Monday, 15 May 2017

Floating Solar Panels – A Novel Way of Capturing Solar Energy

Solar energy is one of the foremost forms of renewable energy. It was seen as a viable option to reduce energy costs. Energy costs have been increasing constantly by 22% in the last five years. Unavailability of land is another factor which makes installation of solar plants tough. Luckily, a solution has arrived which does not rely on land. 

Floating Solar Panels:

Floating solar panel is a novel technology which employs the use of photovoltaic (PV) panels on water. It is an array of PV panels which stay afloat with the help of water. It has been termed as “Floatovoltaic” by Solar SPG, one of the major installers of solar panels.

These panels come in two forms, namely – stationery and tracking. Stationery panels remain in one spot, while tracking continuously tracks the sun’s position. Some PV panels stop storing energy due to excessive heat. Due to the placement of these panels in the water, they cool rapidly and are able to store energy continuously. They block the sunlight in the water, preventing any algal growth on the panels.

Trends:

Countries around the world are in a rush to reduce their carbon output. Countries in Europe and China are attempting to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels by nearly 20%. Floating solar panels can aid them in this venture. 

The United Kingdom government aided the help of Lightsource Renewable Energy, Ennoviga Solar, and London’s water utility and treatment agency, Thames Water. It employed the use of nearly 23,000 solar panels to create a solar island. It has the capacity to provide power to nearly 1,800 houses. It has an expected capacity utilization factor of 5.8 million kilowatt hours (kWh).

Market Outlook:

The floating solar panels market is anticipated to reach a size of USD 2.7 billion by 2025, according to Grand View Research, Inc. Near-depletion of fossil fuel reserves and novel ways to generate reliable solar power is driving market growth. Additionally, high adoption of this technology by governments of Brazil, China, and Japan can invoke market demand in the years ahead.

Stationery floating solar panel was the largest market product in 2015. It accounted for over 90% market revenue in the same year. It can continue its dominance from 2014 to 2025 on account of being a low-cost technology with lower maintenance. Japan accounted for generating maximum market revenue in 2015. Some key players operating in the market are Trina Solar, Ciel & Terre, and Kyocera Corporation.


Thursday, 11 May 2017

Preemie Diaper - A Revolutionary Addition to Polypropylene Absorbent Hygiene Products

Polypropylene (PP) fabrics are lightweight, tough, reusable, and flexible. They also have higher water absorption capacity making them ideal for baby diapers and adult incontinence, as well as female sanitary products. The inner lining of the PP baby diapers often contains aloe and vitamin E, which prevents skin irritation and rashes. These diapers have higher absorption and are more convenient to use in infants as they are more hygienic and do not require laundering.


Preemie Diapers – A Revolution:

There are plenty of premature babies born every year, of which around 2% weigh less than 2 pounds. Although regular diapers have been a boon for mothers, these early arrivers have unique needs, which make their care different from full-term infants. Kimberly-Clark has worked with Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurses and neonatal therapists to develop their newest addition to Huggies family —Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers.

Preemie diapers are designed specifically to protect the baby’s fragile skin. They are made of super-absorbent breathable material that has premium liners to help reduce wetness against the skin. It is designed to narrow at the crotch in order to allow optimal fit, encouraging healthy growth and development. The soft and overlapping fasteners give gentle elasticity making it comfortable and flexible for the baby’s abdomen.

The material used is hypoallergenic, fragrance & lotion free, and free from latex rubber. They also come with color-changing wetness indicators to let you know when it’s time to change the baby’s diaper. Such diapers are specially designed with an umbilical cord cut-out to protect the healing belly button. PP used in side liners, waistband, leg elastic, absorbent padding, and fastening systems provide a snug and gentle fit, while protecting from leakage. Adorable Disney graphics of Winnie the Pooh and friends provide moms with a sense of comfort in the clinical environment. 

PP Absorbent Hygiene - Market Insight:

According to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc., the global PP absorbent hygiene market is predicted to surpass USD 17 billion by 2022. Rising awareness regarding the use of diapers and their associated benefits in infants is predicted to drive the market over the forecast period (2012-2022).

Rivals:

Kimberly-Clark; CNC International Co., Ltd; Jofo and Polymers Group, Inc.; are key rivals of the PP absorbent hygiene market. They undergo mergers & acquisitions and products diversifications to get an edge over their competitors.

In-depth report on global PP absorbent hygiene market by Grand View Research:

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Digital Asset Management Improves Company Image

The business world has become competitive with internet leveling the field for startups and major corporations alike. Branded content is a buzzword that has garnered attention of companies interested in expanding their online presence. Since the internet is a vast repository of free content, a system is needed to protect company data. Such a system that protects the content as well as distributes it efficiently is referred to as Digital Asset Management (DAM) system.


This system engages the audience by providing content in the form of articles and videos. It also allows the easy transfer of files within an organization. It improves workflow and boosts employee productivity in the process. DAM can make it possible for companies to obtain an omnichannel presence across all platforms. This kind of experience will include collaborations with third parties and associated brand promotions.

Latest Developments

OpenText Corporation, a Canadian provider of enterprise management solutions, recently updated its Enterprise Information Management (EIM) platform. The recent update allows regular consumers to manage their workflow within the company with ease. It also allows the company to host their data on Cloud or within their office premises. 

The program within this platform, “OpenText Experience Suite”, has a host of applications such as “OpenText™ Media Management” and “OpenText™ Experience Analytics”. These programs provide deep insight into customer behavior and latest market trends. The company has even collaborated with SAP to create an omnichannel experience for its consumers.

Market Overview

The worldwide digital asset management market is expected to grow on account of DAM being used by organizations to improve their branding, according to Grand View Research, Inc. It is expected to reach USD 5.6 billion by 2025. DAM is expected to pave new growth avenues for organizations in order to expand their customer reach. 

Cloud deployment is expected to gain more market shares than on-premise deployment from 2014 to 2025 (forecast period). Even major corporations like Oracle have adopted Cloud due to its drag-and-drop functionality to transfer files easily. Media & entertainment was the biggest market end-user, accounting over 20% market shares in 2015. Some prominent industry players are Oracle Corporation, OpenText Corporation, and Adam Software NV.

In-depth report on digital asset management market by Grand View Research:

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Cordura to Exhibit Its New Military Fabrics at IDEX 2017

There is growing requirement of advanced warfare technology due to increasing terrorist activities and tensions between various countries, which also propels demand for ballistic protection products like bullet proof vests, headgear, armored car, shields, missiles, and eyewear.


Cordura’s Latest Innovations:

A new brand of Invista—“Cordura”—will be showcasing its new fabric innovations for military gear and apparel at IDEX 2017. The wide array of these latest hardwearing and flexible soldier systems fabric technologies on display will comprise lightweight comfort Cordura Nyco Tactical uniform fabrics and Flame Retardant (FR)-coated polyamides for protective vests and Solution Dyed Nylon (SDN) with built-in Near Infrared (NIR)/ Short-Wave Infrared (SWIR) reflectance capabilities,

SDN Technologies:

The SDN solutions are suitable for load carriage equipment, knee/elbow pads, body armor covers, boots, and various other similar tactical gears. These textiles are available in a palette of six military colors that meet both infrared and lot-to-lot shade requirements. Moreover, they have fixed NIR/SWIR reflectance ability and high resistance to strength degradation & sunlight UV fade.

Invista T420HT Fibre:

New T420HT is a high-tech, patent-pending Cordura brand-qualifying “Invista T420HT staple fiber” with excellent persistence. Designed to help improve the core strength of materials and particularly suitable in lighter weight constructions, this fiber technology is the best nylon 6,6 staple fiber ever created by Invista.

FR-Coated Polyamides:

The latest FR-covered Cordura nylon 6,6 materials are engineered to be the first line of defense of the soldiers in ballistic/protective vests. It can provide protection from flame, thermal propagation, and heat (in case of protective footwear & apparels).

Cordura Nyco Tactical Uniform Fabrics:

This optimized textile is a comfort blend of cotton & Invista T420 fiber. It is designed to provide safety & security to warfighters and their essential equipment through exceptional durability & lighter weight.

Market Insights:

The global ballistic protective equipment market is expected to grow rapidly over the forecast period (from 2014 to 2025). The market for ballistic protective equipment is expected to reach USD 5.7 billion by 2025, as per a report published by Grand View Research Inc. Some of the major players in the industry include The E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company; Toyobo Co.; and Honeywell International, Inc.

In-depth report on ballistic protective equipment market by Grand View Research:

Monday, 24 April 2017

Polymer Chameleons Find New Applications as Research Programs Rise!

Polymer chameleons, also called as environmentally-sensitive polymers or smart polymers, are stimuli-responsive polymers that go through speedy amendments in their microstructure, caused by various environmental changes. These polymers are poised for rapid commercialization & adoption across the industries, particularly, healthcare. The increasing usage of bioengineered polymeric products that provide high efficiency and high strength to produce modern hi-tech, end-user materials is likely to augment the market demands during the forecast period (from 2014 to 2025).


Recent Application Discoveries for Smart Polymers:

Despite some challenges, research programs & collaborations between the industry and the R&D community as well as financial support from both governments & private companies are helping in the industry develop. Extensive research on the possible applications of polymer chameleon in various fields, such as pharmaceuticals, implants, molecular separation, flexible chips, drug delivery, biofilms, etc., is in progress.

Growing importance of smart materials with better lifespan is driving the usage of polymer chameleons in different industries, such as healthcare. Research programs for smart polymers in drug delivery products for particular applications are ongoing in the healthcare industry. They are already executing and also looking to expand into several other product sectors and industries, such as personal care.

Challenges Faced by Technology Developers:

Customization of these polymers as per end-use applications, scalability, and cost-effective production are the major issues faced by the technology developers. High raw material prices are another restraint to commercialization and large-scale uptake.

However, research and strategic collaborations are allowing the stakeholders increase the scope of these polymers. Designing technology specific to a particular end application is the best way for a firm to manage an R&D portfolio.

Market Overview:

The usage of advanced technologies to create superior products is said to positively affect the growth of the global market. Factors such as strict execution of rules by various governing bodies, increased disposable income levels, and high demand for light-weight & low-fuel combustion automobiles have augmented the demands for engineered polymeric products. The global polymer chameleons market is projected to reach USD 1.6 billion by 2025, as per to a report published by Grand View Research, Inc. Some major companies operating in the global polymer chameleons market are Autonomic Materials, Inc.; Evonik Industries AG; E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company; BASF SE; and Akzo Nobel N.V.

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

High Folic Acid Intake Can Lower Chances of Aneuploidy

Aneuploidy refers to abnormal number of chromosomes in a cell and results in genetic disorders such as Down’s and Edward’s syndromes. Aneuploidy is associated with deficiency of folate in the human body. Folate is the term for naturally occurring group of water soluble b vitamins. Folic acid is the synthetic version used in food fortification and dietary supplements. It is most commonly recommended for pregnant women to help prevent Neural Tube Defects (NTDs) in newborn babies. The natural sources of folate are leafy vegetables, fruits, okra, asparagus, tomato juice, and orange juice.


Folic acid supplements have also been reported as effective in treating cardiovascular disorders, cancer, and psychiatric illnesses. Newborn babies require around 65 micrograms (mcg) of folate, while pregnant women need at least 600 mcg daily. Hispanic and Latina women are recommended to follow a folate-rich diet due to low folate levels in their blood. Use of tobacco, alcohol or caffeine also affects folate levels in the body, especially in men.

Benefits:-

Male Fertility

According to a recent study by the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK on effects of folic acid, men with low levels of this vitamin suffer from low sperm count. For every 100 gram increase of daily folate intake, there was a 3.6% reduction in the chance of chromosomal abnormality.

Hair Growth

Deficiency in folic acid can result in alopecia or hair loss. Hair discoloration occurs on account of megaloblastic anemia—a condition in which abnormally large red blood cells are produced and the total red blood cell count is low. Regular consumption of folic acid can restore hair. A study by the Ontario Veterinary College in Canada demonstrated hair restoration in Charolais calf.

Risk of Excessive Intake:-

While the cases of NTDs in the United States have reduced, it has been found that excessive intake of folic acid can increase the risk for cancer. For instance, postimplementation of folic acid fortification programs in Canada and U.S., an increase in incidence of colorectal cancer has been noticed. High intake of folate can result in deficiency of vitamin B12 among the geriatric populace. Thus, the upper limit for daily intake in male and female adults should not cross 1,000 mcg.

Market Overview:-

The worldwide folic acid market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 3.5% from 2016 to 2025; according to Grand View Research, Inc. Demand of folic acid tablets by pregnant women can spur market growth.

Pharmaceuticals were the largest market application in 2015. This can be attributed to the extensive demand of folic acid in tabular form to treat cardiovascular and urinary disorders. Asia Pacific led the global market in 2015 due to abundant supply of raw materials from China. Regions within APAC, such as Pakistan and Bangladesh, have introduced folic acid fortification in wheat and oil. This can help fight anemia. Some major market players are Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd.; Zydus Pharmaceuticals Ltd.; and BASF SE.

In-depth report on global folic acid market by Grand View Research:

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Anaphylaxis Treatment Becomes Easy With Prefilled Syringes

Syringes are needed by doctors to successfully administer various medications to patients. The limited production of conventional syringes and their reuse by healthcare practitioners leading to cross-infections gave birth to prefilled syringes. Conventional syringes are even used by drug addicts to inject themselves intravenously. 


Prefilled syringes come in predetermined doses or quantities. Some of these devices have an added self-locking mechanism that kicks in after one use, which prevents their reuse and protects others from possible infections. These syringes are currently in high demand due to the high incidence of diabetes and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Silicone oil is used as a lubricant in the syringes to enhance their shelf life.

Novel Developments

Scandinavian Health Limited (SHL) Group, a Swedish manufacturer of autoinjectors and prefilled syringes, launched two major products targeting RA patients: “Amber Auto Injector”—a device with customized shapes for gripping the injector—which would aid RA patients with severe dexterity issues and “Emerade Auto Injector”—a two-step disposable syringe—which can administer doses in three strength levels– 150, 300, and 500 micrograms (mcg). It can be used to administer adrenaline in case of anaphylaxis or emergency. It has reportedly the longest needle in the market.

The company has also released an autoinjector (“Molly C”) with an inbuilt data recording system dubbed “Recording Unit.” This system allows the device to save patient-related data successfully from their smartphone. It allows users to post their query on Alubena—a common platform to solve drug-delivery issues related to the product.

Market Overview

The worldwide prefilled syringes market size is expected at USD 22.5 billion by 2025. It is driven by the increasing global use of prefilled syringes and technological breakthroughs in autoinjectors.

Glass prefilled syringes dominated the global market in 2015, but plastic syringes segment is anticipated to reign from 2016 to 2025 (forecast period). Diabetes is predicted to be the largest market application throughout the forecast period. Owing to technological advancements, North America is expected to exhibit high growth over the forecast period. Some key industry players are Scandinavian Health Limited (SHL Group), Schott AG, and Unilife Corporation.