Megacities need strong visions

Megacities need strong visions

The megacities of the future solve traffic congestion, housing shortages and their residents enjoy much more than high employment and clean air.

Megacities such as Sydney (Australia) need strong visions to effectively compete on the global stage to respond to the needs of people, the environment, energy and other resources and fundings.

Sydney is forecast to have an additional 1.6 million people by 2031  with 33,000 more houses needed.

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Ford recycled over 65% wastewater

Ford recycled over 65% wastewaterIn 2000, Ford launched it’s Global Water Conservation Initiative. Global manufacturing facilities were ordered to decrease their water use.

The multinational succeeded. Since 2000, Ford saved more than 10.5 billion gallons of water – a 62.4% reduction.

Per vehicle, water use has decreased nearly 45 percent from 2000 to 2009. 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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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

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

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

Gasunie Presents European GasAtlas

GasAtlas

Future gas sourcing will have an impact on the supply of gas and together with the two key uncertainties for gas demand, will indicate the future gas transport needs.

The GasAtlas of Europe provides an overview of the evolution of demand for, and supply of gas in Europe in the next years. The ‘GasAtlas of Europe‘ is published by the GasUnie. 
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Hydrogen cars in London

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London Mayer Boris Johnson, made a deal with Toyota, bringing 12 hydrogen cars to the UK Capital by the end of 2015

Boris Johnson, mayor of London, announced that some of the world’s most advanced new hydrogen cars will come to London. He is promoting the cleanest, greenest, energy technology for the future of transport and infrastructure in the capital.

Johnson: “It’s tremendous to drive the hydrogen powered Toyota.”

Toyota made a deal to deliver 12 brand new Mirai hydrogen powered vehicles to London. Four will be taken on by Transport for London to assist with essential engineering and maintenance work carried out between bus stops and Tube stations.

The Mirai is the first hydrogen fuel cell sedan vehicle to be commercially mass produced. By the end of 2015,all 12 of the vehicles will be driving in London, used by private hire fleets and green minded businesses.

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Restoring Desert Grasslands USA

Desert, green, restoring, USA, Texas, grassland, perma culture, eco system, water, CO2Look at the amazing results Restoring Desert Grasslands in Texas. 

The key to this form of permaculture is: cooperating with each other and with nature for abundant living. Read More

Burlington (USA) 100% renewable energy

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The milestone was reached when the city rounded out its existing portfolio of wind, water, and biomass energy by purchasing the Winooski One hydroelectric dam

Burlington (Vermont) is the first city to use 100% renewables for all electricity cities household’s need.

PBS NewsHour’s William Brangham reported on the implications for Vermont’s green movement.

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Mexicans reduce 50% footprint recycling plastics

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Beautiful carpet from old Filippines plastic fishing nets

A new green technology has been developed to avoid water waste when recycling plastic that doesn’t require liquids, according to Mexican recycling company, AK Inovex.

The proces will be patented by Marco Adame, founder of  this great new recycling proces.  Read More

Skepticism about fusion reactor Lockheed Martin

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The Lockheed team is focusing on plasma containment following successful magnetized ion confinement experiments

Aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin is working on a nuclear fusion reactor that fits into a shipping container. International experts react skeptical. The Russians tried this already in the 60s without success. According to Lockheed Martin the 10 times smaller installation, generates as much energy as experts generate in a building named a Tokamak.  Read More

Expected: battery from SeaSalt

Energy - sustainable battery from seasalt

Energy – sustainable battery from seasalt

This battery from SeaSalt could be the cheapest and most sustainable battery for the storage of wind and solar energy.

The battery has only sustainable materials with sea-salt as most important component and carbon as electrode.

This clean battery is tested as prototype with more than 7,000 cycles turned. Read More

Global Consensus: The world to look like in 2050

The world we want in 2050: a green, inclusive and regenerative economy

The world we want in 2050: a green, inclusive and regenerative economy

A network of engaged people from all over the word, in all sectors have together formulated some aspirations for what ‘A Safe and Sustainable Future’ may look like.

Here’s a short recap of how we envision the world to look like in 2050.

1. An environment in balance

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We need a sustainable energy system

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Alternative energy sources could provide nearly 70% of the global electricity demand en 65% of global heat demand

As het global population increases and fossil fuels decreases rapidly, we need new sustainable energy systems.

Now, nearly two billion people don’t have access to commercial energy services. In a few years that will be nearly six billion people.  Read More