Hydrocarbon

Treated wastewater in Victoria is still contaminated, study finds. So are we and the environment safe?

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Monday, June 5, 2023

At home, wastewater is the used water that disappears when you flush the toilet, empty the sink or drain the washing machine.

Key Points: 
  • At home, wastewater is the used water that disappears when you flush the toilet, empty the sink or drain the washing machine.
  • Around the world, 359 billion cubic metres of wastewater is produced each year – equal to 144 million Olympic-sized swimming pools.
  • Read more:
    We now treat half the world's wastewater – and we can make inroads into the other half

Making the most of our water

    • There is no such things as “new” water.
    • Our planet’s water dates back 4.5 billion years and is constantly recycled by Earth’s systems.
    • As Earth’s population grows and the climate dries, we need all the water we can get.
    • Water corporations achieve this by implementing stringent procedures and processes, and monitoring water quality.
    • Emerging contaminants include pharmaceuticals, pesticides, phthalates (used to make plastic more durable), industrial chemicals and chemicals in personal care products.
    • Study of 'forever chemicals' build-up in cattle points to ways to reduce risks

What did the study find?

    • As a science-based regulator, EPA undertakes problem-based research on pollution and waste to protect the health of Victoria’s community and environment.
    • We collected 230 samples of treated and untreated water at a range of wastewater treatment plants.
    • None of the contaminant levels in treated water exceeded human health guidelines for drinking water and water used for recreation.
    • As you might expect, concentrations of most emerging contaminants were lower in treated than untreated water.


    But treatment that combines all the above processes is relatively rare. It’s used by only four out of 200 wastewater treatment plants in Victoria. These plants produce the highest grade of recycled water.

    Read more:
    The 'yuck factor' pushes a premier towards desalination yet again, but history suggests recycled water's time has come

What does this mean for the environment?

    • However, we should not forget the environment.
    • A recent study detected pharmaceuticals in 258 rivers in 104 countries across all continents.
    • According to the World Health Organization, trace quantities of pharmaceuticals in drinking water are very unlikely to pose risks to human health.

You can make a difference


    Environmental authorities regulate how businesses and industry use, store and dispose of their waste. However, your actions at home – no matter how small – can mean fewer contaminants make it to wastewater treatment plants. Actions you can take include:

Next steps

    • It aims to build our understanding of what, if and how emerging contaminants are present in soil and taken up by crops irrigated with recycled water.
    • Ultimately, the work will reduce the potential risks to people and the environment posed by wastewater, by ensuring official advice is current and evidence-based.

Methane Pyrolysis: Unlocking the Potential of Turquoise Hydrogen Production, Reports IDTechEx

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Friday, June 2, 2023

It is generated via methane pyrolysis, a process where methane is decomposed into hydrogen and solid carbon at high temperatures without releasing any direct CO2.

Key Points: 
  • It is generated via methane pyrolysis, a process where methane is decomposed into hydrogen and solid carbon at high temperatures without releasing any direct CO2.
  • This makes turquoise hydrogen a more environmentally friendly option than blue hydrogen, as it avoids the need for carbon capture and storage (CCS).
  • Overall, IDTechEx believes that the use of methane pyrolysis will be rather limited in the hydrogen industry compared to blue and green hydrogen, at least in the medium term.
  • However, that does not mean that methane pyrolysis and turquoise hydrogen should be overlooked since various industries could benefit from such technologies.

Methane Pyrolysis: Unlocking the Potential of Turquoise Hydrogen Production, Reports IDTechEx

Retrieved on: 
Friday, June 2, 2023

It is generated via methane pyrolysis, a process where methane is decomposed into hydrogen and solid carbon at high temperatures without releasing any direct CO2.

Key Points: 
  • It is generated via methane pyrolysis, a process where methane is decomposed into hydrogen and solid carbon at high temperatures without releasing any direct CO2.
  • This makes turquoise hydrogen a more environmentally friendly option than blue hydrogen, as it avoids the need for carbon capture and storage (CCS).
  • Overall, IDTechEx believes that the use of methane pyrolysis will be rather limited in the hydrogen industry compared to blue and green hydrogen, at least in the medium term.
  • However, that does not mean that methane pyrolysis and turquoise hydrogen should be overlooked since various industries could benefit from such technologies.

Climate tech and high-performance materials startup DEXMAT secures exclusive licenses for two Rice University patents

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Thursday, June 1, 2023

HOUSTON, June 1, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- DEXMAT, a climate tech startup which creates high-performance, low-carbon materials applicable to a wide range of industries, today announced it has secured exclusive worldwide licenses from Rice University for two patents. These new licenses will give the company an added competitive advantage in its work to make carbon- and energy-intensive materials like steel, aluminum, and copper obsolete.

Key Points: 
  • HOUSTON, June 1, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- DEXMAT , a climate tech startup which creates high-performance, low-carbon materials applicable to a wide range of industries, today announced it has secured exclusive worldwide licenses from Rice University for two patents.
  • "This company continues to hit exciting milestones in quick succession, and that's good news for climate mitigation efforts," said Bryan Guido Hassin, CEO of DEXMAT.
  • The two new patents licensed enable DEXMAT to produce Galvorn products using a proprietary solution-based fiber spinning method initially developed at Rice — the birthplace of the startup itself.
  • DEXMAT has already welcomed five new team members since the announcement of the funding round and remains focused on rapid growth.

Tunable Diode Laser Analyzer (TDLA) Market worth $795 million by 2030 - Exclusive Report by MarketsandMarkets™

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Monday, May 29, 2023

In situ methodology segment to grow at highest CAGR during forecast period, by methodology of TDLA market.

Key Points: 
  • In situ methodology segment to grow at highest CAGR during forecast period, by methodology of TDLA market.
  • In situ gas analyzers offer continuous, real-time measurements, allowing for immediate detection of gas concentration changes or anomalies.
  • Asia Pacific is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period in TDLA market.
  • As a result, the Metal and Mining industry in the Asia Pacific region accounted for the largest market share of the TDLA market.

Tunable Diode Laser Analyzer (TDLA) Market worth $795 million by 2030 - Exclusive Report by MarketsandMarkets™

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Monday, May 29, 2023

In situ methodology segment to grow at highest CAGR during forecast period, by methodology of TDLA market.

Key Points: 
  • In situ methodology segment to grow at highest CAGR during forecast period, by methodology of TDLA market.
  • In situ gas analyzers offer continuous, real-time measurements, allowing for immediate detection of gas concentration changes or anomalies.
  • Asia Pacific is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period in TDLA market.
  • As a result, the Metal and Mining industry in the Asia Pacific region accounted for the largest market share of the TDLA market.

Sizing up the Global Refrigerated Glass Door Market Sector From 2023 to 2030, to Reach USD 23.43 Billion by 2030 With 9.49% of CAGR

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Friday, May 26, 2023

Therefore, it is expected to boost the growth of the global refrigerated glass door market significantly.

Key Points: 
  • Therefore, it is expected to boost the growth of the global refrigerated glass door market significantly.
  • High cost of glass door refrigerators is likely to hamper the growth of the global market.
  • Global Refrigerated Glass Door Market: Segmentation
    · The global refrigerated glass door market can be segmented into application, door type, capacity, and region.
  • The glass door merchandiser dominates the global refrigerated glass door market due to the fast-growing retail segment across the globe.

Sizing up the Global Refrigerated Glass Door Market Sector From 2023 to 2030, to Reach USD 23.43 Billion by 2030 With 9.49% of CAGR

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Friday, May 26, 2023

Therefore, it is expected to boost the growth of the global refrigerated glass door market significantly.

Key Points: 
  • Therefore, it is expected to boost the growth of the global refrigerated glass door market significantly.
  • High cost of glass door refrigerators is likely to hamper the growth of the global market.
  • Global Refrigerated Glass Door Market: Segmentation
    · The global refrigerated glass door market can be segmented into application, door type, capacity, and region.
  • The glass door merchandiser dominates the global refrigerated glass door market due to the fast-growing retail segment across the globe.

IDTechEx Assesses the Major Application Areas Driving the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Market

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Friday, May 26, 2023

The real question, though, is that with many opportunities for stationary power sources, which applications are key to the success of the solid oxide fuel cell industry?

Key Points: 
  • The real question, though, is that with many opportunities for stationary power sources, which applications are key to the success of the solid oxide fuel cell industry?
  • The new IDTechEx report, " Solid Oxide Fuel Cells 2023-2033: Technology, Applications and Market Forecasts ", provides a comprehensive overview of the solid oxide fuel cell market, including an assessment of the key technology trends, major players and also includes granular 10-year market forecasts for solid oxide fuel cell demand (MW) and market value (US$), segmented by application areas.
  • So, what is the future of the solid oxide fuel cell market?
  • For more details on the SOFC technology, market trends, and key and emerging players, see the IDTechEx market report " Solid Oxide Fuel Cells 2023-2033: Technology, Applications and Market Forecasts ".

IDTechEx Assesses the Major Application Areas Driving the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Market

Retrieved on: 
Friday, May 26, 2023

The real question, though, is that with many opportunities for stationary power sources, which applications are key to the success of the solid oxide fuel cell industry?

Key Points: 
  • The real question, though, is that with many opportunities for stationary power sources, which applications are key to the success of the solid oxide fuel cell industry?
  • The new IDTechEx report, " Solid Oxide Fuel Cells 2023-2033: Technology, Applications and Market Forecasts ", provides a comprehensive overview of the solid oxide fuel cell market, including an assessment of the key technology trends, major players and also includes granular 10-year market forecasts for solid oxide fuel cell demand (MW) and market value (US$), segmented by application areas.
  • So, what is the future of the solid oxide fuel cell market?
  • For more details on the SOFC technology, market trends, and key and emerging players, see the IDTechEx market report " Solid Oxide Fuel Cells 2023-2033: Technology, Applications and Market Forecasts ".