Aluminum recycling and processing for energy conservation by John Green, Editor
By John Green, Editor
For pros eager about sustainable improvement and effort conservation, this accomplished reference presents a close assessment and basic research of sustainability matters linked to the aluminum undefined. It presents a benchmark in assessing a sustainable imaginative and prescient for confident financial and environmental growth, and it will probably function nice reference for instructing the following iteration of engineers at the calls for of sustainable improvement and the applying of life-cycle evaluation by means of undefined.
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1. 14), the same general list of topics emerged. Using a slightly more up-to-date terminology, we may say that the opportunities may be found in cleaner (greener) processing, alternative materials, dematerialization (lighter and less to do “same” function), and reuse or recycle. Since the 1970s, substantial progress has been made in each of these areas, but much more will clearly have to be done if we are to achieve a sustainable level of materials usage. Some general comments about each area follow.
These roadmaps, unguided by any Moore’s law for the metals and chemical industries, are less well defined than that of the electronics industry, and a great deal of work lies ahead before they will yield the required detail of research agenda. These roadmaps are now public documents, available through the internet and from the industries and the DoE. Among other common features, they all share a strong commitment to sustainable development. 24). Over the past 25 years, the investments of $6 billion on capital investments on environmental projects have led to reduced discharges of air and water pollutants by 90% and a reduction of solid waste production by more than 80%.
How differently we regard that image today, and how much more common it is to see photos of grass-covered campuses on which green factories ply their work. Manufacturing moves ever closer to a scrap-free environment, as we introduce one after another of the desirable net-shape technologies. Continued R&D in this arena is certain to produce further benefits, but a delicate balance must be struck here. In many of the industries where process improvement is most likely to be of greatest impact, such as casting, coatings, and specialty alloys, the disaggregated nature of the business and the small size of most companies make research difficult to do and unlikely to pay off in the near term.