SKYWISE – BioSmart food tray

SKYWISE founder Sergio Correa de J. Medina

SKYWISE founder Sergio Correa de J. Medina

SKYWISE – BioSmart food tray is an innovation and re-design of airline food services: a case for bioplastics systemic adoption.

This proposal seeks to redesign and repurpose food tray items with alternative, proven, bio-based plastics that are both biodegradable and compostable.

Our concept is mindful of the critical efficiency issues both at the catering facilities as well as those of cabin crew’s tasks and galley operations.

We envision scenarios that not only maintain the exact same on-board food services convenience but can actually streamline and even simplify flight crew’s tasks. Read More

Normandy: Surfing scientist studies harmful algae blooms, which are poisonous for fish and even humans

Normandy surfing scientist

Normandy: surfing scientist Bob Brewin 

Normandy: Bob Brewin is pioneering a new technique in satellite oceanography – by going surfing. 

The Plymouth Marine Laboratory scientist uses his board to take sea surface temperature measurements, and then use them to better interpret data from European satellite Sentinel-3. Read More

Bin2Barrel recycles plastics into fuel for the shipping industry

Bin2Barrel

The diesel fuel will be sold to the shipping industry.
Photo Marc Ruyg

In the port of Amsterdam, Bin2Barrel has started the construction of the factory, which can save 57,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually. The factory will be capable of recycling non-recyclable plastic streams into fuel.

The Dutch company Bin2Barrel, focuses on the development of ‘Plastic to Fuel’ projects. By producing sustainable fuel from the plastic, non-recyclable plastics still get a useful application. Read More

Sweden opens first electric road: Driving and charging at the same time!

Sweden opens first electric road

Sweden is at the cutting edge of this technology, which we now hope to introduce in other areas of the country and the world.

Sweden has opened the world’s first electrified road. The 1.2-mile route, between Stockholm Arlanda airport and a logistics site, will now actively charge cars and lorries as they travel along it using an innovative energy transfer system.

Plans are in place to expand the project throughout other parts of the country and the world.

In 2017, Sweden opened another electric road with lines and taps.

Hybrid trucks specially fitted with a device called a ‘pantograph power collector’ can drive underneath the lines and tap into the power. When connected to the lines, they run completely on electricity.  Read More

What’s Next for Cape Town and Beyond?

cape town

Severe drought threatens to run taps dry in Cape Town

How did Cape Town deal with its “Day Zero” water crisis and what can we learn? 
Intense drought in South Africa’s Western Cape Province has led the world-renowned city of Cape Town to the brink of “Day Zero”. Day Zero was the date at which residents would be forced to collect strictly rationed water supplies from shared distribution taps. Read More

Paris invests in 1000 Electric Buses

Paris invests in 1000 Electric Buses

Heuliez, Bolloré, Irizar, Solaris, Yutong and BYD are suppliers of the Paris e-buses

1000 Electric Buses will be ordered to spearhead Paris goal Of 100% Zero Emissions Public Transportation.

Paris aims to restrict motor vehicle access in the center of the city and require the roofs of all new buildings to be covered either in solar panels or vegetation.

Now the two largest public transportation companies serving Paris and its surrounding areas — Îl de France Mobilités and RATP — have embarked on a bold new initiative to make all the buses in their fleets zero emissions by 2025. Read More

Roadmap towards a climate neutral industry Netherlands

Roadmap towards a climate neutral industry Netherlands

SDR partners in an overview. Click to increase the picture

A roadmap was developed to ensure a climate neutral industry. International companies in the Netherlands and Belgium will collaborate in order to achieve the Paris targets of 80 to 95% CO2 reduction by 2050.

Therefore, eleven multinationals signed the Smart Delta Resources (SDR) partnership.

They 11 will develop business cases for the exchange of residual and material flows and through industrial transition. The focus of the partnership is reducing CO2 emissions and creating a circular economy, without losing sight of the original objectives.

The measures are included in the ‘Roadmap towards a climate neutral industry in the Delta region’, written by CE Delft.

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Watch this Seasaw hotspot designed as sea defense

Seasaw flood defense

MVRDV wins competition for landmark public installation in Den Helder with ‘infinite loop’ design

This stunning Seasaw concrete sea defensewill rock back and forth with the tide along the Dutch seashore. MVRDV recently won a competition to design a unique permanent art installation for the scenic coastal Dutch city of Den Helder.
The design, which will rise on a historic dyke north of Amsterdam, is a curvilinear observation platform that twists into an infinite loop perched several feet over the sea.
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This water bottle starts to dispose as soon as you finish drinking

water bottle made of algae

This water bottle starts to dispose as soon as you finish drinking

This water bottle is made of Algae Jelly which is shaped into a bottle-shaped mould. It needs liquid to hold its shape and disposes as soon as you finish drinking.

You can even eat it. Isn’t this great? Read More

CSP molten salt towers scaled up

csp molton salt tower

Molten Salts CSP Plant

Wide-scale deployment of CSP molten salt towers will start soon. The CSP industry says to be ready for a wide-scale rollout of molten salt tower plants between 2018 and 2020.

Molten nitrate and potassium salts are used for energy storage in many CSP tower plants, but the 110 MW Crescent Dunes plant in Nevada and 20 MW Gemasolar plant in southern Spain are the only commercial tower plants to use molten salt as a heat transfer fluid (HTF) as well as for storage. Read More

Katanes wind-wave project in Scotland

Katanes Wind/Ocean Power Scotland

Katanes Wind/Ocean Power Scotland. The projects could be up and running by 2020.

DP Energy and Floating Power Plant push forward with plans for Katanes wind-wave project in Scotland.
Environmental organizations are enthusiastic about floating wind technology because it allows turbines to be placed far offshore – away from seabird nesting sites.

De Pietro about Katanes

Simon De Pietro, CEO DP Energy:

’We have undertaken a detailed analysis of the Katanes project located off Caithness and Sutherland in the north of Scotland and, having completed EIA screening, have decided to proceed to the next stage of this development.

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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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5 ontwikkelingen die circulaire bouw versnellen

Circulaire bouwDe Bouw industrie in Nederland is verantwoordelijk voor:

  • 50% van het grondstoffenverbruik
  • 40% van het energieverbruik
  • 30% van het waterverbruik
  • 35% van de CO2-uitstoot

Bron: TU/Eindhoven

Dat kan anders! Circulair waardoor er minimaal verbruik is en biobased zodat CO2 wordt opgenomen ipv uitgestoten. Met studententeams gaan we laten zien dat het werkt. Sluit je aan bijSLIMCirculair. Read More

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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