For most of us, the air we breathe is cleaner now than it was a decade ago. That’s good news, but it does depend on where you live. The American Lung Association’s (ALA) 2015 “State of the Air” report says, “Nearly 138.5 million people—almost 44 percent of the nation—live where pollution levels are too often dangerous to breathe.” The situation is especially bad in the western USA, with many urban areas in California suffering high levels of air pollution.
Gas producer, Air Products (AP), recently unveiled a solar-powered hydrogen fueling station. Their SmartFuel® technology uses electrolysis to make hydrogen from water, so providing fuel cell vehicles with power that’s truly ‘green.’
Fuel cells, which produce electricity by combining hydrogen and oxygen, offer a tantalizing glimpse of an oil-free future. An alternative to carrying heavy batteries, a fuel cell-powered car needs only a supply of hydrogen to generate all the energy it needs.
Every year more and more people voluntarily expose themselves to intense laser light. Lasers surround us at work and home, but they can be dangerous, so why would so many choose to do this? Two reasons: vanity and cost. Laser treatments, usually delivered in a clinic or spa setting, are an effective way of rejuvenating aging or damaged skin. They’re also cheaper than the more invasive alternatives. As a result, the market for these lasers is growing rapidly.
Mosquito Misting Systems
Summer is here, and with the long days and rising temperatures come the mosquitos. The top months for mosquito presence are June, July and August and no one is safe from mosquito borne illnesses like West Nile Virus. It’s time to protect your home and yourself, but how do you get rid of them?
When residents of a New York City neighborhood saw a tree disappearing down a hole in the summer of 2012, it was obvious something was amiss. Called to investigate, the Department of Environmental Protection determined the cause to be a collapsed 110 year-old sewer line buried 70 feet below the surface of the street.
Amusing as it may sound, such incidents are not uncommon. Most of our water and wastewater systems were built more than 50 years ago and they are aging. The American Society of Civil Engineers says $4.8 trillion in capital investment is needed over the next 20 years for repairs, and while the EPA estimates a more conservative $600bn and 20 years, there should be no doubt that this is a huge problem.
To All Affected Customers:
Affected Products: All ChemTec Flow Monitors, Flow Meters and Excess Flow Valves
Effective Date: July 1, 2015
ChemTec will be making a change in the epoxy material which will affect a visual change in the appearance of some products (most noticeably in the LPH Series of flow monitors, see pictures). Please see the accompanying documentation for epoxy specifications. Most products the epoxy change will not be noticeable.
Your company’s reputation depends on how your products perform in-service, and their performance depends on choosing the right material for each component. Use PVC when the application demands stainless steel and you risk failure. Conversely, use stainless when it’s not necessary and you may price your product out of the market.
Now that the hole in the ozone layer is starting to heal, (according to a UNEP press release,) this intriguing molecule has dropped out of the headlines. It’s a pity because ozone’s ability to protect us goes beyond blocking solar ultraviolet radiation.
Ozone (O3) is the three-atom form of oxygen. Whereas the two-atom form is found in the air we breathe, the third atom creates a molecule that reacts with almost everything it touches. That makes it a powerful disinfectant, able to destroy bacteria and other toxins. It also means it’s unstable, quickly breaking down to breathable O2. As a result, there’s no ozone distribution industry as there is for other gases. Instead it must be generated at the place where it’s needed.
Our engineers are developing a thermal mass flow meter for gas flow evaluation. The 3D model to the right shows what is looks like, for now. We’re looking for your suggestions and needs as a customer.