There was some historic rainfall and flooding through the United States in 2018. At a glance, historic events (1,000-year rainfall events), have occurred at least five times this year across the country!
These have lasted for at least 24-hour periods, but some have lasted for longer. According to weather.com, here are five notable, long-duration, high-impact rainfall events that happened this year. Read More
Berkeley SkyDeck’s startup application is live now through September 21, 2018. Do you want to develop your tech innovation to the next level? How does it sounds: working and living in Berkeley / San Francisco surrounded by 150 university mentors, labs and lot’s of Silicon energy? And … an investment of $ 100,000 dollar?
SkyDeck Berkeley offers a 6-month acceleration process for promising startups in any vertical who are affiliated with UC Berkeley, any UC campus, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, or global founders.
This green residential tower will have 19 floors and 125 social apartments, 125 trees and 5,200 shrubs and plants
Eindhoven is building a special green residential tower of 70 meters high. The ‘Trudo Vertical Forest’ becomes the world’s first vertical forest in social housing. By 2019 the residential tower must be ready.
The vertical forest will absorb annually about 50,000 kilos of CO2 and will supply 13,750 kilos of oxygen. Read More
renewable geothermal heat source, which will supply between 40 and 50% of our heat requirements.
A heat pump works on electricity. The heat pump extracts ‘free’ energy from the environment (renewable, green energy). With every kWh of energy from the ‘socket’ the heat pump generates 3 to 4 kWh ‘free’ from the environment. Therefore, a heat pump is up to 5 times more economical than an electric central heating boiler.
Construction of the Rainshell concept and its filter bed of shells and minerals to retain and simultaneously clean the runoff water.
Last week, VP Delta opened a living lab facility for new storm water catchment concepts for a more smart way to handle storm water in cities.
As a result of the expected increase of extreme rainfall events, several Dutch SME-companies developed innovative concepts to handle extreme volumes of storm water and store in underneath hardened urban surface. Read More
Robert Brears, Author of Urban Water Security (Wiley) presented a selection of results on best practices in water management from around the world. We share the best practices Robert collected.
Smart water meters are key to intelligent decision-making
With rapid urbanization and climate change increasing water scarcity, cities and their respective water utilities are turning to smart meters and related technologies to manage water more efficiently. Read more here.
NYC’s Big Water Savings Goal
New York City’s demand for drinking water is at its lowest in 50 years even though the city’s population has reached a record high of over 8.6 million people. Not resting on its laurels, the city’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has released the 2018 Water Demand Management Plan to realize further savings. Read more here
Fit for Purpose Recycled Water in Australia
Water recycling makes non-potable wastewater useful, reducing the economic and environmental costs of establishing new water supplies. Read how Australia’s Queensland Urban Utilities provides fit for purpose recycled water to its customers. Read more here.
The Water-Energy Nexus in Athens
Athens Water Supply and Sewerage Company (EYDAP) is the largest water utility in Greece providing services to 4.3 million customers. Read how EYDAP is reducing water-energy nexus pressures here.
Projects worldwide show that financial sustainability is a hard nut to crack, especially when technology is still under development and governments are searching for the right policies to increase adoption.
The University Delft offers a course e-mobility. Learn from experts how to develop profitable e-mobility business models. This new course explains how can electric mobility work for various businesses, including fleet managers, automobile manufacturers and charging infrastructure providers.
Fisherman in India’s southern state of Kerala are taking on the battle to cut the level of plastic waste in the oceans.
Indian fishermen take plastic out of the sea and use it to build roads. Every one of India’s 1.3 billion people uses an average 11kg of plastic each year. After being used, much of this plastic finds its way to the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, where it can maim and kill fish, birds and other marine wildlife. But since last year, fisherman in India’s southern state of Kerala are taking on the battle to cut the level of plastic waste in the oceans.
Last summer Kerala’s fisheries minister J. Mercykutty Amma started a scheme to clean up the oceans. Under her direction, the state government launched a campaign called Suchitwa Sagaram, or Clean Sea, which trains fishermen to collect the plastic and bring it back to shore. In Suchitwa Sagaram’s first 10 months, fisherman have removed 25 tonnes of plastic from the Arabian Sean, including 10 tonnes of plastic bags and bottles, according to a UN report on the scheme. Read More
Learn about the common insurance risks associated with Solar PV projects and how to protect assets against costly set-backs in this insightful presentation given by Sam Walsh, Senior Vice President, Senior Underwriter at GCube Insurance Services. Read More
Groene daken zijn daken waarop planten groeien, zoals grassen of vetplanten. Ze bestrijden hitte- en wateroverlast, ze isoleren goed en ze bevorderen de biodiversiteit.
Groen in de stad verbetert het milieu, zorgt voor een rijke biodiversiteit, vermindert luchtvervuiling, zorgt voor waterberging, dempt geluidshinder en verkoelt in warme periode. Kortom, groen is essentieel voor een klimaatbestendige en duurzame omgeving.
Kortom, groen is essentieel voor een klimaatbestendige en duurzame omgeving.
The diesel fuel will be sold to the shipping industry. Photo Marc Ruyg
In the port of Amsterdam, Bin2Barrel has started the construction of the factory, which can save 57,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually. The factory will be capable of recycling non-recyclable plastic streams into fuel.
The Dutch company Bin2Barrel, focuses on the development of ‘Plastic to Fuel’ projects. By producing sustainable fuel from the plastic, non-recyclable plastics still get a useful application. Read More
Sweden is at the cutting edge of this technology, which we now hope to introduce in other areas of the country and the world.
Sweden has opened the world’s first electrified road. The 1.2-mile route, between Stockholm Arlanda airport and a logistics site, will now actively charge cars and lorries as they travel along it using an innovative energy transfer system.
Plans are in place to expand the project throughout other parts of the country and the world.
Hybrid trucks specially fitted with a device called a ‘pantograph power collector’ can drive underneath the lines and tap into the power. When connected to the lines, they run completely on electricity. Read More
Severe drought threatens to run taps dry in Cape Town
How did Cape Town deal with its “Day Zero” water crisis and what can we learn? Intense drought in South Africa’s Western Cape Province has led the world-renowned city of Cape Town to the brink of “Day Zero”. Day Zero was the date at which residents would be forced to collect strictly rationed water supplies from shared distribution taps. Read More
Heuliez, Bolloré, Irizar, Solaris, Yutong and BYD are suppliers of the Paris e-buses
1000 Electric Buses will be ordered to spearhead Paris goal Of 100% Zero Emissions Public Transportation.
Paris aims to restrict motor vehicle access in the center of the city and require the roofs of all new buildings to be covered either in solar panels or vegetation.
Now the two largest public transportation companies serving Paris and its surrounding areas — Îl de France Mobilités and RATP — have embarked on a bold new initiative to make all the buses in their fleets zero emissions by 2025. Read More
SDR partners in an overview. Click to increase the picture
A roadmap was developed to ensure a climate neutral industry. International companies in the Netherlands and Belgium will collaborate in order to achieve the Paris targets of 80 to 95% CO2 reduction by 2050.
Therefore, eleven multinationals signed the Smart Delta Resources (SDR) partnership.
They 11 will develop business cases for the exchange of residual and material flows and through industrial transition. The focus of the partnership is reducing CO2 emissions and creating a circular economy, without losing sight of the original objectives.
MVRDV wins competition for landmark public installation in Den Helder with ‘infinite loop’ design
This stunning Seasaw concrete sea defensewill rock back and forth with the tide along the Dutch seashore. MVRDV recently won a competition to design a unique permanent art installation for the scenic coastal Dutch city of Den Helder.
The design, which will rise on a historic dyke north of Amsterdam, is a curvilinear observation platform that twists into an infinite loop perched several feet over the sea. Read More
Wide-scale deployment of CSP molten salt towers will start soon. The CSP industry says to be ready for a wide-scale rollout of molten salt tower plants between 2018 and 2020.
Molten nitrate and potassium salts are used for energy storage in many CSP tower plants, but the 110 MW Crescent Dunes plant in Nevada and 20 MW Gemasolar plant in southern Spain are the only commercial tower plants to use molten salt as a heat transfer fluid (HTF) as well as for storage. Read More
Katanes Wind/Ocean Power Scotland. The projects could be up and running by 2020.
DP Energy and Floating Power Plant push forward with plans for Katanes wind-wave project in Scotland.
Environmental organizations are enthusiastic about floating wind technology because it allows turbines to be placed far offshore – away from seabird nesting sites.
De Pietro about Katanes
Simon De Pietro, CEO DP Energy:
’We have undertaken a detailed analysis of the Katanes project located off Caithness and Sutherland in the north of Scotland and, having completed EIA screening, have decided to proceed to the next stage of this development.
Each year, at least 8 million tons of plastics leak into the ocean — which is equivalent to dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute.
Today New Zealand has joined the United Nations-led CleanSeas campaign to rid our oceans of plastic. Minister Sage signed a pledge showing New Zealand’s commitment to the global CleanSeas campaign at the Volvo Ocean Race Village in Auckland. More than 40 other countries have already signed up.
“Turtles and other wildlife are being killed by litter in our oceans. Also the issue of microplastic in our oceans and its effect on the food chain is a concern for all species and is a potential risk to human health. New Zealand is proud to be joining this campaign to stop this from happening,” Ms Sage said.