The UK’s London Olympics Organising Committee has retracted its ban on PVC products in response to demands from construction companies. It is now calling on industry to find a sustainable long-term solution for the use and disposal of PVC in temporary buildings at the 2012 Olympics sites.
A shared strategy for classifying ores and concentrates will be released later this year to help the European mining and minerals industry meet its obligations under the United Nations’ Globally Harmonised System (GHS) of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals.
A production process, based on high velocity metal forming, can manufacture fuel cell bipolar plates in a fraction of the time normally required, according to a technology firm in the USA. This could also make fuel cell production cheaper.
Wafer-thin loudspeakers that project sound further than conventional models could transform public address systems in train stations, airports and shopping centres. The Flat Flexible Loudspeaker, from engineers at the University of
Warwick, UK, is less than 0.25mm thick and emits planar directional
Engineers at the University of Ghent, Belgium, are working on glass fibre/polyester floating point absorbers for wave energy conversion. They are designed to stay at sea for 20 years, surviving extreme offshore weather conditions.
A multifunctional nanomaterial to combat viruses, bacteria and fungi is under investigation by scientists at Intrinsiq Materials, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. They are exploring its application within and on
the surface of products such as disposable medical devices, filtration
media, facemasks and hygienic surfaces.