WASHINGTON, Aug. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released today by the American Chemistry Council (ACC):
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The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is proud to support member company BASF in the company's efforts to save energy and enhance sustainability through vehicle efficiency with its smart forvision concept vehicle, a collaboration with automotive company Daimler.
"We are proud to have developed a holistic concept for sustainable urban mobility in cooperation with Daimler," says Dr. Martin Jung, BASF's automotive research spokesperson. "Together we are presenting a pioneering vehicle which is without parallel."
Among other energy-efficient features, the car has a light-transmitting roof with solar cells that will generate energy and power the car’s climate control system. A new kind of infrared-reflective film from BASF applied in the windscreen and side windows protects the car interior from heating up in the summer. The concept vehicle is the first to have all-plastic wheel rims suitable for series production– making the car lighter and more fuel-efficient.
Chemistry has the power to increase energy efficiency and reduce the amount of energy consumed annually. An ACC study found that the chemistry in energy-saving products and technologies helps save up to 10.9 quadrillion Btus of energy annually, enough to power up to 56 million households or up to 135 million vehicles each year, and saving Americans up to $85 billion in energy costs annually.
ACC encourages the use of innovations to increase energy efficiency. The "From Chemistry to Energy" website will feature spotlights that highlight "The Chemistry of Energy Efficiency" for the next several weeks.
What can you do to spread the message on energy efficiency? Share this message online and get involved on Twitter by using #Chemistry2Energy; follow campaign updates from @AmChemistry; finally, visit www.ChemistryToEnergy.com and the "American Chemistry Matters" blog to learn more about how chemistry makes it possible.
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $760 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is the largest exporting sector in the U.S., accounting for 12 percent of U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation's critical infrastructure.
SOURCE American Chemistry Council