HAUT Amsterdam, the second highest wooden skyscraper in Europe

HAUT Amsterdam, the second highest wooden skyscraper in Europe

In 2019, the building process starts and by 2020 the building should be ready

In Amsterdam, skyscraper Haut will appear, a wooden residential tower with 21 floors. Because wooden buildings are durable and good for the climate.

Haut will be a building of superlatives.

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Buildings, biggest opportunity reducing carbon

Low CO2 opportunities for Buildings (2)

CO2 emissions savings as high as 5.8 billion tonnes by 2050 WorldWide

Buildings are the biggest opportunity to reduce carbon for cities. A study by the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows that, if implemented globally, energy efficiency measures in the building sector could deliver CO2 emissions savings as high as 5.8 billion tonnes (Gt) by 2050, lowering greenhouse gas emissions by 83 percent below the business-as-usual scenario. 

Most of these technologies are commercially available today and many of them deliver positive financial returns within relatively short payback periods. Read More

Watch This New Modular, Circular CrossOver

Watch This New Modular, Circular CrossOver

Surprisingly this circular, modular crossover seems to be cheaper than other crossover constructions

In 2018 VolkerWessels will start building the construction of a modular, circular crossover consisting recycled materials and reusable elements.

This beautiful infrastructural project has been designed by VolkerWessels division Van Hattum & Blankevoort contributing the Dutch aim to be a 100% circular economy in 2050.

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EU Materials Passport Platform ready for testing

EU Materials Passport Platform ready for testing

The passport intents to decrease the loss of materials value after being used in buildings by reusing them at the same level of quality.

A new tool for materials banking across Europe, the Materials Passports Platform prototype, is live. 

The new BAMB Materials Passports platform will fill a gap in the marketplace by providing a ‘one-stop-shop’ to describe Circular Economy value across the building cycle, especially for using and re-using components and materials, and reducing generation of waste.

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Coastal cleanup worldwide success

Coastal cleanup worldwide success

Hundreds of volenteers are cleaning the Foss coast Rye, Massachusetts

Coastal Cleanup 2017

Last coastal cleanup on September 16 was an amazing success.

This 32nd annual international action looks back on more than 6,000 events in 100 countries around the world.

Hundreds of thousands of people joined to clean the coastal area. Read More

Circular insulation materials for a better future

Circular insulation materials for a better future

Since the industrial revolution, we use cheap energy sources and special materials such as high strength concrete, carbon and mineral wool. The downside is an increasing use of fossil fuels and scarce earth materials, global warming and increasing environmental pollution. It is generally recognized that, in order to reverse this trend, we need to develop a circular economy.

Circular isolation materials can safely be composted or reused at a high quality level. Better for a healthy living and for our environment.

The circular economy aims to maximize the reuse of products and commodities and the prevention of value destruction.

Contrary to our current linear system, which transforms raw materials into products destroyed at the end of their lifespan. Read More

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

Microsoft saves energy with cloud storage under water

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Microsoft stores the data in a water proof container

Saving data in the deep sea can save energy.

This is Microsofts conclusion after an experiment of three months with a data center in a container at sea. Read More

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

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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

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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

City heat grid uses waste heat from paper industry

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Heat Recovery In Industrial Refrigeration efficiency and cost-effectiveness of their utility infrastructure.

Heat recovering Industry system.

Paper factorySappi can not use the heat which is produced during the proces, itself.

Therefore the waste heat is sent to the power company and ‘recycled’ to produce heat and cold for homes and businesses in the city of Maastricht. 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