Environmental solutions

China Environmental Valley in Hefei has over 400 enterprises

http://en.people.cn/n3/2024/0127/c90000-20127612.html Dubbed an “ecological environment hospital,” China Environment Valley in Hefei has become a thriving hub for environmental businesses. By the end of 2023, it housed over 400 enterprises dealing with fields related to water, atmosphere, solid waste, environmental modification and monitoring. Beyond just providing a physical space, the Valley fosters a collaborative ecosystem where companies […]

Junheng Biotech obtains certificate for jet fuel oil made from waste oils and rift oil

http://j.people.com.cn/n3/2024/0123/c95952-20125488.html Henan Junheng Industry Group Biological Technology Co. has received airworthiness certificate for its fuel SAF from the Civil Aviation Administration of China on January 20, the first time a private petrochemical company has received this certification. SAF is a new type of aviation fuel that combines bio-manufactured green aviation fuel and conventional fuel in […]

Light-driven ammonia synthesis using lithium hydride

https://www.cas.cn/syky/202401/t20240124_5001454.shtml https://doi.org/10.1038/s41557-023-01395-8 Hydrogenation of nitrogen to synthesize ammonia is one of the key chemical reactions for sustaining life on earth and meeting the energy and chemical needs of human society. However, the existing Haber-Bosch technology for ammonia synthesis requires demanding reaction conditions at high temperature and pressure (>400ºC, >100 bar). This is an energy-intensive and […]

China Biodiversity Protection Strategy and Action Plan 2023-30

http://j.people.com.cn/n3/2024/0119/c95952-20124315.html The action plan of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment serves as a scientific guideline to improve the overall level of biodiversity protection governance and relates to the presidency of China during the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Kunming and to the Montreal Biodiversity Framework. The […]

Powder catalysis achieves 16.9% quantum efficiency for photocatalytic hydrogen production

https://www.cas.cn/cm/202401/t20240118_5000870.shtml https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joule.2023.12.005 Hydrogen production by total decomposition of water using suspended powder photocatalysts, although considered as one of the cheapest and easiest solar photochemical conversion pathways to be scaled up, has been constrained by the low efficiency of photogenerated charge separation. Zhang Fuxiang’s team at the CAS Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics now reports on […]

A battery-free, wireless, and electricity-driven soft swimmer for water quality and virus monitoring

https://english.news.cn/20240111/8050a8cfd6424502873e1b2a0de85c39/c.html https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.adk6301 A tiny, battery-free and wireless soft swimming robot can detect contaminants and pathogens in confined spaces. The miniaturized mobile electronic system is powered with external radio frequency signals and can sense temperature, and detect and quantify chloride, ammonium and SARS-CoV-2 virus particles in water passing through narrow pipes that are difficult to reach. Simultaneously, the […]

New national guidelines to improve sewage treatment facilities

http://en.people.cn/n3/2024/0112/c90000-20121167.html According to a document issued by the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, China will build 100 low-carbon sewage treatment plants by 2025 and aims to raise the utilization rate of recycled water to over 25 % in all prefecture-level cities that […]

Afforestation and grassland restoration in Northern China proceeds according to plan

http://j.people.com.cn/n3/2024/0108/c95952-20119326.html According to China’s State Forestry and Grassland Administration, in the second half of 2023 more than 667,000 ha land in Northwest, Northeast and North China were subject to afforestation and grass planting. Three key activities, namely, the ecological measures in the Hengtung area of the Yellow River (the area where the Yellow River bends in […]

USTC: programmable artificial photosynthetic cells

https://www.cas.cn/syky/202312/t20231208_4990877.shtml https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-023-42591-x Compared with natural photosynthetic organisms, editable artificial photosynthetic cells are able to convert CO2 into customizable high value-added fuels and chemicals more efficiently through rational design. In addition, artificial photosynthetic cells are the key to ultimately mimic the tissue morphology and characteristics of natural photosynthetic organisms, opening the way to building devices for […]

Dalian: China’s first medium-speed high-power ammonia-fuelled engine

https://english.news.cn/20231207/1d0d3587b1ed427289fe12cfe9d2bdca/c.html China’s first medium-speed high-power ammonia-fuelled engine ignited successfully in Dalian, northeast China’s Liaoning Province, marking China’s breakthrough in the related key technologies. The ammonia-fuelled engine, featuring low carbon, high safety, and good interchangeability, was independently developed and innovated by China’s CRRC Dalian Co., Ltd. (CRRC Dalian) based on its self-developed diesel engine technology. This […]

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