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

GreenBattery replaces dirty generators

GreenBattery replaces diesel generator

Per battery system we decrease the consumption of 62,000 liters of diesel and 159,000 kg of CO2-emissions per year!

Is the GreenBattery of replacing the polluting and noisy (diesel) generators at festivals and construction sites?

Nuon and StartUp GreenBattery think the battery capacity should be sufficient.

They are going to let the Green Battery to festival organizations and local governments.

The batteries are half a large shipping container and will be charged with solar and wind power.

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87 multinationals RE100 member

87 multinationals RE100-member

“IKEA Group investments into wind and solar energy generation contribute to the shift to a low carbon economy, and from a business perspective, help to secure our future as we become energy independent.” – Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group

87 of the world’s leading companies are now members of RE100.

Together they have a creating demand for around 107 Terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable electricity – around the same amount of power consumed by the United Arab Emirates or The Netherlands. Read More

ECN captures CO2

ECN captures CO2

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ECN – a Dutch research on energy company – claims a breakthrough in CO2 removal technology.

The company is focussing on CO2 capturing and the reuse of CO2.

With the SEWGS technology (Sorption-Enhanced Water Gas Shift), in just one proces step, coal and gas plants, wil operate cheaper and more energy efficient.  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

SolarWind Bridge

SolarWind Bridge

Solar cells coated in clear plastic, are able to produce 11.2 million kilowatt hours

This SolarWind Bridge could power 15,000 homes. And even better, the bridge could be a vegetables garden. 

Designed by Francesco Colarossi, Giovanna Saracino and Luisa Saracino as part of an Italian design contest to re-imagine a decommissioned bridge (for which it placed second), this so-called SolarWind concept would have solar cells embedded in the roadway and an array of 26 wind turbines underneath, which the designers say could produce enough energy combined to power 15,000 homes. Read More

Oil industry increases gas flaring

Oil industry increases gas flaring

Oil Search Yemen Field Flare

Flared gas is a bigger problem than thought. Contrary to what has been agreed with the oil industry, worldwide the industry flared not less, but more gas.

In 2015, about 147 billion cubic meters which is a CO2 footprint of around 350 million tonnes!

The world bank published the figures in a report. Globally, over 16,000 oil wells are flaring gas.

The amount of wasted gas corresponds to the gas consumption of the UK, Germany and Switzerland together. If the gas was burned in a power plant, it could supply the whole of Africa with electricity. Read More

Battolyser: the super battery

Battolyser: the super battery

If this large-scale storage of renewable energy in liquid ammonia succeeds, communities can cover long low wind and solar energy periods

The Battolyser, which will be used as a super battery in a gas power plant, is becoming a reality. 

For the first time, TU Delft researchers led by Prof. Fokko Mulder have produced an integrated battery electrolysis system – known as a ‘battolyser’ – that can not only store or supply electricity efficiently as a battery but can also split water into hydrogen and oxygen using electrolysis.
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CO2 conversion to Ethanol

CO2 converts into Ethanol

ORNL researchers developed a catalyst made of copper nanoparticles (seen as spheres) embedded in carbon nanospikes that can convert carbon dioxide into ethanol.

Wow, they did it. Just by coincident. Scientist of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory succeeded to convert CO2 into ethanol.

Ethanol can be used as a (car) fuel.

This is a break through!

 

 

 

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20% of the world’s population will migrate by sea-level rise

Sea-level rising: populations at risk

Even if global warming is capped at 2C, 20% of the world’s population will have to migrate away from coasts swamped by rising oceans. 

Even if global warming is capped at governments’ target of 2C, 20% of the world’s population will be to migrate to higher area’s because of rising sea levels.

Countries like the Netherlands and Bangladesh and cities including New York, London, Rio de Janeiro, Cairo, Calcutta, Jakarta and Shanghai would all be submerged because of melting polar ice caps and sea-level rise. Read More

LA goal: 100% renewables

LA goal: 100% renewables

The City of Los Angeles took a significant step toward realizing its global leadership potential. Mayor Garcetti released LA’s first-ever urban sustainability plan: the pLAn.

LA City Council members Paul Krekorian and Mike Bonin coauthored legislation for a fast route to 100% renewables for LA. With an appreciative nod from the Sierra Club, the news reported at 11district.com follows:

“LADWP is on the verge of making significant investments in its infrastructure, and with that 100-year-old power system in need of significant upgrades, the city has an opportunity to re-create its utility in a way that recognizes the potential for a fossil-free future, demonstrates global leadership in its commitment to clean energy, and protects ratepayers from the increasing costs of carbon-based fuels.”

Under the current plan, emissions are expected to drop. Under a new plan, they could drop to zero!

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Iceland turns CO2 into stone

Iceland turns CO2 into stone

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

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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SolarCity: grid of the future

SolarCity: grid of the future

SolarCity connected mini grids

SolarCity – started in 2006 in California – fulfills all consumer renewable energy needs. From power generation to storage and transportation.

As an aggregator, they offer a full service lease construction:

  • Solar panels for the energy
  • Tesla batteries for the energy storage at your house
  • 24/7 monitoring the house energy balance
  • Energy shifting algorithms to exchange the energy in your neighborhood

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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

Norway climate neutral 2030

Norway plans carbon neutral by 2030

Lawmakers have voted for Norway, a major energy-producing nation, to become carbon-neutral by 2030, two decades ahead of schedule, as a result of the UN’s December 2015 climate accord.

Norway wants to become climate neutral by 2030. The Norwegan Parliament approved radical proposals to cut carbon emissions. This new Norwegan goal is set 20 years earlier than planned. 

Last tuesday night, the parliament voted for an accelerated programme of CO2 cuts and carbon trading to offset emissions from sectors such as Norway’s oil and gas industries, which are unlikely to be phased out in the near future.

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Wind Power Hub North Sea

Wind Power Hub North Sea

TenneT’s thinking is based on an island with a modular structure, with each module covering approximately 6 km². This is big enough to provide space for connecting roughly 30 GW of offshore wind capacity. The island will be expandable by adding one or two modules of 6 km² each

An Energy Hub in the middle of the North Sea? Tennet launched a vision building an island as a hub, for wind power in the middle of the North Sea which will provide all neighboring countries green energy.

By connecting wind farms with a total capacity of over 30 gigawatts, the efficiency and costs will benefit the participating countries.

This plan was presented by TenneT last week. TenneT is the national high-voltage grid operator in the Netherlands and in a part of Germany. Read More

High Tech Pavilion built of residuals

High Tech Paviljoen built of rest materials

The hollow columns are designed to store rainwater.

To accelerate the Clean Tech Innovation, green architect GertJan Scholte has built a high tech pavilion of residuals in Amsterdam.

Building with bio-composites needs repetition – and therefore modular solutions – because the molds are expensive. 

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Nocera bacteria absorb CO2

Nocera CO2 absorbing bacteria Ralstonia Eutropha

The bacterium Ralstonia eutropha (picture Wikipedia)

Professor Daniel G. Nocera (Harvard) has succeeded in changing bacteria genetically so that they can absorb CO2 and convert it into alcohol.

This news has been reported by the American magazine Forbes. But, according to Nocera:

this bacteria does not solve the CO2 problems.

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Shell moving towards Green?

Shell moving towards Green?

Shell has been operating in wind energy with 9 projects in North America and Europa, together 500MW of installed capacity.

Last May, Shell launched a new division for renewable energy, Martin Wetselaar, now responsible for integrated gas (including LNG), will lead the division ‘New Energy‘. Is Shell moving towards renewables?

The new division will be transferred to the existing activities in hydrogen, biofuels and renewable power generation. It will also be used as a basis for new activities in wind energy. Read More

Construction industry saves 3.2% CO₂

Construction industry saves 3.2% CO₂

Previously, the standard was “the more fuel you burn, the harder you work.
Nowadays, this attitude has changed into a sport to reduce as much as possible, according to the certified construction companies

Construction companies, which are certified for the CO₂-Performance policy, achieve 3.2% CO₂ reductions per year.

Remarkable, while the national trend is that CO₂ emissions are increasing. Thais was reported by a new Dutch research team. Read More

Delta Areas protected by Int. Coalition

Delta Areas protected by Int. Coalition

Women plant mangroves to protect the land against Sea Level Rising
Mangrove, the tree that captures carbon, filters saltwater, and stops storms

Delta Areas will be protected by an International Coalition.

That’s the result of the international climate conference ‘Adaptation Futures’, May 11th in Rotterdam.

Countries agreed to work together to create resilient urban delta areas against a rising sea level rising because of the climate change. Read More

25% emissions from coal

25% global emissions from coal

Burning coal is the most polluting form of energy production: 25% of all greenhouse gases is from coal. Within the built environment a large share of emissions is because of coal combustion.

Coal is the main cause of global greenhouse gas emissions. A quarter of the emissions is because of the worldwide coal combustion.

World Resources Institute concluded this out of their latest calculation. Read More

Glider as Energy Turbine

Glider as Energy Turbine

Airbourne wind energy to the world’s energy mix

This glider, called the ‘PowerPlane’ is a green energy turbine that extracts energy from the wind much more economically than conventional wind turbines.

PowerPlane systems convert wind power into mechanical power by having an autopilot-controlled glider plane creating pull on a tether by flying repetitive cross-wind patterns at an altitude of 300 to 600 meters. Read More

Ships should reduce CO2

Ships need CO2 reduction

The shipping sector needs a robust and ambitious action plan in order to decrease the emissions in the sector.

Ships are responsible for more than 5.5% of the global emissions!

That’s why the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) wants the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) quickly to make firm commitments to significantly reduce CO2 emissions from shipping. Read More