Published: Saturday 04 July 2015

GREEN CHILL: Indian refrigerators I would go green, thanks to Godrej GE Appliances andVoltas Allwyn deciding to use eco-frieQdly elements instead of the ozone-d(pleting chlo, rofluorocarbons (CFCs). The companies will instead use a hydrocarbon, cyclopentane, in their proposed foaming plants. The companies will be spending US $3.7 million for the project. US $2.2 million each would b( dished out by the Swiss, Development Corporation and the German technical collaboration agency, GTZ.Cyclopentane is being preferred to ano~er CFC substitute, hydrochlorofluorocarbons, which have been found to increase global warming.

CATCH 'EM EARLY: A new software developed by Calcutta-based Mishanti Engineers will come in handy for early detection of breast cancer. The software, named CanScan, will be marketed by Philips Medical Systems. The interactive, user-friendly package poses a set of questions to the woman being examined. Institutions will have to pay Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 for the package while it would cost individual users Rs 2,500. The package gives information on breast cancer, diagnoses on the basis of an algorithm arid prepares a detailed printout.

EASTWARD HO: The wind is surely blowing eastwards for the Dutch wind turbine manufacturer, NedWind Rhenen BY. The company will be entering the wind power sector in India this year. It has tied up with Weizmann Ltd to form Windia Power Limited, which will build a 33-MW windfarm at Kayathar, Tamil Nadu. NedWind will sell 60 turbines of 500-KW for the project. Windia will also begin wind resource monitoring at four sites near Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu.

PERFECT POTTY: No stench and no wastage of water - incinolet, an ecofriendly toilet, promises complete sanitation by eliminating bad odours and the nee.dfor water. New Delhi-based Sulabh International imported a model of this electric toilet from the us recently. Incinolet transforms human waste into a spoonful of odourless ash, using intense electric heat, which can then be disposed off in a waste bin. The catalytic emission system preyents badodour and a complex heating system controls the temperature. The toilet costs about US $2,000.

PRINTERS' DELIGHT: NovaDom, an innovative computer"to-press system, might prove to be a boon for small offset printers. It is an environment-friendly technology which completely does away with toxic chemicals. NovaDom eliminates the plate-making process, which is both time-consuming and expensive. So all that printers have to do is to key in the matter in a computer and get it printed directly ona N ovaDom plate, using a laser printer. Along with its laser printer, the new system would cost aboutRs 10 lakh.

WASTE VENTURE: Under a technology- transfer pact, Japan-based Ebara cCorp will help China Steel Corp, Taiwan's largest steelmaker, to diversify into the enVironmentalbusiness. Ebara will provide its environmental-protection technology to build fluidised-bed incineration plants, which burn garbage using heated sand. These c plants can dispose off urban as well as industrial waste. In turn, China Steel will help Ebara procure construction material for its proposed environmental plants in other Asian countries.

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