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Study to Compare Impacts of Diesel and Biodiesel Emissionson on Human Health

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The impacts of ethanol fuel use on air quality in Brazil have been studied without conclusive results, so the results of this study comparing emissions from diesel fuel and biodiesel will be interesting. Other researchers have found that the burning of sugarcane prior to harvest has had adverse effects on human health, but the effect of gasoline combustion versus ethanol combustion remain largely undetermined, so studying the combustion in mines, a much more closed environment, should yield interesting results. Stay tuned…

U of A Wins ‘Underground’ Biodiesel Grant

Posted by – October 18th, 2012

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health awarded a $1.4 million grant to the University of Arizona‘s Mel and Enid Zumerman College of Public Health along with the department of mining and geological engineering. The three-year project will compare exposure and health effects of miners using diesel versus biodiesel fueled underground mining equipment. During the past few years, miners have shifted to the use of biodiesel-blend fuels in an effort to reduce exposure to particulates from engine exhaust.

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October 20th, 2012 at 8:25 am

US Military Works on Waste to Energy Conversion

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Following up on a post from last year, the U.S. Military continues to increase use of renewable fuels.

I recently had the chance to speak with an Air Force pilot about other measures they’re taking to reduce their fuel consumption. While he said it’s sometimes a bit of a headache, he was glad that they were taking steps to decrease the massive, and I mean MASSIVE amounts of fuel they use.

For example, they used to idle on runways for as much as a few hours, waiting for a runway to clear or their orders to take off. Now they have a limit for how long they can sit with engines running. Apparently jets don’t just start with the turn of a key like my Subey does, so when they need to power down it takes quite a while to get back up and ready again. He admitted this was sometimes frustrating, but also said that considering the amount of fuel those jets burn even when standing still, the savings, in fuel and money, are substantial.

I was glad to hear they’re thinking about this stuff, glad to hear he and most of his colleagues are generally positive towards the changes, and also very glad that I had a chance to thank him for his service to our country.

Thanks again.

January 28, 2011 4:00 AM PST

Air Force base to gasify waste for energy

WALTHAM, Mass.–In the quest for renewable sources of energy, the military is giving garbage a go.

The Edwards Air Force base in Southern California will test out a shipping container-sized trash-to-energy unit from IST Energy. The Air Force will be the first customer for IST Energy’s Green Energy Machine (GEM), which is designed to convert waste into electricity and heat, according to the company.

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-20029787-54.html#ixzz1HToslyuV

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January 28th, 2011 at 8:00 pm