New storm water catchment concepts

Living Lab Rainshell water concept

Construction of the Rainshell concept and its filter bed of shells and minerals to retain and simultaneously clean the runoff water.

Last week, VP Delta opened a living lab facility for new storm water catchment concepts for a more smart way to handle storm water in cities.

As a result of the expected increase of extreme rainfall events, several Dutch SME-companies developed innovative concepts to handle extreme volumes of storm water and store in underneath hardened urban surface. Read More

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

Car driving on formic acid: high potential new technology

Brains Award for car on formic acid

Dutch students Start Up ‘Team FAST’ is building world’s first car on formic acid. For this high potential technology, the team was honored with the Brains Award 2015.

Is Formic Acid the high potential new technology, cars are waiting for?

After Hydrogen, it seems to be a high potential one. 

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. Read More

How to boost your creative mind?

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Climate change needs new thinking

For international businesses as well as for start ups, it’s hard to stay creative and innovative.

It’s more than only think, watch, discuss and start.

These tips can be a helpful way to start a discussion about what it means to innovate.  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

Green African Deserts

Kenya is expected to grow by 5% this year, with a boosted power supply expected to attract an increased pool of investors into the East African country

Kenya is expected to grow by 5% this year, with a boosted power supply expected to attract an increased pool of investors into the East African country

One of the most green countries of Africa is Morocco. The country has few hydrocarbon reserves but it makes up for it in wind and sun. The new wind farm installation in Tarfaya spans 10,000 hectares. When fully operational in October this year, the 131 turbines will generate up to 300 megawatts of power. Read More

Isn’t BioMass Sustainable For Renewable Energy?

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Encourage biomass is used as raw material for high-quality materials. Only burn remnants which can’t be used elsewere

3 scientists criticize the ecological benefits of bio-mass in the energy production. Bio-fuels doesn’t decrease Greenhouse gas emissions.

This is the conclusion in the vision document ‘Biofuel and wood as energy sources‘ (in Dutch) published today at the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW). Read More

More renewable energy and reduce costs

Less than 10% of rural populations in Sub-Saharan Africa have access to electricity

Less than 10% of rural populations in Sub-Saharan Africa have access to electricity

Much has changed over the last ten years or so since the renewable power boom began. At the start of the boom, renewable power costs were very expensive and high quality developers were hard to find. Nowadays good core development expertise is available and capital costs have dropped dramatically. Read More

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Climate change, engineers, sea level rising, innovation

Without engineers the world would be in big trouble

Scientists expect the world population to grow up to 9 billion people in 2030. The demand for food and energy will increase by 50%. Water usage with 30%. And we are challenging climate change and less raw materials.

The world doesn’t need companies who react as a dinosaur. We need antelopes like you: Small cooperative innovators with beautiful solutions that improve the old and the new world. Why not give your creative mind a try?  Read More

Doing international business and cooperation?

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Looking for international business?

When you expand your business to another country, you need competent and trustworthy partners. BetterWorldSolutions helps you find them. Our business database contains thousands of companies, NGO’s, Universities and scientists. Read More

Dozens of America’s east coast cities face routine tidal flooding under climate change

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Flooding will plaque the East Coast of the VS

Tidal flooding should be one of the biggest concernes of dozens of America’s east coast cities. Researchers said that cities have to face routine tidal flooding under climate change. Read More

Ansari XPRIZE 10th Anniversary (video)

You’re Invited to the 10th Anniversary Celebration for the Ansari XPRIZE for Suborbital Spaceflight!

 

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What makes seed investors successful and why do they dare to invest?

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Seed investors know that the chance of success is limited and that the survival rate of startups is limited.

Seed investors dare to invest because of their American approach. They take care of good and fast information. Between the American approach and the European is a philosophical divide.

When someone with an American approach invests in an early-stage startup, he accepts that the risk of failure is high.

He accepts that of his portfolio, the majority will fail. But by taking much risk he is convinced that a small percentage of its investments makes this amply. These are the new Instagrams, Ubers and Twitters. Read More

Innovation: Failure makes sense

Can we even fail faster and bigger for an even better outcome?

Can we even fail faster and bigger for an even better outcome?

The light lamp, the polio vaccine and the Internet: according to the Icelandic president Grímsson these products have something in common:

They first appeared failures but were very successful later.

Fear of failure keeps people sometimes inside themselves, while learning from mistakes is so important.

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Peter Diamendis X Prize gives his vision on innovation

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Diamendis: “We’ll invent, innovate and create ways to solve the challenges that loom over us.”

I’m not saying we don’t have our set of problems; we surely do. But ultimately, we knock them down.

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