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U.S. manufacturers are working to produce energy-efficient appliances that meet the demands of consumers, offering enhanced product performance that reduces energy costs and CO2 emissions in commercial and residential buildings. Continue Reading

The transportation sector is one of the largest energy consumers in the United States, second only to electric power. As demand for energy-efficient vehicles continues to rise, chemical companies like Evonik are providing innovative solutions to the automotive industry that can help reduce fuel costs and CO2 emissions. Continue Reading

The need to reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings is a high priority for building owners and tenants alike. As the demand for energy efficiency rises, engineers and architects are looking for ways to integrate diverse sources of power into the energy mix of their new and existing structures. Continue Reading

As rubber-mixing facilities look to lower their energy usage and costs, reduce their carbon footprint, and accelerate their manufacturing cycles, they increasingly turn to powder liquid dispersions such as Hallstar’s SUPRMIX® to help get the job done. Continue Reading

The automotive industry has made great strides in recent years in achieving higher levels of fuel economy without sacrificing performance or safety. One way that automakers accomplish this is by using lightweight vehicle components. 

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Many manufacturers are replacing traditional materials in consumer products with more energy-efficient ones, like polypropylene, to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. Polypropylene packaging is typically 10–30% lighter and has at least a 20% lower carbon footprint. Continue Reading

Wind power is becoming an increasingly important component of our nation’s energy portfolio. The industry continues to increase wind turbine energy yields while decreasing cost per kilowatt hour. Energy efficiency can be improved by using larger, longer and lighter rotor blades.The Momentive matrix epoxy resin system can greatly improve the composite strength of rotor blades. Continue Reading

Within an internal-combustion engine for a vehicle, only around 20% of the energy input is actually converted to power the vehicle and much is lost to friction. Afton Chemical innovations are able to control the frictional properties of engine fluids and technologists have developed a method to reliably predict the effects of various additive properties on fuel economy. Continue Reading

In 2010, the EPA reduced allowable diesel truck nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 83 percent. To reach this goal, vehicles, their engines, and their fuels were redesigned and chemical catalysts were employed to handle the new concentrations, combinations, and conditions of combustion products. Continue Reading

ExxonMobil’s Santoprene thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs) are high-performance elastomers that make vehicles lighter and more efficient. Parts made with Santoprene TPVs require 50 percent less energy to manufacture than alternative material solutions, such as EPDM rubber. Continue Reading

MeadWestvaco’s (MWV) warm-mix asphalt technology saves energy and reduces emissions. Evotherm enables asphalt to be applied at temperatures 60-90°F lower than typical applications—enabling a 30 percent reduction in the fuel required to produce asphalt pavements and a 97 percent reduction in environmental emissions. Continue Reading

EnerLogic adds as much as 92 percent more insulating power to window glass, transforming poorly insulated windows into energy efficient ones. Continue Reading

Evonik Cyro's ACRYLITE® Heatstop is an acrylic glazing material that helps lower energy bills by using natural sunlight to illuminate the interior of a building without causing overheating. Its energy-saving advantages make it well suited for environmentally friendly designs. Continue Reading

FMC’s Stabilized Lithium Metal Powder (SLMP®), which significantly extends lithium-ion battery output, life, and application flexibility.This technology is especially well-suited for new applications related to electric and hybrid vehicles as well as consumer electronic devices. Continue Reading

Engineered with a proprietary triple-silver, low-emissivity coating, Solarban 70XL glass blocks solar heat and transmits high levels of daylight into buildings, which reduces energy use for heating, cooling, and lighting, as well as energy-related CO2 emissions. Continue Reading

An example of chemistry innovations used by DOD to help achieve its energy objectives is BASF’s Elastospray spray polyurethane foam (SPF), which the U.S. Army uses to insulate military tents, hospitals and other fixed installations. Continue Reading

LEXAN Solar Control IR sheets deliver thermal insulation to enhance energy conservation, helping to save 15-25 percent more energy on average than double-pane glass sheets. By allowing natural daylight to enter a building, Solar Control IR sheets can save electricity. Continue Reading

Shell Chemicals NEODOL® alcohols provide the backbone for laundry surfactants that perform well in cold water. Since heating wash water can consume up to 80 percent of the energy needed to wash clothes, substantial energy savings can be realized. Continue Reading

The DOW POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle performs like a conventional roofing shingle to protect a home, while also generating electricity using the clean, renewable energy from the sun. This type of innovation generates savings for homeowners by reducing their electricity costs, and adding to the value of a home. Continue Reading

Learn how Dow rigid insulation solutions make homes more energy efficient and comfortable. Dow reduces energy flow through the walls by providing a complete, solid layer of insulation that covers all the studs that cannot be insulated by cavity insulation. Continue Reading

DuPont™ Innovalight™ silicon inks increase the efficiency of solar cells and drive down the cost of solar energy. DuPont™ Innovalight™ silicon inks boost the amount of electricity produced from sunlight with proprietary high-efficiency solar cell technology, enabling the production of superior selective emitter solar cells. Continue Reading

The smart forvision concept vehicle jointly developed by BASF and Daimler offers a look at the future of electromobility. The combination of futuristic design with new technologies for energy efficiency, heat management and lightweight design help to reduce its energy consumption and increase its range. Continue Reading

The innovative, new thermochemical process by Celanese, called TCX® Technology, uses basic hydrocarbons, including natural gas and coal, as feedstock to produce high-quality, low-cost ethanol for liquid transportation fuel. This advanced breakthrough technology was developed at the Celanese Clear Lake, Texas, facility. Continue Reading

Learn how Croda powers a major U.S. research center with solar energy. The 305 kilowatt (kW) solar energy system developed by Croda captures energy from the sun to provide more than 50 percent of the energy needed to run Croda’s North American Headquarters and Innovation Center in Edison, New Jersey. Continue Reading

Learn about how DuPont™ Tyvek® Weatherization Systems improve the energy efficiency of commercial and residential buildings. DuPont™ Tyvek® Weatherization Systems can contribute to more sustainable, comfortable, durable structures by preventing air movement through the walls of buildings. Continue Reading

High-tech plastics made by LANXESS play a role in supporting the trend toward lightweight automotive engineering. When used in place of metal automotive components, they reduce the weight of cars by up to 30 percent. And less weight means reduced fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. Continue Reading

LANXESS advances energy efficiency with its synthetic rubber tires. LANXESS synthetic rubber blends and additives are key ingredients that allow modern tires to improve performance, save fuel, enhance safety and last longer. Tires made with LANXESS high-performance rubber can reduce fuel consumption by 5 to 7 percent. Continue Reading

ACC member companies make valuable contributions to our nation’s portfolio of energy efficient innovations in areas like residential, automotive, industrial, and commercial efficiency. Check out innovations from companies like Dow Chemical, BASF, PPG Industries and more! Continue Reading