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Wind energy applications — the promising road forward
By Don Rosato
Wind energy continues to provide major growth opportunities for plastic composites — the industry will reach $4 billion by the end of 2014. The adoption of larger-scale turbines and the expansion of offshore installations that call for stiffer and lighter blades are important to the use of lightweight, strength-to-weight plastic composites. Look at some emerging wind energy application developments, the biggest trend in the future appears to be vertical.
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Newly opened US embassies earn pace-setting LEED certifications
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The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations has opened several new or newly renovated embassies in countries around the world in recent months with exemplary sustainability features, including the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum-certified overseas U.S. diplomatic facility; the first building in Burundi to receive LEED certification (Gold); and an energy-savings project that marks the Department of Energy's first partnership with an energy service company under the Department's Federal Energy Management Program's Super Energy Savings Performance Contract.
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Chicago unveils new rooftop solar discount program
Chicago Tribune
Chicago is offering rooftop solar panel installations through the summer at 25 percent below market rates through a partnership with nonprofit Vote Solar. The idea is to jump-start solar installations in the city, according to Chicago's Chief Sustainability Officer Karen Weigert. Similar programs have kicked off hundreds of installations in other regions, she said.
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Report: Smart City technology to $27.5 billion in annual revenue by 2023
EDC Magazine
Creating more sustainable, resilient and livable cities is of vital importance to nations around the world. In particular, the rapid urbanization of Asia and Africa is driving strong growth in the market for smart city technologies that can connect and modernize power grids, water treatment and transfer systems, transportation management systems, and energy efficient buildings.
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Eco-friendly refrigerants set to expand
BUILDINGS
Your HVAC units and refrigeration equipment may soon have new climate-friendly refrigerant options. The EPA is proposing to increase the options for refrigerants and technologies that do not harm the ozone layer.
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