Category Archives: Energy

U.S. Army Lab Engineer Spending Fruitful Year Collaborating with Illinois Peers

  Steve Cosper is in the middle of a busy sabbatical year collaborating with Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) researchers on a range of projects of mutual benefit spanning energy, water, and waste issues. It is the latest highlight of … Continue reading

Sustainability and the US Army Corps of Engineers

The US Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) employs over 35,000 military and civilian engineers which provide engineering solutions in 130 countries.  Research to develop the latest and best engineering solutions in conducted in house at the ACE’s Engineer Research and … Continue reading

Toxics Reduction and Sustainability in Paper Manufacturing

Pulp and paper manufacturing companies usually are very resource-intensive and utilize large quantities of water and wood in their operations. In order to help them be more sustainable as well as reduce operational costs, the NY State Pollution Prevention Institute … Continue reading

Academic/Government Partners Work Toward the Next Level in Home Water Filtration

ISTC NEWS Nanoparticle Membrane Technology Investigated for Commercial Viability   ISTC’s Nandakishore Rajagopalan and Wei Zheng are part of a team of experts from government and academia who are working to improve the filtration of household drinking water using new ultrathin nanoparticle-based … Continue reading

Charcoal vs. Gas – A Sustainability Question

The age-old American tradition of a backyard barbeque dates back to at least 1672 when John Lederer mentioned “barbecue” in his writings. Over the years there has been secret recipes and perfect techniques that brought about the classic question: Charcoal … Continue reading

It’s Not Mr. Fusion, But It’s A Whiz at Energy Production

ISTC NEWS Pairing of Waste Processing and Algae Farming Offers ‘Clean’ Energy  CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — “Mr. Sewer” is a multi-stage waste-to-biofuel production system under development by ISTC which can extract 100 percent of energy from a wide variety of wastes.   No, … Continue reading

Become an Environmental Champion

ISTC NEWS Apply for the Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award Program Illinois sustainability champions have been recognized every year since 1987 through the Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards (IGSA). [In earlier years called the Illinois Governor’s Pollution Preventions Awards]   Applications are now … Continue reading

Leap into Sustainability

Leap year does not come around very often – only every four years. Therefore, this auspicious occasion might be a great time to leap into some sustainability projects for your home or business! Here are a few sources to get … Continue reading

Sharma Named Fellow of National Engineering Society

ISTC NEWS   B.K. Sharma, senior research engineer at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, has been elected a fellow of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE).   Fellows are selected based on their significant impact on the field. … Continue reading

Sen. Durbin Backs Research to Capture More Carbon from Coal Plants

ISTC NEWS Senator Supports Plan to Capture More Carbon for Beneficial Use   Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) toured the Abbott Power Plant at the University of Illinois on Jan. 15 for a briefing on Prairie Research Institute (PRI) research to … Continue reading