleaning symbioses play an important role in the health of certain coastal marine communities. These interspecific associations often occur at specific sites (cleaning stations) where a cleaner organism (commonly a fish or shrimp) removes ectoparasites/damaged tissue from a 'client' (a larger cooperating fish). At present, the potential impact of climate change on the fitness of cleaner organisms remains unknown. This study investigated the physiological and biochemical responses of tropical (Lysmata amboinensis) and temperate (L. seticaudata) cleaner shrimp to global warming. Specifically, thermal limits (CTMax), metabolic rates, thermal sensitivity, heat shock response (HSR), lipid peroxidation [malondialdehyde (MDA) concentration], lactate levels, antioxidant (GST, SOD and catalase) and digestive enzyme activities (trypsin and alkaline phosphatase) at current and warming (+3 °C) temperature conditions. In contrast to the temperate species, CTMax values decreased significantly from current (24-27 °C) to warming temperature conditions (30 °C) for the tropical shrimp, where metabolic thermal sensitivity was affected and the HSR was significantly reduced. MDA levels in tropical shrimp increased dramatically, indicating extreme cellular lipid peroxidation, which was not observed in the temperate shrimp. Lactate levels, GST and SOD activities were significantly enhanced within the muscle tissue of the tropical species. Digestive enzyme activities in the hepatopancreas of both species were significantly decreased by warmer temperatures. Our data suggest that the tropical cleaner shrimp will be more vulnerable to global warming than the temperate Lysmata seticaudata; the latter evolved in a relatively unstable environment with seasonal thermal variations that may have conferred greater adaptive plasticity. Thus, tropical cleaning symbioses may be challenged at a greater degree by warming-related anthropogenic forcing, with potential cascading effects on the health

  11. Comparison of soft toothbrush and new ultra-soft cleaner in ability to remove plaque from teeth.

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    Stewart, William J; Gratzel, Kristen; Gearity, Erin J; Akerman, Meredith; Hill, Jennifer M

    2014-11-01

    In this single-blind, crossover study, the difference between a brushless tooth cleaner and a soft toothbrush was studied to compare plaque removal efficiency. The sample was composed of 15 human subjects who were categorized into two groups. Group 1 was composed of subjects randomly assigned to the brushless tooth cleaner for the first two weeks. Group 2 was composed of those randomly assigned to begin the study using the soft toothbrush. After two weeks of brushing with their assigned device, subjects returned to their normal modality to brush their teeth for one week. For the last two weeks of the study, subjects were told to brush with the opposite device they were originally assigned to at the beginning of the trial. Investigators recorded the subjects' gingival indices (based on probe depths) and Quigley scores (based on plaque indices using disclosing solution) at the beginning of week one, the end of week two, the end of week three and the end of week five. The main outcomes in this study were the Silness Loe Index (SLI) and the Quigley Hein Index (QHI). The SLI was assessed on the buccal, lingual, mesial and distal surfaces of six teeth, for a total of 24 surfaces. The QHI was assessed on the buccal and lingual surfaces of six teeth, for a total of 12 surfaces. Each index was measured at each visit by the sum total score divided by the total number of surfaces. The data were analyzed separately using a mixed-effects repeated measures analysis of variance (RMANOVA) for crossover designs. Results indicate that, according to the SLI, there is no significant difference between the two treatments after the first or second weeks. However, based on the QHI, statistically significant differences existed between the two treatments after week one and two. After week one, the soft toothbrush use had a higher QHI than the brushless tooth cleaner. After week two, the brushless tooth cleaner had a higher QHI than the soft toothbrush.

  12. Facile approach to prepare Pt decorated SWNT/graphene hybrid catalytic ink

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    Mayavan, Sundar, E-mail: sundarmayavan@cecri.res.in [Centre for Innovation in Energy Research, CSIR–Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi 630006, Tamil Nadu (India); Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, 305-701 (Korea, Republic of); Mandalam, Aditya; Balasubramanian, M. [Centre for Innovation in Energy Research, CSIR–Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi 630006, Tamil Nadu (India); Sim, Jun-Bo [Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, 305-701 (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Sung-Min, E-mail: sungmin@kaist.ac.kr [Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, 305-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • Pt NPs were in situ synthesized onto CNT–graphene support in aqueous solution. • The as-prepared material was used directly as a catalyst ink without further treatment. • Catalyst ink is active toward methanol oxidation. • This approach realizes both scalable and greener production of hybrid catalysts. - Abstract: Platinum nanoparticles were in situ synthesized onto hybrid support involving graphene and single walled carbon nanotube in aqueous solution. We investigate the reduction of graphene oxide, and platinum nanoparticle functionalization on hybrid support by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The as-prepared platinum on hybrid support was used directly as a catalyst ink without further treatment and is active toward methanol oxidation. This work realizes both scalable and greener production of highly efficient hybrid catalysts, and would be valuable for practical applications of graphene based fuel cell catalysts.

  13. Rancang Bangun Vacuum Cleaner Dengan Pengendali Nirkabel Menggunakan Modul Rf Data Transceiver Ys-1020ub Berbasis Mikrokontroler At89s52

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    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Kebersihan merupakan hal yang sangat penting untuk menjaga kesehatan kita, khususnya kebersihan rumah. Rumah yang bersih sangat mempengaruhi kesehatan para penghuninya. Debu adalah kotoran yang paling sering mengotori rumah kita terutama pada bagian lantai. Setiap hari kita harus membersihkan rumah dari debu yang ada pada lantai untuk menjaga kebersihan sekaligus kesehatan kita. Dalam membersihkan lantai rumah dari  debu sering menyita banyak waktu dan tenaga. Vacuum cleaner terkendali nirkabel menggunakan Modul RF Data Transceiver YS-1020UB berbasis mikrokontroler AT89S52 merupakan salah satu solusi untuk membersihkan lantai rumah dari kotoran debu.  Vacuum cleaner ini menggunakan enam buah motor DC yaitu dua motor DC penyedot debu, dua motor DC penentu arah maju, mundur, belok kanan, dan belok kiri, serta dua motor DC penentu arah geser kanan dan geser kiri.  Vacuum cleaner ini dapat dikendalikan dengan dua mode operasi yaitu mode manual dan otomatis. Pada mode manual vacuum cleaner ini dikendalikan menggunakan remote control, dengan tranmisi nirkabel memakai transceiver YS-1020UB. Sedangkan pada mode otomatis  vacuum cleaner ini menggunakan empat buah sensor jarak untuk menghindari tabrakan pada dinding.  Vacuum cleaner dengan pengendali nirkabel menggunakan modul RF Data Transceiver YS-1020UB berbasis mikrokontroler AT89S52 sudah bisa membersihkan debu lantai sehingga lantai bersih dari debu.

  14. Assessment of nanoparticle exposure in nanosilica handling process: including characteristics of nanoparticles leaking from a vacuum cleaner.

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    Kim, Boowook; Kim, Hyunwook; Yu, Il Je

    2014-01-01

    Nanosilica is one of the most widely used nanomaterials across the world. However, their assessment data on the occupational exposure to nanoparticles is insufficient. The present study performed an exposure monitoring in workplace environments where synthetic powders are prepared using fumed nanosilica. Furthermore, after it was observed during exposure monitoring that nanoparticles were emitted through leakage in a vacuum cleaner (even with a HEPA-filter installed in it), the properties of the leaked nanoparticles were also investigated. Workers were exposed to high-concentration nanosilica emitted into the air while pouring it into a container or transferring the container. The use of a vacuum cleaner with a leak (caused by an inadequate sealing) was found to be the origin of nanosilica dispersion in the indoor air. While the particle size of the nanosilica that emitted into the air (during the handling of nanosilica by a worker) was mostly over 100 nm or several microns (µm) due to the coagulation of particles, the size of nanosilica that leaked out of vacuum cleaner was almost similar to the primary size (mode diameter 11.5 nm). Analysis of area samples resulted in 20% (60% in terms of peak concentration) less than the analysis of the personals sample.

  15. The contaminant removal efficiency of an air cleaner using the adsorption/desorption effect

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    Matsumoto, Hiroshi [Toyohashi University of Technology, 1-1 Hibariga-oka, Tempakucho, Toyohashi 441-8580 (Japan); Shimizu, Masayuki [Sala Housing Corporation, Toyohashi 441-8021 (Japan); Sato, Hiroyasu [TOENEC Corporation, Nagoya 460-0008 (Japan)

    2009-07-15

    The adsorption and desorption of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in relation to material surfaces were conducted to control indoor air quality. The VOC removal performance of building materials using sorption effects was validated in cases related to poor indoor air quality that occurred during non-ventilation periods during intermittent-ventilation situations. The objective of this investigation is to present the contaminant removal efficiency and practicality of a prototype air cleaner which uses sorption effects. Toluene and formaldehyde were used as pollutant sources and were continuously emitted into the test chamber. Effects due to the number of sorption units, operation time and mode of contaminant removal performance were examined. The sorption materials evaluated in this investigation were a porous material, zeolite, pumice stone and hydro-corn. As a result of the experiments, zeolite exhibited relatively high contaminant removal efficiency with toluene, and zeolite and the porous material exhibited high removal efficiency with formaldehyde for both one-cycle and two-cycle sorption modes. Moreover, significant removal performances were observed in the numerical analysis of the continuous-operation mode. (author)

  16. Change in NO2 reveals Parade Blue is cleaner than APEC Blue

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    Liu, Haoran; Liu, Cheng; Xie, Zhouqing; Xie, Pinhua; Xing, Chengzhi; Xu, Jin; Liu, Jianguo

    2016-04-01

    The spectacular Parade Blue (blue sky), and APEC Blue (blue sky) were renowned worldwide caused by the limiting discharge policy of the Chinese government. For evaluating the reduction of these two events, we analyzed the variation of NO2 columns Beijing by looking at a long-term monitoring using Multi-Axis Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (MAX-DOAS) and the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) satellite observations from August 2014 to November 2015, covering Grand Military Parade (GMP, September 2015) and APEC (November 2014) period. We found that the NO2 columns abruptly decreased both GMP and APEC. However, change in the MAX-DOAS and the OMI NO2 during GMP was larger than during APEC via comparison with the same period in 2014, indicating Parade Blue is cleaner than APEC Blue. The spatial distribution of NO2 and backward trajectories together with meterological parameters suggested that GMP Blue may be due to the regional significant decreasing discharge in peripheral cities. No weekend effect during GMP further confirmed the role of controlling discharge. This study provides direct evidence that it is possible to clean air in China.

  17. Cleaner production and methodological proposal of eco-efficiency measurement in a Mexican petrochemical complex.

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    Morales, M A; Herrero, V M; Martínez, S A; Rodríguez, M G; Valdivieso, E; Garcia, G; de los Angeles Elías, Maria

    2006-01-01

    Abstract In the frame of the Petróleos Mexicanos Institutional Program for Sustainable Development, processes were evaluated in the manufacture operation of the petrochemical industry, with the purpose of reducing their ecological fingerprint. Thirteen cleaner production opportunities were registered in six process plants: ethylene oxide and glycols, acetaldehyde, ethylene, high density polyethylene, polypropylene switch and acrylonitrile, and 45 recommendations in the waste water treatment plant. Morelos is the second most important petrochemical complex in the Mexican and Latin American petrochemical industry. A tool was developed to obtain eco-efficiency indicators in operation processes, and as a result, potential savings were obtained based on best performance, as well as the integrated distribution of Sankey diagrams. Likewise, a mechanism of calculation to obtain economic savings based on the reduction of residues during the whole productive process is proposed. These improvement opportunities and recommendations will result in economic and environmental benefits minimising the use of water, efficient use of energy, raw materials and reducing residues from source, generating less environmental impacts during the process.

  18. The impact of cleaner processing on nutrient availability in the bleached kraft industry.

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    Slade, A H; Maclean, P H; van Otterdijk, F F H

    2007-01-01

    The pulp and paper industry has invested heavily over recent years in cleaner processing, to reduce losses and minimise its impact on the environment. Over the past fifteen years, a New Zealand integrated bleached kraft mill has undergone a comprehensive programme of upgrades to increase production, reduce water consumption and streamline its biological treatment process. Whilst the overall discharge of contaminants from the site decreased, the treatment system performance did not show a concurrent improvement as may have been expected. Reduced BOD removal, low dissolved oxygen levels, and poor solids settlability were symptomatic of phosphorus limitation in the aerated lagoon treatment system. The wastewater entering the system was found to be phosphorus limited at a BOD:P ratio of 100:0.2. Mono-ammonium-phosphate was supplemented, at approximately 30 kg P/d, to raise the phosphorus levels to a BOD:P ratio of 100:0.3. Treatment efficiencies improved very quickly after phosphorus dosage, with a 50% reduction in BOD and TSS discharge, a significant increase in dissolved oxygen levels, and improved BOD removal (85% to 93%). This case study demonstrates that whilst more closed operation can result in reduced discharge of organic loads, there may be negative impacts on the availability of nutrients for balanced biological growth.

  19. 'Doctors by Fax' or cleaner production: the problem of prevention in post-communist Hungary.

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    Lampek, Kinga; Fuzesi, Zsuzsanna; Slatin, Craig; Levenstein, Charles

    2004-01-01

    In 1989, approximately half of the medical visits in Hungary were to factory doctors. Two thousand physicians in the National Health Service were assigned to factories and all medical students served in factories as part of their training. There were certainly problems in the system, but workers preferred the factory doctors to other physicians based in communities or districts; and factory physicians knew about workplace hazards, knew what production processes looked like, and were mandated to deal with work environment problems as well as provide other kinds of patient care. With the reform of the National Health Service, the role of factory physician was eliminated, although companies could institute their own medical services (and sometimes employed the previous medical staff). Later legislation required companies to have access to occupational medical services, but critics have called the new system "Doctors by Fax." We discuss the adequacy of the new legislative requirements (including mandatory health and safety committees) and report on new issues in worker health and safety that have emerged post "reform." Finally, the possibility of linking the prevention of occupational disease and injury prevention to "cleaner production" in Hungary is discussed.

  20. Cooking fuels and the push for cleaner alternatives: a case study from Burkina Faso.

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    Yamamoto, Shelby; Sié, Ali; Sauerborn, Rainer

    2009-01-01

    More than 95% of the population in Burkina Faso uses some form of solid biomass fuel. When these fuels are burned in traditional, inefficient stoves, pollutant levels within and outside the home can be very high. This can have important consequences for both health and climate change. Thus, the push to switch to cleaner burning fuels is advantageous. However, there are several considerations that need to be taken into account when considering the use and promotion of different fuel types. In the setting of the semi-urban area of Nouna, Burkina Faso, we examine the common fuel types used (wood, charcoal and liquid petroleum gas (LPG)) in terms of consumption, energy, availability, air pollution and climate change. Although biomass solid fuel does offer some advantages over LPG, the disadvantages make this option much less desirable. Lower energy efficiencies, higher pollutant emission levels, the associated health consequences and climate change effects favour the choice of LPG over solid biomass fuel use. Further studies specific to Burkina Faso, which are lacking in this region, should also be undertaken in this area to better inform policy decisions.

  1. Analysis of Incomplete Filling Defect for Injection-Molded Air Cleaner Cover Using Moldflow Simulation

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A large-sized cover part for air cleaner was injection molded with ABS resin, and its incomplete filling defect was analyzed using commercial Moldflow software. To investigate the effect of processing temperature on incomplete filling defect, tensile properties, weight loss, and phase separation behavior of ABS resin were evaluated. The tensile properties of dumbbell samples were not changed up to 250°C and decreased significantly thereafter. SEM micrographs indicated no significant changes in the status of polybutadiene rubber phase below 250°C. These different test results indicated that ABS resin little affected the thermal decomposition in processing temperature range. The Moldflow simulation was performed using measured thickness of molded cover and actual mold design with the defects. As expected, the cover part showed unbalanced filling and incomplete sections. To improve these defects, two possible cases of hot runner system have been simulated. When applying modified 5-gate system, the maximum injection pressure was decreased approximately 5.5% more than that of actual gate system. In case of 6-gate system, the maximum injection pressure reduced by 23%, and the injection pressure required to fill is well within the range of the molding equipment. The maximum clamping force of 6-gate system was also significantly reduced than that of actual and 5-gate system.

  2. Severe lactic acidosis in a diabetic patient after ethanol abuse and floor cleaner intake.

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    Hendrikx, Jeroen J M A; Lagas, Jurjen S; Daling, Ratana; Hooijberg, Jan Hendrik; Schellens, Jan H M; Beijnen, Jos H; Brandjes, Desiderius P M; Huitema, Alwin D R

    2014-11-01

    An intoxication with drugs, ethanol or cleaning solvents may cause a complex clinical scenario if multiple agents have been ingested simultaneously. The situation can become even more complex in patients with (multiple) co-morbidities. A 59-year-old man with type 2 diabetes mellitus (without treatment two weeks before the intoxication) intentionally ingested a substantial amount of ethanol along with ~750 mL of laminate floor cleaner containing citric acid. The patient was admitted with severe metabolic acidosis (both ketoacidosis and lactic acidosis, with serum lactate levels of 22 mM). He was treated with sodium bicarbonate, insulin and thiamine after which he recovered within two days. Diabetic ketoacidosis and lactic acidosis aggravated due to ethanol intoxication, thiamine deficiency and citrate. The high lactate levels were explained by excessive lactate formation caused by the combination of untreated diabetes mellitus, thiamine deficiency and ethanol abuse. Metabolic acidosis in diabetes is multi-factorial, and the clinical situation may be further complicated, when ingestion of ethanol and toxic agents are involved. Here, we reported a patient in whom diabetic ketoacidosis was accompanied by severe lactic acidosis as a result of citric acid and mainly ethanol ingestion and a possible thiamine deficiency. In the presence of lactic acidosis in diabetic ketoacidosis, physicians need to consider thiamine deficiency and ingestion of ethanol or other toxins. © 2014 Nordic Association for the Publication of BCPT (former Nordic Pharmacological Society).

  3. Continuous improvement concepts as a link between quality assurance and implementation of cleaner production: Case study in the generic pharmaceutical industry

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The subject and the research objective presented in this article is establishing of the relationship between quality assurance and implementation of cleaner production in the generic pharmaceutical industry through the comprehensive concept of continuous improvement. This is mostly related to application of Lean and Six Sigma tools and techniques for process improvement and their link to other known concepts used in the industrial environment, especially manufacturing of generic pharmaceutical products from which two representative case studies were selected for comparative analysis, also considering relevant regulatory requirements in the field of quality management, as well as appropriate quality standards. Although the methodology discussed in this conceptual and practice oriented article is strongly related to chemical engineering, the focus is mainly on process industry, i.e. production systems, rather than any specific technological process itself. The scope of this research is an engineering approach to evaluation of the production systems in terms of continuous improvement concepts application, considering both quality aspects and efficiency of such systems. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. TR 34009

  4. Efficacy of surface disinfectant cleaners against emerging highly resistant gram-negative bacteria.

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    Reichel, Mirja; Schlicht, Anastasija; Ostermeyer, Christiane; Kampf, Günter

    2014-05-28

    Worldwide, the emergence of multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria is a clinical problem. Surface disinfectant cleaners (SDCs) that are effective against these bacteria are needed for use in high risk areas around patients and on multi-touch surfaces. We determined the efficacy of several SDCs against clinically relevant bacterial species with and without common types of multidrug resistance. Bacteria species used were ATCC strains; clinical isolates classified as antibiotic-susceptible; and multi-resistant clinical isolates from Klebsiella oxytoca, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Serratia marcescens (all OXA-48 and KPC-2); Acinetobacter baumannii (OXA-23); Pseudomonas aeruginosa (VIM-1); and Achromobacter xylosoxidans (ATCC strain). Experiments were carried out according to EN 13727:2012 in quadruplicate under dirty conditions. The five evaluated SDCs were based on alcohol and an amphoteric substance (AAS), an oxygen-releaser (OR), surface-active substances (SAS), or surface-active-substances plus aldehydes (SASA; two formulations). Bactericidal concentrations of SDCs were determined at two different contact times. Efficacy was defined as a log10 ≥ 5 reduction in bacterial cell count. SDCs based on AAS, OR, and SAS were effective against all six species irrespective of the degree of multi-resistance. The SASA formulations were effective against the bacteria irrespective of degree of multi-resistance except for one of the four P. aeruginosa isolates (VIM-1). We found no general correlation between SDC efficacy and degree of antibiotic resistance. SDCs were generally effective against gram-negative bacteria with and without multidrug resistance. SDCs are therefore suitable for surface disinfection in the immediate proximity of patients. Single bacterial isolates, however, might have reduced susceptibility to selected biocidal agents.

  5. Cleaner shipping. Trade off between air pollution, costs and refinery CO2 emissions

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    De Wilde, H.P.J.; Kroon, P. [ECN Policy Studies, Petten (Netherlands)

    2008-05-15

    Still subject to final approval in October 2008, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) agreed on a maximum sulphur content of 0.5% for shipping fuels in 2020. This target will induce major changes in the global refinery industry. We have estimated the impact on the Dutch refinery industry, which annually produces about 8 million tons of heavy fuel oil for sea shipping, with refinery residues as main component. It is technically possible to convert all residues, although this process will cause an additional energy use of about one million tons of crude oil and a related CO2 emission of about 4 million tons. The investment costs for these major changes in the Dutch refinery industry are estimated at about 1.5 tot 2 billion euros. The recent IMO agreement enables a gradual introduction of cleaner shipping fuels, which will reduce market disruptions and peak prices. Nevertheless, Rotterdam may not necessarily be able to develop a similar position in import, export and bunkering of future low sulphur fuels, compared to its present strong position in the market of heavy marine bunkers. Extrapolation of our national study to the global scale suggests that the deep conversion of 350 million tons of heavy fuel oil for shipping would require refinery investments in the order of 70-100 billion euros. The associated CO2 emissions would amount up to 175 Mton. The net additional CO2 emission, however, would be smaller since lighter shipping fuels result in less CO2 emissions at sea. On balance, we expect that the improvements in fuel economy, driven by the expensive low-carbon shipping fuels, will decrease CO2 emissions more than the increase in CO2 emissions from additional desulphurization in the refineries. Nevertheless CO2 emissions from sea shipping will continue to increase since marine transport is rapidly growing.

  6. Composites (CFCCs) for low cost energy and cleaner environment. Continuous fiber ceramic composites program

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    For many industrial applications, materials are desired which combine light weight, high temperature strength, and stability in corrosive environments. Among competing materials, ceramics are noteworthy candidates for such applications. The use of ceramics is often constrained, however, by brittleness; i.e., low toughness. Ceramic composites are being developed to overcome this limitation. With recent advances in ceramic fiber technology, it is possible to design a composite material based on continuous ceramic fibers embedded in a ceramic matrix. The use of ceramic composites in industrial applications will result in reduced fuel consumption, but will also prevent airborne pollution (principally NO, SO{sub x}, CO{sub 2}, and particulates), and economically benefit the end user through energy and environmental savings and increased competitiveness. Industry will also benefit through increased productivity and consumers will benefit through lower energy and environmental costs and a cleaner environment. The development and use of CFCCs could become an important factor in the international competitiveness of U.S. industry. CFCCs will be a critical enabling material in the design and engineering of advanced components, systems, and processes. If CFCC technology is developed outside the United States, domestic users of these materials may be forced to rely on foreign suppliers of the products fabricated from CFCCs, as well as the materials themselves. Foreign countries, including Japan and France, have embarked on government-supported CFCC development efforts. With the market for CFCC products expected to be a $10 billion dollar market by 2010, CFCC development will be important for the competitiveness of U.S. industry and for retaining and creating jobs for U.S. citizens. This document summarizes the potential energy, environmental, and economic benefits that CFCCs will have for the U.S. economy and particularly for the industrial sector.

  7. Industrial water demand management and cleaner production potential: a case of three industries in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

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    Gumbo, Bekithemba; Mlilo, Sipho; Broome, Jeff; Lumbroso, Darren

    The combination of water demand management and cleaner production concepts have resulted in both economical and ecological benefits. The biggest challenge for developing countries is how to retrofit the industrial processes, which at times are based on obsolete technology, within financial, institutional and legal constraints. Processes in closed circuits can reduce water intake substantially and minimise resource input and the subsequent waste thereby reducing pollution of finite fresh water resources. Three industries were studied in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe to identify potential opportunities for reducing water intake and material usage and minimising waste. The industries comprised of a wire galvanising company, soft drink manufacturing and sugar refining industry. The results show that the wire galvanising industry could save up to 17% of water by recycling hot quench water through a cooling system. The industry can eliminate by substitution the use of toxic materials, namely lead and ammonium chloride and reduce the use of hydrochloric acid by half through using an induction heating chamber instead of lead during the annealing step. For the soft drink manufacturing industry water intake could be reduced by 5% through recycling filter-backwash water via the water treatment plant. Use of the pig system could save approximately 12 m 3/month of syrup and help reduce trade effluent fees by Z30/m 3 of “soft drink”. Use of a heat exchanger system in the sugar refining industry can reduce water intake by approximately 57 m 3/100 t “raw sugar” effluent volume by about 28 m 3/100 t “raw sugar”. The water charges would effectively be reduced by 52% and trade effluent fees by Z3384/100 t “raw sugar” (57%). Proper equipment selection, equipment modification and good house-keeping procedures could further help industries reduce water intake and minimise waste.

  8. Strategies to overcome barriers for cleaner generation technologies in small developing power systems: Sri Lanka case study

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    Wijayatunga, P.D.C.; Siriwardena, K.; Fernando, W.J.L.S.; Shrestha, R.M.; Attalage, R.A.

    2006-06-15

    This paper presents the outcome of a study involved in identifying and ranking the barriers to the promotion of cleaner and energy efficient technologies and strategies to overcome these barriers in Sri Lanka. Barriers for renewable energy based systems such as wind and wood fuel fired plants (dendro thermal power) and cleaner technologies such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) fired combined cycle and IGCC (coal) were identified based on a survey. A direct assessment multi-criteria decision making method called Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) was used to rank the barriers. The most effective strategies are proposed to address the three major barriers for each of these technologies based on extensive discussions with all the stakeholders in the electricity industry. It was found that lack of financing instruments, high initial cost and lack of assurance of resource supply or availability are the main barriers for renewable technologies. As for cleaner fuel and technology options associated with conventional generation systems, the lack of a clear government policy, uncertainty of fuel supplies and their prices and the reliability of the technologies themselves are the major barriers. Strategies are identified to overcome the above barriers. Establishment of a proper feed in tariff, geographical diversification of installations and capacity building in commercial banks are suggested for wind power. Investment incentives, streamlining of wood production and research on site identification are proposed for wood fuel fired plants. Also the study suggests delayed implementation, combined planning with other sectors of the economy, incorporating environmental cost in planning and investment incentives as strategies for IGCC and LNG based technologies.

  9. Cleaner Production Management and Promote%企业清洁生产的管理与推进

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    陈子龙

    2016-01-01

    In this stage,mainly through domestic business units to carry out cleaning work and in business background,the implementation of cleaner production,bound to be some problems,such as the high cost of funds and the capacity is limited,Unable to deal with the problem to achieve a comprehensive and thorough and systematic,is not conducive to the further promotion of research results,etc.these problems are to some extent on cleaner production management and promote the work caused some obstacles, therefore,the relevant departments must be given appropriate support and guidance through the standardization of management tools to further promote the development of cleaner production management and promote the work.The following systematic research on issues related to cleaner production management and propulsion,for reference.%现阶段,国内主要以企业为单位进行清洁工作的开展,而在企业背景下,实施清洁生产问题,必然会出现一些问题,比如,对于过高的费用和资金的承受能力是有限的,无法实现全面透彻系统化的处理问题,不利于研究成果的的进一步推广等等,这些问题在一定程度上都对清洁生产的管理与推进工作造成了一定的阻碍。因此,相关部门必须给予相应的支持和引导,通过规范化、标准化的管理手段,进一步推动企业清洁生产管理与推进工作的开展。针对企业清洁生产的管理与推进的相关问题进行系统的研究,以供参考。

  10. The ecological significance of juvenile Diplodus sargus as ectoparasite fish cleaners in the north-eastern Atlantic

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    José Neto

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Cleaning behaviour was recently described for the omnivorous species Diplodus sargus. Although previous studies have reported the existence of ectoparasites in the stomach contents of some individuals this commercially important fish was never considered a cleaner species. Here we make the first characterization of this behaviour based on field observations. This behaviour was exclusively performed by juvenile D. sargus and, until now, was only observed in confined or semi-confined areas such as coastal lagoons or harbours. Unexpectedly, cleaning rates and the number of individuals performing this behaviour largely exceeds the ones described for a sympatric cleaner fish (13.98 cleaning events/individual/hour compared to 5.08 in Centrolabrus exoletus. Clients belong to several fish families (e.g. Mugilidae, Sparidae and Labridae that include some of the most common species in coastal habitats. Frequently, clients request cleaning by tilting their body or remaining motionless near the surface while being cleaned (40% however, in most cases, the interaction ends because clients flee (46%. This could mean that D. sargus is also feeding on mucus and/or living tissue. These shifts between exploitation and cooperation have been frequently described for tropical reef species. Our results support cooperative behaviour, with a clear correlation between the number of nips per cleaning event or the number of nips to which the client reacted positively and cleaning event duration (n=552; Spearman correlation r=0.79, p<0.001; r=0.76, p<0.001, respectively. Furthermore, no correlation was detected between the number of jolts by the client fish and the cleaning event duration (n=552; Spearman correlation r=0.07, p=0.105 meaning that jolting does not increase with increased interaction time. In the future, the evaluation of the ecological importance of D. sargus as a cleaner species in the North-Eastern Atlantic, should proceed with field observations in

  11. Novel inorganic and organic electrode materials for sustainable and greener Li-ion batteries

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    Tarascon, J.M. [Univ., de Picardie Jules Verne CNRS, Amiens (France). Laboratoire de Reactivite et Chimie des Solides

    2010-07-01

    Rechargeable batteries are among the major technological developments that will have an impact on the commercialization of electric-powered vehicles. Their development relies on advancements in energy storage as well as on the design of better performing and less expensive materials for electrode assemblies. Issues of sustainability must also be taken into consideration when choosing electrode materials for the next generation of batteries. This presentation reported on a study in which LiFePO{sub 4} electrodes were synthesized via eco-efficient hydrothermal/solvothermal processes using latent bases or other bio-related approaches. The recently developed ionothermal approach was successfully applied to prepare materials derived from the olivine-type structure (LiMPO{sub 4}; M=Mn, Co, and Ni) as well as other electrodes having F- in addition to PO{sub 4}{sup 3-} as part of the anionic lattice. A new family of fluorophosphates compounds AMSO{sub 4}F (A= Li, Na; M= 3d metals) having the tavorite-type structure or other derived structures were also synthesized through this study. The most promising electrode was LiFeSO4F, which is based on several chemical elements, making it a serious contender to LiFePO4 for the next generation of Li-ion batteries for automotive applications. However, this electrode is not a sufficient step forward towards the long-term demand for materials sustainability. In contrast, organic electrodes appear as ideal candidates because they can be synthesized from natural organic sources, are biodegradable and are not resource limited. For that reason, this presentation also examined the feasibility of using conjugated dicarboxylates anodes and oxocarbons positive electrodes, for renewable Li-ion batteries.

  12. The Integration of Cleaner Production Indicators on the Environmental Performance Measurement System for the Indonesian Natural Rubber Industry

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    Sawarni Hasibuan

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to identify the priority of the cleaner production implementation and integrate it in the design of a comprehensive environmental performance measurement system for natural rubber industry in Indonesia. Prioritizing the cleaner production on the production process of natural rubber is based on the case of 10 Indonesian crumb rubber companies using the Analytical Hierarchy Process. The comprehensive environmental performance measurement system in natural rubber industry, i.e. in crumb rubber industry, starts from the selection of key environmental performance indicators (KEPI using the fuzzy independent preference evaluation method. The environmental performance measurement model is developed to assist users in evaluating the comprehensive environmental performance and condition of the key indicators. The weighting for each of the KEPI is performed by means of the expert choice software. The environmental performance measurement model is designed in the form of a environmental scorecard with traffic light facilities which can provide recommendations based on the performance achievement status of each KEPI. From the results of the model verification in the case of crumb rubber industry, several indicator statuses were found "not good", i.e. on the index of raw materials, solid waste load, water conservation, energy conservation, and environmental innovation indicators. The environmental performance ranking model is designed to evaluate the comprehensive environmental performance in different companies or at different assessment periods.

  13. Ammonia emissions from air cleaners at pig farms in Denmark using a Picarro cavity ring-down spectrometer

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    Winkler, Renato; Adamsen, Anders Peter S.

    2017-04-01

    Ammonia emissions from agricultural activities such as, cattle, pig and poultry farms have become an ever more important topic both for scientists as well as for regulatory bodies due to the severe impacts of ammonia on human health and the environment. In the European Union, the agricultural sector accounts for most of the ammonia emissions, and therefore the EU authorities have put in place reduction targets for the member states. In Denmark, most pig farmers have to deploy one or more ammonia abatement technologies in order to fulfill the national regulation when building new pig houses. A promising ammonia abatement technology is partial floor ventilation and subsequent cleaning using one or two step chemical air cleaners. The cleaned air will have ammonia concentration is the sub-ppm level and with high humidity. Here we present method of monitoring NH3 emissions from air cleaners deployed on pig farms using the G2103 Picarro laser spectrometer. The Picarro G2103 NH3 analyzer is a high precision cavity ring-down spectrometer using a high finesse optical cavity and a near infra-red light laser light source with a very narrow light band. The latter eliminates cross-interferences from other gases present in livestock air. Picarro instruments are built for field measurements and have been widely used for atmospheric monitoring of greenhouse gases and of air pollutants such as NH3.

  14. A mild alkali treated jute fibre controlling the hydration behaviour of greener cement paste

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    Jo, Byung-Wan; Chakraborty, Sumit

    2015-01-01

    To reduce the antagonistic effect of jute fibre on the setting and hydration of jute reinforced cement, modified jute fibre reinforcement would be a unique approach. The present investigation deals with the effectiveness of mild alkali treated (0.5%) jute fibre on the setting and hydration behaviour of cement. Setting time measurement, hydration test and analytical characterizations of the hardened samples (viz., FTIR, XRD, DSC, TGA, and free lime estimation) were used to evaluate the effect of alkali treated jute fibre. From the hydration test, the time (t) required to reach maximum temperature for the hydration of control cement sample is estimated to be 860 min, whilst the time (t) is measured to be 1040 min for the hydration of a raw jute reinforced cement sample. However, the time (t) is estimated to be 1020 min for the hydration of an alkali treated jute reinforced cement sample. Additionally, from the analytical characterizations, it is determined that fibre-cement compatibility is increased and hydration delaying effect is minimized by using alkali treated jute fibre as fibre reinforcement. Based on the analyses, a model has been proposed to explain the setting and hydration behaviour of alkali treated jute fibre reinforced cement composite.

  15. Search for greener Li-ion batteries: an alternative offered by organic electroactive materials

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    Geng, Joaquin; Renault, Stéven; Poizot, Philippe; Dolhem, Franck

    2011-06-01

    The threats of climate change and the issues of secure energy supply are among the fundamental challenges of the 21stcentury that push humanity to adopt a sustainable development and to favour the use of renewable sources of energy. In addition to their historical use, LIBs seem on the road to power the next "Zero Emission" vehicles or could be used to assist the integration of renewable energy sources both on- and off-the-grid. Consequently, production of LIBs is expected to keep on growing. However LIBs are nearly exclusively based on inorganic compounds, non-renewable and energy-greedy materials. Thus in parallel with regular research on inorganic-based LIBs, we have recently proposed to probe an alternative pathway by searching for redox-active organic materials, easier to discard while possibly derived from biomass resources. As solid-state electrochemistry of organics is not that well documented, our current approach consists in a global survey of selected organic structures in order to grasp relevant parameters that affect the redox potential, the stability upon cycling and so on. In this report, we extend our current database of redox-active organic structures by evaluating vs. Li bulky pyrazine-based structures and dilithium polyporate as a supplementary specimen of p-benzoquinone derivatives.

  16. Biointervention makes leather processing greener: an integrated cleansing and tanning system.

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    Thanikaivelan, Palanisamy; Rao, Jonnalagadda Raghava; Nair, Balachandran Unni; Ramasami, Thirumalachari

    2003-06-01

    The do-undo methods adopted in conventional leather processing generate huge amounts of pollutants. In other words, conventional methods employed in leather processing subject the skin/hide to wide variations in pH. Pretanning and tanning processes alone contribute more than 90% of the total pollution from leather processing. Included in this is a great deal of solid wastes such as lime and chrome sludge. In the approach described here, the hair and flesh removal as well as fiber opening have been achieved using biocatalysts at pH 8.0 for cow hides. This was followed by a pickle-free chrome tanning, which does not require a basification step. Hence, this tanning technique involves primarily three steps, namely, dehairing, fiber opening, and tanning. It has been found that the extent of hair removal, opening up of fiber bundles, and penetration and distribution of chromium are comparable to that produced by traditional methods. This has been substantiated through scanning electron microscopic, stratigraphic chrome distribution analysis, and softness measurements. Performance of the leathers is shown to be on par with conventionally processed leathers through physical and hand evaluation. Importantly, softness of the leathers is numerically proven to be comparable with that of control. The process also demonstrates reduction in chemical oxygen demand load by 80%, total solids load by 85%, and chromium load by 80% as compared to the conventional process, thereby leading toward zero discharge. The input-output audit shows that the biocatalytic three-step tanning process employs a very low amount of chemicals, thereby reducing the discharge by 90% as compared to the conventional multistep processing. Furthermore, it is also demonstrated that the process is technoeconomically viable.

  17. Ocean Environmental Assessment and Adaptive Resource Management within the Framework of IOOS and CLEANER

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    Bonner, J.; Brezonik, P.; Clesceri, N.; Gouldman, C.; Jamail, R.; Zilkoski, D.

    2006-12-01

    The Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), established through the efforts of the National Office for Integrated and Sustained Ocean Observations (Oceans.US) provides quality controlled data and information on a routine and continuous basis regarding current and future states of the oceans and Great Lakes at scales from global ocean basins to coastal ecosystems. The seven societal goals of IOOS are outlined in this paper. The Engineering and Geosciences Directorates at the National Science Foundation (NSF) are collaborating in planning the WATERS (WATer Environmental Research System) Network, an outgrowth of earlier, separate initiatives of the two directorates: CLEANER (Collaborative Large-scale Engineering Analysis Network for Environmental Research) and Hydrologic Observatories. WATERS Network is being developed by engineers and scientists in the academic community who recognize the need for an observation and research network to enable better understanding of human-dominated water-environments, their stressors, and the links between them. The WATERS Network model is based on a research framework anchored in a distributed, cyber-based network supporting: 1) data collection; 2) data aggregation; 3) analytical and exploratory tools; and 4) a computational environment supporting predictive modeling and policy analysis on water resource systems. Within IOOS, the U.S. coastal margin is divided into Regional Associations (RAs), organizational units that are conceptually linked through planned data collection and analysis activities for resolving fundamental coastal margin ecosystem questions and addressing RA concerns. Under the WATERS Network scheme, a Coastal Margin Regional Environmental System (RES) for coastal areas would be defined conceptually based on geomorphologic considerations of four major water bodies; Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Gulf of Mexico, and Laurentian Great Lakes. Within this framework, each coastal margin would operate one or more local

  18. APPLICATION OF TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES AND METHODS TO IDENTIFY AND ASSESS CLEANER PRODUCTION OPTIONS: CASES IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY

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    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Environmental degradation is a burgeoning problem owing to the continual expansion of industrial production, and high-levels of energy and material consumption associated with economic growth. Cleaner Production (CP is a preventive environmental approach, aimed at increasing resource efficiency and reducing the generation of pollution and waste at source. CP is being implemented globally and in SA, but it is not just an environmental initiative; it also supports other productivity-oriented programmes and strategies. The research study summarised in this paper assessed CP improvement options using two different Technology Management (TM methods. The objective was to develop a better understanding of CP from a TM perspective. Data was collected through direct participation in case studies within the SA automotive industry. The case studies identified CP focus areas and improvement techniques. Results from the TM assessment were used to suggest strategies to benefit managers of companies and other stakeholders.

    AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Die degenerasie van die omgewing is ’n groeiende probleem weens die toenemende industriële produksie en hoë vlakke van energie- en materiaalgebruik geassosieer met ekonomiese groei. Skoner Produksie (SP is ’n voorkomende omgewingsaanslag gemik op verhoging van hulpbroneffektiwiteit en die vermindering van besoedeling en afval by die oorsprong. SP word wêreldwyd geimplementeer, ook in Suid-Afrika, maar nie slegs as ’n omgewingsinisiatief nie; dit ondersteun ook ander produktiwiteitsprogramme en -strategieë. Die navorsing het SP verbeteringsmoontlikhede evalueer mbv twee verskillende metodes van Tegnologiebestuur (TB. Die rede vir die studie was om SP beter te verstaan van ’n TB-perspektief. Data is ingesamel via direkte betrokkenheid in gevallestudies in die SA motorvervaardigingsindustrie. Die studies het SP fokusareas en verbeteringstegnieke uitgewys. Die resultate van die TB

  19. Field Performance Test of an Air-Cleaner with Photocatalysis-Plasma Synergistic Reactors for Practical and Long-Term Use

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    Tsuyoshi Ochiai

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available A practical and long-term usable air-cleaner based on the synergy of photocatalysis and plasma treatments has been developed. A field test of the air-cleaner was carried out in an office smoking room. The results were compared to previously reported laboratory test results. Even after a treatment of 12,000 cigarettes-worth of tobacco smoke, the air-cleaner maintained high-level air-purification activity (98.9% ± 0.1% and 88% ± 1% removal of the total suspended particulate (TSP and total volatile organic compound (TVOC concentrations, respectively at single-pass conditions. Although the removal ratio of TSP concentrations was 98.6% ± 0.2%, the ratio of TVOC concentrations was 43.8% after a treatment of 21,900 cigarettes-worth of tobacco smoke in the field test. These results indicate the importance of suitable maintenance of the reactors in the air-cleaner during field use.

  20. Implementation measures for cleaner production for manufacture industry in Shantou%汕头制造业清洁生产实施策略优化研究

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    邱秀芬

    2015-01-01

    目前汕头特区制造业实施清洁生产主要办法是强制性清洁生产审核。提高清洁生产效率,全面推行清洁生产行动,需要对原有的单一实施策略进行优化。结合汕头中小企业实际,以汕头化工行业龙头企业———爱思开公司为例,参考广州清洁生产实施推广模式,对汕头制造业的清洁生产实施策略优化提出可行性建议。%Currently, the mandatory audit is the main alternative for cleaner production assessment for manufacture industry in Shantou, while a comprehensive plan is needed to increase the efficiency and promote the cleaner production program. This paper provided some suggestions for Shantou's manufacturing industry to achieve cleaner production through the case analysis on Ai Lixi Company, which is the Shantou's leading company in the chemical industry, and the examination of Guangzhou's promotion model for cleaner production.

  1. Tractor-Maintenance: Operation & Daily Care [and] Servicing Air Cleaner & Lubrication. Student Materials. V. A. III. [V-C-1 through V-C-4].

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    Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Vocational Instructional Services.

    Designed for use by students in vocational agricultural classes, this manual deals with tractor maintenance. Operation and daily care are the topics of the first section. Safety is also covered. In the final part of the manual, servicing the air cleaner and lubricating the engine are discussed. Both sections conclude with a quiz. (PLB)

  2. How to distinguish between the vacuum cleaner and flippase mechanisms of the LmrA multi-drug transporter in Lactococcus lactis

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    Hofmeyr, JHS; Rohwer, JM; Snoep, JL; Westerhoff, HV; Konings, WN

    2002-01-01

    A numerical model of the LmrA multi-drug transport system of Lactococcus lactis is used to explore the possibility of distinguishing experimentally between two putative transport mechanisms, i.e., the vacuum-cleaner and the flippase mechanisms. This comparative model also serves as an example of num

  3. Experimental analysis of indoor air quality improvement achieved by using a Clean-Air Heat Pump (CAHP) air-cleaner in a ventilation system

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    Sheng, Ying; Fang, Lei; Nie, Jinzhe

    2017-01-01

    This study investigated the air purification effect of a Clean-Air Heat Pump (CAHP) air-cleaner which combined a silica gel rotor with a heat pump to achieve air cleaning, heating and ventilation in buildings. The experiments were conducted in a field laboratory and compared a low outdoor air...

  4. Power generation from chemically cleaned coals: do environmental benefits of firing cleaner coal outweigh environmental burden of cleaning?

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    Ryberg, Morten W.; Owsianiak, Mikolaj; Laurent, Alexis;

    2015-01-01

    Power generation from high-ash coals is a niche technology for power generation, but coal cleaning is deemed necessary to avoid problems associated with low combustion efficiencies and to minimize environmental burdens associated with emissions of pollutants originating from ash. Here, chemical...... beneficiation of coals using acid and alkali–acid leaching procedures is evaluated as a potential coal cleaning technology employing life cycle assessment (LCA). Taking into account the environmental benefits from firing cleaner coal in pulverized coal power plants and the environmental burden of the cleaning....... Chemical cleaning can be optimized with regard to electricity, heat and methanol use for the hydrothermal washing step, and could have environmental impact comparable to that of physical cleaning if the overall resource intensiveness of chemical cleaning is reduced by a factor 5 to 10, depending...

  5. Novel method utilizing microbial treatment for cleaner production of diosgenin from Dioscorea zingiberensis C.H. Wright (DZW).

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    Wei, Mi; Bai, Yun; Ao, Mingzhang; Jin, Wenwen; Yu, Panpan; Zhu, Min; Yu, Longjiang

    2013-10-01

    A novel method utilizing microbial treatment for cleaner production of diosgenin from Dioscorea zingiberensis C.H. Wright (DZW) was presented. A new Bacillus pumilus HR19, which has the great ability to secrete pectinase, was screened and applied in the microbial treatment. Low-pressure steam expansion pretreatment (LSEP) was employed in advance to assist microbial treatment efficiently in releasing saponins, which are the precursors of diosgenin. Compared with the traditional process of acid hydrolysis, this novel process reduced the consumptions of water, acid and organic solvent by more than 92.5%, 97.0%, 97.0%, respectively, while simultaneously increasing the diosgenin yield by 6.21%. In addition, the microbial treatment was more efficient than enzymatic treatment, which arised from that microorganisms could be induced to secrete related enzymes by the compositions of DZW and relieve product inhibition by utilizing enzyme hydrolysates.

  6. Portable air cleaners should be at the forefront of the public health response to landscape fire smoke.

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    Barn, Prabjit K; Elliott, Catherine T; Allen, Ryan W; Kosatsky, Tom; Rideout, Karen; Henderson, Sarah B

    2016-11-25

    Landscape fires can produce large quantities of smoke that degrade air quality in both remote and urban communities. Smoke from these fires is a complex mixture of fine particulate matter and gases, exposure to which is associated with increased respiratory and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The public health response to short-lived smoke events typically advises people to remain indoors with windows and doors closed, but does not emphasize the use of portable air cleaners (PAC) to create private or public clean air shelters. High efficiency particulate air filters and electrostatic precipitators can lower indoor concentrations of fine particulate matter and improve respiratory and cardiovascular outcomes. We argue that PACs should be at the forefront of the public health response to landscape fire smoke events.

  7. Roadmap to greener computing

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    2014-01-01

    A concise and accessible introduction to green computing and green IT, this book addresses how computer science and the computer infrastructure affect the environment and presents the main challenges in making computing more environmentally friendly. The authors review the methodologies, designs, frameworks, and software development tools that can be used in computer science to reduce energy consumption and still compute efficiently. They also focus on Computer Aided Design (CAD) and describe what design engineers and CAD software applications can do to support new streamlined business directi

  8. Building a Greener Land

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    YIN PUMIN

    2010-01-01

    @@ Aotegen Chagan, a former herdsman of the Gandeer Grassland in Ejin Horo Banner, south Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region,runs four Mongolian yurts on the pasture near the Genghis Khan Mausoleum to attract tourists.

  9. A Greener Future

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    Abdullah Al-Saidi; Sergio Serra; Alf Wills; Jake Schmidt

    2010-01-01

    @@ In the past year, extreme weather events have erupted across the globe, and 2010 looks to be one of the hottest years in recorded history. That has placed an onus on the Cancun conference to prompt countries into action on climate change. Of course, Cancun will not be the last chance for the world to transform words into deeds, but it is definitely a crucial one.

  10. A GREENER FUTURE

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    2009-01-01

    Low-carbon lifestyles and business operations are gaining popularity as China pushes for more intense green efforts across the country In the global fight against climate change, China has always been at the forefront, making pushes into wind and hydropower to offer relief from its reliance on coal

  11. APEC's greener energy outlook

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    Isa, A. M.; Samuelson, R. D.

    2013-06-01

    The APEC member economies combined accounts for more than 50% of the world's GDP and consume almost 60% of the world's energy. Under the 2011 Honolulu Declaration, APEC Leaders have set an aspirational goal to reduce APEC's aggregate energy intensity by 45 percent by 2035, compared to 2005 levels. This article summarises the results from an APEC-wide study on APEC energy demand and supply outlook from 2010 to 2035. Our business-as-usual projections show that by 2035, APEC energy demand will have increased by 40% of 2010 levels. We also found that historical trends for declining energy intensity will continue and that APEC will likely achieve its aspirational intensity reduction goal. However, our results also suggest that CO2 emissions will continue to rise and energy security will become less assured. Recognizing these vulnerabilities, APEC has already initiated a broad range of activities to achieve its 'green growth' objectives. While these have been fairly successful in guiding APEC economies towards a path of more sustainable development, these efforts will need to be intensified further to avoid serious environmental degradation.

  12. 燃煤电厂清洁生产审核应用探讨%Application and Discussion of Cleaner Production Audit in Coal-fired Power Plant

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    柴瑜

    2014-01-01

    As one of the industries required explicitly to carry out cleaner production audit by China’ s Govern-ment,coal-fired power plants need to implement cleaner production from eight aspects including raw materials and energy,technology,processcontrol,equipment,management,employees,products,and wastes according to the audit guideline.The audit has to follow a seven-steps procedure of preparing for the audit,pre-auditing,audi-ting,forming the draft of audit proposal,completing the audit final proposal,implementing the audit,and sustain-able cleaner production.A coal-fired power plant as a case applied the whole process of cleaner production.The cleaner production goals have been reached after the audit was done.Furthermore,obvious environmental and eco-nomic benefits have been achieved as well.%作为国家明确要求开展清洁生产审核行业之一,某燃煤电厂依据清洁生产审核思路,从原辅料和能源、技术工艺、过程控制、设备、管理、员工、产品、废物生产过程的八个方面,按照审核准备、预审核、审核、方案产生和筛选、方案确定、方案实施、持续清洁生产七个实施阶段在企业内部开展清洁生产审核工作,实现了本轮清洁生产目标,并取得了显著的环境效益和经济效益。

  13. Cytogenetic analysis of an exposed-referent study: perchloroethylene-exposed dry cleaners compared to unexposed laundry workers

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    McKernan Lauralynn

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Significant numbers of people are exposed to tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene, PCE every year, including workers in the dry cleaning industry. Adverse health effects have been associated with PCE exposure. However, investigations of possible cumulative cytogenetic damage resulting from PCE exposure are lacking. Methods Eighteen dry cleaning workers and 18 laundry workers (unexposed controls provided a peripheral blood sample for cytogenetic analysis by whole chromosome painting. Pre-shift exhaled air on these same participants was collected and analyzed for PCE levels. The laundry workers were matched to the dry cleaners on race, age, and smoking status. The relationships between levels of cytological damage and exposures (including PCE levels in the shop and in workers' blood, packyears, cumulative alcohol consumption, and age were compared with correlation coefficients and t-tests. Multiple linear regressions considered blood PCE, packyears, alcohol, and age. Results There were no significant differences between the PCE-exposed dry cleaners and the laundry workers for chromosome translocation frequencies, but PCE levels were significantly correlated with percentage of cells with acentric fragments (R2 = 0.488, p Conclusions There does not appear to be a strong effect in these dry cleaning workers of PCE exposure on persistent chromosome damage as measured by translocations. However, the correlation between frequencies of acentric fragments and PCE exposure level suggests that recent exposures to PCE may induce transient genetic damage. More heavily exposed participants and a larger sample size will be needed to determine whether PCE exposure induces significant levels of persistent chromosome damage.

  14. 煤炭开发中的清洁生产技术%Cleaner Production Technology of Coal Exploitation

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    纪鹏

    2013-01-01

      煤炭开采在给社会带来经济效益的时候,也导致了矿区的环境污染和生态破坏,如引起地表塌陷,废水废气以及噪音污染等。因此必须采用清洁生产技术如全煤巷开拓方式、煤层采掘前预抽 CH4等,以保持能源生产和生态环境间的平衡。煤炭清洁生产技术的研究,为制定煤炭行业清洁生产考核指标提供参考和借鉴,也对煤炭行业可持续发展有重要的指导作用。%Coal mining brought great economic benefits to the society, also it simultaneously led environmental pollution and ecological destruction to the mining area, such as the surface subsidence, waste water and gas, and noise pollution. In order to balance the energy production and ecological environment, it’s very necessary to use cleaner production technology, such as the whole roadway development of coal, and methane extraction before mining the coal bed. Research on technology of the cleaner coal production provided references for the formulation of assessment indexes of clean production in coal industry, and it also played an important role of guidance for the sustainable development of the coal industry.

  15. The relationship between low back pain and leisure time physical activity in a working population of cleaners - a study with weekly follow-ups for 1 year

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    Jespersen Tobias

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Low back pain (LBP and leisure time physical activity (LTPA are considered to be closely related, and clinical guidelines for the treatment of acute LBP recommend patients stay physically active. However, the documentation for this recommendation is sparse and based on studies involving patient populations. The purpose of the study was (1 to investigate the correlation between LBP and LTPA on a weekly basis over the course of a year in a high-risk group of cleaners; and (2 to investigate if maintaining LTPA during an episode of acute LBP has a positive effect on LBP intensity in the subsequent 4 weeks. Methods 188 cleaners consented to participate in a 52-week text message survey about hours of LTPA and intensity of LBP (from 0 to 9 over the previous 7 days. The correlation between LBP and LTPA was calculated by Pearson correlation coefficient. During an episode of acute LBP, a mixed effect logistic regression model was used to investigate whether cleaners who maintain LTPA have a lower pain intensity and higher probability of returning to initial pain intensity within the following four weeks compared with cleaners who decrease LTPA during acute LBP. Results The correlation between weekly LTPA and LBP data was negative, but numerically low (r = -0.069 and statistically insignificant (p = 0.08. Among the 82 cleaners experiencing at least one episode of acute LBP, those maintaining LTPA during an episode of acute LBP did not have a lower pain intensity (average LBP intensity difference between groups of 0.06; 95% confidence interval (95% CI of -0.417 to 0.539 or higher probability of returning to initial pain level (Odds ratio 1,02; 95% CI of 0.50 to 2.09 in the following four weeks compared with cleaners decreasing LTPA during acute LBP. Conclusions Hours of LTPA and intensity of LBP measured on a weekly basis throughout a year showed no close correlation. Maintaining LTPA during an episode of acute LBP did not result in a

  16. 钼酸铵的清洁生产工艺%Cleaner Production Process for Ammonium Molybdate

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    王锐; 张建洲; 刘彩霞

    2011-01-01

    The acid-salt pretreatment-ion exchange combined process for cleaner production of ammonium molybdate from MO3 and NH3 is put forward to substitute the traditional process. In the new process, the liquid-slag dual-cycle is used instead of the liquid single-cycle, and the electric boiler is used instead of the coal-fired boiler; The NH3-containing waste gas is treated by acidic wastewater absorption, and the high-concentration NH3 waste liquid is treated by steam stripping; The separated NH3 is recycled into the production, and the treated waste liquid and waste gas can meet the discharge standards. With this process, the cleaner production of ammonium molybdate can be realized. 0. 24 t of NH3 can be recovered from the waste liquid generated for 1 t of ammonium molybdate. According to 187 t/a of NH3 recovery, the production cost can be saved by about 562 000 Yuan/a.%以酸-盐预处理-离子交换组合工艺替代传统工艺,提出了氧化钼、氨生产钼酸铵清洁生产工艺.该工艺采用液、渣双循环代替液单循环,以电锅炉替换燃煤锅炉.含氨废气采用酸性生产废水吸收,产生的高浓度含氨废液进行汽提处理,分离出的氨回用于生产,废液和含氨废气处理后均达标排放,基本实现了钼酸铵的清洁生产.采用该清洁生产工艺生产钼酸铵,每生产1t产品可从废液中回收氨0.24t,按氨回收量187 t/a计算,可节约资金约56.2万元/a.

  17. The relationship between low back pain and leisure time physical activity in a working population of cleaners - a study with weekly follow-ups for 1 year

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    Jespersen, Tobias; Jorgensen, Marie B; Hansen, Jorgen V

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    on studies involving patient populations. The purpose of the study was (1) to investigate the correlation between LBP and LTPA on a weekly basis over the course of a year in a high-risk group of cleaners; and (2) to investigate if maintaining LTPA during an episode of acute LBP has a positive effect on LBP......ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Low back pain (LBP) and leisure time physical activity (LTPA) are considered to be closely related, and clinical guidelines for the treatment of acute LBP recommend patients stay physically active. However, the documentation for this recommendation is sparse and based......: The correlation between weekly LTPA and LBP data was negative, but numerically low (r = 0.069) and statistically insignificant (p = 0.08). Among the 82 cleaners experiencing at least one episode of acute LBP, those maintaining LTPA during an episode of acute LBP did not have a lower pain intensity (average LBP...

  18. Synthesis, characterization, and properties of peroxo-based oxygen-rich compounds for potential use as greener high energy density materials

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    Gamage, Nipuni-Dhanesha Horadugoda

    One main aspect of high energy density material (HEDM) design is to obtain greener alternatives for HEDMs that produce toxic byproducts. Primary explosives lead azide, lead styphnate, and mercury fulminate contain heavy metals that cause heavy metal poisoning. Leaching of the widely used tertiary explosive NH4ClO4 into groundwater has resulted in human exposure to ClO4-- ions, which cause disruptions of thyroid related metabolic pathways and even thyroid cancer. Many research efforts to find replacements have gained little success. Thus, there is a need for greener HEDMs. Peroxo-based oxygen-rich compounds are proposed as a potential new class of greener HEDMs due to the evolution of CO2 and/or CO, H2O, and O 2 as the main decomposition products. Currently, triacetone triperoxide (TATP), diacetone diperoxide (DADP), hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (HMTD), and methyl ethyl ketone peroxide (MEKP) are the only well-studied highly energetic peroxides. However, due to their high impact and friction sensitivities, low thermal stabilities, and low detonation velocities they have not found any civil or military HEDM applications. In this dissertation research, we have synthesized and fully characterized four categories of peroxo-based compounds: tert-butyl peroxides, tert-butyl peroxy esters, hydroperoxides, and peroxy acids to perform a systematic study of their sensitivities and the energetic properties for potential use as greener HEDMs. tert-Butyl peroxides were not sensitive to impact, friction, or electrostatic spark. Hence, tert-butyl peroxides can be described as fairly safe peroxo-based compounds to handle. tert-Butyl peroxy esters were all surprisingly energetic (4896--6003 m/s), despite the low oxygen and nitrogen contents. Aromatic tert -butyl peroxy esters were much lower in impact and friction sensitivities with respect to the known peroxo-based explosives. These are among the first low sensitivity peroxo-based compounds that can be categorized as secondary

  19. 柠檬酸清洁生产工艺的研究%Study on Cleaner Production Process for Citric Acid

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    潘碌亭; 肖锦

    2001-01-01

    The various pollution problems of the traditional production process for citric acid are analyzed and various ways for applying cleaner production process in production of citric acid are proposed.%分析了传统柠檬酸生产工艺存在的污染问题,提出了在柠檬酸生产过程中采用清洁生产技术的各种途径.

  20. Study on demetalization of sewage sludge by sequential extraction before liquefaction for the production of cleaner bio-oil and bio-char.

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    Leng, Lijian; Yuan, Xingzhong; Shao, Jianguang; Huang, Huajun; Wang, Hou; Li, Hui; Chen, Xiaohong; Zeng, Guangming

    2016-01-01

    Demetalization of sewage sludge (SS) by sequential extraction before liquefaction was implemented to produce cleaner bio-char and bio-oil. Demetalization steps 1 and 2 did not cause much organic matter loss on SS, and thus the bio-oil and bio-char yields and the compositions of bio-oils were also not affected significantly. However, the demetalization procedures resulted in the production of cleaner bio-chars and bio-oils. The total concentrations and the acid soluble/exchangeable fraction (F1 fraction, the most toxic heavy metal fraction) of heavy metals (Cu, Cr, Pb, Zn, and Cd) in these products were significantly reduced and the environmental risks of these products were also relived considerably compared with those produced from raw SS, respectively. Additionally, these bio-oils had less heavy fractions. Demetalization processes with removal of F1 and F2 fractions of heavy metals would benefit the production of cleaner bio-char and bio-oil by liquefaction of heavy metal abundant biomass like SS.

  1. Long Term Effects on Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease after 12-Months of Aerobic Exercise Intervention - A Worksite RCT among Cleaners.

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    Korshøj, Mette; Lidegaard, Mark; Krustrup, Peter; Jørgensen, Marie Birk; Søgaard, Karen; Holtermann, Andreas

    2016-01-01

    Occupational groups exposed to high occupational physical activity have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). This may be explained by the high relative aerobic workload. Enhanced cardiorespiratory fitness reduces the relative aerobic workload. Thus, the aim was to evaluate the 12-months effects of worksite aerobic exercise on risk factors for CVD among cleaners. One hundred and sixteen cleaners aged 18-65 years were randomized to a group performing aerobic exercise and a reference group receiving lectures. Outcomes were collected at baseline and after 12-months. A repeated measures 2×2 multi-adjusted mixed-model design was applied to compare the between-group differences using intention-to-treat analysis. Between-group differences (pexercise group: cardiorespiratory fitness 2.15 (SE 1.03) mlO2/min/kg, aerobic workload -2.15 (SE 1.06) %HRR, resting HR -5.31 (SE 1.61) beats/min, high sensitive C-reactive protein -0.65 (SE 0.24) μg/ml. The blood pressure was unaltered. Stratified analyses on relative aerobic workload at baseline revealed that those with relative aerobic workloads ≥30% of HRR seems to impose a notable adverse effect on resting and ambulatory blood pressure. This long-term worksite aerobic exercise intervention among cleaners led to several beneficial effects, but also potential adverse effects among those with high relative aerobic workloads. Controlled-Trials.com ISRCTN86682076.

  2. A Comparison between Temperature-Controlled Laminar Airflow Device and a Room Air-Cleaner in Reducing Exposure to Particles While Asleep

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    Spilak, Michal P.; Sigsgaard, Torben; Takai, Hisamitsu; Zhang, Guoqiang

    2016-01-01

    People spend approximately one third of their life sleeping. Exposure to pollutants in the sleep environment often leads to a variety of adverse health effects, such as development and exacerbation of asthma. Avoiding exposure to these pollutants by providing a sufficient air quality in the sleep environment might be a feasible method to alleviate these health symptoms. We performed full-scale laboratory measurements using a thermal manikin positioned on an experimental bed. Three ventilation settings were tested: with no filtration system operated, use of portable air cleaner and use of a temperature-controlled laminar airflow (TLA) device. The first part of the experiment investigated the air-flow characteristics in the breathing zone. In the second part, particle removal efficiency was estimated. Measured in the breathing zone, the room air cleaner demonstrated high turbulence intensity, high velocity and turbulence diffusivity level, with a particle reduction rate of 52% compared to baseline after 30 minutes. The TLA device delivered a laminar airflow to the breathing zone with a reduction rate of 99.5%. During a periodical duvet lifting mimicking a subject’s movement in bed, the particle concentration was significantly lower with the TLA device compared to the room air cleaner. The TLA device provided a barrier which significantly reduced the introduction of airborne particles into the breathing zone. Further studies should be conducted for the understanding of the transport of resuspended particles between the duvet and the laying body. PMID:27898693

  3. Towards a cleaner graphene surface in graphene field effect transistor via N,N-Dimethylacetamide

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    Mao, Da-Cheng; Peng, Song-Ang; Wang, Shao-Qing; Zhang, Da-Yong; Shi, Jing-Yuan; Wang, Xinnan; Jin, Zhi

    2016-09-01

    Graphene is a two-dimensional material with a high surface to volume ratio and the fabrication process of graphene field effect transistors always introduces unintended contaminates like photoresidues on the surface of graphene. These contaminations are difficult to remove by conventional acetone solvent and suppress the intrinsic properties of graphene. To address the problem, a wet-chemical approach employing N,N-Dimethylacetamide (C4H9NO) was developed in this study, which shows an increase of the carrier mobility and a reduction of minimum conductance point in our devices. Raman spectroscopy and atomic force microscope were carried out to verify the cleaning effect of the approach. Our method provides a simple and effective way to enhance the electrical performance of graphene field effect transistors and can be readily integrated into the CMOS fabrication pilot line.

  4. Water Pollution Control Technologies and Cleaner Production%水污染控制技术与清洁生产

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    刘庄泉; 姜玲玲

    2011-01-01

    简要介绍了目前我国污水排放及治理现状,介绍了几种常见工艺及其特点,分别分析了农村和工业的水污染状况,针对性地提出了各自的水污染控制对策,最后还介绍了评估污水处理工艺清洁性的方法,从水资源可持续发展的高度,提出了从源头控制到推广清洁生产的全过程控制的污水治理模式.%The condition of sewage discharging and treatment in Our country, some normal treatment processes and their characteristics were introduced.The situation of water pollution in countryside and industry was analyzed, and the respective water pollution control measurements were put forward.In the last, the methods of assessing the cleanness of water treatment process were introduced, moreover, the mode of water treatment from source control to carrying out cleaner production was put forward.

  5. Catalysts for cleaner combustion of coal, wood and briquettes sulfur dioxide reduction options for low emission sources

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    Smith, P.V. [Global Environmental Solutions, Inc., Morton Grove, IL (United States)

    1995-12-31

    Coal fired, low emission sources are a major factor in the air quality problems facing eastern European cities. These sources include: stoker-fired boilers which feed district heating systems and also meet local industrial steam demand, hand-fired boilers which provide heat for one building or a small group of buildings, and masonary tile stoves which heat individual rooms. Global Environmental Systems is marketing through Global Environmental Systems of Polane, Inc. catalysts to improve the combustion of coal, wood or fuel oils in these combustion systems. PCCL-II Combustion Catalysts promotes more complete combustion, reduces or eliminates slag formations, soot, corrosion and some air pollution emissions and is especially effective on high sulfur-high vanadium residual oils. Glo-Klen is a semi-dry powder continuous acting catalyst that is injected directly into the furnace of boilers by operating personnel. It is a multi-purpose catalyst that is a furnace combustion catalyst that saves fuel by increasing combustion efficiency, a cleaner of heat transfer surfaces that saves additional fuel by increasing the absorption of heat, a corrosion-inhibiting catalyst that reduces costly corrosion damage and an air pollution reducing catalyst that reduces air pollution type stack emissions. The reduction of sulfur dioxides from coal or oil-fired boilers of the hand fired stoker design and larger, can be controlled by the induction of the Glo-Klen combustion catalyst and either hydrated lime or pulverized limestone.

  6. Eco-friendly and cleaner process for isolation of essential oil using microwave energy: experimental and theoretical study.

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    Farhat, Asma; Ginies, Christian; Romdhane, Mehrez; Chemat, Farid

    2009-06-26

    Microwave steam diffusion (MSD) was developed as a cleaner and new process design and operation for isolation of essentials oils and was compared to conventional steam diffusion (SD). The essential oils extracted by MSD for 3 min were quantitatively (yield) and qualitatively (aromatic profile) similar to those obtained by conventional steam diffusion for 20 min. In addition, an optimal operating steam flow rate of 25 g min(-1) and microwave power 200 W were found to ensure complete extraction yield with reduced extraction time. To confirm the efficiency of this process a mathematical model was proposed to describe the mass transfer of essential oil from lavender. Solid-steam mass transfer coefficients obtained by MSD were six times higher than obtained by SD. Scanning electronic microscopy was used to confirm the extraction mechanism of the essential oil present in the glandular trichomes of the flowers from lavender outer surface. MSD was better than SD in terms of energy saving, cleanliness and reduced waste water.

  7. Virtual design and performance prediction of a silencing air cleaner used in an I.C. engine intake system

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    2005-01-01

    This paper reports results of the authors' studies on the virtual design method used in the development of low noise intake system of I.C. engine. The resulting high pass-by noise at level above the legislative target at full throttle when engine speed was around 5200 r/min necessitated a BEM-aided redesign task, following the typical process of design and development of an intake system. During the initial design, based on the acoustic theory and the requirements (1. The air flux of the redesigned should equal to or exceed the value of the original flux; 2. The filtering area must not be degraded), and considering the constraint of space in the engine compartment, total volume and rough internal dimensions were determined. During the detailed design, the exact internal dimensions of the air cleaner were determined, and an effective method was applied to improve the acoustic performance at low frequency. The predicted sound power of the intake system indicated that the objective of reducing the overall engine noise by minimizing intake system noise was achieved.

  8. Petroleum solvent mortality study of Oklahoma dry cleaners. Volume 2. Final report, 1 January 1986-31 March 1988

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    Asal, N.R.; Coleman, R.L.; Petrone, R.L.; Owen, W.; Walsworth, S.

    1988-06-30

    The association between exposures to the primary petroleum solvents used in commercial dry-cleaning processes and various causes of death was investigated. Each commercial dry-cleaning establishment in Oklahoma was classified according to the solvent or solvents in use from 1941 to 1983, based on data from the State Dry Cleaners Board. A cohort with known solvent exposures was identified. The proportionate mortality ratios and standardized mortality ratios were determined for all major causes of death. Nearly 59% were white males, with an average exposure of 10.5 years. No excess in overall cancer mortality was found. Significant excesses were noted for mental, psychoneurotic, and personality disorders due to alcoholism; genitourinary system due to acute nephritis, chronic nephritis, and renal sclerosis; bone and organ movement due to arthritis and spondylitis. An excess in cancers of the respiratory system was identified with excesses in mortality due to trachea, bronchus, and lung cancer among those dying at age 65 or older. A 45% excess in proportionate mortality due to pancreatic cancer was found. Only on analysis of petroleum-solvent exposure to white males was an excess found for kidney cancer. Moderately increased incidents of skin and bone cancer were found. Volume 1 is also available.

  9. Relative Brain and Brain Part Sizes Provide Only Limited Evidence that Machiavellian Behaviour in Cleaner Wrasse Is Cognitively Demanding.

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    Chojnacka, Dominika; Isler, Karin; Barski, Jaroslaw Jerzy; Bshary, Redouan

    2015-01-01

    It is currently widely accepted that the complexity of a species' social life is a major determinant of its brain complexity, as predicted by the social brain hypothesis. However, it remains a challenge to explain what social complexity exactly is and what the best corresponding measures of brain anatomy are. Absolute and relative size of the brain and of the neocortex have often been used as a proxy to predict cognitive performance. Here, we apply the logic of the social brain hypothesis to marine cleaning mutualism involving the genus Labroides. These wrasses remove ectoparasites from 'client' reef fish. Conflict occurs as wrasse prefer client mucus over ectoparasites, where mucus feeding constitutes cheating. As a result of this conflict, cleaner wrasse show remarkable Machiavellian-like behaviour. Using own data as well as available data from the literature, we investigated whether the general brain anatomy of Labroides provides any indication that their Machiavellian behaviour is associated with a more complex brain. Neither data set provided evidence for an increased encephalisation index compared to other wrasse species. Published data on relative sizes of brain parts in 25 species of the order Perciformes suggests that only the diencephalon is relatively enlarged in Labroides dimidiatus. This part contains various nuclei of the social decision making network. In conclusion, gross brain anatomy yields little evidence for the hypothesis that strategic behaviour in cleaning selects for larger brains, while future research should focus on more detailed aspects like the sizes of specific nuclei as well as their cryoarchitectonic structure and connectivity.

  10. 台湾创新推动整合清洁生产与绿色建筑之绿色工厂标章制度%Taiwan green factory label system——Creative integration of cleaner production and green building

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    汤奕华; 王朝民; 许国荣; 王义基; 陈良栋

    2012-01-01

    Because of the climate change and resources shortage,the sustainable strategies scheme has become the critical issues to every country.In order to enhance the industrial competitiveness of Taiwan industries,Taiwan government has launched a new system—Green Factory Label to aid the factories to upgrade their production tech/nology through better production management.December 2010,Executive Yuan promulgated "Promotion Program of Intelligent Green Building" which instructed Industrial Development Bureau under Ministry of Economic Affairs to plan and promote "Green Factory Label System." The system has been built up by the integration of "Green Building" and "Cleaner Production" systemic mechanisms.The main purposes are to reduce the environmental impacts and resources consumptions during the products production life cycle as well as during the factory construction and operation;to increase the eco-friendly factors of the industry and products;and to reach the goal of industrial low-carbonization.The applied company can only obtain the Label by complying both the criteria of "Green Building" and "Cleaner Production" evaluation system.Taiwan has promulgated the "Green Factory Label System" in January 2012,and accepted applications since April.It is hoped that under the development and promotion of this unique Taiwan Green Factory Label System,the industries in Taiwan shall be greener while the eco and economic development increasing.In addition,it is also hoped that by the international interaction and experiences sharing,this system can be further promoted,applied and reformed.Several countries have established their own green building standards.Therefore,inside this article,the main focus will be on the introduction of Taiwan Green Factory Label System,and the appropriate selection of different cleaner production evaluation systems,index planning and evaluation methods for specified industry by IDB.Finally,the evaluation experiences are illustrated by short case

  11. A produção mais limpa como ferramenta da sustentabilidade empresarial: um estudo no estado do Rio Grande do Norte Cleaner production as corporate sustainability tool: a study within companies from Rio Grande do Norte State

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    Handson Claudio Dias Pimenta

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    Full Text Available O presente estudo teve como objetivo avaliar a produção mais limpa - PmL como ferramenta da sustentabilidade empresarial através de uma série de estudos de múltiplos casos em empresas do estado do Rio Grande do Norte. Para tanto, foi aplicada a metodologia de PmL modelo SEBRAE (2005 em três empresas: uma indústria de alimentos (empresa 1, uma indústria de confecções (empresa 2 e uma concessionária de veículos (empresa 3. Pelos resultados, destacam-se, na empresa 1, ações de substituição de matéria-prima, otimização do uso de água e energia. Na empresa 2, otimização do uso de tecido e modificação tecnológica. Por fim, na empresa 3, as medidas de segregação na fonte e reciclagem externa de resíduos. Contudo, foram evidenciadas melhorias nas vertentes ambiental, social e econômica, preconizadas pela sustentabilidade empresarial. Entretanto, faz-se necessário mais transparência da alta administração no comprometimento com a continuidade das ações para, diante disto, melhor enquadrar a PmL como uma ferramenta da sustentabilidade.The purpose of this stydy was to assess the Cleaner Production - CP as a corporate sustainability tool, through a multiple case study in companies from the State of Rio Grande do Norte. To this end, our research methodology approach used the CP methodology from SEBRAE (2005 and applied it to the food industry (Company 1, the textile industry (Company 2 and to a car dealer (Company 3. Results highlighted, among other variables, the specific sustainability focus of any observed cleaner production activity. In company 1, raw material substitution, optimization of water and energy usage were the main foci. In Company 2, the foci were the optimization of fabric usage and technological modification (installation of washing equipment for the printing plates; before that, there was not control of water usage in this process, resulting in increased water consumption and disposal of waste. Company 3

  12. Effects on well-being of investing in cleaner air in India.

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    Sanderson, Warren; Striessnig, Erich; Schöpp, Wolfgang; Amann, Markus

    2013-01-01

    Over the past decade, India has experienced rapid economic growth along with increases in levels of air pollution. Our goal is to examine how alternative policies for air pollution abatement affect well-being there. In particular, we estimate the effects of policies to reduce the levels of ambient fine particulates (PM2.5), which are especially harmful to human health, on well-being, quantified using the United Nations' human development index (HDI). Two of the three dimensions of this index are based on gross domestic product (GDP) per capita and life expectancy. Our approach allows reductions in PM2.5 to affect both of them. In particular, economic growth is affected negatively through the costs of the additional pollution control measures and positively through the increased productivity of the population. We consider three scenarios of PM2.5 abatement, corresponding to no further control, current Indian legislation, and current European legislation. The overall effect in both control scenarios is that growth in GDP is virtually unaffected relative to the case of no further controls, life expectancy is higher, and well-being, as measured by the HDI, is improved. In India, air pollution abatement investments clearly improve well-being.

  13. Design of new hybrid template by linking quinoline, triazole and dihydroquinoline pharmacophoric groups: A greener approach to novel polyazaheterocycles as cytotoxic agents.

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    Praveena, Koduru Sri Shanthi; Shivaji Ramarao, Edupuganti Veera Venkat; Murthy, Nandula Yadagiri Sreenivasa; Akkenapally, Surekha; Kumar, C Ganesh; Kapavarapu, Ravikumar; Pal, Sarbani

    2015-03-01

    A new hybrid template designed by linking three pharmacophoric groups, for example, quinoline, triazole and dihydroquinoline moieties have been used for the generation of a library of molecules as potential cytotoxic agents. Synthesis of these polyazaheterocycles were carried out by using a strategy that involved one-pot sequential azidation and CuAAC in water under mild conditions. A number of 1,4-disubstituted 1,2,3-triazoles possessing quinolinylmethylene at N-1 and 1,2-dihydroquinolinyl methylene at C-4 as different substituents were synthesized and evaluated for their cytotoxic effects against various cancer cells. Some of them showed encouraging activities against lung cancer cells and one of them showed inhibition of PDE4 indicating the potential medicinal value of these novel polyazaheterocycles.

  14. Investigation of occupation protection of cleaner in clean operation rooms%洁净手术室保洁员职业防护调查与管理

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    张红梅; 柴艳红; 薛海丹

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To understand hospital infection of cleaner in clean operation rooms , awareness of occupation exposure and qualified occupation protection so as to provide specific intervention to avoid occupation exposure of cleaners .METHODS From Dec .2012 to Feb .2013 ,16 cleaners in clean operation rooms were investigated for knowledge related to hospital infection ,harm of occupation exposure and knowledge on occupation protection by means of self-designed questionnaire and interview .RESULTS All cleaner investigated had good knowledge on partition using of cleaning tools ,correct preparation and use of disinfectant and requirements of medical waste collection and storage ,and the cognition rate was 93 .75% ,87 .50% and 81 .25% respectively .The cleaners had good knowledge on that needlestick injuries could cause blood borne infectious disease and the medical waste was dangerous ,and the cognition rate was 56 .25% and 43 .75% .However ,the cognition rate of correct treatment of wounds after injured by needlestick was 0 . They were also lack of knowledge on occupation protection ,and the pass rate of occupation protection was low .CONCLUSION It is necessary for operation manager to take some intervention strategies such as train , educate , supervise and instruct cleaners so as to improve the cognitive level of hospital infection and occupation protection .%目的:了解洁净手术室保洁员医院感染相关知识、职业暴露危害认知率、职业防护合格率,以便针对性的采取干预措施,减少保洁员职业暴露的发生。方法2012年12月-2013年2月采用自行设计的调查表,以问卷与访谈相结合的方法,对16名洁净手术室保洁员进行医院感染相关知识、职业暴露危害的认知、保洁人员职业防护的调查。结果16名保洁员对保洁工具分区使用和终末处置、消毒剂正确配置和使用、医疗废物收集及保存要求的认知率较高,分别为93.75%、87.50%、81

  15. Cleaner Production Research on Straw Pulp Papermaking Industry%草浆造纸行业清洁生产技术研究

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    刘德敏; 李娜; 初兆娴

    2014-01-01

    The sources, characteristics and the impact on the environment of straw pulp wastewater were described .Key technologies to achieve cleaner production of straw paper industry were studied by an engineering case .Waste resource was achieved mainly through the lignin extraction from the papermaking black liquor and calcium lingo sulphonate binder preparation.Almost zero discharge of wastewater achieved by the combination process of “chemical flocculation +ABR +oxidation ditch” for advanced treatment of middle wastewater and recycling technology, saved water resources.The engineering achieved the mode of cleaner production of production, water recycle and waste resources utilization, which provided a reference for such industry cleaner production.%介绍了草浆造纸废水的来源、特点及对环境的影响。通过工程实例研究了草浆造纸行业实现清洁生产的关键技术。通过对造纸黑液提取木质素制备木质素磺酸钙粘结剂,实现废弃物的资源化。通过“化学絮凝+ABR+氧化沟”组合处理工艺对中段水的深度处理及回用,基本实现废水的零排放,节约了水资源。该工程实现了生产、水循环、废物资源化利用一体化的清洁生产模式,为造纸行业的清洁生产提供借鉴。

  16. Long Term Effects on Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease after 12-Months of Aerobic Exercise Intervention - A Worksite RCT among Cleaners

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    Korshøj, Mette; Lidegaard, Mark; Krustrup, Peter; Jørgensen, Marie Birk; Søgaard, Karen; Holtermann, Andreas

    2016-01-01

    Objectives Occupational groups exposed to high occupational physical activity have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). This may be explained by the high relative aerobic workload. Enhanced cardiorespiratory fitness reduces the relative aerobic workload. Thus, the aim was to evaluate the 12-months effects of worksite aerobic exercise on risk factors for CVD among cleaners. Methods One hundred and sixteen cleaners aged 18–65 years were randomized to a group performing aerobic exercise and a reference group receiving lectures. Outcomes were collected at baseline and after 12-months. A repeated measures 2×2 multi-adjusted mixed-model design was applied to compare the between-group differences using intention-to-treat analysis. Results Between-group differences (p<0.05) were found favouring the aerobic exercise group: cardiorespiratory fitness 2.15 (SE 1.03) mlO2/min/kg, aerobic workload -2.15 (SE 1.06) %HRR, resting HR -5.31 (SE 1.61) beats/min, high sensitive C-reactive protein -0.65 (SE 0.24) μg/ml. The blood pressure was unaltered. Stratified analyses on relative aerobic workload at baseline revealed that those with relative aerobic workloads ≥30% of HRR seems to impose a notable adverse effect on resting and ambulatory blood pressure. Conclusion This long-term worksite aerobic exercise intervention among cleaners led to several beneficial effects, but also potential adverse effects among those with high relative aerobic workloads. Trial Registration Controlled-Trials.com ISRCTN86682076 PMID:27513932

  17. Application of cleaner production auditing to electroplating workshop%清洁生产审核在电镀车间的应用

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    尚会来; 张雷; 陈龙; 张静蓉

    2012-01-01

    The cleaner production auditing has a significant effect for constructing modern enterprise and promoting enterprise in realizing the goals of scientific management as well as energy saving, consumption reducing, pollution reducing, and efficiency increasing, which is an effective measure for achieving social, environmental, and economic benefits in electroplating industry. In this article, the course of implementation of cleaner production auditing in an electroplating workshop was introduced, involving the aspects of auditing preparation, pre-auditing (including pollution source investigation, auditing key points such as chromium plating, cadmium plating, and nickel plating, auditing goal, etc), establishment of material balance for chromium and cadmium, analysis of waste production, establishment and selection of cleaner production projects (as evaluated from three aspects of technology, environment, and economic feasibility), etc. Practice proved that the cleaner production auditing brings with the electroplating workshop a total economic benefit of 1 025 770.00 RMB per year, and enables the enterprise to realize the change from end-treatment to pollution prevention and control, and to fulfill the expected goals.%清洁生产审核对建设现代企业,促进企业实现科学管理和节能、降耗、减污、增效等目标效果显著,是电镀企业实现社会、环境与经济效益相统一的有效措施.介绍了某电镀车间实施清洁生产审核的过程,涉及审核准备,预审核(包括污染源调查,审核重点如镀铬、镀镉和镀镍,以及审核目标的确定等),铬和镍物料平衡的建立,废弃物产生的原因分析,清洁生产方案的建立和筛选(从技术、环境、经济可行性等3个方面进行评估)等方面.实践证明,清洁生产审核的实施使该电镀车间总计产生102.577万元/a的经济效益,实现了由末端治理向污染预防和控制的转变,达到了预期目的.

  18. A Comparison between Temperature-Controlled Laminar Airflow Device and a Room Air-Cleaner in Reducing Exposure to Particles While Asleep

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    Spilak, Michal; Sigsgaard, Torben; Zhang, Guoqiang

    2016-01-01

    People spend approximately one third of their life sleeping. Exposure to pollutants in the sleep environment often leads to a variety of adverse health effects, such as development and exacerbation of asthma. Avoiding exposure to these pollutants by providing a sufficient air quality in the sleep...... environment might be a feasible method to alleviate these health symptoms. We performed full-scale laboratory measurements using a thermal manikin positioned on an experimental bed. Three ventilation settings were tested: with no filtration system operated, use of portable air cleaner and use of a temperature...

  19. Aparelho de sucção tipo aspirador para captura de mosquitos A "vacuum-cleaner" type of suction apparatus for the collection of mosquitoes

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    1984-10-01

    Full Text Available É feita a descrição de aparelho portátil de sucção tipo aspirador, para captura de mosquitos Culicidae. São sugeridas adaptações para coletas em diferentes situações. São feitos comentários sobre sua aplicação em pesquisa de mosquitos.A portable suction apparatus, which functions like a vacuum cleaner used for the collection of Culicidae mosquitoes is described. Adaptations for collecting in differents situations are suggested and some comments about its application in mosquitoes surveys are made.

  20. A Comparison between Temperature-Controlled Laminar Airflow Device and a Room Air-Cleaner in Reducing Exposure to Particles While Asleep

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    Spilak, Michal P; Sigsgaard, Torben; Takai, Hisamitsu

    2016-01-01

    and turbulence diffusivity level, with a particle reduction rate of 52% compared to baseline after 30 minutes. The TLA device delivered a laminar airflow to the breathing zone with a reduction rate of 99.5%. During a periodical duvet lifting mimicking a subject's movement in bed, the particle concentration...... environment might be a feasible method to alleviate these health symptoms. We performed full-scale laboratory measurements using a thermal manikin positioned on an experimental bed. Three ventilation settings were tested: with no filtration system operated, use of portable air cleaner and use of a temperature...

  1. Experimental Study on Ultrafine Particle Removal Performance of Portable Air Cleaners with Different Filters in an Office Room

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    Huan Ma

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Size- and time-dependent aerodynamic behaviors of indoor particles, including PM1.0, were evaluated in a school office in order to test the performance of air-cleaning devices using different filters. In-situ real-time measurements were taken using an optical particle counter. The filtration characteristics of filter media, including single-pass efficiency, volume and effectiveness, were evaluated and analyzed. The electret filter (EE medium shows better initial removal efficiency than the high efficiency (HE medium in the 0.3–3.5 μm particle size range, while under the same face velocity, the filtration resistance of the HE medium is several times higher than that of the EE medium. During service life testing, the efficiency of the EE medium decreased to 60% with a total purifying air flow of 25 × 104 m3/m2. The resistance curve rose slightly before the efficiency reached the bottom, and then increased almost exponentially. The single-pass efficiency of portable air cleaner (PAC with the pre-filter (PR or the active carbon granule filter (CF was relatively poor. While PAC with the pre-filter and the high efficiency filter (PR&HE showed maximum single-pass efficiency for PM1.0 (88.6%, PAC with the HE was the most effective at removing PM1.0. The enhancement of PR with HE and electret filters augmented the single-pass efficiency, but lessened the airflow rate and effectiveness. Combined with PR, the decay constant of large-sized particles could be greater than for PACs without PR. Without regard to the lifetime, the electret filters performed better with respect to resource saving and purification improvement. A most penetrating particle size range (MPPS: 0.4–0.65 μm exists in both HE and electret filters; the MPPS tends to become larger after HE and electret filters are combined with PR. These results serve to provide a better understanding of the indoor particle removal performance of PACs when combined with different kinds of filters in

  2. CLEANER ENERGY FROM COAL

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    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available With the ever-increasing demand for coal, particularly in the developing world, the use of low emission coal technologies becomes increasingly important if international targets on climate change are to be achieved. The two principal avenues for reducing carbon emissions from coal-fired power generation are through use of high efficiency, low emission power plantsand carbon capture, use and storage.

  3. Steam iron cleaner poisoning

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    ... AND AIRWAYS Breathing difficulty due to throat swelling Burns Irritation SKIN Burns Irritation ... Endoscopy. Camera placed down the throat to see burns in the food ... burned skin Washing of the skin (irrigation). Perhaps every few ...

  4. Oven cleaner poisoning

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    ... in blood acid level -- leads to organ damage SKIN Burns Holes in the skin or underlying tissues Irritation ... Endoscopy. Camera placed down the throat to see burns in the ... (skin debridement) Washing of the skin (irrigation). Perhaps ...

  5. 电镀行业清洁生产审核中的物料平衡%Material balance for cleaner production audit in electroplating industry

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    王克和; 乔万久; 邱培勋; 杜广玉

    2012-01-01

    The material balance diagrams for surface treatment processes such as electroplating, hot-dip galvanizing, phosphating, electrophoresis, pickling, and anodization were summarized based on years of practice in cleaner production audit. The method for establishing material balance was introduced with zinc electroplating as example. How to propose a cleaner production scheme through material balance analysis was explained by taking a chromium electroplating bath in a plant as an example.%根据多年的清洁生产审核实践,总结了电镀、热浸镀、磷化、电泳、酸洗、阳极氧化等表面处理工艺的物料平衡图.以电镀锌为例,介绍了建立物料平衡的操作方法.以某厂的镀铬槽为例,通过实际计算,讲解了如何根据物料平衡分析来提出清洁生产方案.

  6. Cleaner fuel for maritime transport. Effect on air pollution, cost and CO2 emission from refineries; Schonere Zeevaartbrandstof; effect op luchtverontreiniging, kosten en raffinage CO2-emissies

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    Kroon, P.; De Wilde, H.P.J. [ECN Beleidsstudies, Petten (Netherlands)

    2008-11-15

    In order to limit air pollution from sea-going vessels the sulphur content of sea shipping fuels will be lowered to maximally 0.5% in 2020. By means of investments of approximately 1.5 to 2 billion euro Dutch refineries can convert the heavy sea shipping fuel, which is made from refining residue, into a lighter and cleaner product. This conversion will lead to extra energy use of up to approximately 1 million tons of oil and the corresponding extra CO2 emission will amount to approximately 4 million tons. On balance, the cleaner sea shipping fuel will not lead to higher CO2 emissions because of lower emissions. [mk]. [Dutch] Om de luchtverontreiniging door zeeschepen te beperken zal het zwavelgehalte van zeevaartbrandstoffen worden verlaagd van gemiddeld 2,7% nu tot maximaal 0,5% in 2020. Met investeringen van ongeveer 1,5 tot 2 miljard euro kunnen de Nederlandse raffinaderijen de zware zeevaartbrandstof, die gemaakt wordt uit raffinageresiduen, omzetten in een lichter en schoner product. Deze omzetting resulteert wel in een extra energiegebruik van circa 1 miljoen ton olie en een bijbehorende extra CO2-uitstoot van ongeveer 4 miljoen ton. Per saldo zal de schonere zeevaartbrandstof echter niet leiden tot een hogere CO2-uitstoot door lagere emissies.

  7. Progress of cleaner production technologies in chemical industry in China%我国化学工业中清洁生产技术的研究进展

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    陈和平; 包存宽

    2013-01-01

      分析了我国化学工业清洁生产研究概况,指出我国有关清洁生产研究的主要内容集中在循环经济、生态工业园、节能减排、绿色化学和产业链以及清洁生产的评价与审核等方面。总结了我国化学工业中的各种清洁生产技术,包括过程模拟技术、过程集成技术、清洁生产工艺、清洁反应体系、超常规生产技术、催化技术、化工设备的发展和清洁能源等,指出未来清洁生产技术的发展趋势必然是化工生产技术与信息技术、计算机技术、检测技术、智能信息处理技术和装备制造技术等的有机结合,并提出了从生命周期全过程考察清洁生产技术的清洁性以及在清洁生产技术基础上发展循环经济的建议。%This review analyzed the research overview of cleaner production in the chemical industry in China. Most research on cleaner production focused on circular economics,ecologic industrial parks,energy-saving and emission-reduction,green chemistry and industry chains,evaluation and audit of cleaner production. This paper also summarized the cleaner production technologies,including process simulation,process integration,new processes,new raw materials,cleaner reaction systems, new energy resources and catalytic technologies. The development trend of cleaner production would be the organic combination of chemical production and other technologies,such as information, computer development,detection,intelligent information processing,and equipment manufacturing technologies. The cleaner production technologies should be evaluated by life cycle assessment (LCA) and the circular economics should be developed on the basis of cleaner production.

  8. Organisational Innovation Systems for a Greener Industry: User-Driven Innovation for Adaption to Increased Renewables Dependency

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    Schultz, Sanne; Tambo, Torben

    2011-01-01

    and with energy grids heavily reliant on wind power – or waves, sun, water –, it might occasionally be better to increase energy consumption than to save energy, since surplus electricity currently is difficult to store. Adaption to this scenario of energy supply is generally known as flexibility. This paper...... presents the initiatives taken in an applied research project – FlexPower – to identify approaches in user-driven innovation (UDI) and design of organisational innovation systems (OIS) for individual larger energy consumers to comply with requirements for increased flexibility. Implementation...... organisation of work with promotion of sustainability constitutes an organisational innovation system (OIS) and is expected to be a supplementary management system along with other similar management systems such as ISO9000, TQM, and others. Three perspectives of innovation are discussed: Institutional...

  9. Laying the foundations for greener transport - TERM 2011: transport indicators tracking progress towards environmental targets in Europe

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    Sanchez Vicente, A.

    2011-11-15

    For the first time ever the European Commissions is proposing a greenhouse gas emissions target for transport. But how is transport going to provide the services that our society needs while minimising its environmental impacts? This is the theme for the Transport White Paper launched in 2011. TERM 2011 and future reports aim to deliver an annual assessment on progress towards these targets by introducing the Transport and Environment Reporting Mechanism Core Set of Indicators (TERM-CSI). TERM 2011 provides also the baseline to which progress will be checked against, covering most of the environmental areas, including energy consumption, emissions, noise and transport demand. In addition, this report shows latest data and discuss on the different aspects that can contribute the most to minimise transport impacts. TERM 2011 applies the avoid-shift-improve (ASI) approach, introduced in the previous TERM report, analysing ways to optimise transport demand, obtain a more sustainable modal split or use the best technology available. (Author)

  10. A Greener Arctic: Vascular Plant Litter Input in Subarctic Peat Bogs Changes Soil Invertebrate Diets and Decomposition Patterns

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    Krab, E. J.; Berg, M. P.; Aerts, R.; van Logtestijn, R. S. P.; Cornelissen, H. H. C.

    2014-12-01

    Climate-change-induced trends towards shrub dominance in subarctic, moss-dominated peatlands will most likely have large effects on soil carbon (C) dynamics through an input of more easily decomposable litter. The mechanisms by which this increase in vascular litter input interacts with the abundance and diet-choice of the decomposer community to alter C-processing have, however, not yet been unraveled. We used a novel 13C tracer approach to link invertebrate species composition (Collembola), abundance and species-specific feeding behavior to C-processing of vascular and peat moss litters. We incubated different litter mixtures, 100% Sphagnum moss litter, 100% Betula leaf litter, and a 50/50 mixture of both, in mesocosms for 406 days. We revealed the transfer of C from the litters to the soil invertebrate species by 13C labeling of each of the litter types and assessed 13C signatures of the invertebrates Collembola species composition differed significantly between Sphagnum and Betula litter. Within the 'single type litter' mesocosms, Collembola species showed different 13C signatures, implying species-specific differences in diet choice. Surprisingly, the species composition and Collembola abundance changed relatively little as a consequence of Betula input to a Sphagnum based system. Their diet choice, however, changed drastically; species-specific differences in diet choice disappeared and approximately 67% of the food ingested by all Collembola originated from Betula litter. Furthermore, litter decomposition patterns corresponded to these findings; mass loss of Betula increased from 16.1% to 26.2% when decomposing in combination with Sphagnum, while Sphagnum decomposed even slower in combination with Betula litter (1.9%) than alone (4.7%). This study is the first to empirically show that collective diet shifts of the peatland decomposer community from mosses towards vascular plant litter may drive altered decomposition patterns. In addition, we showed that

  11. In search of greener pastures: Using satellite images to predict the effects of environmental change on zebra migration

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    Bartlam-Brooks, Hattie L. A.; Beck, Pieter S. A.; Bohrer, Gil; Harris, Stephen

    2013-12-01

    ungulate migrations occurred in most grassland and boreal woodland ecosystems, but many have been lost due to increasing habitat loss and fragmentation. With the rate of environmental change increasing, identifying and prioritizing migration routes for conservation has taken on a new urgency. Understanding the cues that drive long-distance animal movements is critical to predicting the fate of migrations under different environmental change scenarios and how large migratory herbivores will respond to increasing resource heterogeneity and anthropogenic influences. We used an individual-based modeling approach to investigate the influence of environmental conditions, monitored using satellite data, on departure date and movement speed of migrating zebras in Botswana. Daily zebra movements between dry and rainy season ranges were annotated with coincident observations of precipitation from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission data set and Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer-derived normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI). An array of increasingly complex movement models representing alternative hypotheses regarding the environmental cues and controls for movement was parameterized and tested. The best and most justified model predicted daily zebra movement as two linear functions of precipitation rate and NDVI and included a modeled departure date as a function of cumulative precipitation. The model was highly successful at replicating both the timing and pace of seven actual migrations observed using GPS telemetry (R2 = 0.914). It shows how zebras rapidly adjust their movement to changing environmental conditions during migration and are able to reverse migration to avoid adverse conditions or exploit renewed resource availability, a nomadic behavior which should lend them a degree of resilience to climate and environmental change. Our results demonstrate how competing individual-based migration models, informed by freely available satellite data

  12. A case study on cleaner production audit in oil field enterprise%油田企业清洁生产审核实例

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    李红旭; 李梦隐; 张文俊; 马勤学; 师庆东

    2012-01-01

    Oil field enterprises provide rich oil for the country, at the same time they become a big source of environmental pollution. Since cleaner production was carried out, the oil companies have achieved sound performance in clean production processes, energy.saving, environmental protection and other aspects. A case study was made on an oil company in this paper. The company has put forward and carried out a number of cleaner production programs with the idea of the cleaner production "energy conservation, energy consumption reduction, pollution reduction, efficiency increase". It has saved electricity 20.74×10^4 kW.h/a, gas 52×10^4 ma/a, water 2.80×10^4 m3/a, and reduced oil pollution emission 1.50 t/a by improving gas injection gate filler, recycling car wash water, setting oil recovery tank in laboratory, etc. It has achieved a win-win situation between economic benefits and environmental benefits.%油田企业在为国家提供丰富石油资源的同时也成为环境污染的大户。自推行清洁生产以来,我国油田企业在清洁生产审核过程、节能降耗、环境保护等方面取得了较好成绩。以某油田企业为例,根据清洁生产"节能、降耗、减污、增效"的思路,以企业能源、资源利用情况的分析为基础,提出和实施了多项清洁生产方案。通过注气闸门填料改进、洗车用水回收再利用、化验室增加回收罐回收污油等方案的实施,同比可节电:20.74×104kW.h/a、节气:52×104m3/a、节水:2.80×104m3/a、减少污油排放:1.50 t/a左右,实现了经济效益和环境效益的双赢。

  13. Household vacuum cleaners vs. the high-volume surface sampler for collection of carpet dust samples in epidemiologic studies of children

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    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Levels of pesticides and other compounds in carpet dust can be useful indicators of exposure in epidemiologic studies, particularly for young children who are in frequent contact with carpets. The high-volume surface sampler (HVS3 is often used to collect dust samples in the room in which the child had spent the most time. This method can be expensive and cumbersome, and it has been suggested that an easier method would be to remove dust that had already been collected with the household vacuum cleaner. However, the household vacuum integrates exposures over multiple rooms, some of which are not relevant to the child's exposure, and differences in vacuuming equipment and practices could affect the chemical concentration data. Here, we compare levels of pesticides and other compounds in dust from household vacuums to that collected using the HVS3. Methods Both methods were used in 45 homes in California. HVS3 samples were collected in one room, while the household vacuum had typically been used throughout the home. The samples were analyzed for 64 organic compounds, including pesticides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs, using GC/MS in multiple ion monitoring mode; and for nine metals using conventional microwave-assisted acid digestion combined with ICP/MS. Results The methods agreed in detecting the presence of the compounds 77% to 100% of the time (median 95%. For compounds with less than 100% agreement, neither method was consistently more sensitive than the other. Median concentrations were similar for most analytes, and Spearman correlation coefficients were 0.60 or higher except for allethrin (0.15 and malathion (0.24, which were detected infrequently, and benzo(kfluoranthene (0.55, benzo(apyrene (0.55, PCB 105 (0.54, PCB 118 (0.54, and PCB 138 (0.58. Assuming that the HVS3 method is the "gold standard," the extent to which the household vacuum cleaner method yields relative risk

  14. 电镀行业清洁生产审核技术要点的探讨%Discussion on technical key points of cleaner production audit for electroplating industry

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    蔡瑜瑄; 曾艳华; 林志凌; 田倩瑶

    2012-01-01

    在解读电镀行业清洁生产相关标准、法规与要求的基础上,探讨了电镀行业开展清洁生产审核需规范的问题,推荐电镀行业污染防治方法及清洁生产减排效益的计算方法.指出规范计量管理是电镀行业实施清洁生产的基础,提出审核应重点关注的技术操作要点.对规范清洁生产审核工作,实现电镀行业生产全过程污染控制及重金属减排有指导意义.%Some issues needing to be regulated for cleaner production audit in electroplating industry was discussed based on the interpretation of related cleaner production standards, regulations, and requirements. Some methods for prevention of pollution and for calculation of benefits from emission reduction were recommended. It is pointed out that the standardized management of measurement is the foundation of implementation of cleaner production in electroplating industry. The technical operation points needing more attention during an audit were presented. It is of guiding significance for regulating cleaner production audit and realizing pollution control during the whole production process as well as emission reduction of heavy metals in electroplating industry.

  15. Analysis of pulling performance for QCL03 bunker-cleaner%QCL03清仓机牵引性能分析

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    王桂梅; 杨富贵; 李士永

    2001-01-01

    以QCL03清仓机为例,论述了以防爆电机为动力装置的全液压驱动车辆的牵引特性定性分析方法,在获得了电机的实际特性曲线后,将有关数据带入公式即可进行牵引特性的定量分析。%By making example of QCL03 bunker-cleaner,this paper proposes thequalitative analysis methods on the pulling performance of full hydraulic-driving vehicles whose power installation is explosion-proof electric motor and gains the practical performance curves of the real electric motor,then makes substitution of the formulas to make a quantitative analysis on the pulling performance.

  16. Long term effects on risk factors for cardiovascular disease after 12-months of aerobic exercise intervention - A worksite RCT among cleaners

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    Korshøj, Mette; Lidegaard, Mark; Krustrup, Peter

    2016-01-01

    to impose a notable adverse effect on resting and ambulatory blood pressure. CONCLUSION: This long-term worksite aerobic exercise intervention among cleaners led to several beneficial effects, but also potential adverse effects among those with high relative aerobic workloads. TRIAL REGISTRATION: Controlled......OBJECTIVES: Occupational groups exposed to high occupational physical activity have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). This may be explained by the high relative aerobic workload. Enhanced cardiorespiratory fitness reduces the relative aerobic workload. Thus, the aim....../kg, aerobic workload -2.15 (SE 1.06) %HRR, resting HR -5.31 (SE 1.61) beats/min, high sensitive C-reactive protein -0.65 (SE 0.24) μg/ml. The blood pressure was unaltered. Stratified analyses on relative aerobic workload at baseline revealed that those with relative aerobic workloads ≥30% of HRR seems...

  17. 基于LCA方法的水泥企业清洁生产审核%Cleaner production audit for a cement enterprise based on LCA

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    朴文华; 陈郁; 张树深; 徐小宁

    2012-01-01

    Cement production has received increasing attention due to its high consumption of energy and resource.Life cycle assessment(LCA) is an effective tool for cleaner production audits.We constructed LCA model to quantify emissions and resource consumption in each phase of the cement production process for a cement plant in Dalian.We evaluated the environmental impact caused by materials mining,transportation,raw material preparation,clinker calcination and finish grinding and mixing,which are general processes that are involved in cement materials production and transportation.Cradle-to-grave analysis was performed using the GaBi4 software with CML 2001 Dec 07 by which global warming,human toxicity and acidification potential influence was analyzed and compared.Result shows that during the whole lifetime of cement production,clinker calcination could cause the most important impact to the environment in terms of carbon dioxide discharging and smog generation,etc.Furthermore,clinker calcination is also ranked the first place in energy consumption.According to the result of LCA analysis,the focus of cleaner production audit and the cleaner production plan were put forward.In addition,we selected the plan with the most significant waste heat generation,and compared the environmental assessment before and after the implementation of this plan,to quantitatively analyze the cleaner production plan.%水泥行业是典型的高能耗、高污染的工业,其快速发展带来了严重的资源、能源、环境等问题.因此,本文选择生命周期评价方法(LCA)作为清洁生产审核工具,对大连某水泥企业进行了清洁生产审核.本文在调研水泥工艺及现状的基础上,运用生命周期评价方法对水泥生产过程中原料开采、运输、生料制备、煤粉制备、熟料煅烧及水泥粉磨阶段进行清单分析与建模.采用了生命周期评价软件Gabi4进行清单计算与分析,评价模型为CML2001Dec07特征化模

  18. 我国钴湿法冶炼企业清洁生产探讨%Discussion on Cleaner Production in a Domestic Cobalt Wet Smelting Corporation

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    邓志文; 李忠卫; 杜龙

    2014-01-01

    从清洁的原料和能源、先进的生产工艺和设备、减少污染物产生的清洁生产措施、清洁的产品等方面对国内钴湿法冶炼企业的清洁生产状况进行了分析,并在此基础上探讨了我国钴湿法冶炼企业的清洁生产方向。%Analyze the CP (cleaner production) status in a domestic cobalt wet smelting corporation from aspects of clean raw material and energy, advanced manufacturing technique, CP measures that can reduce contaminations and cleaning products. And based on these, discuss the CP development direction in domestic cobalt wet smelting corporation.

  19. 可持续发展视角下清洁生产法律制度的重新审视%Re-examining The Legal System of Cleaner Production from The Perspective of Sustainable Development

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    任英欣

    2016-01-01

    Sustainable development is an important development strategy in China modernization construction. Cleaner production reflecting the concept of sustainable development is an effective way to realize the ecological civilization, build resource-saving and environment-friendly society. Cleaner production legal system has not yet become the essence of the basic legal system of environmental protection law, the regulations embody the characteristics of the advocacy norms without enforcement power, cleaner production is difficult to carry out. This article pointed out that the cleaner production legal system should be increased to the height of the basic legal system of environmental protection law, cleaner production regulations should be adjusted to mandatory regulations, the mandatory audit regulation should be improved, the government and corporate legal responsibility should be strengthened.%可持续发展是我国现代化建设中的重要发展战略。清洁生产体现了可持续发展的内核,是实现生态文明,建设资源节约型、环境友好型社会的有效途径。清洁生产法律制度尚未成为环境保护法基本法律制度之要义,相关法律规范呈现倡导性法律规范特质,强制性不足,清洁生产较难落实。宜将该制度上升至环境保护法基本法律制度之高度,将清洁生产规范调整为强制性规范,完善强制审核规范,强化政府和企业法律责任。

  20. The Research on the Situation and Perfection of Chinese Cleaner Production Legislation%清洁生产的立法现状及完善对策研究

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    任英欣

    2015-01-01

    清洁生产是实现环境、经济、社会可持续发展的重要途径。2012年修订的《清洁生产促进法》是中国目前清洁生产领域最重要的专门立法,国家就此颁布了一系列配套规范性文件。2014年新修订的《环境保护法》更以基本法形式重申清洁生产之重要。通过对《清洁生产促进法》的内容进行剖析,指出相关规定应更明确、更具有操作性,强化清洁生产行政问责制的基础上,对企业应赏罚分明、科以严格法律责任的同时建立有效的激励机制。%Cleaner production is an important way to achieve the sustainable development of environmental, economic and society. In 2012 the newly revised“Cleaner Production Promotion Law” is the most important legislation in the field of cleaner production. The nation promulgated a series of regulatory documents. In the newly revised basic law “Environmental Protection Law”(2014), its importance is reaffirmed. Cleaner production legal system in our country is maturing. It points out that the relevant provisions should be more specific and operable. The law should strengthen the administrative accountability system and establish strict liability and effective incentive mechanism in the enterprises’ practice of clean production on the basis of research of the“Cleaner Production Promotion Law”.

  1. 铅蓄电池项目环境影响评价中的清洁生产分析%Cleaner Production Analysis of Environmental Impact Assessment in Lead-acid Battery Industry

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    邹迪; 杨光; 蒋海飞; 吴犇; 张寿生

    2013-01-01

      指出了清洁生产分析是环境影响评价工作的重要内容,依据国家环保部发布的《清洁生产标准铅蓄电池工业》,从生产工艺与设备水平、资源能源利用指标、产品指标、污染物产生指标、环境管理5个方面对某生产规模为34.56万kVAh/年的密闭免维护铅蓄电池项目的清洁生产水平进行了分析评价,得出了清洁生产分析结论,并提出了进一步提高项目清洁生产水平的建议。%  Cleaner production analysis is an important part of environmental impact assessment (EIA) .In accordance with Cleaner Production Standard - -Lead acid Battery Industry issued by the Ministry of Environmental Protection , this article analyzes and assesses the cleaner production level of a 34 .56 * 104 KVAh/year totally - enclosed maintenance - free lead acid battery production project from five aspects :production process and equipments , resources and energy consumption indicators ,product indicators ,pollutants generation indicators ,and environmental management .And it obtains the conclusions of cleaner production analysis and puts forward further suggestions for improving the cleaner production level of this project .

  2. Two rounds of the cleaner production audits benefit analysis in Xinjiang oil field enterprise%新疆某油田企业两轮清洁生产审核效益分析

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    李红旭; 李梦隐; 张文俊; 马勤学; 师庆东

    2012-01-01

    An oil field enterprise in Xinjiang had finished the first round of cleaner production audit in 2007. It had identified 14 cleaner production programs, among which there were 9 no/low cost programs and 5 medium / high cost programs. The company produced the direct and indirect economic benefit 40.5727 million yuan per year. The oil field enterprise has finished the second round of cleaner production audit in 2011. It has identified 14 cleaner production programs, among which there were 6 no/low cost programs and 8 medium/high cost programs. The company produced the direct and indirect economic benefit 19.5414 million yuan per year. The enterprise has achieved win-win of economic and environmental benefits by the two rounds of cleaner production audit.%新疆某油田企业于2007年进行了第一轮清洁生产审核工作,确定了清洁生产方案14项,其中无/低费方案9项,中/高费方案5项,产生的直接、间接经济效益总计为4057.27万元/a。该企业于2011年完成了第二轮清洁生产审核,确定了清洁生产方案14项,其中无/低费方案6项,中/高费方案8项,总计清洁生产方案产生经济效益1954.142万元/a。通过两轮清洁生产审核工作,企业产生了较好的经济效益与环境效益。

  3. 合成氨清洁生产监控系统设计与实现%Design and Implementation of the Monitoring System for Synthetic Ammonia Cleaner Production

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    薛美盛; 彭锋

    2012-01-01

    As an integrated sustainable developing strategy, cleaner production has been broadly accepted. However, the integration of evaluation and assessment data for cleaner production has not been implemented in our country. To solve this problem, the implementing method of the monitoring system based on InTouch for synthetic ammonia cleaner production is researched and developed; and on this basis, the online evaluation and assessment demonstration system based on hybrid programming with Matlab and InTouch for synthetic ammonia cleaner production enterprises is designed and implemented. The cleaner production level membership judgment of the parent system and individual subsystem is given by fuzzy analytic hierarchy process ( AHP). The feasibility and effectiveness of this demonstration system are verified by evaluation results.%清洁生产作为一套完整的可持续发展战略,已得到社会的广泛认同,但国内尚未实现清洁生产评估考核系统数据的整合.为解决这个问题,对基于InTouch的合成氨企业清洁生产监控系统实现方法进行了研究和开发,并在此基础上设计和实现了基于Matlab与InTouch混合编程的合成氨企业清洁生产在线评估考核示范系统.模糊分层评估算法给出了母系统和不同层次子系统清洁生产水平隶属度判断,评估结果验证了该示范系统的可行性和有效性.

  4. [Suicidal poisoning due to hydrogen sulfide produced by mixing a liquid bath essence containing sulfur and a toilet bowl cleaner containing hydrochloric acid].

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    Kobayashi, Kanya; Fukushima, Hirofumi

    2008-04-01

    A 21-year-old man was found dead in a car. There were 9 empty bottles of 610HAP (a 440 g bottle of a liquid bath essence containing 160-195 g/kg sulfur) and 10 of Sunpole (a 500 mL bottle of a toilet bowl cleaner containing 9.5% HCl) in the car. The car doors were sealed with tape, and there was a strong smell of sulfur in and around the car. GC/MS analysis showed 0.66 microg/mL sulfide and 0.14 micromol/mL thiosulfate in the blood sample. The concentration of thiosulfate in the urine sample was normal. Police investigation concluded that the man killed himself by aspirating hydrogen sulfide that had been produced by mixing 610 HAP and Sunpole. To examine the amount of hydrogen sulfide produced, small portions of these liquids were mixed in a 560-mL volume flask. The results showed that 0.1 mL of each liquid produced 4,950 ppm of hydrogen sulfide, and 0.2 mL of each produced 10,800 ppm. According to these results, if the cabin volume is assumed to be 3,300 L, mixing 120 mL of each liquid produces a lethal level of hydrogen sulfide, i.e., 1,000 ppm. This was a rare suicide case, and it revealed the hazards of mixing of liquid bath essences containing sulfur and toilet bowl cleaners containing hydrochloric acid.

  5. Green Materials Science and Engineering Reduces Biofouling: Approaches for Medical and Membrane-based Technologies

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    Kerianne M Dobosz

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Numerous engineered and natural environments suffer deleterious effects from biofouling and/or biofilm formation. For instance, bacterial contamination on biomedical devices pose serious health concerns. In membrane-based technologies, such as desalination and wastewater reuse, biofouling decreases membrane lifetime and increases the energy required to produce clean water. Traditionally, approaches have combatted bacteria using bactericidal agents. However, due to globalization, a decline in antibiotic discovery, and the widespread resistance of microbes to many commercial antibiotics and metallic nanoparticles, new materials and approaches to reduce biofilm formation are needed. In this mini-review, we cover the recent strategies that have been explored to combat microbial contamination without exerting evolutionary pressure on microorganisms. Renewable feedstocks, relying on structure-property relationships, bioinspired/nature-derived compounds, and green processing methods are discussed. Greener strategies that mitigate biofouling hold great potential to positively impact human health and safety.

  6. Green materials science and engineering reduces biofouling: approaches for medical and membrane-based technologies.

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    Dobosz, Kerianne M; Kolewe, Kristopher W; Schiffman, Jessica D

    2015-01-01

    Numerous engineered and natural environments suffer deleterious effects from biofouling and/or biofilm formation. For instance, bacterial contamination on biomedical devices pose serious health concerns. In membrane-based technologies, such as desalination and wastewater reuse, biofouling decreases membrane lifetime, and increases the energy required to produce clean water. Traditionally, approaches have combatted bacteria using bactericidal agents. However, due to globalization, a decline in antibiotic discovery, and the widespread resistance of microbes to many commercial antibiotics and metallic nanoparticles, new materials, and approaches to reduce biofilm formation are needed. In this mini-review, we cover the recent strategies that have been explored to combat microbial contamination without exerting evolutionary pressure on microorganisms. Renewable feedstocks, relying on structure-property relationships, bioinspired/nature-derived compounds, and green processing methods are discussed. Greener strategies that mitigate biofouling hold great potential to positively impact human health and safety.

  7. Green materials science and engineering reduces biofouling: approaches for medical and membrane-based technologies

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    Dobosz, Kerianne M.; Kolewe, Kristopher W.; Schiffman, Jessica D.

    2015-01-01

    Numerous engineered and natural environments suffer deleterious effects from biofouling and/or biofilm formation. For instance, bacterial contamination on biomedical devices pose serious health concerns. In membrane-based technologies, such as desalination and wastewater reuse, biofouling decreases membrane lifetime, and increases the energy required to produce clean water. Traditionally, approaches have combatted bacteria using bactericidal agents. However, due to globalization, a decline in antibiotic discovery, and the widespread resistance of microbes to many commercial antibiotics and metallic nanoparticles, new materials, and approaches to reduce biofilm formation are needed. In this mini-review, we cover the recent strategies that have been explored to combat microbial contamination without exerting evolutionary pressure on microorganisms. Renewable feedstocks, relying on structure-property relationships, bioinspired/nature-derived compounds, and green processing methods are discussed. Greener strategies that mitigate biofouling hold great potential to positively impact human health and safety. PMID:25852659

  8. Lithography - Green and Getting Greener

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    Levinson, Harry J.

    2011-06-01

    Today, many energy-saving technologies and practices are enabled or made more effective through the use of nano-electronics. Such technologies include hybrid and all-electric cars, as well as controllers to increase the efficiency of photovoltaic panels. Telecommuting, which enables people to work without traveling from their homes, has been made possible by personal computers and the internet. Reducing the costs of nano-electronics will make possible increased opportunities for the use of products that reduce energy consumption. The most effective way to reduce costs is to improve efficiency. Increased efficiency also provides the benefit of reducing energy and material consumption in the manufacturing of nano-electronics. For example, reducing photochemical usage decreases costs but also reduces material consumption and the need for disposal. Reduction of scrap and rework are direct improvements in efficiency. Cycle time reduction enables greater responsiveness to demand, reducing the amount of material started in processing but never completed. Good process control reduces scrap and rework during manufacturing and results in circuits that have high performance, yet lower power consumption, when used. There are ready opportunities for making the most of the natural tendencies of businesses to innovate and improve efficiency. The semiconductor industry has historically adopted process improvements that have increased worker safety and reduced the consumption of hazardous materials. An early example was the transition from solvent to aqueous photoresist developers. Today, all types of development can be conducted in safer equipment that minimizes the release of hazardous chemicals to the air and water. Non-toxic solvents, such as ethyl lactate, have been widely adopted. There are many opportunities for further improvement. For example, over 90% of resist goes down the drain using conventional spin-coating process, so there is an opportunity for greatly improved efficiency in that operation. A lot of water is used to reduce defects when using chemically amplified resists, and the amount of water needed could be reduced by improved design of resists and substrate coatings. Thinking further into the future, directed self-assembly has the promise of a patterning technology that can be applied simply and with energy-efficiency. Once the fundamental challenges of creating high output extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light sources are overcome, there will be great opportunities for reducing electricity consumption.

  9. Making Restaurant No. 1 greener

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    Roberto Cantoni

    2010-01-01

    The extension of a section of the terrace of Restaurant No. 1, which was part of the infrastructure consolidation programme that began in April 2009, will be completed at the end of this year. The new terrace will have an area of 1770 m² (compared with 1650 m²  today) and will stretch the length of the restaurant extension.   The new building is a striking example of the use of renewable energies, comprising high-performance photovoltaic panels with an innovative sealing system integrated in the roof that cope particularly well with low amounts of sun. The electric cables and connections of each module are hidden and integrated in the roof, giving it a uniform appearance. The roof comprises two rows of 12 modules, each measuring 11.6 m². Their total annual energy production capacity is around 14 MWh. By comparison, the building's estimated annual energy consumption is 98 MWh, depending on the conditions of use.

  10. Towards Greener and Safer Mines

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    Srivastava, Dhruv

    2010-01-01

    Miniaturised sensors and networking are technical proven concepts. Both the technologies are proven and various components e.g., sensors, controls, etc. are commercially available. Technology scene in above areas presents enormous possibilities for developing innovative applications for real life situations. Mining operations in many countries have lot of scope for improving environmental and safety measures. Efforts have been made to develop a system to efficiently monitor a particular environment by deploying a wireless sensor network using commercially available components. Wireless Sensor Network has been integrated with telecom network through a gateway using a suitable topology which can be selected at the application layer. The developed system demonstrates a way to connect wireless sensor network to external network which enables the distant administrator to access real time data and act expediently from long-distance to improve the environmental situation or prevent a disaster. Potentially, it can be...

  11. How to Get Greener Books

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    Malone, Cynthia N.

    2008-01-01

    Professors select readings for their students in different forms: printed matter, including books and journals; print-on-demand texts; and online material. Before long, enough books and articles will be available for downloading onto devices like the Sony Reader and Amazon.com's new Kindle to make that format another option. They consider a wide…

  12. Golf's Greener Pastures

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    MarkGodfrey

    2004-01-01

    BILLBOARDS at the entrance to the Guomao subway station in Beijing's business district read “Golf Wonderland for Germany Life(sic),”handily synopsizing a preferred vision of sophistication as seen by the urbanites who staff the local offices.Live amid the pine trees of a local Black Forest,minutes from a golf course and you've made it, the thinking goes,Fifteen minutes walk south leads to the site of this real estate idyll.

  13. Editorial: Nanoscience makes catalysis greener

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    Polshettiwar, Vivek

    2012-01-09

    Green chemistry by nanocatalysis: Catalysis is a strategic field of science because it involves new ways of meeting energy and sustainability challenges. The concept of green chemistry, which makes the science of catalysis even more creative, has become an integral part of sustainability. This special issue is at the interface of green chemistry and nanocatalysis, and features excellent background articles as well as the latest research results. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. BYD: Building a Greener Tomorrow

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    DING WENLEI

    2010-01-01

    @@ September was a month of milestones for Chinese auto and battery pioneer BYD Co.Ltd.By the end of the month,BYD's auto business division had sold more than 1 million vehicles since it set foot in the auto industry seven years ago.Its new-energy,dual-mode electric car,the F3DM,was given a wide release for consumer sales; and Shenzhen's taxi fleet of 50 BYD e6 five-seat all-electric crossover vehicles had racked up 600,000 km of traveling distance since they were put into service last May.

  15. 技术性清洁生产在保温材料制造业的实践%Case study of technical cleaner production in insulation materials industry

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    张璐鑫; 于宏兵

    2013-01-01

    现阶段,在工业企业推行清洁生产的过程中十分有必要重视技术性清洁生产.技术性清洁生产对工业生产过程中污染物的减产甚至彻底消除某种污染物具有直接面快速的效果.此外,技术性清洁生产以改进企业主体生产工艺及装备技术水平和实现废弃物回收利用为主要切入点,具有提高产品质量、降低能耗、提高利润及全面优化生产过程等多方面的综合效益,这对工艺设备未达到较先进水平的企业尤为重要.分析了技术性清洁生产在现阶段工业企业推行清洁生产过程中的重要作用,并以某保温材料制造企业为例,介绍了该企业进行清洁生产技术改造的具体实施方案和取得的效益.%At present,it is necessary to pay attention to technical cleaner production for carrying out cleaner pro duction in industrial enterprise.A direct and rapid effect for reducing or even eliminating pollutants production during industrial production process could be achieved by technical cleaner production.In addition,regarding the improvement of main production technology,the promotion of equipment and technical level,and the recycling of waste as the cutting point,technical cleaner production achieved better comprehensive benefits in raising product quality,saving energy sources,optimizing production process and improving economic benefit.This is a particularly important point for industrial enterprises whose technology and equipment did not reach advanced level.Based on the analysis of the important role of technical cleaner production for the industrial enterprises,an enterprise for manufacturing insulation materials was induced as example for analyzing the detailed implementation programs and the benefits obtained by implementing technical cleaner production.

  16. A Comprehensive Approach to Evaluating Hazards of Microplastics in the Marine Environment

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    Noble, A. E.; Lewis, A. S.; Butler, C. H.; Lunsman, T. D.; Verslycke, T.

    2016-02-01

    Plastic debris in the environment is a growing global concern, and the past decade has brought particular attention to a small size range of plastic debris, often referred to as microplastics. The potential environmental effects of microplastics are complex and, as yet, poorly understood. Emerging research suggests that specific plastic types pose environmental risks primarily via indirect toxicity caused by hazardous compounds associated with microplastics (e.g., monomers, additives, and sorbed environmental pollutants). However, our understanding of the physicochemical properties that determine the environmental fate and toxicity of microplastics is limited. Some recent regulatory initiatives have been broad, seeking to regulate all solid synthetic polymers ≤5 mm despite the lack of a sound technical basis for using solely a size-based cutoff. Such broad regulation of all solid synthetic polymers may actually discourage the use and innovation of less hazardous synthetic polymers and "greener" substitutes. We propose a polymer-specific approach to evaluating potential hazards of microplastics, informed by the state of the science and current research needs. This approach relies on identifying focused tests and analyses to set criteria for determining the degree to which a solid synthetic polymer is likely to pose environmental risk. Important considerations include degradation, sorptive capacity, and monomer/additive content. Our approach is a first step toward a more comprehensive way to evaluate the environmental hazards and risks of microplastics. Our goals are to develop clearer criteria to assess future solid synthetic polymers of unknown concern, inform microplastics regulation, and drive innovation of greener solutions to this global concern.

  17. Application of alkaline detergent in ultrasonic cleaner%碱性清洁剂在超声清洗机中的作用

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    刘艳芹; 付秀清

    2013-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To explore the cleaning efficacy and compatibility of alkaline detergent used in semiautomatic ultrasonic cleaner so as to improve the qualified rate of cleaning. METHODS For cleaning efficacy, 600 surgical instruments after operation were divided into two groups randomly, 300 pieces of instruments were cleaned in ultrasonic cleaner with STERIS alkaline detergent in the experiment group, while in the control group enzymatic detergent was used; for the compatibility, 200 pieces of scissors were divided into two groups randomly, 100 pieces were dipped into 20L water with alkaline detergent 40ml(the dilution rate was 1:500, while in control group 100 pieces scissors were dipped in water on tap, the instruments were observed after 48 hours, 96 hours and 168 hours. RESULTS The qualified rate of the cleaning was 84. 0% in the experimental group, 54. 7% in the control group; for the compatibility trail, the positive rate was only 1.0% in the experimental group, while the positive rate of the control group was 2. 0% 48 hours after the trial, 5. 0% 96 hours after the trial, and 18. 0% 168 hours after the trial, the difference in the positive rate of the compatibility between the experimental group and the control group 168h after the sinking was statistically significant. CONCLUSION The alkaline detergent is compatible with surgical instruments and can achieve better cleaning effect than dose the enzyme detergent when it is used in the semi-automatic ultrasonic cleaner.%目的 探讨碱性清洁剂在半自动超声清洗机中的清洗效果及兼容性,以提高清洗合格率.方法 取使用后的手术器械600件随机分两组,试验组采用半自动超声清洗机加STERIS碱性清洁剂(1:800),对照组为半自动超声清洗机中加酶清洁剂(1∶270),清洗结束后取出观察清洗效果;兼容性试验为STERIS碱性清洁剂40 ml加入20 L水中(1∶500),将100把手术剪浸泡在液面下,常水浸泡作为阴性对照,于48、96、168 h

  18. Influence Factors of Willingness to Pay for Vegetable Cleaner Production Technology Subsidies: Taking the Questionnaire Investigation on the Application of Vegetable Residue Composting Technology as an Example

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    ZHOU Ying

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Currently, producing the safe, high quality and nutritious vegetable products has become the common goal of the food producers and consumers. In doing so, Chinese government vigorously promotes clean production technology of vegetables for the source control and production process control. Unfortunately, lots of vegetables residues are still thrown away after the harvest, which has caused severe environmental pollution in producing areas. Vegetable waste composting technology, an important technology of vegetable cleaner production, has low requirements for technology conditions and is suitable for the promotion of rural households. But it needs additional investment costs including retting pond construction costs during application process and its personal income is less than the social benefits brought by the technology itself, which makes it difficult to mobilize the enthusiasm of farmers to adapt cleaner technology and the technology promotion is not smooth. It is of great and practical significance to investigate the influence mechanism of technology application, assess subsides policy effectiveness and encourage farmers environmentally and friendly produce behavior. The goal of this study is thus to use the contingent valuation method(CVM to understand the farmers' willingness to subsidize for heap retting pool construction fee and to analyze the direction and intensity of influence factors of willingness to pay(WTP by using a Logistic econometric model and the 142 questionnaires in Gaocheng City of Hebei Province. The results indicated that the direct cost of production and operation was an important factor to affect the WTP of technology subsidies and individual labor time and social relationship were the internal control factors that affects the WTP, while the policy measures based on technology subsidies was an important factor to affect the WTP and environmental cognition factor of soil pollution presented a reverse relationship with

  19. 室内空气净化器性能评价指标的试验研究%Experimental study of the evaluating indicators for the room-conditioning air cleaners

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    胡晓微; 张于峰; 谢朝国; 黄娟

    2012-01-01

    The present paper is engaged in a research for the evaluating indicators of the room-conditioning air cleaners. The current situation is that, although the room-conditional air quality control is very important, the air cleaning technology for the time being is far from being perfect because much remains to be improved in modern air conditioning systems. In addition , Due to the practical application of the limitations and complexity of air cleaning technology, there has not so far been systematic and comprehensive evaluation methods to air cleaners. Therefore, in order to further standardize the cleaning products, the markets concerned, it is necessary to promote healthy and orderly development of the standardized air cleaners, and carry out a series of research work on the air cleaners and the related materials, and advanced cleaner's performance evaluation methods. Cherishing this purpose, we have done a series of work in developing such materials as TiO2 photocata-lyst, activated carbon fiber( ACF)and composite materials TiO2/ACF through careful and conscientious comparison and selection. In reference to the relevant national standards, we have built up an air-cleaning performance test unit of air-conditioning systems. Corresponding measures of good air tightness have also been taken to ensure the desirable results during the standard performance tests and found that the room-conditioning interior air purification level is strongly influenced both by the natural attenuation and cleaning devices. Although the natural attenuation of contaminants inside the room is relatively weak, the cleaning performance test should be excluded as a rule, for its capacity can be acquired by testing the concentration change of such contaminants as the respirable paniculate matters and formal dehydrates passing through the cleaner. The other three indicators for air cleaners, that is, the cleaning capacity per u-nit area m, , the cleaning capacity per unit mt, and that per unit

  20. Promoting the Development of Titanium Dioxide Industry in China with Cleaner Production Theory%以清洁生产理念促进我国钛白粉产业的发展

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    陈明; 吴笛; 张健; 赵玙瑶

    2011-01-01

    The status quo of titanium dioxide industry in China is introduced. The importance of cleaner production to titanium dioxide industry is expounded, and the problems and causes affecting the sustainable development of titanium dioxide industry in China are analyzed. It is pointed out that cleaner production is very important to accelerating technical progress, readjusting industrial structure and promoting the upgrade of titanium dioxide industry in China.%介绍了我国钛白粉产业的现状,阐述了钛白粉产业清洁生产的重要性,分析了影响我国钛白粉产业可持续发展的问题及原因.指出施行清洁生产对钛白粉产业加快技术进步、调整产业结构、促进产业升级具有重要意义.

  1. Study on performance of air cleaner to remove formaldehyde by continuous mode%动态法测试空气净化器甲醛去除性能的研究

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    王娟; 张彭义; 野泽康平; 张琳

    2011-01-01

    通过动态法测试水吸收型空气净化器A和活性炭过滤吸附型净化器B对甲醛的去除性能,探索更为合理的方法以评价空气净化器对气态污染物的去除性能.对净化器A去除甲醛的短期测试结果表明,净化器对甲醛浓度为0.3、0.5、0.8和1 mg/m3的连续空气流均有明显的净化效果,对甲醛的去除速率在0.91~2.78 mg/h之间.对净化器去除甲醛的长期测试结果表明,净化器A对甲醛的去除速率随运转时间而降低,但向净化器电解水槽添加水可保持净化器对甲醛的长期去除性能;同样测试条件下,净化器B在30 h内就失去对甲醛的净化性能.动态测试法评价空气净化器去除甲醛的性能结果表明,动态测试方法能更加真实地评价净化器对气态污染物的去除性能,尤其是长期性能.%Continuous test mode was used to evaluate the capability of air cleaner A by water absorption-indirect degradation and air cleaner B which with activated carbon filter to remove formaldehyde, to explore more scientific and reasonable methods for evaluating the air cleaners to remove gaseous pollutants. The air cleaner A showed significant capability to remove formaldehyde from air of initial formaldehyde concentrations of 0. 3, 0.5,0. 8 or 1 mg/m3 in continuous mode, and the corresponding removal rates ranged from 0. 91 to 2.78 mg/h. The removal rate of the air cleaner A decreased gradually with operation time. However, it recovered and kept long term capability to remove formaldehyde if water could be timely replenished into the electrolysis water bath of the air cleaner. The air cleaner B lost its capability to remove formaldehyde within 30 h in continuous mode. Continuous mode could more scientifically and reasonably evaluate the capability of air cleaners to remove gaseous pollutants, especially their long term capability.

  2. Water Governance in a Comparative Perspective: From IWRM to a 'Nexus' Approach?

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    David Benson

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Nexus thinking, in the form of integrating water security with agriculture, energy and climate concerns, is normatively argued to help better transition societies towards greener economies and the wider goal of sustainable development. Yet several issues emerge from the current debate surrounding this concept, namely the extent to which such conceptualisations are genuinely novel, whether they complement (or are replacing existing environmental governance approaches and how – if deemed normatively desirable – the nexus can be enhanced in national contexts. This paper therefore reviews the burgeoning nexus literature to determine some common indicative criteria before examining its implementation in practice vis-à-vis more established integrated water resources management (IWRM models. Evidence from two divergent national contexts, the UK and Bangladesh, suggests that the nexus has not usurped IWRM, while integration between water, energy, climate and agricultural policy objectives is generally limited. Scope for greater merging of nexus thinking within IWRM is then discussed.

  3. Analysis of Achieving Cleaner Production in Guangdong Province Cotton Printing and Dyeing Enterprises%广东省棉印染企业实现清洁生产途径浅析

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    唐文哲

    2016-01-01

    印染加工作为纺织产业链中提高附加值的关键,由于其资源消耗量大及环境污染严重的特点,大大限制了印染行业的可持续发展,因此,随着近年来国家及广东省不断推行印染行业的清洁生产。通过分析棉印染企业的污染和清洁生产内涵,本文认为广东省棉印染企业应从使用清洁能源、清洁生产工艺、先进生产设备、环保原料与包装、节约用水、强化污染防治、制定产品回收机制和加强管理等方面实现清洁生产,从而得到可持续发展。%Printing and dyeing processing is the key of increasing the additional value in the textile industry chain, however, generous consumption of natural resources and serious environmental pollution greatly limit the sustainable development of printing and dyeing industry, therefore the national and Guangdong province constantly pursue cleaner production of printing and dyeing industry in recent years. Through analyzing pollutions of cotton printing and dyeing enterprises and connotation of cleaner production, tit was protested that Guangdong province cotton printing and dyeing enterprises should adopt clean energy, cleaner production process, advanced equipments, environmental raw materials and packaging, saving water, strengthening pollution control, formulating products recovery mechanism and strengthening administration in order to achieve cleaner production and sustainable development.

  4. Case Analysis and Study on Cleaner Production Auditing in Rare Earth Processing Plant%稀土加工企业清洁生产审核案例分析与研究

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    文震林; 桂双林

    2014-01-01

    以某稀土加工企业清洁生产审核为案例,对其生产过程进行调查和诊断,找出稀土加工企业生产过程中能耗高、物耗高、污染重的原因,提出降低能耗、物耗及废物产生的方案,进而选定技术、经济及环境可行的清洁生产方案,并对清洁生产审核过程及其实施效果进行分析,为今后稀土加工企业实施清洁生产审核积累经验。%Investigation and diagnosis to the production process with a rare earth processing plant cleaner production audit cases, to find a rare earth processing plant production process of high energy consumption, high material consumptions and heavy pollution reasons, put forward to reduce material consumptions of energy consumption and waste generation, and then selected technical, economic and environmental feasible project, and the cleaner production audit process and its effect are analyzed, to provide experience for the other rare earth processing enterprises to implement cleaner production audit.

  5. Study of Purification Effects of Air Cleaners with Non-thermal Plasma on Indoor Particular Matter%含NTP技术净化器对室内颗粒物的净化效果

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    陆海全; 丁志威; 颜凯; 梅敏花; 郭婷; 钟依均; 谢云龙

    2015-01-01

    选择几款国内含有低温等离子体( Non-thermal plasma, NTP)技术的空气净化器( air cleaner)样机,以香烟烟雾为净化对象,研究其对室内空气中颗粒物的净化效果。结果表明,所选用空气净化器对100 nm以上颗粒物有一定的去除效果,对100 nm以下的颗粒物几乎没有净化效果;单一采用低温等离子体净化技术对颗粒物的去除不理想;高效粒子过滤器( HEPA, High efficiency particulate air Filter)对颗粒物的净化起着关键作用。%Using cigarette smoke as the purification target, the purification effects of several residential air cleaners containing non-thermal plasma ( NTP) technology on indoor particulate matter in air were studied. The results showed that the selected air cleaners had a certain effect on removal of particles above 100 nm while had few effects for particles below 100 nm. Single use of NTP purification technology was not effective to remove particulate matter. HEPA technology played a key role in eliminating the particulate matter.

  6. Improving China’s Environmental Performance through Adaptive Implementation—A Comparative Case Study of Cleaner Production in Hangzhou and Guiyang

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    Ting Guan

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper examines local policy implementation of Cleaner Production (CP in China. As the major policy implementer, China’s local government plays a crucial role in promoting CP. A better understanding of the factors affecting local government’s incentives regarding CP and different strategies available to the local government can help policy makers and implementers improve CP practices and other environmental policy outcomes. This paper uses the cases of Hangzhou and Guiyang to demonstrate that local conditions of policy implementation have a direct impact on the success of CP promotion. Based on 35 in-depth interviews, statistical data and internal government reports, we find that the location-based incentives of local government strongly influence their implementation strategies; and that the choices of different strategies can bring out various policy results. From this study, the identified location-based incentives are affected by energy resource endowment, economic development stage and technological competence. The successful implementation strategies involve using different policy instruments synthetically, regulating CP service organizations by controlling their qualifications, differentiating CP subsidizations, and improving transparency of project progress and outcomes.

  7. Evaluating the effectiveness of a participatory ergonomics approach in reducing the risk and severity of injuries from manual handling.

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    Carrivick, Philip J W; Lee, Andy H; Yau, Kelvin K W; Stevenson, Mark R

    2005-06-22

    Manual handling is the greatest contributor to non-fatal injury and disease in the workplace, commonly accounting for one-third of national injury counts. Interventional strategies that have focused on selecting or modifying the worker have been ineffective in reducing injury risk. In recent times, participatory ergonomics has been widely adopted as a process to reduce the risk of injury from manual handling but it is not well validated as an intervention. This study evaluated the effectiveness of a participatory ergonomics risk assessment approach in reducing the rate and severity of injuries from manual and non-manual handling sustained by a cohort of 137 cleaners within a hospital setting. The date of injury and the workers' compensation claim cost and hours lost from work were obtained for each injury incurred during the 4-year pre-intervention and 3-year intervention period. The age, gender and hours worked were ascertained for every cleaner whether injured or not. Using generalized linear mixed modelling analysis, reductions of rate of injury by two-thirds, workers' compensation claim costs by 62% and hours lost by 35% for manual handling injuries were found to be associated with the intervention period. Although the cleaners experienced a significant intervention period reduction in non-manual handling injury rate, the corresponding changes in severity of injury were not significant. The success of the intervention supports the adoption of a participatory ergonomics approach in reducing the rate and consequence of injuries in the workplace.

  8. Regulating industrial wastewater discharged to public wastewater treatment plants - A conceptual approach

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    Grüttner, Henrik

    1997-01-01

    The paper describes some of the basic principles behind the DEPA Guidelines for discharge of industrial wastewater to public sewers set in operation in 1995 and evaluates some of the experiences with the implementation. It is described how such guidelines support the approach of pollution...... prevention and the implementation of cleaner technology by putting a stress on the industry. Further an approach for the balance between environmental and technological considerations is introduced. The need for easily understandable environmental priorities is stressed and a concept for this is presented...

  9. 钢铁材料表面酸洗清洁生产展望%Prospect of the Cleaner Production of Steel Surface Pickling

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    丁杰伟; 汤兵

    2016-01-01

    With the development of modern industry, the demand of steel products is increasing. Due to the active nature of steel surface, the formation of rust layers is inevitable during surface treatment, transportation and storage. However, the cor-rosion of steel had negative effects on the performance and service lifetime for the steel materials, and caused huge waste of re-sources. In order to enhance the performance of steel products and prolong their service lifetime, surface treatment and protec-tion should be considered. However, before surface treatment and protection, the rust layer should be cleaned out. Industrial pickling is one of the common methods for rust removing. Due to the corrosive characteristic of the used pickling liquors, the phenomenon of over-pickling is inevitable, which may cause the waste of metallic matrix and generate pollutants, including acid mist and pickling waste liquor. In this paper, based on the analysis of the origin of pollution, the methods to enhance cleaner pickling level in industry were discussed and summarized, from three aspects of addition of corrosion inhibitors, selection of the suitable technological parameters and improvement of pickling facilities. Additionally, the factors influencing the above three aspects were also discussed. Aiming at enhancing the effect of whole process of pickling industry, the concept of cleaner pick-ling was proposed, furthermore, the problems which needed to be considered in the future were indicated.%随着现代工业的发展,钢铁构件的需求日益增大。钢铁构件由于自身表面性质活跃,在加工、运输及储存过程中不可避免地形成锈蚀层。钢铁材料的锈蚀既对材料的使用性能及寿命造成不良影响,又导致材料的巨大浪费。为了提高钢铁构件的使用性能及寿命,需要进行表面处理及防护,但处理之前必须清除表面锈蚀层。工业酸洗是清除锈蚀层的重要方法之

  10. Study and development of low-foam and anti-rust water-based metal cleaner%低泡防锈型水基金属清洗剂的研究与开发

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    李高峰; 张惠文

    2015-01-01

    A water-based metal cleaner characterized by low-foam, high-efficiency, anti-rust, and environmental friendliness was developed. The defoaming condition of the cleaner using different surfactants at various temperatures and being contaminated by different dosages of oil dirt was studied. The effect of dosage of anhydrous sodium metasilicate on the cleaning rate and the effect of polytricarboxylic acid ester H5768 and carboxylic acid amine as anti-rust agent on the corrosion inhibition for steel and aluminum materials were discussed. The optimized formulation of the cleaner were determined as follows:anhydrous sodium metasilicate 0.5%-2.0%, H5768 2%-4%, carboxylic acid amine antirust agent 2%-5%, PAA 1%-3%, DPNS 5%-8%, TXO 4%-6%, and water balance. The cleaner has no foam over 40 °C, which can effectively inhibit the foam formation caused by saponification of oil during cleaning. The cleaning efficiency of workpiece cleaned in the working solution with 5%cleaner for 5 min reaches 99%. The cleaner has excellent rust resistance for steel and aluminum materials, which fulfills the requirement of JB/T 4323.1–1999 standard and has been applied in some large-scale metal part manufacturers in China.%开发了一种低泡、高效、防锈和环保的水基金属清洗剂,研究了不同表面活性剂在不同温度和不同油污含量的清洗液中的消泡状况,探讨了无水偏硅酸钠含量对清洗剂的洗净率的影响以及以聚三元羧酸酯H5768和羧酸胺为防锈剂对钢材和铝材的缓蚀作用,确定了清洗剂的最佳配方为:无水偏硅酸钠0.5%~2.0%,H57682%~4%,羧酸胺防锈剂2%~5%,PAA 1%~3%,DPNS 5%~8%,TXO 4%~6%,水余量。该清洗剂在40°C以上无泡,能有效抑制清洗中由于油污皂化引起的泡沫,工作液中清洗剂的用量为5%,清洗时间5 min,工件的洗净率可达99%以上。该清洗剂对钢材和铝材均有很好的防锈性能,符合JB/T 4323.1–1999标准的要求,并

  11. 清洁生产审核中无/低费方案的产生及实施%The Creation and Implementation of Non/Low Cost Solution in Cleaner Production Audit

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    韩静

    2014-01-01

    清洁生产审核是实施清洁生产最有效的,也是最具可操作性的方法。在清洁生产审核预评估和评估阶段提出可行的无/低费方案,并按照“边审核边实施”的原则对所提的无/低费方案加以实施,能够使企业在短时间内达到“节能、降耗、减污、增效”的目的。以某化肥企业为例,找出企业存在的问题,评估企业的产排污情况,有针对性地提出了无/低费方案,并得以实施,为企业创造了一定的经济效益和环境效益。%Cleaner production audit is the most effective and operational tool of implementing cleaner production. A viable non/low cost solution during the pre-estimate and estimate phase of cleaner production audit should be introduced and implemented according to the "Review and Implementation" rule so as to achieve the purpose of "energy saving, consumption reducing, poll-ution reducing and efficiency". Taking a chemical fertilizer enterprise for example, analyzed its problems and estimated the pollution production and discharge condition, put forward and implemented a non/low cost solution specially and created economic and environmental benefits for the enterprise.

  12. AHP-模糊综合评价法在清洁生产审核中的应用研究%Application of AHP- Fuzzy Comprehensive Evaluation in Cleaner Production Audit

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    汪利平; 于秀玲; 杨继东; 徐建京

    2012-01-01

    文章提出应用AHP-模糊综合评价法来确定清洁生产审核中的审核重点及可实施方案,相较于现行审核中应用权重总和计分法与专家判断法而言,AHP-模糊综合评价法将定性因素进行定量化处理,模糊综合定量化成分更多,能较多地避免评价中的主观性及不确定性。通过将此方法应用于某电解锰企业审核中,最终确定出该企业本轮审核的审核重点为锰渣量大等9个问题,可实施方案为锰渣二次浸取及离子交换处理废水,说明了该方法的可行性,为清洁生产审核提供了一种新的方法工具。%This paper proposes to apply AHP - fuzzy comprehensive evaluation method in determination of audit focus and im- plementation program in cleaner production audit. Compared with current cleaner production audit methods of weighted ranking method and expert judgment method, AHP - fuzzy comprehensive evaluation method processes qualitative factors quantitatively and have more factors determined by fuzzy comprehensive method. It can avoid the subjectivity and uncertainty in evaluation. This method is applied to an electrolysis manganese enterprise audit, and results show that audit focuses are large amount of manganese etc. , while enforceable schemes are manganese residue secondary extraction and using ion exchange to process waste water. This study proved that AHP - fuzzy comprehensive evaluation method, which is a new tool for cleaner production audit, is feasible in cleaner production audit.

  13. Research on Position and Gesture of Cleaner of Monorail Tracked Robot for Clean of Solar Panel%面向光伏板清洗的单轨行走式机器人清洗器位姿研究

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    沈铖玮; 杭鲁滨; 卞怀强; 王君; 陆九如; 王玉昭; 秦伟; 皇甫亚波

    2015-01-01

    基于单轨车辆转向架技术,构建一种单轨行走式光伏电池板清洗机器人。根据机器人系统的力学、几何特性及其行走架的行走机理,提出5条基本假设,构造基于弹簧阻尼模型的清洗机器人电池板系统力学模型。建立行走过程中清洗机器人的运动学方程,研究在清洗器任意运动下行走架的动态响应,确定清洗器在工作区间内对应的位姿。利用分段函数建立清洗器对应工况下的运动函数,基于MATLAB/Simulink建立仿真模型,得到行走架和清洗器对应的位姿变化曲线。结果表明清洗器的运动对行走架的位置参数存在一定影响,清洗器的位姿与自身的工作位置有关。样机试验进一步验证了设计构型与分析模型的合理性。%Based on bogie technology of monorail vehicle ,a monorail tracked robot for clean of so-lar panel was presented .According to mechanical and geometrical properties of the cleaning robot and motion mechanism of the bogie ,five hypotheses were proposed and the robot-panel system model was built based on the spring-damper unit .The motion equations of cleaning robot during travel were es-tablished and the dynamic responses of bogie under the input of cleaner’s motion were solved .Then the corresponding position and gesture of cleaner within motion range were determined .By defining working function of cleaner based on the piecewise ,the simulation model was built and curves of posi-tion and gesture were plotted in MATLAB/Simulink .The results show that the position of bogie is af-fected by the motion of cleaner .The position and gesture of cleaner are related to its working posi-tions .Further prototype test verifies the rationality of structural design and analysis model .

  14. Cleaner Production Measures and Status Quo of Electroplating Industry%电镀行业现状及推行清洁生产的措施

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    戴琴; 郑定成; 曾威

    2012-01-01

    20世纪80年代以来,我国电镀企业的数量迅速增长,然而规模普遍偏小,存在金属原料利用率低,单位面积镀层能耗、水耗水平高,污染物以末端治理为主,管理水平低等问题,要实现电镀行业的可持续发展,实施清洁生产势在必行。文章提出电镀行业的清洁生产可从采取采用清洁生产工艺、减少废水量、进行节能改造、加强企业管理等方面着手。其中,可采取改善清洗方式,减少带出液,加强废水回用的措施减少废水量;可采取使用高频开关电源,选用清洁能源加热技术,增加变频技术的措施降低电镀企业能耗。从而为电镀行业的节能、降耗、减污、增效提供有效途径,为电镀企业的可持续发展提供明确方法。%The quantity of electroplating enterprises was rapidly increasing in 80 age 21st Century in our country,but they were general relatively small,and had problems such as low utilization rate of metal material,high energy and water consumption level of unit area of cladding material,pollution end treatment pattern,low control level and so on.Cleaner Production(CP) was imperative for sustainable development of electroplating industry.It was proposed that CP of electroplating industries could develop from using CP technology,reducing waste water,having energy saving measures,reinforcing business administration these aspects in the paper.Among them,mending washing fashion,reducing liquid carried over,enhancing wastewater reuse could be used to reduce wastewater;Using HF switch power source,selecting clean energy for heating,adding converter technique could be used to reduce energy consumption of electroplating enterprises.Thus it could offer effective way to conserve energy,reduce materials,reduce pollution,and increase benefits for electroplating industries and provide explicit method for sustainable development of electroplating industries also.

  15. Indoor plants as air cleaners

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    Dela Cruz, Majbrit; Christensen, Jan H.; Müller, Renate

    2015-01-01

    Plants have been used decoratively indoors for centuries. For the last 25-30 years, their beneficial abilities to reduce the levels of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the indoor air have also been investigated. Previous studies have shown that VOCs are removed by the plant itself......, but also by microorganisms in the soil. Furthermore, the rate of removal is dependent on the plant species and can be influenced by exogenous factors such as light intensity and VOC concentration. The research within this field is, however, limited by the fact that the knowledge gained from laboratory...... be an underestimation of the plants' real potential. The next step will be to use the new system to investigate the effects of the exogenous factors temperature, light intensity and CO2 concentration on VOC removal rates....

  16. A Warm and Cleaner Winter

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    2010-01-01

    Beijing municipal and district governments have taken measures to keep residents warm and the winter sky blue In a bungalow in Xisi North Fifth Alley in the Xicheng District of Beijing,Li has lived for nearly seven decades.

  17. 矿山企业清洁生产实践--以某铁矿清洁生产审核为例%Cleaner Production Audit Practices of Mine Company by a case of Iron Mine Company

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    易玲

    2015-01-01

    An iron mine company was taken as an example to introduce the cleaner production audit practices.The environmental protection situation of the company before audit was analyzed.Its cleaner production level was as-sessed.On the basis of the assessment,thirty -six measures were put forward to address the problems.The eco-nomic benefit reached 4325.1 thousands RMB in the year of 2011.The water was saved 1342.2 thousands of cu-bic.The electricity was saved to 258.5 thousands of kWh.The tailings were reduced 71.71 thousands of tons in the same year.%以某矿山企业为例,介绍了矿山清洁生产实践。分析了矿山企业审核前环保状况,根据审核前清洁生产水平评价结果,提出问题,针对问题,实施了36项清洁生产方案,2011年取得经济效益432.51万元,节水134.22万 m3,节电25.85万 kWh,实际年减少尾矿排放7.171万 t。

  18. Evolutionary Model of Cleaner Production Technologies under Product Competition and Consumer Choice%产品竞争与顾客选择下的清洁生产技术演化模型

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    刘小峰; 盛昭瀚; 杜建国

    2013-01-01

    It is difficult to practically apply clean production technologies , which is considered as an important way of sustainable development.Adopting the method of computational experiments to study the impact of product competition and consumer choice on the evolution of cleaner production technologies , the study focuses on the cleaner production technologies of products with con-stant returns to scale.And this study sets rules of adaptive behaviors of producers and consumers , product trading and technology selection to build the model of the evolution of cleaner production technologies under product competition and consumer choice . We also explore issues such as system diversity , evolution, agent behavior and initial sensitivity in different scenarios by the method of multi-agent simulation on computer.The results shows that: ①diversity of system evolution is obvious and evolution trajectories reveal that being overly dependent on free competition of market cannot ensure the improvement of product quality and environment level;and ②too much introduction of cleaner production technologies tends to damage the benefits of traditional technology adaptors.The computational experiment results also indicate that the customer′s consumer behavior preferences influ-ence technology evolution system .It is very difficult for products of traditional technology to enter to a mature market with high environmental protection consciousness , while cleaner products have opportunities to obtain certain market share in a market with less environmental protection consciousness .%清洁生产技术是可持续发展的重要途径,却难以在实践中推广。采用计算实验方法研究产品竞争和顾客选择对清洁生产技术演化的影响,聚焦规模报酬不变型产品的清洁生产技术,设定生产者和消费者的适应性规则、产品交易和技术选择规则,构建产品竞争与顾客选择下的清洁生产技术演化模型。通过多主

  19. Ultrasound-Promoted Greener Synthesis of Novel Trifurcate 3-Substituted-chroman-2,4-dione Derivatives and Their Drug-Likeness Evaluation

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    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available An efficient and convenient approach for one-pot synthesis of 3-substituted chroman-2,4-diones via a three-component reaction of aromatic aldehydes, 4-hydroxy- coumarins and diverse pyrazolone derivatives was described. The combinatorial synthesis for this methodology was achieved by applying ultrasound irradiation in the absence of activator while making use of water as green solvent. Additionally, novel chroman-2,4-dione derivatives attached to an edaravone moiety represent an exploitable source of brand new anticancer agents. In comparison with conventional methods, experimental simplicity, good functional group tolerance, excellent yields, short routine, and atom efficiency are prominent features of this sonocatalyzed procedure.

  20. 生物酶蔬果清洗剂对有机磷农药降解效果的评价%Assessment on Degradation Effects of Bio-enzyme Cleaner on Organophosphorus Pesticides in Vegetables and Fruits

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    屈昌龙; 匡华; 胡拥明; 宋珊珊; 冀振野; 胥传来

    2011-01-01

    [Objective] This study aimed to evaluate the effects of marketed bio-enzyme cleaner on removing of the pesticide residues on thesurface of vegetables or fruits. [ Method ] The degradation of the organophosphorus pesticide in the cabbage by A brand of bio-enzyme cleanerwas determined under the treatments of ultrasonic assistance and room temperature and the degradation effects of A and B brands of bio-enzymecleaners on DDVP in the living environment of aquatic animals were investigated. [ Result] The bio-enzyme cleaners could effectively degradethe organophosphorus pesticide in the cabbage and the ultrasonic assistance treatment could promote the degradation of pesticides. The differentaquatic organisms had some differences on the sensitive degree to the organophosphorus pesticide. The appropriate application of bio-enzymecould degrade the organophosphorus pesticide in the aquatic environment. [ Conclusion ] The study provided the basis for the development ofthe family-used cleaner and cleaning equipment in the vegetables and fruits.%[目的] 对市售的生物酶蔬果清洗剂的农药去除效果进行评价.[方法] 测定超声辅助和室温处理下,A品牌生物酶蔬果清洗剂对小白菜中有机磷农药的降解情况.并考察A、B2种生物酶蔬果清洗剂对水生动物生存环境中的敌敌畏降解效果.[结果] 生物酶蔬果清洗剂可有效地降解小白菜中的有机磷农药,超声辅助可促进农药的降解.不同的水生生物对有机磷农药的敏感程度有差异,适当使用生物酶可降解水生环境中的有机磷农药.[结论] 该研究为开发适合于家庭使用的蔬果清洗试剂和清洗设备提供了依据.

  1. Application of biofilm cleaners for cleaning endoscopic equipment in operation room%生物膜清洁剂在手术室内镜器械清洗中的应用

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    杨坤明; 吴冉; 任素香

    2013-01-01

    Objective To discuss the cleaning effect of biofilm cleaners for the endoscopic equipment,in order to clean the endoscopic equipment in the operation room thoroughly,improve the cleaning quality of surgical instruments in hospital and prevent nosocomial infection.Methods 300 polluted endoscopic equipments were selected in the operation room and were divided into the experimental group and the control group randomly.Then the two groups were dealt with biofilm cleaners and multi-enzyme detergent respectively.At the end of the cleaning step,the cleaning effect were compared between the two groups.Results The passing rate of cleaning in the experimental group was 96.8%,significantly better than that of the control group,which was 78.0%.The difference between two groups had statistical significance.Conclusions Cleaning endoscopic equipment with biofilm cleaners can improve the cleaning effect of the surgical instruments,ensure the cleaning quality of the surgical instruments.%目的 探讨生物膜清洁剂对内镜器械的清洗效果,以彻底清洁手术室内镜器械,提高医院手术器械清洗质量,防止医院感染.方法 选择手术室的污染内镜器械300件,随机分为实验组和对照组各150件,分别用生物膜清洁剂和多酶清洗剂对污染器械进行处理,清洗步骤结束后比较2组清洗效果.结果 采用生物膜清洁剂清洗内镜器械的实验组的清洗合格率为96.8%,明显优于对照组(合格率78.0%),2组比较差异有统计学意义.结论 生物膜清洁剂清洗手术室内镜器械可提高手术器械的清洗效果,保证手术器械清洗质量.

  2. Piper-betle-shaped nano-S-catalyzed synthesis of 1-amidoalkyl-2-naphthols under solvent-free reaction condition: a greener "nanoparticle-catalyzed organic synthesis enhancement" approach.

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    Das, Vijay K; Borah, Madhurjya; Thakur, Ashim J

    2013-04-05

    Nano-S prepared by an annealing process showed excellent catalytic activity for the synthesis of 1-amidoalkyl-2-naphthols under solvent-free reaction condition at 50 °C. The catalyst could be reused up to the fifth cycle without loss in its action. The green-ness of the present protocol was also measured using green metrics drawing its superiority.

  3. 清洁生产审核方法在工艺改进中的应用%On the Application of Cleaner Production Audit Methods to Improve the Production Process

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    李智

    2015-01-01

    Searching the identify problems and deficiencies that exist in Honghe Industry Co.,Ltd.ar-senic chemical plant by application of cleaner production audit methods was introduced.Development of ef-fective measures and programs to reduce waste of raw materials,to save energy and to reduce production costs were formulated.%介绍了红河砷业有限责任公司砷化学品车间利用清洁生产审核方法查找生产工艺中存在的问题和不足,制定切实有效的措施和方案,达到减少原料和能源浪费,降低生产成本的目的。

  4. Discussion on the application of alkaline cleaner in cleaning quality of disinfection supply room%碱性清洗剂在消毒供应室清洗质量中的应用

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    范文玲

    2015-01-01

    Objective To compare the effects of alkaline cleaner and multi enzyme cleaner in equipment cleaning quality.Methods The use of medical devices for the operation of homogeneous pollution from May 2014 to August 2014. Random sample of 1020 parts, The equipment of the pollution was randomly divided into 510 groups and 510 control groups, The test group and the con-trol group were using the same brand lotion, Control group with multi enzyme detergent, Test group with alkaline detergent.Quality inspection after instrument cleaning, Comparison of amplification was observed by visual method under microscope after cleaning quality by five times with light. Results By washing quality inspection, The washing quality of the test group was better than that of the control group by using the alkaline cleaner. The difference between the two groups was statistically significant(P<0.05). Conclusion The alkaline cleaner can save manpower, material resources and financial resources, Reduce reuse device loss, Re-duce medical costs, And it can guarantee the best cleaning quality of reusable equipment. So as to ensure the safety of the hospital.%目的:探讨碱性清洗剂与多酶清洗剂对器械清洗质量的效果。方法:选择2014年5-8月同质污染的手术使用后医疗器械,随机抽取1020件,将污染的器械随机分为试验组510件和对照组510件。试验组与对照组均使用同一品牌的洗剂,对照组洗剂为多酶清洗剂,试验组洗剂为碱性清洗剂。器械清洗后的质量检测,经五倍带光源放大镜下采用目测方式进行观察后进行清洗质量的比较。结果通过清洗质量检测,使用碱性清洗剂的试验组清洗质量优于多酶清洗剂的对照组清洗质量,两组比较差异具有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论碱性清洗剂可以节省人力、物力、财力,减少复用器械的耗损,降低医疗成本,又能保证复用器械的最佳清洗质量,从而保障医院的安全质量。

  5. Row cleaner and depth control unit improving sowing performance of maize no-till precision planter%防堵和播深控制机构提高玉米免耕精量播种性能

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    杨丽; 张瑞; 刘全威; 殷小伟; 和贤桃; 崔涛; 张东兴

    2016-01-01

    straw. To overcome the problems mentioned above, a planter with row cleaners and depth control units was developed, which was used for maize no-till planting in field covered with wheat stubble. The row cleaner was used for removing residues from seed row zone and preparing clean seed beds, while the depth control unit was used for following the terrain of field and maintaining the target planting depth. The row cleaner consisted of an active rotor and a residue separating fence, the active rotor was mounted vertically on the fertilizer opener, and the residue separating fence was mounted behind it on the shank of the fertilizer opener. Meanwhile, the depth control planting unit consisted of a parallelogram frame, a pair of gauge wheels, a planting depth regulator, a double-disk opener, a seed positioning wheel, a pair of press wheels, a metering device and a crossbeam. Field experiment was conducted in June 2015 in Gu’an County, Hebei Province, which was at the center of the North China Plain, and where the soil type was clay loam and the average soil moisture content was 16% at the depth of 0-0.20 m. The field was covered with the residues of 1.24 kg/m2, and the height of wheat stubble was from 0.25 to 0.30 m while the average length of wheat straw left on the field was 0.25 m. The experiment was conducted to compare the performances of new designed planter with a conventional planter without row cleaner and depth control unit when working at 3 forward speeds (4, 6 and 8 km/h). The performances of residue removing, the depth of seed placement and the emergence rate were measured, as well as the indices of sowing performance (qualified index, multiple index and missing index). The results showed that the row cleaner and the depth control unit had significant effect on the performance of residue removing, the depth of seed placement, the emergence rate and the sowing performance. With row cleaner, the planter was not easy to be blocked and the rate of seeds exposed at

  6. Mechanism of dehumidification and reduction for cleaner production of ammonium phosphate exhaust gases%磷铵工业尾气脱湿减排机理及清洁工艺

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    马空军; 朱家骅; 李剑琦

    2014-01-01

    The numerical simulation on the process of condensation dehumidifying of ammonium phosphate exhausts reveals a co-existed mechanism of both fogging and film condensation for the heat and mass transfer process of DAP exhausts.Based on simulation analysis,the processes of condensation dehumidifying of ammonium phosphate exhausts were proposed. An unique technique was developed to make full use of the cleaner process for monoammonium phosphate (MAP)production combined with recycling of exhaust gases from DAP production.The feasibility of integrating the processes of partial condensation of tail gas with falling film evaporation of raw phosphoric acid was demonstrated by the pilot experiments.The experimental results could be used to substitute as much as 45%of the heat energy consumption for a 240 kt/a MAP production line.A very promising future application for the cleaner process of MAP production combined with recirculation of DAP exhaust gases was displayed.%对磷铵(DAP)尾气冷凝脱湿数值模拟,揭示了DAP尾气传热传质过程为雾冷凝和膜冷凝共存的机理。基于模拟分析,提出了利用DAP尾气资源化循环生产磷酸一铵(MAP)的清洁工艺,现场实验证明了DAP尾气部分冷凝-磷酸降膜蒸发过程耦合技术的可行性。实验结果表明:DAP尾气能量的消减量可替代24万t/a MAP生产装置热能消耗的45%以上,展示了利用DAP尾气资源化循环生产MAP清洁生产技术的前景。

  7. 不同清洁剂对赝复用硅橡胶色彩稳定性的影响%Effects of different cleaners on color stability of silicon rubber used for maxillofacial prosthesis

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    韩婷婷; 贾安琦; 李南

    2013-01-01

    Objective To understand the effects of different cleaners on the color stability of silicon rubber used for maxillofacial prosthesis, and to provide recommendations for clinical selection of proper cleaner. Methods Twenty test pieces of MDX4 - 4210 pure silicone rubber with the diameter of 20 mm and height of 5 mm and twenty ones with nano - TiO2 coated by 0.5% silicon aluminum alkyl were prepared. They were paired and randomly divided into 5 groups with 4 ones in each group. After the numbering,those pieces were soaked respectively in 150 ml tap water at the temperature of 23 t( control group ),denture cleaner tablet solution( group B ),liquefied detergent( group C ),washing hand liquid( group D ),and laundry detergent( group E )for 15 minutes. Then they were flushed by the tap water for 1 minute and dried by filter paper,which was repeated for 180 times until the time at 45 h. Before the immersion and after the immersion for 7. 5 ,15 ,22. 5 ,30,37. 5 ,and 45 ,the chromatic values of those pieces were detected by VITA Easyshade Compact color measurement instrument, and the chromatic aberration values were calculated. Results As to the effects of different cleaners on the color stability of silicon rubber, group A, B, and C were superior to group D and E; as to the effects on the silicone rubber with nano - TiO2 ,group B,C,D,and E were superior to group A. Along with the changing of time, only washing hand liquid had effects on the color stability of the silicone rubber,which took place in the early stage. The changes in the color stability of the silicone rubber with nano - TiO, were less than those of the pure silicon rubber. Conclusion The denture cleaner tablet and liquefied detergent have the smallest effect on the color stability of silicone rubber. The color stability changes take place in the early stage. Nano - TiO2 can reduce the effects of cleaner on the color stability of silicone rubber.%目的 了解不同清洁剂对赝复用硅橡胶色彩稳定性

  8. Designing green derivatives of β-blocker Metoprolol: a tiered approach for green and sustainable pharmacy and chemistry.

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    Rastogi, Tushar; Leder, Christoph; Kümmerer, Klaus

    2014-09-01

    The presences of micro-pollutants (active pharmaceutical ingredients, APIs) are increasingly seen as a challenge of the sustainable management of water resources worldwide due to ineffective effluent treatment and other measures for their input prevention. Therefore, novel approaches are needed like designing greener pharmaceuticals, i.e. better biodegradability in the environment. This study addresses a tiered approach of implementing green and sustainable chemistry principles for theoretically designing better biodegradable and pharmacologically improved pharmaceuticals. Photodegradation process coupled with LC-MS(n) analysis and in silico tools such as quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSAR) analysis and molecular docking proved to be a very significant approach for the preliminary stages of designing chemical structures that would fit into the "benign by design" concept in the direction of green and sustainable pharmacy. Metoprolol (MTL) was used as an example, which itself is not readily biodegradable under conditions found in sewage treatment and the aquatic environment. The study provides the theoretical design of new derivatives of MTL which might have the same or improved pharmacological activity and are more degradable in the environment than MTL. However, the in silico toxicity prediction by QSAR of those photo-TPs indicated few of them might be possibly mutagenic and require further testing. This novel approach of theoretically designing 'green' pharmaceuticals can be considered as a step forward towards the green and sustainable pharmacy field. However, more knowledge and further experience have to be collected on the full scope, opportunities and limitations of this approach.

  9. Restoring Lands - Coordinating Science, Politics and Action Complexities of Climate and Governance

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    Scarlett, Lynn; Vargas-Moreno, Juan; Flaxman, Michael

    2012-01-01

    Environmental issues, vast and varied in their details, unfold at the confluence of people and place. They present complexities in their biophysical details, their scope and scale, and the dynamic character of human action and natural systems. Addressing environmental issues often invokes tensions among battling interests and competing priorities. Air and water pollution, the effects of climate change, ecosystem transformations—these and other environmental issues involve scientific, social, economic, and institutional challenges. This book analyzes why tackling many of these problems is so difficult and why sustainability involves more than adoption of greener, cleaner technologies. Sustainability, as discussed in this book, involves knowledge flows and collaborative decision processes that integrate scientific and technological methods and tools, political and governance structures and regimes, and social and community values. The authors synthesize a holistic and adaptive approach to rethinking the frame...

  10. Fueling the Green Economy

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    Elder, James

    2009-01-01

    The Obama administration, along with many others, has placed a high priority on accelerating the nation's transition to a cleaner, greener economy. Transforming the nation's economic, energy, and environmental systems to become more sustainable will require a level of expertise, innovation, and cooperation unseen since the 1940s war effort. Public…

  11. Going where the grass is greener

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    Adriansen, HK; Nielsen, Thomas Theis

    2002-01-01

    Based on a case study from Ferlo in Senegal, this paper discusses how pastoral mobility can be studied and understood with special emphasis on the use of GPS data. It has a dual objective: first, to investigate the methodological potential of using GPS data; second, to discuss the analytical use ...

  12. Using Greener Gels to Explore Rheology

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    Garrett, Brendan; Matharu, Avtar S.; Hurst, Glenn A.

    2017-01-01

    A laboratory experiment was developed to investigate the rheological properties of a green calcium-cross-linked alginate gel as an alternative to the traditional borax-cross-linked poly(vinyl alcohol) gel. As borax is suspected of damaging fertility and the unborn child, a safe, green alternative is necessary. The rheological properties of a…

  13. Case Study: Sustainable Greener Military Chemical Products

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    2011-05-01

    Guidelines EPPs re-defined (as above) “ ‘Biobased’ means a commercial or industrial product (other than food or feed) that utilizes biological products...or renewable domestic agricultural (plant, animal and marine) or forestry materials.” 1998 Executive Order 13101 Implement environmental management...Human Acute/Chronic, Immunologic , Neurotoxin Carcinogenic, Sensitizer Irritant, Reproductive • Ecologic Aquatic, Avian, Terrestrial Species • Product

  14. Are economically "kinder, gentler societies" also greener?

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    Bernauer, Thomas; Böhmelt, Tobias

    2013-01-01

    Several studies examining implications of the modern welfare state arrive at rather positive conclusions: generally, they find that economically "kinder, gentler societies", that is, countries providing stronger state-sponsored social-safety nets for their people, perform better on various accounts, such as social and political stability, or economic performance. Recent research suggests that benign implications also exist for the environment in the sense that investing more in social policies may contribute to stronger environmental protection and higher environmental quality. We present theoretical arguments in favor, but also against this hypothesis, and evaluate it empirically with cross-sectional data for 68 countries. In contrast to previous studies, the results offer only weak and inconsistent support for the claim that social policies and environmental performance are systematically related. This means that governments of economically kinder, gentler societies would be ill advised to hope for positive "spillover effects" of social policies into the environmental realm. The findings also suggest, however, that more disaggregated analyses are necessary, since beneficial effects may exist in some environmental domains, but not in others.

  15. Satellites See a Greener Northern Hemisphere

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    斯琴美娃

    2001-01-01

    我是内蒙古大学的学生,上网浏览,读到这一条消息,非常兴奋。我们地区多年来治沙造林,造林防沙的工作取得了喜人的成绩。此短文告诉我们:satellite data show plants have been growing more vigorously since 1981。我特别高兴看到Beijing的字样。但是该消息又称:One suspected cause is risingtemperatures,possibly linked to the buildup of greenhouse gases in he atmosphere。我想对此句分析添加一词:forestation(人工造林)。

  16. Greener routes for recycling of polyethylene terephthalate

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The article reviews the different routes for recycling of polyethylene terephthalate. Chemical recycling processes are divided into six groups: methanolysis, glycolysis, hydrolysis, ammonolysis, aminolysis, and other methods. In a large collection of researches for the chemical recycling of PET, the primary objective is to increase the monomer yield while reducing the reaction time and/or carrying out the reaction under mild conditions. This article also presents the impact of the new recyclable catalysts such as ionic liquids on the future developments in the chemical recycling of PET.

  17. Greener Prospects for Sino-Finnish Trade

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    2011-01-01

    More than six decades after the establishment of diplomatic relations, China and Finland are finding new opportunities in the environmental business. Finland’s cutting-edge energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies could help China achieve its environmental protection goals,

  18. Using Greener Gels To Explore Rheology

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    Matharu, Avtar Singh; Hurst, Glenn; Garrett, Brendan

    2017-01-01

    A laboratory experiment was developed to investigate the rheological properties of a green calcium-cross-linked alginate gel as an alternative to the traditional borax-cross-linked poly(vinyl alcohol) gel. As borax is suspected of damaging fertility and the unborn child, a safe, green alternative is necessary. The rheological properties of a sodium alginate solution were examined as a function of temperature using capillary viscometry. Gelation and degelation processes were followed using rot...

  19. When girls have no opportunities and women have neither time nor energy: the participation of Muslim female cleaners in recreational physical activity

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    Lenneis, Verena; Pfister, Gertrud Ursula

    2017-01-01

    Statistics about the recreational physical activity (PA) of minority ethnic Muslim women reveal very low participation rates. Drawing on approaches to socialization and Bourdieu’s concepts of habitus and taste, the aim of this study was to investigate the (lack of) PA participation of Muslim...

  20. 旋流-静态微泡浮选柱回收钼精选尾矿中钼金属%STUDY ON THE RECOVERY OF MOLYBDENUM IN MOLYBDENUM CLEANER TAILINGS USING CYCLONIC-STATIC MICROBUBBLE FLOTATION COLUMN

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    秦华江; 张海军; 何川; 高雪婷; 马骁

    2016-01-01

    According to the inadequat recovery and utilization of micro-fine molybdenite in molybdenum cleaner tailings in a molybdenum plant in Shaanxi, a cyclonic-static micro bubble flotation column was performed for the re-covery of micro-fine molybdenite by the flotation process of copper-molybdenum bulk flotation and separation. The results show that the grade of molybdenum concentrates was 31 . 096%, the recovery rate was 62 . 71%, the annual profit was 20 millions 782. 2 thousands yuan, which improved the comprehensive utilization of mineral resources.%针对陕西某钼选厂精选尾矿中难选微细粒辉钼矿不能充分回收和利用的问题,通过采用铜钼混浮-铜钼分离原则流程,利用旋流-静态微泡浮选柱对其进行了再选回收试验研究。工业生产实践表明:采用旋流-静态微泡浮选柱能够获得钼品位31.096%,回收率62.71%的钼精矿产品,年创造利润2078.22万元,提高了矿产资源的综合利用率。

  1. Application of a New Material for Cleaner Gold Plating in Gold Plating Technology%清洁镀金新材料在镀金工艺中的应用

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    张磊; 胡文成; 马默雷; 张勇强

    2011-01-01

    A new material for cleaner gold plating was introduced. The gold coating was subjected to tests of compactness, solderability, salt spray test, moisture test and thermal shock test, and the testing results all accorded with China National Military Standard and U. S. A. Military Standard. This nonhazardous material can be directly dosed and keep stable performance、 easy maintenance 、low cost of the bath,also can meet governmental regulation of wastewater discharge . So it's a good substitute for KAu(CN)2 in gold plating.%介绍了一种清洁镀金新材料,采用该新材料配制成镀液所得镀金及其合金镀层镀金件在测试的致密性、可焊性、盐雾试验,潮湿及高低温冲击等项目均符合国家军用标准和美国军用标准,镀金液中可直接加入该物质,镀液稳定,易维护,管理成本低、废水可达到国家排放标准,产品不属危险化学品等.完全可替代氰化亚金钾用于镀金及其合金工艺.

  2. Chelation technology: a promising green approach for resource management and waste minimization.

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    Chauhan, Garima; Pant, K K; Nigam, K D P

    2015-01-01

    Green chemical engineering recognises the concept of developing innovative environmentally benign technologies to protect human health and ecosystems. In order to explore this concept for minimizing industrial waste and for reducing the environmental impact of hazardous chemicals, new greener approaches need to be adopted for the extraction of heavy metals from industrial waste. In this review, a range of conventional processes and new green approaches employed for metal extraction are discussed in brief. Chelation technology, a modern research trend, has shown its potential to develop sustainable technology for metal extraction from various metal-contaminated sites. However, the interaction mechanism of ligands with metals and the ecotoxicological risk associated with the increased bioavailability of heavy metals due to the formation of metal-chelant complexes is still not sufficiently explicated in the literature. Therefore, a need was felt to provide a comprehensive state-of-the-art review of all aspects associated with chelation technology to promote this process as a green chemical engineering approach. This article elucidates the mechanism and thermodynamics associated with metal-ligand complexation in order to have a better understanding of the metal extraction process. The effects of various process parameters on the formation and stability of complexes have been elaborately discussed with respect to optimizing the chelation efficiency. The non-biodegradable attribute of ligands is another important aspect which is currently of concern. Therefore, biotechnological approaches and computational tools have been assessed in this review to illustrate the possibility of ligand degradation, which will help the readers to look for new environmentally safe mobilizing agents. In addition, emerging trends and opportunities in the field of chelation technology have been summarized and the diverse applicability of chelation technology in metal extraction from

  3. RANCANGBANGUN DAN PENGUJIAN TUNGKU BERBAHAN BAKAR GAS UNTUK INDUSTRI TAHU TRADISIONAL BERBASIS PRODUKSI BERSIH (Design, Construction and Test of Gas Stove for Traditional Tofu Industry Based on Cleaner Production

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    Andi Taufan

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available A model of gas stove for traditional tofu industry was designed and tested. one of the focuses of cleaner production is energy efficiency, so the stove was designed to have good thermal efficiency and low energy consumption. The stove was constructed with two kettles where the first kettle was used to cook soybean porridge from 5-8 kg soybean and the other to warm water. The test consist of water boiling test and soybean cooking test. Water Boiling Test (WBT was used to assessed stove performance by boiling the water. It takes 29,0 minutes to boil 20 lites of water in cold start condition and 18,7 minutes in hot start condition, moreover average specific fuel consumption is 0,041 kg/liter in cold start condition and 0,030 kg/liter in hot start condition. Gas consumption in cold start is 0,028 kg/min and in hot start is 0,032 kg/min, and the average thermal efficiency are 34,80% in cold start condition and 38,63% in hot start condition. Statistical test with 95% level of confidence, indicated a significant difference in the boiling time between cold start and hot start. The test showed that to cook soybean porridge from 5 kg/batch in cold start condition consumed 1,78 kg of fuel in 60 minutes. Keywords: Design construction, tofu stove, cleaner production, Water Boiling Test, thermal efficiency   ABSTRAK Telah dilakukan rancangbangun dan pengujian tungku berbahan bakar gas untuk industri tahu tradisional. Berdasarkan salah satu fokus penerapan produksi bersih yaitu efisiensi energi, maka tungku dirancang sedemikian rupa agar memiliki efisiensi termal dan konsumsi energi yang baik. Tungku yang dikonstruksi memiliki dua buah ketel, ketel pemasakan bubur kedelai dari 5-8 kg bahan baku kedelai dan ketel untuk menghangatkan air. Pengujian tungku terdiri dari pengujian untuk pemasakan air dan pengujian untuk pemasakan bubur tahu. Pengujian untuk pemasakan air menggunakan metoda Water Boiling Test (WBT. Dari pengujian ini dapat diketahui waktu untuk

  4. An ISM approach for the barrier analysis in implementing green supply chain management

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    Mathiyazhagan, K.; Govindan, Kannan; NoorulHaq, A.

    2013-01-01

    ) are focused to cleaner production by implementing Green Supply Chain Management (GSCM) in their industries. But they are struggling to implement GSCM concept. The present research analyzes the barriers for the implementation of GSCM concept which has been divided into two phases such as identification...... for the implementation of green supply chain management. However, in their GSCM implementation, especially for maintaining the environmental awareness, the supplier barrier is the dominant one. Finally the approach has been applied to ten auto components manufacturing industries in Tamilnadu, South India....... dominant one for the adoption of green supply chain management and this result is helpful for industries to make easier the adoption of green concept in their supply chain by removing the dominant barrier. It indicates that different Indian auto component manufacturing industries have differing barriers...

  5. 中马村矿开展清洁生产审核的实践与探索%Practice and Exploration of Cleaner Production Audit in Zhongmacun Mine

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    靳新建

    2014-01-01

    院节能、降耗、减污、增效是清洁生产的目标,通过采用技术和管理,通过排污审核、筛选等对生产的全过程进行管理,同时采取积极的污染防治措施,进而在一定程度上达到防治工业污染、提高经济效益的目的。中马村矿通过实施清洁生产审核,提高了资源利用率,减少了污染物的排放量,创造出良好的经济、环境效益和社会效益,实现了可持续发展。%Energy conservation, consumption reduction, pollution reduction and efficiency increase are the goal of clean production. Through the use of technology and management, Zhongmacun Mine tried to manage the whole process of production through sewage audit and screening, at the same time took active pollution prevention measures, thus to prevent and control the industrial pollution and improve economic efficiency to a certain extent. Through the implementation of cleaner production audit in Zhongmacun mine, the resource utilization is improved, the pollutant emissions are reduced, and good economic, environmental and social benefits are created, so that the sustainable development is achieved.

  6. Evaluation Method of Best Available Cleaner Production Technology Based on Emission Reduction of Ammonia in Nitrogen Fertilizer Industry%基于氨氮减排的氮肥行业清洁生产技术评估方法

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    骆其金; 谌建宇; 王振兴; 庞志华; 叶万生

    2014-01-01

    The current environmental technologies evaluation methods are mainly based on experts 'qualitative estimation and lack of comprehensive evaluation methods .Aiming at this problem and combined with the total ammonia discharge control requested by National Economic and Social Development Plan in 2011-2015 and the ammonia discharge reduction demand of nitrogen fertilizer industry , the index system and an integrated evaluation method for cleaner production technology evaluation based on ammonia discharge reduction was built .The weight of each index was obtained with analytic hierarchy process ( AHP ) , and the discharge reduction technologies evaluated using grey correlation analysis method .The modeling process of the mathematical model of the integrated evaluation method was provided with an application example analyzed .%针对国内环境技术评估以定性判断为主,缺乏综合评估方法的问题,结合国家“十二五”规划纲要对氨氮排放总量控制和氮肥工业氨氮减排的需求,构建了基于氨氮减排的氮肥行业清洁生产技术评估指标体系和综合评估方法。利用层次分析法确定各指标的权重,利用灰色关联度法对氨氮减排技术进行评估,同时给出了该评估方法数学模型的建模过程,并进行了实例应用分析。

  7. Potencial para implantação da produção mais limpa em sistemas locais de produção: o polo joalheiro de São José do Rio Preto Potential for implantation of cleaner production in local production systems: the jewelry cluster of São José do Rio Preto

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    Rosely Mana Domingues

    2009-12-01

    oportunidades para incorporar a dimensão ambiental em políticas e ações para a promoção de SLP, levando em conta as especificidades e a dinâmica tecnológica setorial em MPE.Policies and actions in national and international spheres which aim to develop the local industry competition, taking as their basis the many advantages of agglomeration, have been focusing on the local production systems (LPS. Such actions and policies indicate the LPS as a vector of economic dynamism that improves local development, emphasizing the role of micro and small enterprises (MSE which occur in an industrial agglomeration. However, the environmental dimension has thus far only received tangential treatment within the policies and actions in the promotional and structural activities mentioned above. Thus, there is a question as to how we could contemplate this dimension in order to understand and promote LPS, including the objective of preventing and reducing negative environmental impacts from the activities of these agglomerations. The article proposes to examine the opportunities for integration of environmental issues in a group of enterprises that belong to the São José do Rio Preto-SP Jewelry Cluster, which is the second largest in the State of São Paulo in manufacturing jewelers made from gold. These enterprises joined a competitiveness project undertaken by SEBRAE (Brazilian Agency for Support of Micro and Small Enterprises. The analysis adopts the cleaner production proposal(P + L as an approach and tool for environmental management, particularly suitable for smaller enterprises that are able to converge innovation efforts in order to provide alternatives for undertaking improvements in environmental performance. Qualitative exploratory research found that endeavors to update technology in the jewelry cluster analyzed with a view to cleaner production, leads to environmental, economic and occupational health and safety benefits due to the reduction in the consumption of raw

  8. State of the art of environmentally friendly sample preparation approaches for determination of PBDEs and metabolites in environmental and biological samples: A critical review.

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    Berton, Paula; Lana, Nerina B; Ríos, Juan M; García-Reyes, Juan F; Altamirano, Jorgelina C

    2016-01-28

    Green chemistry principles for developing methodologies have gained attention in analytical chemistry in recent decades. A growing number of analytical techniques have been proposed for determination of organic persistent pollutants in environmental and biological samples. In this light, the current review aims to present state-of-the-art sample preparation approaches based on green analytical principles proposed for the determination of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and metabolites (OH-PBDEs and MeO-PBDEs) in environmental and biological samples. Approaches to lower the solvent consumption and accelerate the extraction, such as pressurized liquid extraction, microwave-assisted extraction, and ultrasound-assisted extraction, are discussed in this review. Special attention is paid to miniaturized sample preparation methodologies and strategies proposed to reduce organic solvent consumption. Additionally, extraction techniques based on alternative solvents (surfactants, supercritical fluids, or ionic liquids) are also commented in this work, even though these are scarcely used for determination of PBDEs. In addition to liquid-based extraction techniques, solid-based analytical techniques are also addressed. The development of greener, faster and simpler sample preparation approaches has increased in recent years (2003-2013). Among green extraction techniques, those based on the liquid phase predominate over those based on the solid phase (71% vs. 29%, respectively). For solid samples, solvent assisted extraction techniques are preferred for leaching of PBDEs, and liquid phase microextraction techniques are mostly used for liquid samples. Likewise, green characteristics of the instrumental analysis used after the extraction and clean-up steps are briefly discussed.

  9. Simultaneous determination of fluoroquinolones in environmental water by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry with direct injection: A green approach.

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    Denadai, Marina; Cass, Quezia Bezerra

    2015-10-30

    This work describes an on-line multi-residue method for simultaneous quantification of ciprofloxacin, enrofloxacin, gemifloxacin, moxifloxacin, norfloxacin and ofloxacin in superficial and wastewater samples. For that, an octyl restricted-access media bovine serum albumin column (RAM-BSA C8) was used for sample clean-up, enrichment and analysis with quantitation carried out by tandem mass spectrometry. For water samples volumes of only 500μL the method provided good selectivity, extraction efficiency, accuracy, and precision with quantification limits in the order of 20-150ngL(-1). Out of the six fluoroquinolones only ciprofloxacin (195ngL(-1)) and norfloxacin (270ngL(-1)) were quantified in an influent sample of the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) of São Carlos (SP, Brazil). None were found in the superficial water samples analyzed. The capability of injecting native sample in an automated mode provides high productivity and represents a greener approach in environmental sample analysis. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Life cycle approaches to sustainable consumption: a critical review.

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    Hertwich, Edgar G

    2005-07-01

    The 2002 World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg called for a comprehensive set of programs focusing on sustainable consumption and production. According to world leaders, these programs should rely on life cycle assessment (LCA) to promote sustainable patterns of production and consumption. Cleaner production is a well-established activity, and it uses LCA. UNEP, the European Union, and a number of national organizations have now begun to work on sustainable consumption. In developing sustainable consumption policies and activities, the use of LCA presents interesting opportunities that are not yet well understood by policy makers. This paper reviews how life cycle approaches, primarily based on input-output analysis, have been used in the area of sustainable consumption: to inform policy making, select areas of action, identify which lifestyles are more sustainable, advise consumers, and evaluate the effectiveness of sustainable consumption measures. Information on consumption patterns usually comes from consumer expenditure surveys. Different study designs and a better integration with consumer research can provide further interesting insights. Life-cycle approaches still need to be developed and tested. Current research is mostly descriptive; policy makers, however, require more strategic analysis addressing their decision options, including scenario analysis and backcasting.

  11. Two-tuple semantic model and method of cleaner production grade evaluation for town sewage treatment plants%城镇污水处理厂清洁生产等级评价二元语义模型与方法

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    王丽玲; 张树深; 张芸

    2014-01-01

    为解决城镇污水处理厂清洁生产等级评价问题,采用定性分析与定量计算相结合的方法,着重构建了城镇污水处理厂清洁生产等级评价指标体系及其权重确定方法;利用线性加权综合评价方法、模糊数学和二元语义概念,建立了城镇污水处理厂清洁生产等级评价模糊综合模型,并据此提出级别特征值概念,进而建立城镇污水处理厂清洁生产等级评价的二元语义模型与方法。实例计算分析说明,文中建立的清洁生产等级评价二元语义模型与方法可操作性强,等级评定结果比采用隶属度最大原则更直观、更便于解释,具有很好的应用与推广价值。%The cleaner production grade evaluation problem of wastewater treatment plants was studied through the method of combining qualitative analysis with quantitive computation. The index system of cleaner production grade evaluation for urban sewage treatment plants and corresponding weights’ determination method were proposed. The fuzzy comprehensive model of the cleaner production grade evaluation for town sewage treatment plants was established and the two-tuple semantic model and method through introducing the concept of the grade eigenvalue were developed through using the linear weighted comprehensive method, fuzzy mathematics and the concept of two-tuple semantic. It was illustrated with a real example that the established two-tuple semantic model and method of the cleaner production grade evaluation were more operational, intuitionistic and easily explained. Thus, the two-tuple semantic model and method proposed in this paper were of good applicability and generalization value.

  12. Low-Pressure Generator Makes Cleanrooms Cleaner

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    2005-01-01

    Scientists at NASA's Kennedy Space Center work in cleanrooms: laboratories with high degrees of cleanliness provided by strict control of particles such as dust, lint, or human skin. They are contaminant-free facilities, where the air is repeatedly filtered, and surfaces are smooth to prevent particles from getting lodged. Technicians working in these environments wear specially designed cleanroom "bunny suits" and booties over their street clothes, as well as gloves and face masks to avoid any contamination that may be imparted from the outside world. Even normal paper is not allowed in cleanrooms, only cleanroom low-particulate paper. These are sensitive environments where precision work, like the production of silicon chips or hard disk drives, is performed. Often in cleanrooms, positive air pressure is used to force particles outside of the isolated area. The air pressure in the Kennedy cleanrooms is monitored using high-accuracy, low-differential pressure transducers that require periodic calibration. Calibration of the transducers is a tricky business. In prior years, the analysis was performed by sending the transducers to the Kennedy Standards Laboratory, where a very expensive cross-floated, labor- intensive, dead-weight test was conducted. In the early 1990s, scientists at Kennedy determined to develop a technique and find equipment to perform qualification testing on new low-differential pressure transducers in an accurate, cost-effective manner onsite, without requiring an environmentally controlled room. They decided to use the highly accurate, cost-effective Setra Model C264 as the test transducer. For qualification testing of the Setra, though, a portable, lower-cost calibrator was needed that could control the differential pressure to a high degree of resolution and transfer the accuracy of the Standards Laboratory testing to the qualification testing. The researchers decided that, to generate the low-differential pressure setpoints needed for qualification testing, very small gas volume changes could be made against the test article, and a corresponding pressure change would be detected by a pressure standard. This allowed the researchers to recreate cleanroom air pressure settings without the use of a cleanroom. Thus was born the low-differential pressure generator. In 1993, a prototype was developed using a pair of PVC tanks, a volume controller, and a 1-pound-per-square-inch pressure standard. By 1995, the prototype was perfected into the unit that is still used today.

  13. Teaching Professionals Environmental Management and Cleaner Technology

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    Jørgensen, Ulrik; Jørgensen, Michael Søgaard; Thorsen, Nils

    experience. Generally participants have had 5-15 years of practical experience and are in the position of a internal or external job change towards new tasks that require new knowledge, methodologies or management/co-ordination skills. The education of "Masters of Environmental Management" (MEM) started......This paper is based on almost five years of experience from the post-graduate Master’s program for professionals in Environmental Management at the Technical University of Denmark. The curricu-lum equals a year full time study carried out as two years half-time study activities in four semes......-ters. The target groups are professional environmental managers working in businesses including consultants, governmental institutions and organizations. To get access to the education the students must have a technical/nature science competence at master level or bachelor level combined with relevant job...

  14. Toward cleaner, quieter skies: An international debate

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    Aylesworth, H. Jr.

    1997-12-31

    The paper summarizes infrastructure and technology changes in the aerospace industry aimed at reducing fuel consumption and nitrous oxide emissions. Growth of total air traffic is predicted over the next 20 years; however, emissions are predicted to grow less rapidly due to increased fuel efficiency and operational productivity. Engine technology leading to fuel efficiency, reduced emissions, and noise reduction is described. Regulations pertinent to these issues are outlined, and international efforts in these areas are also briefly described. 4 figs.

  15. Cleaner Air in Sity Landscape / Ljuba Gornaja

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    Gornaja, Ljuba

    1998-01-01

    1997.a. lõpul toimunud konverentsist "Transport ja keskkond Tallinnas" ئ perspektiivid ja areng. Tabelid: 1. Sõidukite arv Eestis 1981-1997, 2. Transpordi-dünaamika Tallinnas 1990-1996, 3. Ühistranspordi hinnad Tallinnas 1. jaan. 1998. 4. Mootorikütuse tariifid Eestis 1993-1999

  16. ON DEVELOPING CLEANER ORGANIC UNIT PROCESSES

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    Organic waste products, potentially harmful to the human health and the environment, are primarily produced in the synthesis stage of manufacturing processes. Many such synthetic unit processes, such as halogenation, oxidation, alkylation, nitration, and sulfonation are common to...

  17. Cleaner Air in Sity Landscape / Ljuba Gornaja

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    Gornaja, Ljuba

    1998-01-01

    1997.a. lõpul toimunud konverentsist "Transport ja keskkond Tallinnas" ئ perspektiivid ja areng. Tabelid: 1. Sõidukite arv Eestis 1981-1997, 2. Transpordi-dünaamika Tallinnas 1990-1996, 3. Ühistranspordi hinnad Tallinnas 1. jaan. 1998. 4. Mootorikütuse tariifid Eestis 1993-1999

  18. Sinopec Commits to Cleaner Production and Fuels

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    Li Xiaocheng

    2012-01-01

    China Petrochemical Corporation, or Sinopec, has issued a report on its efforts at environmental protection - a first for a Chinese company. The report cites strategies of China's biggest oil refiner by capacity to reduce environmental impact, as well as implementation of lower-carbon fuels and less-polluting production methods.

  19. Ulster Carpets - Cleaner Production option report

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    Wenzel, Henrik; Mercer, David

    A survey on options for saving water and energy was conducted at Ulster Carpets on 14th November 2002 by Henrik Wenzel from the Institute for Product Development in Denmark, and David Mercer from Enviros, South Africa. This report details observations made during this site visit and makes...

  20. Union Spinning Mills - Cleaner Production option report

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    Wenzel, Henrik; Schneider, Zsig

    and dyehouse technologists Dennis Robertson and Barry Gatenby • From Pollution Research Group, Natal University, Durban: Mr. Zsig Schneider • From Institute for Product Development, Denmark: Mr. Henrik Wenzel This team of people collected information on recipes and flow schematics on the various wet treatment...... operations in the dyehouse, and water and energy balances were made to the extent data allowed. A number of options for saving water, energy and chemicals were identified. The potentials monetary savings and necessary investments were estimated, and a list of priority projects including milestone plans...

  1. WEEE-Cleaners Pvt.Ltd

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    Agarwal, Umang

    2009-01-01

    The business plan presented is based on recycling of electronic waste in India. This work explains the Indian e-waste industry and in details discuses a business plan to set up an e-waste recycling plant in India.

  2. Cleaner for Solar-Collector Covers

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    Frickland, P. O.; Cleland, E. L.

    1983-01-01

    Simple self-contained cleaning system proposed for solar collectors or solar-collector protective domes. Perforated transparent plastic cap attached to top of protective dome in heliostat solar-energy collection system distributes cleaning fluid over surface of dome without blocking significant fraction of solar radiation.

  3. China Tries to Tap Cleaner Energy

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    2001-01-01

    @@ "The country is bent on reducing its reliance on dwindling fossil fuels and want to pursue sustainable energy development," said Shi Dinghuan, a director from the Ministry of Science and Technology.

  4. Teaching Professionals Environmental Management and Cleaner Technology

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    Jørgensen, Ulrik; Jørgensen, Michael Søgaard; Thorsen, Nils

    . The target groups are professional environmental managers working in businesses including consultants, governmental institutions and organizations. To get access to the education the students must have a technical/nature science competence at master level or bachelor level combined with relevant job......This paper is based on almost five years of experience from the post-graduate Master’s program for professionals in Environmental Management at the Technical University of Denmark. The curricu-lum equals a year full time study carried out as two years half-time study activities in four semes-ters...... in 1996 and since then 6 classes with 32 students each have started and Class number 7 is expected to start in September 2001. It is a specific target for the post-graduate education that networks are established during the course and continue working after the graduation. So far all classes graduated...

  5. Tools for EU cleaner coal technologies

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    Luque Cabal, V. [European Commission, Directorate C - Conventional Energies, Unit C3 - Coal and Oil, Brussels (Belgium)

    2002-07-01

    27% of the European electricity demand are generated through the conversion of domestic primary energy sources. Therefore the Commission is of the opinion to guarantee a minimum production for coal. However, the challenge is the reduction of CO{sub 2} emissions resulting from coal combustion by taking into account the safety of energy supply. Within the scope of the 'European Programme to Climate Change' the increase of energy efficiency in conversion processes of solid fossil fuels was identified as one measure not resulting too high cost that might be able to contribute to the reduction of CO{sub 2} emissions by 2010. (orig.) [German] 27% der in Europa benoetigten Elektrizitaet werden durch heimische oder importierte feste Brennstoffe erzeugt. Daher haelt die EU-Kommission es fuer angebracht, der Kohle einen Mindestproduktionsanteil zu sichern. Dabei liegt die aktuelle Herausforderung in der Reduzierung der CO{sub 2}-Emissionen aus kohlebefeuerten Kraftwerken. Allerdings sollte dabei auch die Sicherheit der Energieversorgung beruecksichtigt werden. Der Anstieg der Energieeffizienz bei der Umwandlung fester Brennstoffe in Elektrizitaet wurde im Rahmen des 'Europaeischen Programms zur Klimaaenderung' (ECCP) als eine der Massnahmen benannt, die bis zum Jahre 2010 zur Verringerung der CO{sub 2}-Emissionen beitragen koennten und die nicht mit uebermaessigen Kosten verbunden waeren. (orig.)

  6. Cleaner Air for Home and Office

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    1989-01-01

    Increased insulation has led to higher concentrations in homes and offices of toxic chemicals caused by emissions from synthetic building components. Recent NASA research regarding future interplanetary manned spacecraft has shown that certain plants can absorb gasses, reducing indoor air pollution. After working with water purifying water hyacinths, Dr. B. C. Wolverton at NSTL developed a carbon/plant filter system to remove chemicals, smoke, etc. Two companies have commercialized the system. Bio-safe provides plants, a bed of activated carbon and an air pump installed near the plant's roots. Pollutants are trapped by the charcoal and either digested by the roots or broken down by microorganisms. Purified air is then directed back into the room. Applied Indoor Resource Company markets Bio-Pure, which includes plants on a layer of patented soil medium with activated carbon. Legumes and mosses filter the air; a blower moves air through the filtering system for cleansing by microorganisms. Research at NSTL continues, and the system may eventually be enlarged.

  7. Cleaner Production of Wheat Straw Pulp

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    黄国林; 陈中胜; 张成芳

    2002-01-01

    A pulping method using NH4OH with less amount of KOH as cooking liquor on wheat straw was developed. KOH could reduce consumption of NH3 and cooking time for its strong alkalinity. The effects of various pulping conditions such as composition of cooking liquor, liquid-to-solid ratio, maximum temperature, cooking time to the maximum temperature and cooking time at the maximum temperature were studied. Experimental results indicated that the rate of delignification was 85.12( and the pulp yield was 49.65% under suitable pulping conditions. It looks promising to use black liquor containing nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and organic substance as fertilizer resources for agricultural production. A new pattern of ecological cycling may be set up between paper industry and farming.

  8. Water driven turbine/brush pipe cleaner

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    Werlink, Rudy J. (Inventor)

    1995-01-01

    Assemblies are disclosed for cleaning the inside walls of pipes and tubes. A first embodiment includes a small turbine with angled blades axially mounted on one end of a standoff support. An O-ring for stabilizing the assembly within the pipe is mounted in a groove within the outer ring. A replaceable circular brush is fixedly mounted on the opposite end of the standoff support and can be used for cleaning tubes and pipes of various diameters, lengths and configurations. The turbine, standoff support, and brush spin in unison relative to a hub bearing that is fixedly attached to a wire upstream of the assembly. The nonrotating wire is for retaining the assembly in tension and enabling return of the assembly to the pipe entrance. The assembly is initially placed in the pipe or tube to be cleaned. A pressurized water or solution source is provided at a required flow-rate to propel the assembly through the pipe or tube. The upstream water pressure propels and spins the turbine, standoff support and brush. The rotating brush combined with the solution cleans the inside of the pipe. The solution flows out of the other end of the pipe with the brush rotation controlled by the flow-rate. A second embodiment is similar to the first embodiment but instead includes a circular shaped brush with ring backing mounted in the groove of the exterior ring of the turbine, and also reduces the size of the standoff support or eliminates the standoff support.

  9. Strategy for cleaner production in microbrewery

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    Yang, Y.-G.; Li, W.-M. [Qinhuangdao Long-shi Brewery Inc. (China)

    2002-06-15

    'Full text:' There are over 600 breweries in China with nearly the same production processes. Many of them are microbrewery with the capacity of less than 1 million barrels a year. Breweries are characterized by high resource consumption and discharge of large volumes of wastewater, gas emission and solid waste, such as spent grains, coal residue and broken bottles. Long-shi Brewery Inc. is a microbrewery located on the countryside, 200 km east of Beijing, and it is the main sources of pollution in the local community. Wastewater is one of the most important parts of water pollution. In order to reduce pollution and increase economic benefit, several strategies have been taken at the distillery to reduce pollution. For example, some of the cooling water was recycled; coal slag was used to produce bricks or road filling; waste gases were purified before emission; and some of the CO2 produced from fermentation were recycled to produce liquid CO2. More works will be carried out to treat the wastewater from washing operation. After all these strategies, the environmental and economic situation of the company will be greatly improved. (author)

  10. Mega-supramolecules for safer, cleaner fuel

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    Kornfield, Julie

    Guided by the statistical mechanics of ring-chain equilibrium, we designed and synthesized polymers that self-assemble into ``mega-supramolecules'' (>=5,000 kg/mol) at low concentration (400 kg/mol) and end-association strength is optimal (16-18kT). Hydrocarbon liquid fuels are the world's dominant power source (34% of global energy consumption). Transportation relies heavily on such liquids, presenting the risk of explosive post-impact fires. The collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 inspired us to revisit polymers for mist control to mitigate post-impact fuel explosions. Rheological and both light and neutron scattering measurements of long end-functional polymers having polycyclooctadiene backbones and acid or amine end groups verify formation of mega-supramolecules. Post-impact flame propagations experiments show that mega-supramolecules control misting. Turbulent flow measurements show that mega-supramolecules reduce drag like ultra-long covalent polymers. With individual building blocks short enough to avoid hydrodynamic chain scission (400filters without degradation. Mega-supramolecules had no adverse effect on power output, fuel efficiency or emissions in diesel engines. In fact, they gave a 12% reduction in diesel soot. Thus, long end-associative polymers may open the way to fuel additives that reduce pollution and improve transportation safety and security.

  11. Study of effect ofultrasonic cleaners on endoscopic instrument%超声波清洗机在腔镜手术器械清洗消毒中的应用效果研究

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    王萍

    2016-01-01

    目的::探讨超声波清洗机在腔镜手术器械清洗消毒中的应用效果.方法:选取2015年我科从手术室收回的160套腔镜手术器械,随机分为对照组和观察组各80套,对照组采用手工清洗;观察组采用手工清洗加超声波清洗.采取目测清洁度、管腔的检查-注入95%酒精用气枪将管腔内95%酒精吹向洁净的白色纱布上(纱布洁净如初)以及器械隐血试验(OB)对比分析两组腔镜手术器械的清洗效果.结果:目测清洁度、管腔的检查-注入95%酒精用气枪将管腔内95%酒精吹向洁净的白色纱布上(纱布洁净如初)、观察组合格率为96.25%,对照组合格率为85%;腔镜手术器械 OB 实验,观察组阴性率为93.75%,对照组阴性率为82.5%.观察组的目测清洁度、管腔的检查-注入95%酒精用气枪将管腔内95%酒精吹向洁净的白色纱布上(纱布洁净如初)和 OB 实验阴性率均高于对照组,差异具有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论:超声波清洗机结合酶液有效温度清洗能够高效清洗腔镜手术器械.%[Abstract Objective]To discuss the effect of ultrasonic cleaners on endoscopic instrument.Methods:1 60 sets of endoscopic instruG ment recycled from operating room in our department from Jan.,201 5 to Dec.,201 5 were divided into control group and observation group randomly,80 sets in each group.Control group were cleaned by manual cleaning.Observation group were cleaned by manual cleaning combined with sonicleaning.Cleanliness by visual inspection,examination of lumen- injected 95% alcohol were blew to clean white gauze by air gun (gauze was clean as before)and occult blood test(OB)on instrument were used to analyze the cleaning effect of two groups.Results:Cleanliness by visual inspection and examination of lumen- injected 95% alcohol were blew to clean white gauze by air gun (gauze was clean as before)showed that percent of pass of observation

  12. A Case of Material Balance Analysis the Cleaner Product Audit Using Material Flow Cost Accounting%物质流成本分析在清洁生产审核物料平衡分析中的案例实践

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    张蓓; 郝莉莉; 杨光辉

    2011-01-01

    Using the method of material flow cost accounting to account and analysis the costs of materials in the material balance of cleaner product audit, it is certain that the material flow cost accounting has been of great value in the cleaner product audit. T%运用物质流成本分析对清洁生产审核物料平衡中各物质流成本进行了核算与分析,确认了物质流成本分析在清洁生产审核中的应用价值。案例研究表明:清洁生产疗案的实施不仅有助于实现“降耗”、“减污”、“增效”,而且可为管理层决策实施清洁生产方案提供依据。

  13. Risk Reduction in the Synthesis of Nanomaterials: Green Approach to Noble Metal Nanostructures and Nanocomposites

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    A brief account of greener production of nanoparticles which reduces or eliminates the use and generation of hazardous substances is presented. The utility of vitamins B1 and B2, which can function both as reducing and capping agents, provides an extremely s...

  14. Narrative approaches

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    Stelter, Reinhard

    2012-01-01

    as a narrative-collaborative practice, an approach that is based on phenomenology, social constructionism and narrative theory. Seeing narrative coaching as a collaborative practice also leads to reflecting on the relationship between coach and coachee(s) in a new way, where both parts contribute to the dialogue......Narrative coaching is representative of the new wave – or third generation – of coaching practice . The theory and practice of narrative coaching takes into account the social and cultural conditions of late modern society, and must be seen as intertwined with them. Some initial conceptualizations...... and coachee. The conceptual framework will be tested by presenting central results of a research project. The ideas discussed in this chapter expand upon earlier concepts of the narrative approach (mainly formulated by White in 2007) by integrating ideas from phenomenology and experiential approaches...

  15. Capability approach

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    Jensen, Niels Rosendal; Kjeldsen, Christian Christrup

    Lærebogen er den første samlede danske præsentation af den af Amartya Sen og Martha Nussbaum udviklede Capability Approach. Bogen indeholder en præsentation og diskussion af Sen og Nussbaums teoretiske platform. I bogen indgår eksempler fra såvel uddannelse/uddannelsespolitik, pædagogik og omsorg....

  16. Estrutura organizacional para a difusão da produção mais limpa: uma contribuição da metodologia seis sigma na constituição de redes intra-organizacionais Organizational structure for cleaner production diffusion: a contribution of the six sigma methodology to the creation of intra-organizational networks

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    Rogério Cerávolo Calia

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available A "Produção Mais Limpa" é uma metodologia criada para aumentar a sustentabilidade ambiental das manufaturas. Devido a sua importância para o desenvolvimento sustentável, a Produção Mais Limpa foi amplamente promovida pela Organização das Nações Unidas e por diversas redes de organizações visando à difusão desta metodologia. No entanto, após mais de dez anos de atuação, estas redes para a difusão da Produção Mais Limpa têm se confrontado com significativas e recorrentes barreiras organizacionais que limitam seu desempenho. Utilizando-se do referencial teórico de "organizações em rede" no contexto da inovação, este artigo se baseia num aprofundado estudo de caso sobre uma estrutura organizacional em rede dentro de uma empresa multinacional que opera dezenas de manufaturas em diversos países. Esta empresa triplicou o desempenho ambiental em toneladas de poluição prevenidas e multiplicou em oito vezes o número de projetos de Produção Mais Limpa bem sucedidos, após ter implementado uma estrutura organizacional em rede para aumentar sua capacidade de gerenciar projetos para a melhoria de processos. Para explicar os motivos de tal aumento de desempenho ambiental, o artigo utiliza a metodologia de modelagem organizacional Enterprise Knowledge Development (EKD para descrever as interações entre os objetivos, regras e processos do Programa de Produção Mais Limpa desta corporação, assim como as suas estruturas de relacionamento entre os atores que viabilizaram a integração das competências necessárias para a geração de uma maior capacidade de inovação ambientalmente sustentável nas manufaturas.Cleaner Production is a methodology to improve environmental sustainability in manufacturers. Due to its importance for sustainable development, the United Nations and many regional networks have taken on the responsibility to diffuse Cleaner Production methodology. After more than ten years of activity, however, these

  17. Three generation production biotechnology of biomass into bio-fuel

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    Zheng, Chaocheng

    2017-08-01

    The great change of climate change, depletion of natural resources, and scarcity of fossil fuel in the whole world nowadays have witnessed a sense of urgency home and abroad among scales of researchers, development practitioners, and industrialists to search for completely brand new sustainable solutions in the area of biomass transforming into bio-fuels attributing to our duty-that is, it is our responsibility to take up this challenge to secure our energy in the near future with the help of sustainable approaches and technological advancements to produce greener fuel from nature organic sources or biomass which comes generally from organic natural matters such as trees, woods, manure, sewage sludge, grass cuttings, and timber waste with a source of huge green energy called bio-fuel. Biomass includes most of the biological materials, livings or dead bodies. This energy source is ripely used industrially, or domestically for rather many years, but the recent trend is on the production of green fuel with different advance processing systems in a greener. More sustainable method. Biomass is becoming a booming industry currently on account of its cheaper cost and abundant resources all around, making it fairly more effective for the sustainable use of the bio-energy. In the past few years, the world has witnessed a remarkable development in the bio-fuel production technology, and three generations of bio-fuel have already existed in our society. The combination of membrane technology with the existing process line can play a vital role for the production of green fuel in a sustainable manner. In this paper, the science and technology for sustainable bio-fuel production will be introduced in detail for a cleaner world.

  18. Beyond the Greenways: A People-Centered Urban Planning and Design Approach for Shenzhen, the 'World Factory' in Transition

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    Qu, L.; Fu, B.; Calabrese, L.M.

    2015-01-01

    Greenway as landscaped, linear and multi-purpose component of urban planning has been increasingly used globally, especially in cities experiencing de-industrialization process. It has the potential to restructure city regions and improve connectivity of public spaces, making cities greener and frie

  19. A GREEN CHEMISTRY APPROACH TO PREPARATION OF CORE (FE OR CU)-SHELL (NOBLE METALS) NANOCOMPOSITES USING AQUEOUS ASCORBIC ACID

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    A greener method to fabricate novel core (Fe or Cu)-shell (noble metals) nanocomposites of transition metals such as Fe and Cu and noble metals such as Au, Pt, Pd, and Ag using aqueous ascorbic acid is described. Transition metal salts such as Cu and Fe were reduced using ascor...

  20. Pedagogical approaches

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    and their particular needs, which teachers must be aware of and deal with. Secondly, I propose a combination of adult learners’ characteristics with ‘teaching orientations’, as a basis for further research on teachers of adults’ professional development. Some of the competencies that teachers need can be taught...... in formal settings, but in most teaching settings, the teachers act alone and develop their pedagogical approaches/- teaching strategies with no synchronous sparring from a colleague. Adult learners have particular needs and characteristics that their teachers must be able to address (cf. Knowles......This paper is a part of an on-going qualitative empirical research project: “Teachers of adults as learners. A study on teachers’ experiences in practice”. Data is collected at a Danish Adult Education Centre. The aim of the study is to understand teachers’ learning experiences. The research...

  1. Adapting a GIS-Based Multicriteria Decision Analysis Approach for Evaluating New Power Generating Sites

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    Omitaomu, Olufemi A. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Blevins, Brandon R. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Southern California, Edison, CA (United States); Jochem, Warren C. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States); Mays, Gary T. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Belles, Randy [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Hadley, Stanton W. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Harrison, Thomas J. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Bhaduri, Budhendra L. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Neish, Bradley S. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Rose, Amy N. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2012-01-01

    There is a growing need to site new power generating plants that use cleaner energy sources due to increased regulations on air and water pollution and a sociopolitical desire to develop more clean energy sources. To assist utility and energy companies as well as policy-makers in evaluating potential areas for siting new plants in the contiguous United States, a geographic information system (GIS)-based multicriteria decision analysis approach is presented in this paper. The presented approach has led to the development of the Oak Ridge Siting Analysis for power Generation Expansion (OR-SAGE) tool. The tool takes inputs such as population growth, water availability, environmental indicators, and tectonic and geological hazards to provide an in-depth analysis for siting options. To the utility and energy companies, the tool can quickly and effectively provide feedback on land suitability based on technology specific inputs. However, the tool does not replace the required detailed evaluation of candidate sites. To the policy-makers, the tool provides the ability to analyze the impacts of future energy technology while balancing competing resource use.

  2. A Geospatial Approach for Prioritizing Wind Farm Development in Northeast Nebraska, USA

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    Adam Miller

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Being cleaner and climate friendly, wind energy has been increasingly utilized to meet the ever-growing global energy demands. In the State of Nebraska, USA, a wide gap exists between wind resource and actual energy production, and it is imperative to expand the wind energy development. Because of the formidable costs associated with wind energy development, the locations for new wind turbines need to be carefully selected to provide the greatest benefit for a given investment. Geographic Information Systems (GIS have been widely used to identify the suitable wind farm locations. In this study, a GIS-based multi-criteria approach was developed to identify the areas that are best suited to wind energy development in Northeast Nebraska, USA. Seven criteria were adopted in this method, including distance to roads, closeness to transmission lines, population density, wind potential, land use, distance to cities, slope and exclusionary areas. The suitability of wind farm development was modeled by a weighted overlay of geospatial layers corresponding to these criteria. The results indicate that the model is capable of identifying locations highly suited for wind farm development. The approach could help identify suitable wind farm locations in other areas with a similar geographic background.

  3. Deep coal seams as a greener energy source: a review

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    Ranathunga, A. S.; Perera, M. S. A.; Ranjith, P. G.

    2014-12-01

    Today, coal and oil are the main energy sources used in the world. However, these sources will last for only a few decades. Hence, the investigation of possible energy sources to meet this crisis has become a crucial task. Coal bed methane (CBM) is a potential energy source which can be used to fulfil the energy demand. Since the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted to the atmosphere from the use of CBM is comparatively very low compared to conventional energy sources, it is also a potential mitigation option for global warming. This paper reviews CBM recovery techniques with particular emphasis on CO2-enhanced coal bed methane (CO2-ECBM) recovery. The paper reviews (1) conventional CBM recovery techniques and problems associated with them, (2) CBM production-enhancement methods, including hydro-fracturing and enhanced CBM recovery techniques, such as N2-ECBM and CO2-ECBM, (3) the importance of the CO2-ECBM technique compared to other methods and problems with it, (4) the effect of CO2 injection during the CO2-ECBM process on coal seam permeability and strength and (5) current CO2-ECBM field projects and their progress. Although conventional CBM recovery methods are simple (basically related to the drawdown of the reservoir pressure to release methane from it), they are inefficient for the recovery of a commercially viable amount of methane from coal seams. Therefore, to enhance methane production, several methods are used, such as hydro-fracturing and ECBM (N2-ECBM and CO2-ECBM). The CO2-ECBM process has a number of advantages compared to other methane recovery techniques, as it contributes to the mitigation of the atmospheric CO2 level, is safer and more economical. However, as a result of CO2 injection into the coal seam during the CO2-ECBM process, coal mass permeability and strength may be crucially changed, due to the coal matrix swelling associated with CO2 adsorption into the coal matrix. Both injecting CO2 properties (gas type, CO2 phase and pressure) and coal seam properties (coal rank and temperature) affect this swelling. Although there are many related studies, a number of gaps exist, especially in the area of coal rank and how the effect of other factors varies with the rank of the coal seam. To date, there have been few CO2-ECBM field projects in the world. However, the reduction of CO2 injectability after some time of CO2 injection, due to coal matrix swelling near the well bore, is a common problem in the field. Therefore, various permeability-enhancing techniques, such as hydro-fracturing and injection of an inert gas such as N2 or a mixture of inert gases (N2 + CO2) into the seam to recover the swelled areas are under test in the field.

  4. Greener Aviation with Virtual Sensors: A Case Study

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The environmental impact of aviation is enormous given the fact that in the US alone there are nearly 6 million flights per year of commercial aircraft. This...

  5. Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge: 2014 Designing Greener Chemicals Award

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    Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge 2014 award winner, The Solberg Company, replaced fluorinated surfactants in its firefighting foam concentrates with a blend of non-fluorinated surfactants and sugars.

  6. Greener power generation technologies. Solutions for carbon capture

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    Reimuth, Oliver; Kremer, Hermann; Vortmeyer, Nicolas [Siemens AG, Erlangen (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    Fossil-based power generation will continue to account for a dominant share of over 50 % in the future energy mix. In order to meet the requirements of climate protection, a combination of highly-efficient, flexible combined cycle power plants and the use of CCS in coal-based power generation will be necessary. In addition to funding of the first demonstration projects comprehensive statutory framework and public acceptance are necessary for launching CCS technology. (orig.)

  7. An American environmentalist working for a greener China

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    2004-01-01

    <正> Childhood experiences can sometimes be a pointer to one’s later life. American environmentalist Husayn Anwar firmly believes that his connection with China is closely related to contact with Chinese construction workers while he was at kindergarten."My earliest real contact with Chinese people showed me that they

  8. Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge: 2011 Designing Greener Chemicals Award

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    Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge 2011 award winner, Sherwin-Williams, developed water-based acrylic alkyd paints with VOCs that can be made from recycled soda bottle (PET), acrylics, and soybean oil.

  9. To Greener Pastures: Transnational Teacher Migration from South Africa

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    Manik, Sadhana

    2007-01-01

    Globalisation of the world economy has intensified migration in the twenty-first century. Professionals are vulnerable to transnational migration and the trend is for professionals from developing countries to fill labour gaps in developed countries. South Africa's (SA) inclusion in the world labour market suggests that she is not immune. She is…

  10. Net Zero Ft. Carson: making a greener Army base

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    The US Army Net Zero program seeks to reduce the energy, water, and waste footprint of bases. Seventeen pilot bases aim to achieve 100% renewable energy, zero depletion of water resources, and/or zero waste to landfill by 2020. Some bases are pursuing Net Zero in a single secto...

  11. Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge: 2002 Greener Reaction Conditions Award

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    Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge 2002 award winner, Cargill Dow, developed the NatureWorks process to make biobased, compostable, and recyclable polylactic acid polymers for fibers and plastic packaging.

  12. Net Zero Ft. Carson: making a greener Army base

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    The US Army Net Zero program seeks to reduce the energy, water, and waste footprint of bases. Seventeen pilot bases aim to achieve 100% renewable energy, zero depletion of water resources, and/or zero waste to landfill by 2020. Some bases are pursuing Net Zero in a single secto...

  13. Towards greener and more sustainable batteries for electrical energy storage.

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    Larcher, D; Tarascon, J-M

    2015-01-01

    Ever-growing energy needs and depleting fossil-fuel resources demand the pursuit of sustainable energy alternatives, including both renewable energy sources and sustainable storage technologies. It is therefore essential to incorporate material abundance, eco-efficient synthetic processes and life-cycle analysis into the design of new electrochemical storage systems. At present, a few existing technologies address these issues, but in each case, fundamental and technological hurdles remain to be overcome. Here we provide an overview of the current state of energy storage from a sustainability perspective. We introduce the notion of sustainability through discussion of the energy and environmental costs of state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries, considering elemental abundance, toxicity, synthetic methods and scalability. With the same themes in mind, we also highlight current and future electrochemical storage systems beyond lithium-ion batteries. The complexity and importance of recycling battery materials is also discussed.

  14. Towards greener and more sustainable batteries for electrical energy storage

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    Larcher, D.; Tarascon, J.-M.

    2015-01-01

    Ever-growing energy needs and depleting fossil-fuel resources demand the pursuit of sustainable energy alternatives, including both renewable energy sources and sustainable storage technologies. It is therefore essential to incorporate material abundance, eco-efficient synthetic processes and life-cycle analysis into the design of new electrochemical storage systems. At present, a few existing technologies address these issues, but in each case, fundamental and technological hurdles remain to be overcome. Here we provide an overview of the current state of energy storage from a sustainability perspective. We introduce the notion of sustainability through discussion of the energy and environmental costs of state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries, considering elemental abundance, toxicity, synthetic methods and scalability. With the same themes in mind, we also highlight current and future electrochemical storage systems beyond lithium-ion batteries. The complexity and importance of recycling battery materials is also discussed.

  15. Engineering Greener Processes--Laser Cutter Transforms Printing Waste

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    Xu, Renmei; Flowers, Jim

    2011-01-01

    Many of today's students have embraced an environmental ethic and are motivated by efforts to reduce waste or to remanufacture waste into viable products. In-class efforts to reuse and remanufacture waste can be especially motivating. They can also help students develop a better understanding of life-cycle analysis, waste-stream management,…

  16. Clearing the Ground for a Greener New Zealand English

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    Matthewman, Sasha

    2014-01-01

    In the context of public and policy concerns about human induced climate change, it is striking that dominant models and histories of English teaching marginalise the environmental significance of English as a school subject (Matthewman, 2010). This is in spite of a growing body of ecocritical work within English and cultural studies which has…

  17. Organic Milk: Is the Grass Greener on the Other Side?

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    Palliser, Janna

    2011-01-01

    This article looks at the costs and benefits of producing organic milk. To be organic, dairy farmers must use organic fertilizer and organic pesticides, and the cows are not given supplemental hormones or antibiotics--that is, the milk must be produced without chemicals, hormones, or antibiotics (Hannon 2009). The organic versus nonorganic world…

  18. Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge: 1996 Greener Synthetic Pathways Award

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    Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge 1996 award winner, Monsanto Company, developed a safer synthesis for DSIDA, a key building block for the herbicide RoundUp. The synthesis uses no ammonia, cyanide, or formaldehyde.

  19. Interactions between cyclodextrins and cellular components: Towards greener medical applications?

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    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available In the field of host–guest chemistry, some of the most widely used hosts are probably cyclodextrins (CDs. As CDs are able to increase the water solubility of numerous drugs by inclusion into their hydrophobic cavity, they have been widespread used to develop numerous pharmaceutical formulations. Nevertheless, CDs are also able to interact with endogenous substances that originate from an organism, tissue or cell. These interactions can be useful for a vast array of topics including cholesterol manipulation, treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, control of pathogens, etc. In addition, the use of natural CDs offers the great advantage of avoiding or reducing the use of common petroleum-sourced drugs. In this paper, the general features and applications of CDs have been reviewed as well as their interactions with isolated biomolecules leading to the formation of inclusion or exclusion complexes. Finally, some potential medical applications are highlighted throughout several examples.

  20. Metal-Acetylacetonate Synthesis Experiments: Which Is Greener?

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    Ribeiro, M. Gabriela T. C.; Machado, Adlio A. S. C.

    2011-01-01

    A procedure for teaching green chemistry through laboratory experiments is presented in which students are challenged to use the 12 principles of green chemistry to review and modify synthesis protocols to improve greenness. A global metric, green star, is used in parallel with green chemistry mass metrics to evaluate the improvement in greenness.…