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
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
V-Storage started a pilot using old batteries from busses as an energy storage system. The ‘old’ batteries are placed in a large container. They intent to use the stored energy to electrify busses and to increase the Grid Balance. The pilot will start in January 2017.
In four or five years, the batteries in the roughly one and a quarter million EVs currently on the road are going to start to wane. EV owners will either replace them, or replace the cars entirely.
That means we’ll have a lot of used batteries (with plenty of life left in them) but which are no longer suitable for EVs. What to do?
One possibility is repurposing them to serve as grid-connected energy storage.
Storage is valuable to the grid for many reasons, including its ability to smooth out fluctuations in supply, allowing for more integration of variable renewable energy. Read More
The University Wageningen concluded that recent cultivation research has led to a reduction of costs of more than 50%. Sustainable seaweed cultivation is necessary to develop new production and market chains!
Let’s introduce to you the SeaFarm: It’s one of the solutions to secure food, feed, green chemistry and energy in the near future.
As per United Nations:
“The world population is predicted to grow to 8.3 billion in 2030 and to 9.1 billion in 2050. By 2030, food demand is predicted to increase by 50% (70% by 2050). The main challenge facing the agricultural sector is not so much growing 70% more food in 40 years, but making 70% more food available on the plate.”
We live at sea
Two third of the world population lives not more than 350 miles from the sea. Somewhat more than halve of the population lives at a maximum of 150 miles from the sea.
In 2050 – in order to feed, clothe, house and energize mankind – we need to have doubled agro production. The big question is ‘Is this possible?’ Yes it is. Which alternatives do we have?
We can speed up deforestation, but then don’t bother about biodiversity, nature etc.
Triple P? Yes, but then bring agriculture to the marine environment. This should be the start of developing sustainable seafarms, based on seaweeds and (shell)fish.
Advantages of a Seafarm
The developed SeaFarm concept and design is a solution to move food production of aquatic and non-aquatic cultures to the ocean surface. Benefits of such solution, comparing to “traditional” farming are:
No land reclamation
Minimizing losses due to pests “infection”
Minimizing or completely removing usage of pesticides
Organic food production is possible without costly and lengthy process of land preparation (“healing”)
Cultures are grown in controlled climate
Cultures are grown in vicinity of the consumers, cutting transportation COx pollution and costs and reducing road congestion
Inserting Oxygen into atmosphere by photo synthesis and reducing CO2
Minimal usage or no usage of fossil fuels or external energy sources
No new or “experimental” technology – only proven components are used
Short “pay-back” period – approx. 18 months for presented case.
This should be the start of developing sustainable seafarms, based on seaweeds and (shell)fish.
According to the University Wageningen, seaweeds-based seafarms produce:
Minerals (especially P)
Starting point for new developments is that it must be TripleP sustainable, since we cannot afford any longer to threaten the worlds ecosystems and its biodiversity, and since we have to meet human requirements such as food security, green chemistry and climate measures.
A futuristic view? We do have 40 years for realization! Seaweed-based sea farming is then an opportunity:
Food security >> proteins, micronutrients and lots of other valuable compounds
Green chemistry >> replacement of fossil resources together with land based plant resources
Energy if not otherwise
Production of fresh water if needed
No freshwater usage for plant production
Recycling of lost plant nutrients
Sequestering Green House Gasses
Off shore cultivation
Logistic, costs of infrastructure yield and planting mechanisms. The University Wageningen concluded that recent cultivation research has led to a reduction of costs of more than 50%. Sustainable seaweed cultivation is necessary to develop new production and market chains!
Seaweed is most commonly recognized as being the green wrapping around your sushi rolls, but it has so much more to offer your body and the planet than just sushi support. Seaweed is known as the ocean’s superfood and is one of the most sustainable, nutritious and cheapest foods we can grow. It’s an abundant source of minerals and has unique cleansing and detoxifying properties. Seaweed is an amazing, underutilized gift straight from the ocean.
Wakame is a wonderful seaweed for women in particular, because it’s been shown to significantly reduce bloating. It tastes a bit like spinach and is commonly used in seaweed salads. Soak it briefly first and keep in mind that it will expand about 20 times. When boiled with water, it provides a healing mineral-rich broth, one that you will find as a base for most miso soups.
Once you get over the slimy texture, you’ll find that seaweed has a lot to offer nutritionally and is easy to sneak into your diet in different forms. Sea vegetables are rich in trace minerals, iodine, iron and calcium. These minerals are essential for proper brain function, metabolism and maintenance of strong bones. They also have powerful electrolytes to help keep you hydrated, contain blood-purifying chlorophyll (remember, they’re still plants and require photosynthesis to develop) and polysaccharides, which detoxify your body from heavy metals and other toxic substances. They can also be great sources of protein, vitamin B-12 and omega-3 fatty acids. These properties definitely qualify seaweed as a superfood — one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet.
One of the biggest factors contributing to climate change is the carbon-dioxide emissions produced from factory farming. More than a quarter of the CO2 released into the atmosphere is absorbed directly into the ocean. Seaweed, however, has the amazing ability to absorb dissolved nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon dioxide directly from the sea. It actually needs to absorb CO2 in order to grow, making it the ideal plant to assist with our threatened ecosystems.
We need seaweed to keep our oceans clean. Fortunately, it’s a resilient plant that reproduces quickly. Seaweed farms are becoming more popular and have the capacity to grow nutrient-dense food for both humans and animals. Seaweed also has the potential to be a source of biofuel and fertilizer for crops like corn and soy. As one of the fastest-growing plants in the world, it could nourish the entire planet while leaving a negative carbon footprint — you can think of seaweed as the culinary equivalent to an electric car.
Varieties of Seaweed
Seaweed has more than 10,000 species. It’s very easy to incorporate the most common and easiest species into your diet.
The Hellisheidi power plant is the world’s largest geothermal facility. It provides the energy for Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, plus power for industry, by pumping up volcanically heated water to run turbines
Iceland has done it again. No, its not football. It’s even better. They successfully turned CO2 into stone!
In Iceland, scientists and engineers are fighting climate change by injecting CO2 deep into volcanic rocks. Read More
Hut’s research showed that data from temperature-sensing waders worn by the public and shared with scientists, can be used to decide where the most interesting places are to do more detailed and more expensive research.
A flooding costs billions.
Scientists can predict a flooding or droughts using sensors in a river or ditch. With the new sensing pair of waders, fishermen around the world, help scientists.
The all-IP flat network architecture of LTE, makes the smart meter well-suited for use by electric utilities
SmartMeters are hot. A next generation 4G LTE smart metering solution for households provides broad territory coverage, low latency and network longevity, using the fastest 4G LTE technologyavailable today.
This solution will save energy companies (and households) millions of dollars because: