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Wind energy processing technologies steadily advancing
By Don Rosato
Wind energy designs increasingly depend on plastics processing and design technologies. Plastic parts and components are extensively used in all major sectors of wind energy generation, and processing developments in blade manufacturing and service are advancing rapidly. The primary drivers in wind turbine development are power generation and cost. The engineering challenge has been to develop a longer wind turbine blade that will produce more power output without increasing blade weight, the load on the turbine or the costs for transportation to and assembly at the wind farm site.
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Southern Research Institute builds facility to study solar power
Southern Research Institute has completed construction of a solar power research facility on its Birmingham, Alabama, campus. Research conducted at the new Southeastern Solar Research Center in conjunction with the Electric Power Research Institute may provide insight into the performance of solar power hardware in the South, said Institute Vice President Michael D. Johns.
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  What's your Carbon Footprint?

Compressed air and steam leaks increase the size of your carbon footprint in addition to cutting efficiencies, wasting energy and effecting your bottom line. Click here to view important information on methods, best practices, software and instruments that will help keep your company profitable and improve the environment.

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Facility design factors to consider when expanding operations
Supply Chain Digest
As the U.S. economy continues to slowly improve most companies are seeing solid increases in unit volume sales and inventory that are putting the squeeze on existing facility space and design. In addition, many e-commerce retailers are adopting tactics to facilitate direct supplier-to-consumer transactions. Unable to transition from bulk to direct shipping in their current facilities, suppliers are strategically investing in industrial real estate to reduce their shipping times and operating expenses in order to remain competitive.
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USGBC announces LEED certification for 6 World Cup stadiums
EDC Magazine
With all eyes on the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the USGBC is proud of the fact that six World Cup stadiums have achieved LEED certification, including South America's largest stadium, Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. Originally built and used for the 1950 FIFA World Cup, the LEED Silver Maracanã stadium is once again reprising its role by playing host for the final game of the 2014 World Cup.
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Insulate yourself from green claims
If you're considering environmentally preferable options for insulation, you'll encounter several shades of green. Products can be made from sand, denim, glass, and plant-based materials. So how do you decide which one is better than another? Rely on performance criteria and third-party certifications to find the most responsible and sustainable solution.
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More regulations for cooling industry to accommodate
By Andrew Gaved
Readers outside of Europe may be forgiven for thinking that the European policymakers have something against the cooling industry. Just look at all the legislation and standards-setting underway that are directed squarely at refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps. The F-gas regulation has enshrined stricter rules about refrigerants largely because of concern about the industry's ability to reduce direct emissions. But the next swath of important legislation — the Ecodesign directive — comes more from the European Commission's general desire to reduce energy across the continent.
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