For the first time in the Dutch history, water managers decided to close all storm surge barriers in the country:
- The storm barrier Oosterschelde
- The beautiful Maesland barrier
- The Hartelkering
- The Hollandse IJsselkering
- The Balgstuw
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.).
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
Saudi Arabia has big plans for Renewable Energy with a target of 9.5GW by 2023. The government intends to invest between $30 billion and $50 billion across 60 projects, with 1 GW of capacity earmarked for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), according to the Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO), established in February 2017 to implement the country’s National Renewable Energy Program (NREP).
Saudi Arabia aims to exceed its target to generate 9.5 gigawatts of electricity from renewable energy, to highlight its long-term commitment to green energy and to give investors a sense of comfort that the Kingdom has a long-term vision for renewable energy.
Scotland windparks revenues have been enormous last October.
The wind energy industry once again has smashed records with an “unprecedented” amount of electricity being generated in October, enough to provide 189% of the country’s household electricity needs and more than 100% of the country’s electricity demand on 15 out of 31 days. Read More
Bluerise has developed new technology to produce energy from the ocean in the tropics.
This can provide renewable energy to large areas.
And where wind and solar power always depend on whether the sun is shining or the wind is blowing, Bluerise will soon produce clean energy day and night.
Floatgen, France first floating wind park near Saint Nazaire, was completed in October. Offshore floating wind farms has been increasing this year.
Commercial floating wind projects are to be commissioned in UK, Ireland, France and Portugal in the coming years and developers expect wider deployment to drive down costs as projects benefit from installation experience, economies of series and rising investor confidence.
Scotland have been grabbing most of the floating wind turbine headlines.
However, it looks like France gets a turn in the spotlight now. Read More
When we talk about renewable energy sources like solar and wind we need appropriate forecasting as it can affect the grid integrated to the solar or wind system as it can lead to frequency fluctuations, along with appropriate forecasting we need to have data for demand and supply in which area and at what time as demand and supply prediction along with appropriate forecasting will be helpful in making a grid resilient.
But grids need more to be resilient.
Mexico is making history with this hybrid solar & wind energy tower. Have you ever seen this?
The simplicity of solar/wind energy’s revolutionary solution lies in its ability to harness the natural power of a downdraft created when water is introduced to hot dry air within the confines of the Company’s patented tower structure.
Graphene is an atom-thin layer of graphite that has unique and powerful electrical properties. Perovskite refers to any synthetic version of the naturally occurring mineral perovskite, which has amazing solar conversion potential. Read More
In Amsterdam, skyscraper Haut will appear, a wooden residential tower with 21 floors. Because wooden buildings are durable and good for the climate.
Haut will be a building of superlatives.
Are we surely responsible for the climate change? Why is the increase of carbon dioxide really the main problem?
Hard evidence, including studies that use radioactivity to distinguish industrial emissions from natural emissions, shows that the extra gas is coming from human activity.
The floating wind park in Scotland is producing it’s first energy.
October 18, the windpark called Hywind Scotland has officially been opened by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Fixed-bottom turbines can only be installed at water depths down to 40 meters, making them little use for the steeply shelved coastlines of the US west coast or Japan.
If you look at coastlines around the world, there’s few that have sufficient area at depths down to 40 meters so if they want to deploy offshore wind, they need to introduce floating wind. Floating windfarms could be placed farther out to sea to avoid the sort of aesthetic objections that scuppered a £3.5b windfarm off the Dorset coast.
Interested in the Tenders 2018? This is a Top 10 list of renewable energy tender forecast for 2018 and beyond.
With some of the highest solar radiation levels in the world and its windy coastlines, the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) is a natural home for renewable energy. Read More
Wouldn’t it be beautiful to generate electricity with solar facades designed with a print?
Through a combination of graphical techniques with solar cell technology, Dutch Solar Design succeeded in generating all facets of energy.
The yield of the aesthetic facade elements is about 80 percent of normal solar panels.
This kid is amazing. The 17-year-old Chai developed a logic technology to turn salt water into fresh water.
Over 70 percent of the earth’s surface is covered with water, but only a fraction of it is fresh water. Scientists know how to get the salt out of seawater, but have so far not found an affordable way to do that inexpensive on a large scale.
Chaitanya Karamchedu seens to have the solution.
Dutch foundation The Ocean Cleanup announced it will start extracting plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch with a new concept: Floating Screens. The new developed technology is based on floating ‘anchors’, instead of the initially planned fixed anchors.
Series of floating anchors (two black structures) are to keep the screen in place.
The cleanup system is already tested. Read More
The Spanish paint factory Graphenstone claims that his new developed paint, which consists graphene, preserves buildings by improving the thermal properties of the structures.
The paint with graphene consists of 98% pure lime. According to The Graphene Company, the paint is an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional paint. Pure lime absorbs CO2 and helps improving the air quality.
Researchers from Delft and Moscow have discovered a new class of micro organisms in Siberian soda. These organisms grow in saturated soda and convert organic materials into methane gas.
Buildings are the biggest opportunity to reduce carbon for cities. A study by the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows that, if implemented globally, energy efficiency measures in the building sector could deliver CO2 emissions savings as high as 5.8 billion tonnes (Gt) by 2050, lowering greenhouse gas emissions by 83 percent below the business-as-usual scenario.
Most of these technologies are commercially available today and many of them deliver positive financial returns within relatively short payback periods. Read More
Norwegian company Yara has teamed up with maritime technology company Kongsberg to build the world’s first all-electric and autonomous container ship, which is set to hit the high seas late in 2018.
The hi-tech container ship, named Yara Birkeland, will carry chemicals and fertilizer from Yara’s Prosgrunn production plant to the nearby towns of Brevik and Larvik.
It will first operate as a manned vessel in 2018
before transitioning to remote operation in 2019
and fully autonomous control by 2020! Read More
Transport is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG) and thus the biggest contributor to climate change. Light battery electric vehicles are widely seen as the fastest and most cost effective route towards decarbonisation.
For heavy duty vehicle it seems to be less easy.
Transport & Environment Germany has been working on a roadmap how Europe could achieve zero GHG road freight and buses by 2050. Let’s have a look at the German recommendations: Read More
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.