Daimler builds mega battery plant

Daimler is building a mega battery plant

Daimler guarantees an EV-life cycle of 10 years with at least 80% efficiency. After than, the batteries are recycled for large-scale power storage units.

Daimler is building the largest and most modern battery plant in the world. Place to be: Kamenz, Germany.

By laying the foundation for one of the biggest and most modern battery factories, Daimler AG is setting new standards in the international automotive industry, thereby taking the next strategic step in its electric offensive. Read More

Innovation needed in the construction industry

Innovation needed in the construction industry

Building information modeling is not a software or a synonym for 3D CAD; BIM is the equivalent of digitalization in the construction industry

Innovation is needed in the construction industry now! What we need are energy-neutral houses and buildings and a circular construction sector in order to realize the Paris Climate Goals 2025/2050. 

Climate neutral homes and buildings can only be realized by a ‘revolutionary innovative construction sector’. The construction industry has always been traditional but now it’s time to shift to really innovate processes to achieve common goals. Read More

Sqape concrete bicycle path without cement

Sqape green concrete bicycle path

This geo-polymer concrete reduces 70 – 80% carbon emissions

Sqape is a geo-polymerization system for sustainable and affordable building materials. Usually, concrete is made of the traditional mix of sand, gravel and cement.

Sqape replaces the cement through an environmentally-friendly binder system composed of:

  • Selected mineral residues
  • Alkalis
  • Activator and patented additives

Resulting in:

  • Up to 80% CO2 reduction (compared to Portland cement)
  • Extremely low MKI score / low carbon footprint

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Plastic recycling opportunities

Plastic recycling opportunities

Used extruder $3600

There are so much recycling opportunities. Gary McNeish is one if the growing group of great people in the world who wants to make the world more clean and circular.

For the last few years, he has been concentrating on recycling industrial waste:
  • Carbon Black from the pyrolysis of waste tyres.
  • Fibers from waste
  • Tyres made into fibercrete a mix of fibers and concrete  
  • Metal from tyres can be used in the same way, however this method not only strengthens the concrete but if a small electric current is applied to the concrete when dry it will heat up making it ideal for snow and ice removal in harsh environments
  • Recycling red mud (Bauxite Residue) a by product from the Aluminium industry

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Hydroelectric river power

Hydroelectric river power

Once we get in there, put it in place and anchor it down, that’s it. When the water starts flowing in and turns the generator, we make electricity, and we’re able to put it in the distribution grid.

The potential for generating hydroelectric river power has been overlooked. At least until now. This cross-flow turbine from KWRiver can capture the power of the flow of water over the weir of a low-head dam. —A low-head dam is defined as one having an elevation difference of less than 15 feet.

 

The turbine can fit into dams with little or no structural modification needed. The system is even compatible in a ​river with a ​smooth flow of ​water with a ​current of 10 ​m³/s and a ​small ​inclination. ​ Read More

Beautiful Solar Highway Projects

Beautiful Solar Highway Projects

The Oregon Solar Highway Program seeks to further the use of solar energy in greening the nation’s grid, adding value to the existing public right of way, and supplying clean, renewable, home-grown energy to Oregonians.

In 2008, the Solar Highway Project in Oregon (USA) was one of the first eye catcher world wide. Right now, there are a lot of examples of PV along the highways that power grids. 

Because of the project’s high visibility, the team also took more extreme security measures than most projects need. A fence with razor wire and a motion detector surround the panels, protecting them from theft and graffiti. The 594-module, 104 kW project costed about $12.50 per W – about 50 percent higher than the average price for commercial projects installed that year in the state.

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Water Scarcity major Challenge

Water Scarcity major Challenge

Because of a lack of water, large numbers of refugees and migrants have fled the region for neighboring countries and Europe.

Growing water scarcity is now one of the leading challenges for sustainable development. This challenge will become more pressing as the world’s population continues to swell, their living standards increase, diets change and the effects of climate change intensify. 

Because of a lack of water, large numbers of refugees and migrants have fled the region for neighboring countries and Europe.

Consequently, NATO: “the need to do more to achieve lasting calm and an end to violence”, as “Peace and stability in African and Middle East regions are essential for the world”.

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City chooses Cradle to Cradle Hall

City chooses Cradle to Cradle Hall

The greenhouse purifies the outdoor air with functional living green before it will enter the building.

The municipality of Venlo preferred a new city hall as state-of-the-art example of Cradle-to-Cradle design. Right now, the City Hall Venlo’s design is a paramount example of applying the Cradle to Cradle design principles on building scale. The Hall is being recognized for many innovations

  • the building is designed for its users and residents, culture and place
  • it is designed to anticipate future innovations and continuous improvements at all scales

This post describes how the dream of a C2C inspired building has been translated into practice, how the process evolved and the benefits it has brought so far. How did they do it?

Reusing materials begins with the knowledge about  products and building. What’s inside and what can we do with it? Read More

Hydrogen vs batteries

Japan, new energy, hydrogen, climate change

Japan leads the race for a hydrogen

Many people argue that Hydrogen is not an energy source but an energy carrier. Hydrogen is certainly an energy source by itself but is to be derived from other primary sources such as water or natural gas because is not available in a free form.

Generation of Hydrogen from its sources require an additional energy but when such an energy is provided by renewable sources such as sun, wind and sea then the cost becomes secondary in the long run.

  • Therefore, battery may not be able to compete with hydrogen in the long run though it provides a temporary solution to pressing power problems in short term.
  • Moreover, batteries rely on materials like Lithium whose availability is limited even though they are recyclable.

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Kofi Annan Boosts African Energy

Kofi Annan Boosts African Energy

Of the 315 million people who are expected to gain access to electricity in Africa’s rural areas by 2040, it is predicted that only 30% will gain access to national grid-connected electricity

A new report from former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Africa Progress Panel has called for a “significant boost” in investment to help African governments and their partners to “bridge the continent’s huge energy gap.”

The new report, Lights Power Action: Electrifying Africawas launched Monday at the African Development Bank headquarters in Abidjan by the Africa Progress Panel, the brainchild of the former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan. Read More

Solar Mobile Generator

solar mobile generator

One hour setup time

This Mobile Generator for Solar Distributors Designed has been designed as a solar mobile generator system for places without power.

The system includes solar panels, a MPPT solar charge controller, an inverter, mobile air conditioned structure, and a system monitoring unit that can be accessed through your mobile phone. Read More

Megacities need strong visions

Megacities need strong visions

The megacities of the future solve traffic congestion, housing shortages and their residents enjoy much more than high employment and clean air.

Megacities such as Sydney (Australia) need strong visions to effectively compete on the global stage to respond to the needs of people, the environment, energy and other resources and fundings.

Sydney is forecast to have an additional 1.6 million people by 2031  with 33,000 more houses needed.

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Best waste to energy technologies

SimGas BioGas Best waste to energy technologies

The SimGas “Shamba” comes in various volumes, from 2m³ up to 20m³

Which is the best waste to energy technology with maximum efficiency and less emissions?

That was our question on LinkedIn. These are the responses:
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Blockchain for Grid Balance

Blockchain for Grid Balance

In the future, private households will be capable of contributing to the stabilization of the power grid by enabling better integration of renewable energies.

TenneT and Sonnen are pioneering the networking of storage batteries with blockchain technology in order to stabilize the power grid.

Private households and owners of electric cars charged at these households, will be capable of contributing to the stabilization of the power grid by enabling better integration of renewable energies. Read More

EMBATT Car Battery stretches range to 1,000 km

EMBATT Car Battery stretches range to 1,000 km

EMBATT is a new type of battery with less components and a much simpler design that would free up space that could be used to provide extra electricity storage capacity.

The EMBATT car battery, developed by the German Fraunhofer Institute and partners, could give cars a range of 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) in the medium term without taking up more space or weight.

So far EMBATT has been confined to the laboratory, but the partners are working on scaling up the technology for installation in test vehicles by 2020. Read More

Boyan Slat raises $21.7 Million to Rid Pacific Ocean of Plastic

Boyan Slat raises $21.7 Million to Rid Pacific Ocean of PlasticThe 22-Year-Old Boyan Slat, raised $21.7 Million to Rid Pacific Ocean of Plastic. The Ocean Cleanup – the ambitious Dutch venture devoted to ridding the world’s oceans of plastics, announced last week that it has raised $21.7 million in donations since last November.

This latest round of funding brings The Ocean Cleanup’s total funding since 2013 to $31.5 million and allows the startup to initiate large-scale trials of its cleanup technology in the Pacific Ocean later this year.

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From old coal mine to giant battery

From old coal mine to giant battery

The mine is suitable to transform 200 megawatt energy from wind turbines, solar panels, and biomass sources installed on the surface above the mine.

Germany is turning one of its old coal mines into a giant ‘battery station’.

The hydroelectric energy which will be stored, is enough to power 400,000 homes.

Because Germany has a lot of old coal mines, the country hopes to launch similar facilities across the country in the coming years. Read More

Most innovative wind turbine designs

Most innovative wind turbine designs

The V-shaped turbine is modeled on the lines of conventional turbines, however, with a sting of advancing technology. The difference between the conventional windmills and aero-generator is that the later generates power through a rotating vertical shaft, while the horizontal shafts form an important part of the former.

Look at this beautiful wind turbine designs.

The increasing demand for green electricity is like food for designers. Conventional horizontal axis wind turbines come with their own set of issues ranging from spoiling the view of the landscape to causing birth deaths and health related problems for people living nearby.

Research is on to find alternative designs, which can answer all the issues, while still providing enough energy to power homes and industries. Here is a list of some of the most innovative designed wind turbines for the future. Read More

Micro Wind Turbine KITS

micro wind turbine

500W Micro Wind Generator

Want to build a Micro Wind Turbine yourself?

Look at this kits, start building and you will be able to generate enough energy to get off-grid.

A micro wind turbine is simply a small wind turbine that generates small amounts of electricity (usually under one kilowatt and sometimes as low as 50 watts) from wind energy.

Micro wind turbines contrast with the larger wind turbines that are used on wind farms to generate power on a commercial scale.

Micro wind turbines are often used on boats or other vehicles to power small appliances such as lights or a refrigeration unit.

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Black antenna absorbs all electromagnetic radiation

Black antenna absorbs all electromagnetic radiation

There is about a 300 000 volt (V) potential difference between the Earth’s surface and the electrosphere, which gives an average electric field strength of about 6 V/metre (m) throughout the atmosphere. Near the surface, the fine-weather electric field strength is about 100 V/m..” Average height of a man is 6 feet or 2 meters so 100 V/m x 2 meters = 200 Volts 6 feet off the ground.

A black electromagnetic energy receiving antenna absorbs all electromagnetic radiation and doesn’t reflect at all.

Pure clean energy with a simple antenna. Is that possible? It seems to be.

The Egyptians used it 2000 years ago. We did it when our TV was still for free. But we seem to have forgotten it. Read More

Highlights themabijeenkomst ‘CO2 in de bouw’

Themabijeenkomst: Compensatiesteen bindt CO2 in het productieproces

De Compensatiesteen van de RuwbouwGroep,
bindt CO2 in het productieproces

De energie stroomde tijdens de themabijeenkomst op 20 april in Vianen.

Het thema ‘de CO2 kan flink omlaag in de Bouw’, werd zodanig uitgediept dat we er niet meer aan toe kwamen om iets over BetterWorldConstructions te vertellen.

Conclusie: er is veel lef van de overheid nodig om te kunnen opschalen.

Want met alleen zonnepanelen en warmtepompen komen we er niet. De bouw heeft een substantiële rol in het terugdringen van emissies.

Volgens de deelnemers was het een bijeenkomst van hoog niveau, met diepgaande discussies en een oproep aan politiek en beleidsmakers om duurzaam bouwen nu echt op te gaan pakken.

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Elevator pitch: 4 inspiring starts

Elevator pitch: 4 inspiring starts

Elevator pitch: 4 inspiring starts

You know you have to impress within seconds with your elevator pitch. How do you make an elevator pitch that grabs the attention of your Interlocutor?

Elevator pitch

With these 4 different openings, you are definitely attracting the attention of your investor or potential business partner.
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BotBrik: from plastic bottles to building blocks

BotBrik: from plastic bottles to building blocks

Let’s re-use plastic bottles

The founders of the BotBrik Ecological Project, would like you to draw attention to their new patented circular economy plastic bottle design that transforms empty plastic bottles into interlocking bricks.

BotBriks can be used to rebuild the country after natural disasters strike, such as, earthquakes, floods and typhoons, where safe drinking water and building materials are needed.

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CSP will power Dubai

CSP will power Dubai

The Clean Energy Strategy 2050 plan consists of five main pillars that include Infrastructure, legislation, funding, building capacities and skills.

CSP – Concentrated Solar Power – will power Dubai. Finally.

The Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will allocate a 200-megawatt concentrated solar power project in June 2017.

Almost $17 billion will be invested to expand the current Solar Park. Read More

PEF: European life cycle standard

PEF European life cycle standard

The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) project was initiated with the aim of developing a harmonized European methodology for Environmental Footprint (EF) studies that can accommodate a broader suite of relevant environmental performance criteria using a life-cycle approach.

PEF, the Product Environmental Footprint is a multi-criteria measure of the environmental performance of a good or service throughout its life cycle.

PEF is the European standard to reduce the footprint of materials and services. Read More