CleanSeas already signed by 40+ countries

cleanseas - ban the plastic in the oceans

Each year, at least 8 million tons of plastics leak into the ocean — which is equivalent to dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute.

Today New Zealand has joined the United Nations-led CleanSeas campaign to rid our oceans of plastic. Minister Sage signed a pledge showing New Zealand’s commitment to the global CleanSeas campaign at the Volvo Ocean Race Village in Auckland. More than 40 other countries have already signed up.

“Turtles and other wildlife are being killed by litter in our oceans. Also the issue of microplastic in our oceans and its effect on the food chain is a concern for all species and is a potential risk to human health. New Zealand is proud to be joining this campaign to stop this from happening,” Ms Sage said.

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Within 15 years, MIT expects to produce energy from fusion

MIT Fusion SPAEC Tokamak experiment

Visualization of the proposed SPARC tokamak experiment. Using high-field magnets built with newly available high-temperature superconductors, this experiment would be the first controlled fusion plasma to produce net energy output. Visualization by Ken Filar, PSFC research affiliate

Within 15 years, MIT expects to produce energy from fusion. MIT and Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) collaborate in a new US initiative and decided to take a radically different approach to other efforts to transform fusion fram an exensive science experiment into a viable commercial energy source.

The team intend to use a new class of high-temperature superconductors they predict will allow them to create the world’s first fusion reactor that produces more energy than needs to be put in to get the fusion reaction going. Read More

Salt Farm Texel introduces ‘zero water’ vegetables

salt farm Texel

Pakistani practice a pilot field with Salt Farm Texel

Salt Farm Texel (Netherlands) introduces ‘zero water’ vegetables in drought stricken South Africa.

The Texel initiative, known as S/Zout, features food products that emerge from a collaboration between Studio H and Salt Farm Texel, a Netherlands-based enterprise that grows salt-tolerant potatoes, carrots, onions, lettuce, cabbage and barley. Read More

Urbanization is progressing faster: City challenges

Urbanization of Shanghai 2020

Greater Shanghai could in theory contain more than 170 million inhabitants by 2020.

The urbanization is going on. By 2030, two-third of the population will live in megacities or even gigacities.

Most of these urban areas will be located in the developed countries of Northern America (82 % of total population), Latin America and the Caribbean (80 %) as well as Europe (73 %). While vast parts of Africa and Asia are still mostly rural, their cities are among the fastest growing in the world. Read More

LG home battery

LG home battery

Customers can now enhance the benefits of their residential solar systems by using our batteries to maximize consumption of solar energy, and to use the batteries as a dependable source of energy during grid interruptions.”

LG (Australia) offers one of the best lithium ion solar home batteries. 

In recent times household energy costs have increased which has contributed to the recent strong interest in battery storage solutions. With several brands offering solar energy solutions, one of the most important questions is what product is best for you?

Here are 3 points to consider when selecting a battery storage system.

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CDP: 42 cities operating on 100% renewable electricity

CDP: 42 cities operating on 100% renewable electricity

Vancouver, Canada sources all its electricity from renewables. And it’s done so without increasing household energy bills.

CDP published a new report concluding how much progress cities are making towards a more renewable future:

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Raw materials | Chinese companies dominate the world

Let's transform to a Circular Economy becoming less independent of Chinese industries

Let’s transform to a Circular Economy becoming less independent of Chinese industries

Chinese companies dominate the supply chain on raw materials.

For instance, the Chines control the cobalt supply chain that begins at mines in Congo. But not only cobalt is getting scarce.
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Hydrogen to store green electricity

Hydrogen plant 'Hybalance' Denmark

Hydrogen plant ‘Hybalance’ Denmark

In windy regions like the north of Europe, the challenge is to store all the green windmill electricity.

Of course the large amounts of electricity can be stored in batteries but Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany are investing in hydrogen to store the energy.

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Floating solar park North Sea

Floating solar park North Sea

Floating solar park North Sea

A consortium of six Dutch organizations parties is developing an unique project: the world’s first floating solar park at sea. The ‘solar ísland’ should be a solution for locations where land surface is scarce, such as islands.

Utrecht University will investigate the energy production of the floating solar park. The park is located about 15 kilometers off the coast of The Hague on the North Sea.

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Polysilicon Shortage: Production Solar panels in Danger

Polysilicon Shortage: Production Solar panels in Danger

Prices drove from $14 to $19 a kilogram

A Polysilicon shortage probably is causing problems for the solar panel industry. Producers of solar panels expect high costs and lower margins due to an unexpected shortage of raw materials.

Last months, the price of pure metallurgical  silicon, the most important raw material for solar cells, rose by 35%. According to news agency Bloomberg, the price rose after officials in China closed several factories. Read More

Plastic Oceans Increasingly Risk of Diseases

Plastic Oceans Increasingly Risk of Diseases

Village in Myanmar, Dr Kathryn Berry

New research shows that the increasing plastic waste in Oceans is a real threat for the health of the animals and plants like corals.

The risk of infection and disease outbreaks by as much 89 percent.

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5 storm surge barriers closed because of heavy weather

Delta Works keep Holland dry during storm

this is the storm barrier Oosterschelde, the biggest of the storm surge barriers in the Netherlands

For the first time in the Dutch history, water managers decided to close all storm surge barriers in the country:

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Kenya: Plastic Trash Used In Construction Materials


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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India is trending, boosting EV, batteries, PV …

India is trending boosting EV, batteries, PV ...

India is trending, boosting Electric Vehicles, the Lithium-ion battery industry, Solar Power and even assigned 100 smart cities

India is changing fast. Since a few years, the country invests huge amounts of money in solar PV projects to supply metro, train and urban areas with green electric energy (goal: 100GW of solar power by 2022).

The latest news is that India intents to boost the development of lithium ion batteries and Tata announced its plans launching an electric version of the Nano car for exclusive use as a fleet car.  Read More