MemPower: Clear Water And Electricity from Ocean Water

MemPower, clean drinking water and electricity from ocean water

You can also use it for processes in industry such as the energy and chemical sector and the food and bio-based industry.

While there is plenty of water in the world, good-quality drinking water can be scarce. MemPower employs membrane distillation using solar or residual heat to produce very pure water.

This new technology does not need electricity but generates it instead, so clean drinking water and electricity are produced from saltwater at the same time.

Wageningen University & Research is looking for partners to further develop and market this promising innovation, which won the MBR Global Water Award in 2017.

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Kenya: Plastic Trash Used In Construction Materials

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Gilbert Ngonyo segregates plastic waste collected by the community that he will sell to Regeneration

Kenya is the home to fair numbers of sea turtles which are threatened by the tons of plastic trash and debris which washes into the sea.

But not if Sam Ngumba Ngaruiya succeeds.

Samuel quickly recognized the overwhelming litter problem in Kenya. Everywhere you look in areas where people live, there is rubbish by the sides of the street, around people’s homes, in school playgrounds, in bushes and trees, in rivers, in the sea and on the beaches.

He and his people gather up and recycle the ubiquitous plastic pollution into construction materials.

“Basically we are substituting plastic for cement,” explained Ngaruiya in an interview with Reuters. The US-trained engineer went on to explain that when the melted plastic cools, it absorbs and “squeezes” the sand, creating a compact and rather strong building material.

The idea is simple: pay locals to gather up plastic debris and pollution, and then repurpose it into useful construction materials (fence poles, roof tiles, road signs, flooring, containers, etc.).

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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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Trending: Sustainable Wastewater Reuse

Trending: Hydrovolta Sustainable Wastewater recycling system

Hydrovolta water recycling system

This trending wastewater reuse technology can reduce your water costs up to 95%.

It’s green, it is trending

The plug and play units will remove ions from industrial waste water by using the power of electricity (electrodialysis technology) and ultrasound as pre-treatment, with low pressure and energy, without using chemicals or high pressure osmosis.

It is supported by automatic regeneration of ions and self-cleaning filters and included with online water quality monitoring and telemetric control system.

 

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Recyclable Rubber saves billions

Recyclable Rubber Is Possible

This Rubber House is named for its use of recycled rubber conveyor belts screwed onto the exterior of the home to serve as roof and cladding material.

PhD Laurens Polgar has created recyclable rubber.

Until now, rubber was only reusable as low grade product, for example used as pegs or paving stones.

By using a different system, Polgar has made rubber that is completely recyclable to new rubber, while maintaining all its properties.

Polgar won with his invention the Benelux finals of the prestigious Falling Walls Lab and is allowed to participate in the European final in Berlin. Read More

Cape Town is running out of water

Cape Town is running out of water

Helicopters release water bombs to stop the wildfire but they are afraid to use salty sea water because that damages the vegetation.

Cape Town, South Africa is running out of water. The city has been struck by severe drought and there is enough water for just 100 days.

Just like Sao Paulo in 2015, citizens are asked to conserve and reduce their water supply. Kevin Winter, lecturer at the University of Cape Town Environmental and Geographical Sciences: 

“We can’t see any rain on the horizon. And right now, in terms of dam storage levels, we’re probably approaching the ‘100 days left of storage.

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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

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

A complete circular building

Thomas Rau created a real circular building

Circular building is more than reusing the existing structure. All added materials, such as the concrete tiles, furniture and the insulation material, are recycled products and materials.

How do you give four dated bunched offices a second life without wasting material? Simple: build circular.

Energy Company Liander did it.

We have seen it. And it’s an amazing ‘new’ future proof and circular building. 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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Mendez builds homes using Discarded Plastic

Mendez builds homes using Discarded Plastic

‘Cauca project’ in Colombia developed with recycled plastic components by Concepts Plastics

Colombian architect Oscar Mendez is building homes for the homeless, using discarded plastic. 

We give credits to the guy who came up with this invention. He is helping so many people and families.

Let’s ensure this solution spreads all around the world. Not just for homeless, he can sell it for sheds, storage, parking garage etc… Great idea!!! Read More

App Cuts Sprinkler Water

App Cuts Irrigation Water

The system is ​said to save 50 ​–​70% of ​landscape water ​consumption. And please, use grey water for irrigation

This mobile App saves up to 70% allowing users to customize and control their irrigation systems from their phone. 

Never been easier to commit to a sustainable community. Even when you are not at home!

What if you lawn needs to be watered and you are not at home?  Read More

How Companies Can Benefit from the Circular Economy

The circular economy represents a viable alternative to this detrimental “linear” model. Rather than going from “cradle to grave,” this new development pathway promotes ‘cradle to cradle‘. 

In this type of economy, company growth is no longer reliant on the use of scarce resources.

Instead, it is achieved through the use of disruptive technology and business models that are based on longevity, renewability, reuse, repair, upgrade, refurbishment, capacity sharing, and dematerialization. Read More

Waste Company Transformed to a Power Station

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Every day, 600 trucks full of garbage arrive. Sometimes they transport special waste, such as out of date fire extinguishers, waste from hospitals, old refrigerators or electricity cables. Two people are fulltime disassembling extinguishers.

‘Waste is great! “Susanna van der Heide calls from the Waste and Energy Company (AEB) in Amsterdam.

AEB transformed from a company for waste incineration into a commodity and energy company.

New products, including energy are made out of bags full of garbage and other waste.

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Nepal, the worst scenario

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Let’s give them hope. It’s not all karma. It’s your support they need.

This beautiful and peaceful country sufferd from a huge earthquake.

More than 9,000 people were killed.

Now they have to rebuild their country.

But the new government took most of our fund raised money.  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

This is why we should clean up our debris

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You find a trace of cans, bottles, packs, plastic carrier bags and packaging for fast food along popular hiking paths and even in the middle of the forest.

A safe and harmonious society is a clean society, says Sander van Walsum. Every day he picks up litter and cleans roads and parks for the society! A self made volunteer that can’t stand the increasing mess in the community.

Along the way I pick all sorts of rubbish. Most of it are packaging materials and plastic bags.

Why do we have to clean up our rubbish

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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

CSR trends 2015

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Giving opportunities to everyone: regardless of age, health or limitations. That is CSR. Strategic entrepreneurs give every talent a chance. They are working towards an inclusive society

Do you want to capitalize on corporate social responsibility trends (CRS)?

BetterWorldSolutions has made an overview of the seven CSR trends of 2015.

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Solar Panels can be recycled

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The silicon cells can be re-cycled as raw material for new solar cells

For silicon PV modules, the recycling process consists of multiple steps.

ReMedia (Milano) is an Italian consortium that handles Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) as well as end-of-life batteries and accumulators. Read More