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BetterWorldConstructions Green Architecture and Urban Development

BetterWorldConstructions Green Architecture and Urban Development

BetterWorldConstructions aims to close the loop of low carbon construction chains. Therefore we organize a workshop named ‘The Future of Building Circular’ in the Netherlands, April 20, 2017. 

We invited the networks of clients, architects and suppliers in the bio-composite materials construction chain, circular construction and low-carbon concrete industries in the Netherlands and in Belgium. Read More

Irena: CO2-free Energy possible

Irena: CO2-free Energy possible

Renewable energy now accounts for 24% of global power generation and 16% of primary energy supply. To achieve decarbonisation, the report states that, by 2050, renewables should be 80% of power generation and 65% of total primary energy supply.

Irena (International Renewable Energy Agency) concluded in a new study that is possible to produce CO2-free global energy in 2060. According to Irena, by 2050 it would by possible to decrease emissions by 70%.

From a press release by IRENA

‘(…) Global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions can be reduced by 70% by 2050 and completely phased-out by 2060 with a net positive economic outlook, according to new findings released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Perspectives for the Energy Transition: Investment Needs for a Low-Carbon Energy Transition, launched on the occasion of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, presents the case that increased deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency in G20 countries and globally can achieve the emissions reductions needed to keep global temperature rise to no more than two-degrees Celsius, avoiding the most severe impacts of climate change.

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Cuny developed a 100-dollar limit battery

Cuny developed a 100-dollar limit battery

During three years of research involving thousands of experiments, the CUNY chemical engineers achieved both goals by intercalating (inserting) copper into a kind of manganese dioxide known as birnessite that had been modified with the metal bismuth.

Cuny researchers developed a new battery which is able to charge thousands of times and will save a lot of energy at low costs.

The researchers were able to achieve both goals in a single battery.

They reached the “magic number” of $ 100 per kilowatt hour for energy, according to Bright.

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Breeam Awards for most sustainable buildings

Breeam Awards for most sustainable buildingsThe Breeam Awards 2017 – the international award for exceptional sustainable places and projects around the world – have been awarded to beautiful, sustainable buildings.

The high performing winners contribute to high sustainability performance coupled with commitment and vision to creating and maintaining healthy, productive places.

For the first year, the Breeam partnered with GRESB to introduce new award categories for socially responsible investment based on the use of BREEAM and GRESB. Read More

Port Amsterdam coal free

Port Amsterdam coal free

In the transition period, storage and transportation of fossil fuels such as gasoline, diesel and kerosene will grow. International cargo flows remain important als long as societies still can not fully rely on green alternatives.

Coal free in 2030. That is one of the ambitions of the Port of Amsterdam.

And the Port of Amsterdam has more ambitions: it aims to become the battery of the city by producing and storing more renewable energy and heat for the city.

The next five years, the port will transform to the center of cities heat and sustainable electricity.
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Threat to the climate? – Our brains!

Threat to the climate? - Our brains!

We install LED lights in our house and then we step with a clear conscience in the aircraft for a holiday in Thailand.

Our brains and hearts are the biggest obstacles towards more sustainability. Technology is not the issue.

That concludes Scientias in an interview with the Norwegian psychologist Per Espen Stoknes. Read More

Recyclable Rubber saves billions

Recyclable Rubber Is Possible

This Rubber House is named for its use of recycled rubber conveyor belts screwed onto the exterior of the home to serve as roof and cladding material.

PhD Laurens Polgar has created recyclable rubber.

Until now, rubber was only reusable as low grade product, for example used as pegs or paving stones.

By using a different system, Polgar has made rubber that is completely recyclable to new rubber, while maintaining all its properties.

Polgar won with his invention the Benelux finals of the prestigious Falling Walls Lab and is allowed to participate in the European final in Berlin. Read More

More rain, less snow on Arctic

More rain, less snow on Arctic

According to climate researchers, more rain than snow will fall in the Arctic. Moreover, oceans are getting hotter, and they’re also losing oxygen

According to climate researchers in the Netherlands, at the end of this century more rain than snow will fall in the Arctic. It was already known that, due to global warming, up to 60% more precipitation would fall in the Arctic.

The researchers now argue that it mainly involves rain, while scientists always presuppose the precipitation would be snow. Read More

Promising 2D Perovskite photovoltaics

Promising 2D Perovskite photovoltaics

These results address a long-standing problem not just for the perovskite family, but relevant to a large group of materials

The 2D Perovskite Solar Cell exceeds expectations for solar cell efficiency.

A 2D, layered form of the crystalline material perovskite has become the focus of much excitement in the solar cell research field at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA).

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Bans on diesel cars in Munich

Bans on diesel cars in Munich

In response to worsening air pollution problems in many of Europe’s largest cities, Barcelona (Spain) and Munich (Germany) have been moved to action. In Barcelona’s case, voluntarily, and in Munich’s case, as the result of a court order.

From 2018 there will be bans on diesel cars in Munich. 

The court order in Munich follows legal action taken by Transport and Environment’s German member DUH to force action on Bavaria’s breaching of EU air pollution limits in some locations.

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Blockchain technology for Microgrids

Blockchain technology

At its core, blockchain technology is a way to transfer any kind of data or information in a fast, tracked, and secure way without the need for an intermediary institution. Initially developed to allow peers to directly exchange digital currency faster and at lower cost, blockchain is now yielding a variety of promising new solutions beyond financial services.

The blockchain technology has attracted public interest as it provides an effective instrument to satisfy the needs of people to cooperate horizontally with each other in economic and social spheres like energy microgrids.

Blockchain technology is an innovative method of storing and validating data that permits direct transactions between energy producers and consumers.

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BioBased Material 20% Better Insulation

To decrease our energy and water consumption, we should pay more attention to a better insulation of our houses, offices and community buildings.

Of course we know all the classic insulation materials. But using BioBased insulation materials do have a lot of advantages: Read More

Gates invests $1 Billion in Breakthrough Energy Tech

Gates: We need an energy miracle

Gates: We need an energy miracle

Bill Gates is launching $1 billion fund, called Breakthrough Energy Ventures, to invest in new forms of clean energy. 

He said that there is an urgent need for “high risk” investments in breakthrough technologies for renewables.

In July 2016, Gates considered 2 billion.   Read More

Harvard new nontoxic Battery

Harvard new nontoxic Battery Team

By modifying the structures of molecules used in the positive and negative electrolyte solutions, and making them water soluble, the Harvard team was able to engineer a battery that loses only one percent of its capacity per 1000 cycles.

Harvard scientists have developed a new flow battery which stores energy in liquid, works 10 years without energy loss and is much safer than lithium-ion batteries.

After a few years of heavy use, most lithium-ion batteries suddenly loose a lot of storage capacity. You surely recognize this from your smartphone, but that’s also a problem for energy storage which should last a very long time to store solar energy. Scientists at Harvard University have found a possible solution.

The new technology promises a battery definitely lasting ten years without losing much capacity. The solution is applied to a so-called flow-battery. The flow battery stores energy in organic molecules dissolved in neutral pH water. This new chemistry allows for a non-toxic, non-corrosive battery with an exceptionally long lifetime and offers the potential to significantly decrease the costs of production.

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Piko Home Battery System

Piko Home Battery System

The complete sys­tem con­sists a bat­tery in­verter (PIKO BA) the bat­tery (PIKO Bat­tery) and accessoires (PIKO BA Sen­sor and PIKO BA Backup Unit).

The Piko Home Battery System is not new. But its approved, smart and it makes you autonomous from the grid.

People who are choosing for solar PV, often want to be independent from the grid.

This is possible with this German, so thoroughness, battery system allows you to increase your self-consumption and reduce your energy costs. 

The complete sys­tem con­sists a bat­tery in­verter (PIKO BA) the bat­tery (PIKO Bat­tery) and accessoires (PIKO BA Sen­sor and PIKO BA Backup Unit). Read More

BWConstructions Green Architecture and Urban Development

green architecture

BWConstructions Green Architecture and Urban Development

BetterWorldSolutions intents to start a new platform BWConstructions connecting regional and national networks of sustainable builders.

The focus will be on CO2-reductions in the construction sector.

Its foundations will be ready for build up after our meeting March 16 in the Netherlands.

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What Shell knew about climate change in 1991

What Shell knew about climate change in 1991

In 1989, the organization changed the design of a drilling platform in order to take account of extreme weather and rising sea levels.

Shell produced a report on global warming called ‘Climate of Concern’ in 1986. In 1991 they made the video documentary for the public. It warned that trends in global temperatures raised serious risks of famines, floods and climate refugees.

But in the quarter century since, Shell has continued to invest heavily in fossil fuels. 

Already in the eighties, Shell understood that climate change would affect its own operations. In 1989, the organization changed the design of a drilling platform in order to take account of extreme weather and rising sea levels.

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Stanford: Cheap Battery with Urine

Stanford: Cheap Battery with Urine

Festivals encourage the donation of urine. It could be also used for batteries according to Standford University

Researchers at Stanford University have developed an inexpensive battery for renewable energy. This is done by making use of urea, a substance which is to be found in fertilizers and urine. Isn’t this great news? 

Standford University in a press release:

A new low-cost, high-performance battery could provide an inexpensive storage solution for solar power, which is abundant during the day but must be stored for use at night.

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ArcelorMittal converts CO2 into bio-ethanol

ArcelorMittal

The CO2 recycling process should allow ArcelorMittal Belgium to produce 60 million liters of biofuel and reduce its carbon emissions. Annually!

ArcelorMittal, a major steel plant in Belgium, will capture CO2 and convert it into bio-ethanol.

Within two years, the new technology should be able to start.

The investment for the Steel Factory is about 80 million euro’s. Read More

Avantium buys Liquid Light

Avantium buys Liquid Light

It can reduce the CO2 footprint of consumer products

Avantium has bought the American company Liquid Light Inc.

Liquid Light has developed the process technology by which chemical building blocks can be produced from CO2. Read More

Japan is moving faster towards hydrogen

Japan is moving faster toward hydrogen

If you can prove something like a hydrogen society can work in a city like Tokyo, then it’s a matter of how do they scale it, how do the Japanese ensure that all the ancillary consequences have been addressed, and you only really do this by testing it out.

Japan is moving faster than expected toward an hydrogen energy future. Prime Minister Abe has become a vocal advocate for hydrogen – both to stimulate developments in technology and to help the resource-poor nation lower greenhouse gases. With Japan relying more on fossil fuels since the shuttering of most of its nuclear reactors after the Fukushima disaster almost six years ago, it’s a push that’s gained more urgency.

Toyota is at the forefront of Japan’s efforts to use hydrogen and fuel cells to power cars, heat homes and keep factories running. Other companies pursuing the technology include Panasonic Corp, Toshiba Corp and JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp. Read More

New Global Centre on Climate Adaptation

New Global Centre on Climate Adaptation

Between the years 1986 and 2006, Toronto experienced not one but eight storms of the magnitude that had been predicted to occur no more than once in a quarter-century. The Finch Avenue Washout was the capper, a one-in-100-years storm for which the city’s infrastructure was woefully under-designed.

The Netherlands is to host a new Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaption (GCEA), set up by the Dutch and Japanese governments in collaboration with the UN environment programme (UNEP).

Paris agreement

The centre will advise countries, businesses and organizations on how to adapt their practices to comply with the Paris climate change agreement, which comprises measures designed to keep the global temperature increase below 2 degrees.

Last year it was ratified by 193 countries.

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Floating Power Plant

Floating power plant

The platform rotation is secured via the high wave absorption of 60-80% of the inherent energy in the waves.

This Floating Power Plant is targeting 
20GW, corresponding to €50bn potential revenue. The Power Plant is offshore proof and grid connected.

Denmark is convinced that this wind- and water energy plant is a significant step forward in world challenge to change into renewables. Read More

Top 10 Eco Cities

Top 10 Eco Cities Eco cities have a huge opportunity to impact the magnitude of climate exchange: after all, larger cities are consuming two thirds of the world’s energy and responsible for emitting over 70% of global CO2 emissions.

We analyzed the key objectives of the top 10 eco cities that were ranked highest in terms of environmental sustainability. Read More

First SolarRoad Normandy

First SolarRoad NormandyIn Normandy (France) the first electric road has been build. In 2016, Colas announced four SolarRoad pilots which would be built in 2017.

Just a few weeks ago, the first solar roadway for cars opened in the French village of Tourouvre in Normandy.

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