CleanTech OC Daily - 5/17/12

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Alternative Fuel Station Opens in Fullerton
Redwood City-based Propel Fuels has opened its first gas station in Fullerton and is targeting alternative fuel vehicles in and around North Orange County for its first Clean Mobility Center, which offers flex fuels and biodiesel blends, as well as conventional gasoline and diesel.

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy‘s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have created an electrode with a specially engineered viruses that generated electricity using a principle known as piezoelectricity — the generation of energy through mechanical stress, specifically pressure or vibrations. According to lab, this discovery could lead to innovations like tiny electric generators for a variety of applications.  

3M pioneered a now seemingly obvious idea - avoiding pollution before having to clean it up. The company's Pollution Prevention Pays (3P) program has saved billions of dollars over the company’s 36 years. In the last two decades, 3M has cut toxic releases by 99% and greenhouse gas emissions by 72%. 3M is the only company that has won the EPA's Energy Star Award every year the honor has been bestowed.

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