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Berkeley SkyDeck view over de San Francisco Bay

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.

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Bacteria from Siberian soda lake makes gas without CO2

Bacteria from Siberian soda lake makes gas without CO2

Sorokin at work in Siberia. ‘The white stuff is not snow – it is called trona, a mineral consisting from two forms of soda – NaHCO3 and Na2CO3.

Researchers from Delft and Moscow have discovered a new class of micro organisms in Siberian soda. These organisms grow in saturated soda and convert organic materials into methane gas.

Together with colleagues from US, UK, Germany and Spain, they have published their findings in Nature Microbiology. Read More

India transforms waste into energy

India transforms waste into energy

There are large number of options and technologies available today—bio fuels like bio-ethanol-diesels, etc. and waste to energy like gobar gas and commercial bio gas

India intends to transform its waste into energy.

Therefore, NTPC Limited, India’s largest power generation company, has invited interested domestic and international developers to construct 100 waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities in the country under the Swatch Bharat Mission of the government of India. Read More

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

SeaFarm – sustainable food production

SeaFarm - sustainable food production

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.”

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Green power generation from Urine

Green electricity from Urine. Light reduces the risk in refugee camps

The “pee-power” will be a big advantage for refugee camps. Most of the refugees don’t have any electricity: that leads to unsafe situations. Light will reduces the risk of abuse.

University of Bristol researchers are testing a new way to generate energy: generating electricity from urine.

How does this technique work exactly and what are its benefits? Read More

Waste Company Transformed to a Power Station

Recycle, reuse, waste, rubbish, circular economy, power plant, Amsterdam

Every day, 600 trucks full of garbage arrive. Sometimes they transport special waste, such as out of date fire extinguishers, waste from hospitals, old refrigerators or electricity cables. Two people are fulltime disassembling extinguishers.

‘Waste is great! “Susanna van der Heide calls from the Waste and Energy Company (AEB) in Amsterdam.

AEB transformed from a company for waste incineration into a commodity and energy company.

New products, including energy are made out of bags full of garbage and other waste.

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Micro-organisms for energy conversions

wastewater, source for renewable energy

wastewater, source for renewable energy

Wastewater contains energy! From aerobic to anaerobic wastewater treatment.

Annemieke ter Heijne found a next generation wastewater treatment to recover the energy using microorganisms to convert the organics into electricity and than store it in a battery! Read More

Fertilizer from urine festival visitors

fertilizer, urine, pee, recycle, reuse, nitrogen, festival, Denmark

Alcohol in the urine? That is no objection. Urine is filled with nitrogen and phosphate, useful substances, which do just fine as fertilizer in agriculture.

During the Nijmegen ‘99th Four Days Marches event, all visitors will be invited to pee not in nature or against churches on special toilets. For 7 days their urine will be collected.

The goal: reuse the huge pool as fertilizer for the growth and development of vegetables and plants. Read More

Rice Starks to Electricity

Biomass, renewables, climate change, electricity, Pelletizer, Curacao, Caribbean, green power, rice, greenhouse gas

If you notice that a Pelletizer can press 24/7, the value of the biomass is 21,000 euro (>23,000 USD) a week!

The gap between electricity supply and demand in Curaçao is increasing. Still the Island is relying on imported electricity, diesel and other fossil fuels.

Mr. Doerga (Alesie) has been a trader in rice on the Island for years. He recognized the possibilities of rice residues for biomass power generation and electricity.  Read More

Wood pellet-fired cooking

bamboo, climate change, CO2, cook stove, deforestation, economy, footprint, Greenhouse gas, health, Dutch Millling Group, Vietnam

Remanufactured pressing machines make wood pellets from residual materials like sawdust, bamboo and wood residues.

Dutch Milling Technology remanufactures wood pressing machines in order to give them a second life.

These very affordable machines make wood pellets from residual materials like sawdust and wood residues.

Their partner in Vietnam produces 4,000 kg wood pellets in one hour. Ten hours means 40,000 kg pellets a day! 

Because wood pellets are a highly efficient, energy source, Dutch Milling Technology developed – together with their Vietnamese partner – a wood pellet-fired cooking stove for all the people who want to cook clean and safe.  Read More

Tool calculates amount of renewables from biomass

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Biomass power plants—in some cases, biorefineries—work much like a fossil fuel power plant. A plant-based product, such as wood scraps, trees, switchgrass, corn stover, hemp, sugarcane, corn, yard clippings or even garbage, is combusted to heat water into steam. That steam spins an electric turbine and electricity is created.

Six EU-countries have developed a calculation tool for suppliers of renewable energy from biomass.

The tool allows them to create an insight of the emission-savings if electricity and heat are conversed from biomass. Read More

Wastewater is valuable

Biomass, waste water, value,

Valuable residuals are recovered from wastewater. Such as phosphorus and cellulose from wastewater and iron and calcium carbonate residuals from drinking water.

In several regions in Europe, waste water is recycled with renewable energy as a result.

Also valuable residuals are recovered, such as phosphorus and cellulose from wastewater and iron and calcium carbonate residuals from drinking water. 

This is done by using innovative concepts for (alternative) water supply, wastewater treatment and recovery of resources.  Read More

Is the Market Ready for Small-Scale BioRefinery Plants?

fermentation proces, biobased solutions, renewables, cellulose, kerosine, suger

The processing of the protein-free juice stream should be centralized (fermentation of C5 and C6 sugars and cellulose)

The West of the Netherlands produces annually over 200,000 tons of plant residues.

The remains of tomatoes and peppers together account for 170,000 tons.

At this moment, these residual materials now are composted.

But residual materials also have potential as a new raw material, if the chemical industries are interested. Read More

Car Diesel from Algae

Algea into Fuel proces

Algea into Fuel proces

Researchers think algae might be part of the answer to slowing greenhouse gas emissions at power plants, and ultimately climate change. Coal fire plants release gas into the air and now it’s being trapped and used to grow algae. Then the algae can be turned into other Jet Fuel and Car Diesel. Read More

Optimized BioMass Power Plants: The Revolution

With Citadel BioCat+ there is up to 17% less input  and the energy output almost doubles compared with conventional biomass power plants

With Citadel BioCat+ there is up to 17% less input and the energy output almost doubles compared with conventional biomass power plants

We are currently in a revolution. No revolution for power, but more of a – relatively speaking – sudden change of human tools, means and opportunities.

Scientists agree that we are currently in the tail of the latter. Especially visionaries and futurists dare to go further; we’re already in the next phase, or at least in the transition phase, where nanotechnology, network theory and biotechnology are major drivers. Read More

Biogas system transfers soil into gas and electricity for African farmers

 

Plastic Biogas system Sim Gas Holland

The first 1,55 installations are operational in Tanzania and Kenya. By the end of 2014 that must be 5,000.
SimGas starts trial runs in Rwanda and India. Within 5 years they expect to deliver in 10 African and Asian countries.

Like many subtropical regions, farmers in the Sub-Saharan – Africa – depend primarily on wood for energy. 

Biogas is particularly well suited to meet household energy needs in Sub-Saharan Africa, while simultaneously improving both soil conditions and household sanitation. 

 

These systems will spark a revolution in the biogas business in (sub)tropical regions by providing unique, off-the-shelf biogas solutions.

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Dutch city generates electricity from living plants

Zaandam – a city in the Netherlands – gets energy-generating plants. The plants have a street and a charging point for mobile phones deal with electricity.

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