Aviation’s evolution: Fuel cells, 3D-printed planes and beyond

March 28, 2017 by  
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Companies such as Airbus, Boeing and easyJet rethink air travel’s environmental impacts.

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Boeing and HRL win Guinness World Record for world’s lightest metal

November 10, 2016 by  
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Boeing and HRL Laboratories created a metal microlattice that has been awarded the Guinness World Record for the world’s lightest metal . The entire structure of the microlattice is 99.99 percent air, making it 100 times lighter than styrofoam. Perhaps the most interesting thing about the new metal is not its light weight, but the fact that it was created to emulate human cell structure. It’s far from a bionic metal, but it illustrates that developing technology to mimic nature can help us achieve great things. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6N_4jGJADY While the weight of a material is often associated with its strength, that isn’t always the case. For many applications, the use of a lighter material can lend a number of benefits in terms of durability and flexibility, all important considerations where all sorts of structures are concerned. Like human bones, which are porous, the microlattice is incredibly strong despite being mostly air. Its spindly structure is capable of absorbing and distributing force to reduce damage. The team placed the metal microlattice atop the delicate head of a dandelion (already gone to seed) to demonstrate its ultra light weight. Related: Scientists develop world’s lightest metal, 100x times lighter than styrofoam Boeing’s new metal microlattice is made from nickel phosphorus and is approximately 100 times lighter than styrofoam. While the aerospace company is certainly looking forward to potential applications in commercial airplane wings, the lightweight yet durable microlattice could have other uses in vehicle engines, military protective gear, and possible even in the medical world. Because of the way the microlattice’s structure mimics porous human cells, it could someday be used to develop an artificial lung. The microlattice is the product of several years of research and development, and initially introduced in 2011 . The Guinness World Record was just awarded last year , after a long application and review process. Via ArchDaily Images via Boeing

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Low-carbon aviation fuel soars onward

November 10, 2016 by  
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You may be surprised to learn that air travel is already efficient. In fact, a flight between New York and Los Angeles achieves the equivalent of about 80 miles per gallon per passenger.Airplane manufacturers, such as Boeing and Airbus, prioritized reducing fuel consumption because jet fuel is the No. 1 expense for airlines, and they have achieved great success in doing so. 

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Episode 37: Boeing’s green guru; elevating ‘energy productivity’

July 8, 2016 by  
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This week on the GreenBiz 350 podcast: The money behind the Tesla-SolarCity merger, Boeing’s Zimbabwe-born environmental chief and rethinking energy efficiency.

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Resilience is key in new climate reality

July 8, 2016 by  
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No one is exempt from the effects of climate change, so energy planners must anticipate climate impacts as to plan wisely.

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Lessons from Cole Haan on making sustainability fit

July 8, 2016 by  
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An energy efficiency overhaul started with a store walk-through.

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Boeing’s new self-cleaning airplane bathroom annihilates microbes with UV light

March 4, 2016 by  
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There are few things more unsettling about air travel than cramped, contaminated onboard bathrooms, but Boeing is easing travelers’ minds with their new self-cleaning lavatories . Using a frequency of far UV light that obliterates 99.99 percent of bacteria and viruses after every use, the new bathrooms could revolutionize airplane comfort. Read the rest of Boeing’s new self-cleaning airplane bathroom annihilates microbes with UV light

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Green-roofed seaside cabins offer an off-grid getaway on a remote Swedish island

March 4, 2016 by  
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Reimagining jet fuel

March 4, 2016 by  
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Julie Felgar of Boeing explains during the GreenBiz 16 conference in Phoenix how sustainability comes into play when your product takes 20 years to bring to market.

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Toxics toolbox: A crash course on chemical management software

September 4, 2015 by  
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New tools could change chemical supply chains for Seagate, Boeing and Halliburton.

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