CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Our Gold Winner for the Corporate Social Responsibility R&D 100
Special Recognition Award is Southern Company and Mitsubishi
Heavy Industries KM-CDR Process.
More than 40% of carbon dioxide emission in the U.S. results from
electric power generation, according
to the Environmental Protection
Southern Company developed
a carbon capture
capable of recovering carbon dioxide emissions up to 90%. The KM-CDR Process works
by directing flue gas from a coal-fired boiler to a vessel, where the carbon dioxide reacts with advanced amine solvent. The amine solvent is
directed towards another vessel, where it undergoes a heat process, liberating the carbon dioxide. The amine solvent is recirculated, while the
carbon dioxide is compressed to 1,500 lbs per square inch, and funneled to a sequestration site 9,500 ft below the ground for permanent
storage. For more information on the technology, please visit page 36.
Our Silver Winner for the Corporate Social Responsibility R&D 100
Special Recognition Award is Natus Medical Inc.’s Echo-Screen III
For decades, the material of choice for medical and commercial electronic device housings
has been polycar-bonate/acrylonitrile
plastic (PC/ABS). By
PC contains BPA.
Some claim BPA from
plastics causes long-
term health issues in
infants. Natus Medical
Inc.’s Echo-Screen III
is the world’s first medical electronic device with a plastic enclosure
and transducer cable assemblies free of BPA meeting International
flame retardant regulations. The technology is a portable device for
detecting hearing loss in newborn infants of a least 34 weeks ges-
tational age. The device is made with Eastman Tritan copolyester
MXF121, an opaque material that is free of BPA, tough and resistant
to aggressive cleaners and disinfectants.
Our Gold Winner for the Green Tech R&D 100 Special Recognition
Award is Sandia National Laboratories and the Univ. of New Mexico’s CO2 Memzyme.
An environmental crisis is underway due to the increasing global demand for cheap, dependable electricity to support economic
well-being and the fact that coal-fired power plants will continue to
dominate global electricity generation will into the future. Coal-fired
are the leading
nearly half of
the 40 billion
carbon dioxide emitted
by human activities worldwide. Governments around the world have
pledged to combat climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector. Yet, lack of efficient carbon dioxide separation technologies hinder compliance. Sandia National Laboratories
and the Univ. of New Mexico’s CO2 Memzyme captures carbon dioxide
from a gas mixture at high rates ( 2,600 GPU) and with high selectivity
(>500 carbon dioxide vs. nitrogen molecules), surpassing a fundamental barrier in polymeric membrane technology and realizing the first
technology that meets and exceeds the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s target
of <$30/ton for cost-effective carbon dioxide capture. The memzyme
simultaneously produces nearly pure carbon dioxide (99%) for re-use.
For more information on the technology, please visit page 33.
Our Silver Winner for the Green Tech R&D 100 Special Recognition
Award is Dow Water and Process Solutions’ Dow UF PURINZE and
Its Application in Eco Washing Machine.
Dow Water and Process Solutions’ PURINZE is an ultrafiltration
module engineered to purify and recover water used in washing
machines. The Eco Machine with the PURINZE module integrated
inside is the first washing machine on the market employing this
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New to our annual R&D 100 Award Winners issue are our Special Recognition Award winners. This year, in
addition to our R&D 100 Award winners, we also added four Special Recognition categories: Corporate Social
Responsibility, Green Tech, Market Disruptor Product and Market Disruptor Service. This year within these
four special categories we added 10 winners to our 100 count. Below outlines our winners.