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I am an honours graduate (BSc. Hons. Strath-Glasgow) coupled with an MBA-ICG (Paris) , experienced, Metallurgist - Materials Scientist and Engineer & Manager turned Consultant & Blogger. I specialised in Superalloys (aero-engine_Seminal Work peer reviewed & published IOM3_MST, Feb.1985, the 2nd issue of this now well known journal dedicated to the fundamental aspects in our multidisciplinary subject area ) My experience over a wide range of Special Alloys is extensive. (Cryogenic,Controlled Expansion-Dilatometric,Magnetic, Corrosion Resistant Grades and finally HSLA-Aircraft Undercarriage. (Great Stuff-I was lucky) My responibilities were especially in Melting & Refining to 1st Forming stage. Responsibilities include QC,QA & Accounting, Melt/Remelt Process  & Products, R&D.  Bilingual English-French. 
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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Follow-up to previous post_The Biowaste4SP


"The Biowaste4SP project focused on biowaste in Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco and South Africa, identifying streams that could be put to better use. It produced a catalogue of residues from agriculture and food production, and looked into ways of transforming these materials into bioethanol, biogas, chemicals, biofertiliser, or food and feed ingredients.

READ MOREBiowaste from EC /europa.eu/research/infocentre/


Making the most of Africa's biowaste - Information Centre - Research & Innovation - European Commission

Making the most of Africa's biowaste -
from my EU RSS feed on my other pages Converstions... Materials Sci....etc (tweeked) I am sorry to add. But readers, especially my African readers, will find the direct link below

 "Making the most of Africa's biowaste
Cassava peel, sugar cane vinasse and overripe bananas - residues such as these may be known as biowaste, but that doesn't mean they're necessarily wasted. An EU-funded project identified sources and current uses of such materials in five African countries and proposed quick, simple ways of processing them into products with higher added value."

A company name is easy to make "Biowaste African Energy"? Comments welcome.

Cheers and Best wishes.

READ MORE:Making the most of Africa's biowaste - Information Centre - Research & Innovation - European Commission:

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Friday, 14 October 2016

Decyphering Eco-terms Blue & Green Water_forget the colours

A picture is worth a thousand words or to cite Napoleon Bonaparte:

 "Un bon croquis vaut mieux qu'un long discours"
"A good sketch is better than a long speech" 

                                    WATER APPEARS IN TWO FORMS

Voici voila ,but do visit  Professor M.Falkenmark, of Stockholm International Water Institute Stockholm International Water Institute for a well documented and illustrated paper. 


DO READ MORE...  Water and food LINK to full article:

The Water Perspective by Professor M.Falkenmark, Stockholm International Water Institute (pdf free to download).

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Saturday, 17 September 2016

Carbon capture, storage and utilisation technologies: A critical analysis and comparison of their life cycle environmental impacts

Following my previous post I would like to bring readers attention to this paper taken from my RSS feed today 17/09/2016.

27 life cycle assessment studies reviewed of which 11 focus on CCS and 16 on CCU.
CCS reduces the GWP by 63–82% but increases some other life cycle impacts.
The GWP of CCS is significantly lower than that of CCU.
However, other environmental impacts from CCS are higher compared to CCU." 
Read the full review paper 100% FREE LINK

Our best shot at cooling the planet might be right under our feet Ref: Global Dev Professionals Network_The Guardian UK

Our best shot at cooling the planet might be right under our feet.- brought to us by the Global Development Professionals Network.

Global temperature record brocken:

"Every one of the past 14 months has broken the global temperature record. Ice cover in the Arctic sea just hit a new low, at 525,000 square miles less than normal. And apparently we’re not doing much to stop it: according to Professor Kevin Anderson, one of Britain’s leading climate scientists, we’ve already blown our chances of keeping global warming below the “safe” threshold of 1.5 degrees." quoted from the Guardian.

Global Temperature Targets and how to achieve them

"If we want to stay below the upper ceiling of 2 degrees, though, we still have a shot. But it’s going to take a monumental effort. Anderson and his colleagues estimate that in order to keep within this threshold, we need to start reducing emissions by a sobering 8%–10% per year, from now until we reach “net zero” in 2050. If that doesn’t sound difficult enough, here’s the clincher: efficiency improvements and clean energy technologies will only win us reductions of about 4% per year at most." 

Quick look

"Maybe our engineers are missing the point. The problem with geo-engineering is that it proceeds from the very same logic that got us into this mess in the first place: one that treats the land as something to be subdued, dominated and consumed. But the solution to climate change won’t be found in the latest schemes to bend our living planet to the will of man. Perhaps instead it lies in something much more down to earth – an ethic of care and healing, starting with the soils on which our existence depends.

Of course, regenerative farming doesn’t offer a permanent solution to the climate crisis; soils can only hold a finite amount of carbon. We still need to get off fossil fuels, and – most importantly – we have to kick our obsession with endless exponential growth and downsize our material economy to bring it back in tune with ecological cycles. But it might buy us some time to get our act together." ref The Guardian
Well known but quickly forgotten. 
"Feeding the world isn’t about higher yields; it’s about fairer distribution. We already grow enough food for 10 billion people. In any case, it can be argued that regenerative farming actually increases crop yields over the long term by enhancing soil fertility and improving resilience against drought and flooding. So as climate change makes farming more difficult, this may be our best bet for food security, too." 


1. Our-best-shot-at-cooling-the-planet-might-be-right-under-our-feet? from The Guardian Global Development Professionls Network

REFERENCES brought to us by the Guardian

a) PNAS Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Enhanced top soil carbon stocks under organic farming 

read for free at their link above.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Journal of CO2 Utilization _Open Access Feed added to my Main Header Space. Content thanks to Elsevier

I trust readers will profit from this globally important new open access feed inclusion due to the highly reputable peer reviewed journal Elsevier.

I have just downloaded the following Review Article for addition to my personal library:

"Carbon capture, storage and utilisation technologies: A critical analysis
and comparison of their life cycle environmental impacts. " Rosa M. Cue´ llar-Franca, Adisa Azapagic *, from the highly reputable School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science,  University of Manchester,

I trust readers will enjoy joining me in reading this and related articles and hopefully put into practice sustainable climate frendly projects.


Tuesday, 19 April 2016

CO2 as a raw material_How to make the most of carbon dioxide free via Nature contents:

On 29 September, the XPRIZE Foundation based in Culver City, California, announced a 4½-year competition that will award US$20 million to the research team that can come up with the best way to turn carbon dioxide from a liability into an asset.

Read  full information, chemical sequence schemas and example of production from Nature News 

29 Oct. 2015

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