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 drainage tech: the downpipe

New drainage tech: the downpipe

Working of the capacity down pipe (1, empty; 2, filling-up; 3, over-flowing; 4; full; 5, drained)

A case study in Manchester with different solutions for water infiltration and retention systems, showed that soak-aways and infiltration trenches are generally less preferred than capacity down pipes, ponds and filter strips.

And this wateringpipe – the capacity downpipe (CDP) – works even better.

It has a very low footprint, can be integrated in water storage systems and retention. And … it is inexpensive. Read More

First Hyperloop train in Dubai?

First Hyperloop train in Dubai?

With Hyperloop One, we will create a new means of transportation, keeping our region at the forefront of transportation technology and innovation

Hyperloop One has signed an agreement with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority that could see the firm’s technology applied in the UAE in a new feasibility study.

The Hyperloop concept is based on the idea of people traveling in autonomous pods from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes (typically a ~2 hour drive). Read More

Wattway starts 4 SolarRoad Pilots

Wattway starts 4 SolarRoad Pilots

100 outdoor test sites in early 2018

Wattway, part of the France Colas constructions company, announced that four SolarRoad pilots will be built around the world in 2017.

Bloomberg December 4th:

(…) Colas SA, a French engineering firm, has designed rugged solar panels, capable of withstanding the weight of an 18-wheeler truck, that they’re now building into road surfaces. After nearly five years of research and laboratory tests, they’re constructing 100 outdoor test sites and plan to commercialize the technology in early 2018. (…/) Read More

Crucial minerals are running out fast

Crucial minerals are running out fast

Miners use their bare hands to filter out precious minerals using a sluice. These countries can be compensated of we agree on international quotas for minerals

Critical minerals are running out too fast: there should be quotas

Last week, Theo Henckens has been promoted on this worrying thesis. “We need a kind of international agreement on minerals.”

Molybdenum is a mineral that is essential in the production of high-grade stainless steels. But within 80 years Earth will be running out of molybdenum, like many other major minerals. By the end of this century there will be a shortage, unless the reuse of molybdenum will be drastically increased. Read More

Future traveling with Hyperloop tube 1,000 km / hour

Supersonic transportation with the Magnet Hyperloop

The Hyperloop capsule will be ‘launched’ next June on the 1.6-kilometer test track. The test will start with a 4-second acceleration at 2,4 g, followed by a 10-second ride and an equally brisk braking procedure.

Students at the TU Delft, developed a futuristic tube transport system called the Hyperloop. In future we can travel at the speed of sound.  Read More

The Maglev train travels 4,000 miles/hour

This Maglev train reaches a speed of 4,000 miles/hour. Perfect for international traveling

Speed in initial ET3 systems is 600km/h (370 mph) for in state trips, and will be developed to 6,500 km/h (4,000 mph) for international travel

The Maglev train uses magnets for propulsion.

It is fully suspended by a magnetic field and requires less than 2% of the energy planes use.

The train has no wheels, so nothing can wear up. Read More

Coast protection alternatives

Coast protection alternatives

Hundreds of volunteers helped to restore coast Alabama, building oyster reefs

We need to protect our coasts from global warming and – because of that – the sea level rising. But should we only use concrete seawalls?

Why not use nature against nature. Or a combination with classic engineering?

It’s a beautiful, natural coastal protection and soften shoreline defenses are multifunctional. It’s attractive to all kind of sea lives, tourism, fisherman and therefore a whole industry behind. Let’s have a look at alternatives. Read More

Iconic architecture Uruguay

Iconic architecture Uruguay

The circular shape of the Laguna Garzón Bridge naturally slows down motor vehicles while providing those behind the wheel and on the sidewalks with breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

This iconic architecture forces drivers to slow down and enjoy the view.

The Laguna Garzón Bridge crosses the scenic stretch of water that is a haven for many birds and wildlife.

Designer Rafael Viñoly had to consider this sensitive environment that demands vehicle speed be reduced. Read More

Best Building of the Year

Best Building of the Year

Best Building of the Year 2015: The Interlace / Singapore / OMA / Ole Scheeren

What will be the world’s best building of the year 2016? An happiness center in Bhutan, a silo adjoining chapel in Chile or the Chanel shop in Amsterdam with its enchanting brick facade?

This week the nominees have been announced for the World Architecture Festival Awards (WAF), the largest architectural awards festival in the world. In November the award ceremony will be in Berlin. Read More

First electric highway

First electric highway

When the truck goes outside the electrically-powered lane, the pantograph is disconnected and the truck is then powered by the combustion engine or the battery-operated electric motor.

The first electric highway of the world is developed in Sweden.

The first part of an electric highway is ready to use. This project is the result of the collaboration between Siemens and Scania.

It’s a two-kilometer stretch of freeway in central Sweden with power lines stretched over the righthand lane.

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Facade System allows building to ‘breathe’

Facade System allows building to 'breathe'

how to keep the climate comfortable in buildings, without energy-intensive installations

Do you also have dry eyes and headaches in your office building? This new Facade System allows a building to ‘breathe’. Tobias Becker used biomimicry for a pleasant indoor climate. 

German innovation

The German engineer Ing. Tobias Becker has developed a glass facade system that requires minimal energy to generate a pleasant indoor climate. The system allows air through holes and makes buildings ‘breathe’. Read More

App Cuts Sprinkler Water

App Cuts Irrigation Water

The system is ​said to save 50 ​–​70% of ​landscape water ​consumption. And please, use grey water for irrigation

This mobile App saves up to 70% allowing users to customize and control their irrigation systems from their phone. 

Never been easier to commit to a sustainable community. Even when you are not at home!

What if you lawn needs to be watered and you are not at home?  Read More

Highly energy efficient WiFi

Highly energy efficient WiFi

Researchers from the University of Washington have developed a passive WiFi technology that reflects only signals. It does not process data

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a highly efficient WiFi.

The wireless network ‘Passive WiFi’ uses a thousand to ten thousand times less energy than current WiFi connections. Read More

Large energy savings

Raw materials and supplies are becoming scarcer. The circular economy is a top priority and industries which will transform into a leader position, will have the most profit of the benefits.

Raw materials and supplies are becoming scarcer. The circular economy is a top priority and industries which will transform into a leader position, will have the most profit of the benefits.

Decrease our CO2 emissions towards a green world?

It is possible according tot Professor Blok from the Technical University Delft.

We can save at least twenty times the energy we are using today. In houses, infrastructure and in industries.

Of course, new green power technology is essential to limit our greenhouse gas emissions. But maybe the missing linke are ‘energy neutral’ and high efficient energy usage. Read More

A Road From Recycled Plastic

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The hollow structure there is room for other infrastructure such as cables, pipes and water

VolkerWessels construction company introduced the concept Plastic Road; a concept of plastic that is circular, quick to apply and also hardwearing. Read More

IoT transforms cities to renewables

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The Internet of Things has the potential to make renewable energy more effective and a much better investment, therefore more people might buy solar panels, storage batteries and other green devices.

IoT – the Internet of Things is seen as crucial to the growth of renewable energy.

The IoT will produce vast amounts of data and this new information will tell us more about human behavior and provide us with systems and models to better predict and control energy usage. Read More

Solar Panels can be recycled

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The silicon cells can be re-cycled as raw material for new solar cells

For silicon PV modules, the recycling process consists of multiple steps.

ReMedia (Milano) is an Italian consortium that handles Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) as well as end-of-life batteries and accumulators. Read More

Save space with water storage beneath roads

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Thanks to a WT swirling, the rainwater will be discharged quickly to the water storage foundation

Due to the increasing rainfall in many parts of the world, municipalities have to reserve more space for their water storage. Ditches and ponds take much space.

This is another solution: a water reservoir beneath the road. The Aquaflow® system solves storm water problems. Read More

Smart Cities & IT

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With 37 million people, Tokyo Japan is the biggest city in the world in 2015.

There is enormous potential for information technology to reduce the need for physical movement by enabling urban dwellers to access more and more services online.

Using IT networks to connect and coordinate cars and public transport can also help reduce traffic congestion and accident risks. Read More

Tower: start of a smog-free world

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Daan Roosegaarde introduces the Free Smog Tower: a 7 meters high tower that creates smog-free air in the area.

“It’s my job to look around, and find new proposals to solve global issues. I have been involved in fashion and highways. And since 2014, I am involved in smog.”

Daan Roosegaarde introduced the ambitious idea for the Free Smog Tower. He started a Kickstarter Project with the goal to built a 7 meters high tower in Rotterdam that creates smog-free air in the area. Read More

Mobile Factory builds recycled houses for victims

Victims of war or natural disasters want their live back. Besides that, all people do want more. More space, more wealth and more food. Read More

Termite hill great examples CO2 neutral buildings

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The chimney principle is copied from ants and termites, which ingeniously craft corridors that regulate the temperature without active ventilation.

Two new buildings have been opened as an example of building energy and CO2 neutral.

  1. One of them is a school which even will deliver electricity to the grid
  2. The other is an Environmental Education Centre (picture) is housing offices, a restaurant, exhibition halls and a doctors practice. But for both of the buildings, the solar chimney is The Big Innovation!

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Bamboo is Champion Recycler CO2

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Bamboo is a strategic tool in the fight against climate change.

Bamboo is an amazing gras. It grows faster than trees and also holds CO2 much faster.

As a CO2 ‘eater’ Bamboo is able to capture more than a billion tonnes of greenhouse gas in China by 2050. 

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Barcelona smog-eating bridge

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The new bridge in Barcelona ‘eats’ CO2

The Sarajevo bridge in Barcelona gets a green makeover. The Spanish architect BCQ redesigned the bridge.

The bridge will have a renovation turn with photocatalytic concrete, which purifies the air.

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