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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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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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

HAUT, circular building Amsterdam

Haut wooden residential tower in Amsterdam

The wooden tower will be 73 meters high, containing 55 apartments of different sizes

Haut will be the new landmark in Amsterdam. The 21-storey residential building by the River Amstel in Amsterdam, is a serious contender to become the tallest timber tower in the world.

The new standard is created in exclusive comfort in one of the most beautiful places in Amsterdam.

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Coming up: BetterWorldConstructions

BetterWorldConstructions Green Architecture and Urban Development

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

Irena: CO2-free Energy possible

Irena: CO2-free Energy possible

Renewable energy now accounts for 24% of global power generation and 16% of primary energy supply. To achieve decarbonisation, the report states that, by 2050, renewables should be 80% of power generation and 65% of total primary energy supply.

Irena (International Renewable Energy Agency) concluded in a new study that is possible to produce CO2-free global energy in 2060. According to Irena, by 2050 it would by possible to decrease emissions by 70%.

From a press release by IRENA

‘(…) Global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions can be reduced by 70% by 2050 and completely phased-out by 2060 with a net positive economic outlook, according to new findings released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Perspectives for the Energy Transition: Investment Needs for a Low-Carbon Energy Transition, launched on the occasion of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, presents the case that increased deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency in G20 countries and globally can achieve the emissions reductions needed to keep global temperature rise to no more than two-degrees Celsius, avoiding the most severe impacts of climate change.

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Avantium buys Liquid Light

Avantium buys Liquid Light

It can reduce the CO2 footprint of consumer products

Avantium has bought the American company Liquid Light Inc.

Liquid Light has developed the process technology by which chemical building blocks can be produced from CO2. Read More

xStorage home energy storage

xStorage home energy storage

Eaton and Nissan said that, unlike Powerwall, xStorage will include professional installation and all requisite extras, such as cables.

Nissan and Eaton make home energy storage reliable and affordable to everyone with ‘xStorage’. Providing a sustainable ‘second life’ for Nissan’s electric vehicle (EV) batteries after their first life in cars is over.

The partners are collaborating to unveil a new residential energy storage unit. They intent to design the most affordable and reliable home power storage system for households. Read More

First Circular Tomato Farm

First Circular Tomato Farm

Sundrop Farms: The company that’s growing food in the desert. Complete circular and green

This tomato farm in Australia is the first agricultural facility of it’s kind, combining solar power with desalination and countering the requirement for fresh water and fossil fuels.

The firm celebrated its grand opening in Port Augusta, South Australia, last Thursday.

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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

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

Lego saved 7,000 Tons packaging

Lego saved 7,000 Tons packaging

Lego was built on plastic. Now the Danish toy company is investing millions into getting rid of it.

Lego’s mission is to gain a positive impact in the world. With a successful strategy, the Danish company already saved 7,000 tons of packaging materials.

This was said by Tim Brooks, vice president environmental responsibility. Read More

BREEZE: a zero-energy hotel

Hotel BREEZE

World’s first zero energy and circular hotel. This is Hotel BREEZE

Hotel BREEZE’s air conditioning performs entirely circular. Without mechanical ventilation.

This innovative concept called the ‘Earth, Wind & Fire’ (EWF) concept has been created by Engineer Bronsema.

Briefly the EWF works with falling water, sun and wind. Read More

City bus on formic acid

Bus runs on Formic Acid

Formic Acid is produced by using electricity. Wind farms or solar panels supply the power that is needed for the production of Formic Acid, thus it is completely carbon neutral.

It is coming: A city bus which is fueled by formic acid. 

VDL and the Team Fast – a student team at the Technical University of Eindhoven (TU / e) are developing the world’s first city bus that runs on formic acid. The bus is already operational.  Read More

Saltwater Battery gets $ 33 mln

Aquion SeaWater Battery

Aquion did come up with a breakthrough saltwater battery. It is environmentally friendly, cost effective and has a life cycle way beyond any other battery: up to 5,000 cycles.

The development of sustainable saltwater batteries enters the next level.

The American company Aquion Energy has received $ 33 million extra finance.

Previously, Bill Gates invested in Aquion Energy.

Saltwater conductor

Aquion developed batteries that can store solar and wind energy to serve as backup for times when there is no wind nor sun. Saltwater batteries are not new, but the batteries from Aquion are special because they are using salt water as a conductor, instead of acids or bases.

Aquion has come up with a clever twist on a 200 year old salt water battery technology using:

  • Activated carbon (anode)
  • Manganese oxide (cathode)
  • And basically a salt water electrolyte

They have come up with a breakthrough solution. It is environmentally friendly, cost effective and has a life cycle way beyond any other battery: up to 5,000 cycles

So what’s Aquion’s energy storage innovation?

The startup — which was backed by Bill Gates and VCs like Kleiner Perkins and Foundation Capital — is making a low cost, modular grid battery made from basic materials like sodium and water.

The battery pairs a carbon anode with a sodium-based cathode, and a water-based electrolyte shuttles ions between the two electrodes during charging and discharging.

The technology was developed out of Carnegie Mellon University by founder and chief technology officer Jay Whitacre.

By using basic materials, Aquion is hoping its product is inexpensive enough to disrupt the current grid battery market.

Aquion’s CEO Scott Pearson:

“When the battery has been manufactured at a commercial scale for awhile, the price point of the battery could be $300 per kilowatt hour. That’s about a third of the cost of some of the more expensive lithium ion battery grid products.”

Advantages

  1. Saltwater batteries are tolerant to wide temperature ranges, partial state of charge cycling, and daily deep cycling with minimal degradation.
  2. In addition to the safety and sustainability advantages of using water as electrolyte, another advantage is the thermal mass of the embodied water means that Aquion products neither heat nor cool rapidly. As such, the products can operate in a very wide operating temperature window because they simply take so long to heat and to cool.
  3. The saltwater battery chemistry relies on charge/discharge mechanisms which are unaffected by partial state of charge – these batteries can sit indefinitely at partial, or even no state of charge, without irreversible capacity loss like lead acid batteries.

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Latest news: 24-volt version Hybrid Ion battery

In June 2016, Aquion Energy has introduced the Aspen 24S, a 24-volt version of its award-winning Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI) battery.

The new product is designed for energy-intensive applications that use solar panels, such as off-grid solar-powered LED lighting, as well as small pumps and motors. It is also an ideal drop-in replacement for existing systems using 24-volt lead-acid batteries.

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Self-audit tool to assess your circular strategy

With this self-audit tool to assess your circular strategy, your business will be prepared for a new way of organizing a healty future

From Iconomy to the WEconomy with this self-audit tool for businesses and industries

Audit your circular strategy here. WEconomics developed a self-audit tool to assess the circular strategy of your company. 

After completing the survey, organizations will get instant results and recommendations enabling them to improve the way they handle sustainability. Read More

In this small tulip county, already 3.200 jobs in electric transportation

jobs, green economy, circular, transport

in 2014, companies in the electric transportation sector accounted for 820 million euro.

In 2014, the number of employments in electric vehicles increased by 25% to 3,200 jobs in the Netherlands. 

Young entrepreneurs

Dutch companies in circular electric transport are doing a great job. National and international. Important, because they do not only contribute to our economy but they also are part of the solution to the global energy and climate issues. Read More

The circular, green, future in 2050

waste, circular, 2050, sustainable, recycle, reuse, remanufacture, UN, food, energy, renewables, footprint, Co2, emissions, materials, green economy, circular economy

The approach of circular economy is: make – use – maintain/ reuse/ remanufacture/ recycle. Waste should be seen as source of valuable resources. Products should be repaired, remanufactured and reused.
A genius idea in times when resources get scarce – be it oil, water or different metals and when the world has to face a growing population. It is estimated that 9.2 billion people will live on earth in 2050 (UN).

The world in 2050: That world is a fair, high-tech and sustainable one – with advances that mean food for all, a reformed capitalism, and a circular economy.

But the road getting there will not be easy.

The more I look at the two sides – the environment and the economy – the more convinced I become that the way forward is to fully integrate resource efficiency into the way we live and do business in the world.

We know why a circular economy is a good idea. At the moment the world is still locked into a linear production chain that is resource intensive. We obtain resources and then discard them as waste.

In a circular economy, almost nothing is wasted. Read More

90% of seabirds do have plastics in their stomach

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Seabirds often make mistakes. They think they eat fish eggs, but in fact they are eating waste.

Until now it was thought that “only” 29% of all seabirds suffered with plastics in their body.

But a study by Australian scientists showed that rather, 90% of the seabirds do have plastics in their stomach. Read More

5 Easy Ways to Reduce Waste

Reduce, recycle, refuse, remanufacture, stop waste, industry, circular, green economyThe U.S. Zero Waste Business Council is a great resource in Southern California for businesses striving to achieve Zero Waste, or who want to substantially reduce their waste.   Read More