Can plastics be removed from the environment and be biologically degraded? Chemical engineers at TU Wien (Vienna) are working on it
Scientists at the Institute for Chemical, Environmental and Biological Engineering (ICEBE) at TU Wien (Vienna) are trying to replace exploitation of the environment, by using ecologically balanced approaches. “There is no contradiction between technology and nature – quite the contrary”, says Anton Friedl, the director of the institute. “Nature can teach us about new technological approaches, and new technologies will benefit the environment. It is a process we call ‘imagineering nature”, he adds.
End market diversity is the blessing for manufacturers of extruders.
Extruders are used to make pipe and siding in the construction market, sheet and blown film in packaging and tubing for medical. Not to mention custom extrusion for everything from aerospace to writing instruments.
One slow market segment can be offset by another hot one, machinery officials said.
In construction, single-family housing starts were up 8 percent year to date through October, from the same period a year ago, on pace to hit an annual rate of 877,000 in 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Starts are beginning to get a boost from reconstruction activity from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
FCC Approves Alphabet’s Project Loon for Hurricane-Devastated Puerto Rico
NEWS ANALYSIS: The Federal Communications Commission has approved a license to enable Alphabet’s X innovation lab to set up its Project Loon communications system to provide emergency cell service to hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico.