Green Tech August 3rd, 2017CEEC
We’ve done it! The world finally has its first negative emissions power plant. This might seem like an oxymoron, but to the environmentally passionate team at Climeworks, it’s their job.
They’ve managed to modify a geothermal plant in Iceland, to not only generate power, but to remove carbon dioxide from the air around it. What’s more? They power their carbon capture technology through residual waste heat generated by the plant. You can read more here.
Alphabet’s London-based AI outfit DeepMind and the National Grid are in early-stage talks to reduce the UK’s power usage by as much as 10% purely through neural networks and machine learning—no new infrastructure required.
Did you know that traditional plastic water bottles can take from 450 – 1000 years to fully decompose. Icelandic inventor, Ari Jónsson developed a creative solution to our problem of plastic overconsumption: biodegradable algae-based water bottles. He is part of a growing group of product developers who look to nature to solve for inspiration. Who knows, in future years we may be seeing a growth of algae-based plastics in the consumer market?
The Croton megalocarpus tree is common throughout much of East and Central Africa, and until now it has been used for little more than firewood.
The nuts of the tree have been shown to contain high concentrations of oil and protein, and they are now being used to produce a fuel that could serve as a clean alternative to diesel.
With an abundant supply of croton nuts available at minimal cost, a new industry is emerging with sky-high ambitions.
Learn what happens when crowdfunding is used as a model to fund green technology across the world. Start-up company, Mosaic, connects individuals wanting to invest in solar energy with projects across the country, all in an effort to tear down the financial barrier to the solar market. To read more about how you can get involved in this innovative process click here.
October 28th marks the day that powering homes has changes forever. Tesla has unveiled their new solar roof tiles, bringing the possibility of solar energy onto all our houses. These tiles are stylish, more durable than clay, slate or terracotta, and of course come with the ability to power a standard home. To learn more about this incredible new technology, click here.
A new type of greenery has been popping up all over France, but these aren’t your typical trees. The French based company New Wind has made traditional, loud wind turbines a thing of the past with their new sleek and modern design. The “trees” are 8m tall and each have 63 aeroleaves. Inside each “leaf” is a blade which can capture and generate wind electricity at speeds as low as 7km/h. Over the course of a year, each tree could power up to 83% of a standard household’s needs, or an electric car for over 1300km. Learn more about this green technology here.
“That’s why we’re all doing this — is to try to accelerate the advent of a sustainable-energy world.”
A Merger that Matters: Two green tech power houses have come back together to dominate the renewable energy space. Tesla Motors and Solar City have announced a $2.6 billion stock merger, allowing both companies to move beyond their original mandates, and into more projects in the broader clean energy space. Learn more here.
The creation of a portable, odourless, and waterless washroom system which can be used to power the communities in which it is used, has revolutionized the lives of those living in Madagascar. Originally created for music festivals, the human waste disposal system created by American student Virginia Gardiner is turning fecal waste into biogas, as well as eliminating human-waste born diseases. These solvers of the sanitation crisis are turning poop into electricity which can power electric lights, batteries, or gas cookers. Learn more here.