Maersk Line Adds Sustainable Container Floors

Posted on May 24th, 2011 by

Honda Becomes The Newest Member Of The Clean Energy Partnership

The European based Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) has announced that Honda will become the newest member of the CEP program. Clean Energy Partnership, which includes Shell, Toyota, BMW, Ford and others as partners, is one of the largest fuel cell vehicle ad hydrogen demonstration projects in the world. The goal of the consortium is to bring the top vehicle makers, infrastructure and energy companies and governments together to display Europe as a leader in clean energy technology. Honda has had fuel cell electric vehicles in Europe since 2009 and will support CEP activities with two FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle models.

Maersk Adds Sustainable Container Floors

Maersk Line has decided to end the purchasing of containers that have floors made of uncertified tropical hardwood. Most shipping lines purchase containers that have tropical hardwood floors which creates a demand of about 1.2-1.5 million cubic metres of hardwood annually to meet demand for new containers. Maersk Line’s new policy has refocused the company’s attention on having floors made of timber from sources employing responsible forestry practices or non-wood alternatives such as bamboo and recycled plastic. As of this broadcast, Maersk Line has purchased 64,000 containers that follow the new sustainable policy. The company has plans to add approximately 3 million sustainable containers within the next 5 years.

University of Missouri engineer part of the team making solar panels more effective in collecting energy

A research team that includes a University of Missouri engineer is making major headway to developing a flexible solar film that can theoretically capture more than 90 percent of available light. This is a big deal because current technology can only capture around 30 percent of available light. Prototypes could be produced within the next five years. Patrick Pinhero, who is an associate professor in Missouri’s Chemical Engineering Department, is developing a thin, moldable sheet of small antennas called nantenna which is designed to take industrial waste heat and convert it into usable electricity. Also involved in the R&D are colleagues at the Idaho National Lab, and Garret Moddel, an electrical engineering professor at the University of Colorado, among others. The team’s hopes is that their research will help them acquire funding from private investors as well as the DOE. They have set a goal of 5 years to develop a product that improves conventional PV solar panels by capturing currently unused infrared energy.

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