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AkzoNobel paint factory harvests rain to cut bills
Rain falling on a Northumberland paint factory will be captured and used in its products.
Engineers at AkzoNobel’s factory at Prudhoe are harvesting rain water to use in production as part of an eco-efficiency programme.
The project enables the global paints and coatings company to harvest up to 1.7m litres of rain water per year, potentially cutting the factory’s annual water usage in half. It also allows water to be supplied to the production line more than 20 times faster than before, at a rate of up to 500 litres per minute due to higher water pressure and on-site storage.
This also allows some products to be made in half the time.
The project costs will have been paid back in just one year through a £10,000 saving on the factory’s water bill.
Steve Hawes, the engineer who masterminded the project, said: “We took the opportunity to look at harvesting rainwater while reviewing the best ways of increasing efficiency in our production process<more>
Heat reducing Eco Friendly paint launched by Jotun
Jotun has released a new coating that it says has superior insulation properties.
Jotun, the leading producers and distributors of paints and powder coatings, has launched‘eco friendly’ paint.
The increase in demand for eco friendly paints prompted the company to launch “Jotashield Extreme’. The company says the coating provides a long lasting finish with greater protection from the heat as it has twice the heat reflective capabilities of ordinary exterior paints.
“Jotashield Extreme is a result of Jotun’s extensive efforts to develop an exterior paint product that can not only reflect heat but also promote a reduction in energy use. This new offering reflects our move to raise the benchmark of environment friendly production techniques and products within the paint manufacturing industry and demonstrates our commitment to promote the adoption of more eco-friendly products and solutions to today's businesses,” said Faisal Karim, Marketing Manager, Jotun Paints - Saudi Arabia.<more>
Mazda Receives 2011 JIII Award for Invention of Eco-Friendly Paints
Hiroshima, June 16, 2011 - (JCN Newswire) - Two researchers from Mazda Motor Corporation have received the 2011 "Japan Business Federation Chairman's Award for Invention" from the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (JIII). The award recognizes outstanding inventions that make a significant contribution to the advancement of science and technology and the development of industry.
-Awarded for: Invention of new paint technology for the Three-Layer Wet Paint System (Patent number: 3831266)
-Recipients: Takakazu Yamane, Technical Research Center, Mazda Motor Corporation & Tsutomu Shigenaga, Technical Research Center, Mazda Motor Corporation
The Three Layer Wet Paint System is a one-step baking and drying coating method that applies three layers of paint in succession - primer coat, colored base coat and clear top coat - while still wet, without drying in between. Compared to the previous painting system, Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions from the paint shop are reduced 45 percent and CO2 emissions are reduced 15 percent.
In order to achieve the reduction in VOC emissions, Mazda developed new low-solvent paints with reduced VOC content for use with its Three Layer Wet Paint System. Generally, reducing the volume of solvent in paint raises its viscosity and makes the paint unsuitable for coating. To maintain a low paint viscosity, Mazda managed to reduce the size of the paint molecules. However, when low-viscosity, low-solvent paints are applied in three successive layers, the layers tend to mix, causing a deterioration in glossiness and cloudy discoloration. Mazda overcame this issue by developing an interface control resin and adding it to the primer coat. The resin forms a barrier at the interface of the paint layers to ensure a high quality coating. Thanks to the newly developed paints, Mazda was able to eliminate the drying process previously required after applying the primer coat. By directly applying the color base coat and clear top coat after the primer, CO2 emissions were significantly reduced. <more>
27 kids fall ill after chlorine gas leaks in China
Chlorine gas leakage from a chemical plant in China led to the hospitalisation of 27 primary school students, officials said. The incident took place in southwest Guizhou province on Saturday, Xinhua said. The students from Yuantian Primary School near the Zunbao Titanium Plant were sent to hospita l after they complained of nausea, stomachache and chest pain.
The 27 students were under observation at three hospitals.
A probe found out the plant had discharged excessive chlorine gas due to an equipment failure.
A government spokesman said that the plant has been shut down and the local environmental authority was monitoring the air quality <more>
Firms paying $15 to clean up chromium-tainted sites in Hudson
Three companies responsible for the remediation of chromium sites in Hudson County have agreed to reimburse the state $15 million for work the state has done to clean up the sites, officials announced yesterday.
Honeywell International Inc., Occidental Chemical Corp., and PPG Industries have agreed to pay into the fund as part of a legal settlement, said Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin and New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow.
Along with monitoring 126 earmarked sites, DEP officials said the settlement also assigns responsibility for the ongoing cleanup efforts at 42 local “orphan sites.” So far, no single company has been linked to these highly disputed sites.<more>
Two DuPont workers hurt in acid leak
BELLE, W.Va. -- Two workers at the DuPont Co. plant in Belle were transported to a hospital Tuesday after sulfuric acid sprayed from a hose during the demolition of the facility's sulfuric acid production unit, officials said.
DuPont spokesman Nate Pepper said the incident occurred at about 1:12 p.m., while contractors working for DuPont were using a hose to transfer material from a tank into a pump truck came out of the tank. <more>
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