The world’s first mobile, solar-powered recycling plant just popped up in the middle of London

September 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Eco, Green, Recycle

Comments Off on The world’s first mobile, solar-powered recycling plant just popped up in the middle of London

The mobile recycling factory of the future just landed in the 19th century courtyard of the historic Somerset House in Central London. Trashpresso is a giant solar-powered recycling plant that transforms discarded plastic bottles into architectural tiles. The machine is the brainchild of Pentatonic , a furniture and design company based in Berlin and London committed to using only post-consumer waste in their products – from chairs made from “felted” plastic to glassware made from smartphone screens. Trashpresso is the world’s first off-grid, industrial grade recycling solution designed to be mobile and functional in isolated locations where traditional recycling plants aren’t a feasible option. “Our non-negotiable commitment to the consumer is that we make our products using single materials. That means no toxic additives and no hybridized materials which are prohibitive of recyclability,” explains co-founder Johann Bodecker. Trashpresso made its global debut this week at the Design Frontiers exhibition during the London Design Festival . Visitors to Design Frontiers were invited to contribute their trash and watch the Trashpresso process from start to finish – from the sorting of plastic bottles to the compression of shredded PET into solid hexagonal tiles. Enormous black spheres made of recycled plastic were also installed in the courtyard, lending an imposing presence to the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court. Throughout the week, the black spheres were gradually covered in the architectural tiles created by Trashpresso, with the public taking part in the installation. Large spheres made of metal mesh contained more plastic bottles, calling attention to the ongoing problem of tons of plastic a year entering our oceans. Starbucks UK recently announced a partnership with Pentatonic to turn their coffee shop waste into furniture, with their Starbucks Bean Chair reinterpreted with upcycled textiles and a frame made from plastic bottles and plastic cups. The Trashpresso machine debuting at Design Frontiers boasts upgraded engineering designed for global transportation. An earlier version of Trashpresso was previewed in Shanghai for World Earth Day by Pentatonic collaborator and investor Miniwiz , which is based in Taiwan and specializes in upcycling. Trashpresso was the featured installation at Design Frontiers, a new exhibition featuring more than 30 designers showcasing projects and products pushing the frontiers of innovation and material use. + Pentatonic + Design Frontiers + London Design Festival Coverage

Read more from the original source:
The world’s first mobile, solar-powered recycling plant just popped up in the middle of London

US and Russia are teaming up to build a lunar spaceport

September 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on US and Russia are teaming up to build a lunar spaceport

The space agencies of Russia and the United States just signed a joint statement to develop projects to further explore outer space. One could be the Deep Space Gateway , a lunar spaceport that could act as a launching point for missions to the Moon and Mars . NASA and Roscosmos signed the statement Wednesday at the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Australia. According to Roscosmos’ press release, the two agencies agreed to use the International Space Station as a base for more space exploration. They also agreed to cooperate on a moon program by building the Deep Space Gateway, creating international technical standards, and carrying out scientific missions on and orbiting the moon. Related: Lockheed to turn shuttle-era module into a space habitat for NASA Why the focus on the moon? One reason, according to a March statement from NASA , is that astronauts can gain experience in a deep space environment near the moon, but can return to Earth quickly if necessary. They can also conduct robotic missions on the moon surface. NASA acting administrator Robert Lightfoot said, “NASA is pleased to see growing international interest in moving into cislunar space as the next step for advancing human space exploration. Statements such as this one signed with Roscosmos show the gateway concept as an enabler to the kind of exploration architecture that is affordable and sustainable.” NASA has already been working on the gateway concept with industry partners. For example, Lockheed Martin is building a habitation , repurposing a historic piece of flight hardware to do so. Roscosmos will also start working with industry partners on gateway concepts studies. Roscosmos said other space powers are also thinking about getting in on the moon project. The main work on the lunar station should commence in the mid-2020’s. Via Roscosmos , NASA , and The Telegraph Images via NASA and Boeing

View original post here: 
US and Russia are teaming up to build a lunar spaceport

Supply chains, SDGs, subsidies and sustainability leaders

August 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Business, Green

Comments Off on Supply chains, SDGs, subsidies and sustainability leaders

A monthly wrap-up of recent research on sustainable business and clean technology.

Go here to read the rest:
Supply chains, SDGs, subsidies and sustainability leaders

World’s first commercial carbon-sucking plant goes live in Zurich

May 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on World’s first commercial carbon-sucking plant goes live in Zurich

Carbon capture is essential to the fight against climate change and keeping temperatures below a two-degree-Celsius increase, according to Swiss-based Climeworks . For a few years now they’ve been working on technology to suck carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and sell it to agriculture or energy industries for reuse. And now they’ve finally switched on the final product – the world’s first Direct Air Capture (DAC) commercial plant on top of a waste recovery facility in Zurich, Switzerland . Atop a municipal-run waste incineration facility in Zurich, Climeworks installed their DAC plant, which is comprised of three stacked shipping containers with six carbon collectors. Fans suck ambient air into the collectors, and a filter takes in CO2. Waste heat will power the groundbreaking plant. Climeworks will send the captured CO2 to a greenhouse – every single year they’ll be able to supply 900 metric tons. They’ll be able to continuously supply the CO2 to the greenhouse via an underground pipeline. Related: The world’s first carbon capture plant can convert CO2 into usable energy In a statement, managing director and co-founder Christoph Gebald said, “Highly scalable negative emission technologies are crucial if we are to stay below the two degree target of the international community.” And the CO2 won’t go to waste. Greenhouses aren’t the only entities that can utilize CO2; it could carbonate drinks or become carbon-neutral hydrocarbon fuel. The automotive and food industries could benefit from the CO2 Climeworks captures. Their ultimate goal is to capture one percent of all carbon emissions in the world by 2025. To do that, co-founder and director Jan Wurzbacher estimates they’ll need to install 750,000 shipping containers filled with their C02 collectors. He says that is the same amount of shipping containers that pass through the harbor in Shanghai during a two week period, so it’s a target the global economy could handle. Climeworks says their modular plants could be deployed just about anywhere. + Climeworks Via Climeworks and Fast Company Images via screenshot and Climeworks Facebook

Go here to see the original:
World’s first commercial carbon-sucking plant goes live in Zurich

INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

August 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

Yves Behar, Founder of Fuseproject If you’ve ever used a Jawbone , sat in a Sayl , or fired up a SodaStream , then you’re sure to be familiar with the work of industrial design superstar Yves Behar . He’s also the designer behind pioneering projects for social good like the One Laptop Per Child Project , the NYC Condom, and these free VerBien glasses for Mexican students. We recently had a chance to chat with Yves about his favorite projects, the future of green technology, and his first foray into architecture – check out our interview after the break! Read the rest of INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: centro , centro miami , clean technology , clever little bag , design interview , Edyn Garden Sensor , Fuseproject , Fuseproject interview , green design , green design interview , green gadgets , green technology , inhabitat interview , invisible interface , Jawbone , Jawbone Up , sustainable design , vessyl , Yves Béhar , yves behar architecture , yves behar interior design

See the rest here:
INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

CellEra’s Breakthrough Platinum-Free Fuel Cell is Cheaper and Doesn’t Use Rare Earth Metals

November 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on CellEra’s Breakthrough Platinum-Free Fuel Cell is Cheaper and Doesn’t Use Rare Earth Metals

CellEra’s new platinum-free fuel cell could be the cleanest engine ever created. Instead of using an extremely expensive rare earth metal as the fuel cell’s catalyst, CellEra employs a catalyzed, solid polymer electrolyte. The new catalytic core is not only cleaner, it also won’t corrode like older fuel cell technology and it can even help reduce overall costs. The Israel-based green energy company recently revealed its new device at the Fuel Choices Summit in Tel Aviv. Read the rest of CellEra’s Breakthrough Platinum-Free Fuel Cell is Cheaper and Doesn’t Use Rare Earth Metals Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energy , CellEra , cheap clean energy , clean technology , fuel cell , Fuel Choice Summit , green energy , green technology , Israel made fuel cell technology , low cost fuel cell , Platinum Free Fuel Cell , platinum free fuel cell technology , rare earth element free fuel cells , rare earth elements , rare earth metals , Tel Aviv        

Original post: 
CellEra’s Breakthrough Platinum-Free Fuel Cell is Cheaper and Doesn’t Use Rare Earth Metals

Packaging Made from Tomato Plants Yields Safer Canned Food

November 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Packaging Made from Tomato Plants Yields Safer Canned Food

A new bio-resin made from tomato plant by-products could make it safer to eat canned foods in the future. Although eating fresh food is great for our health, it can be troublesome on the wallet. Fresh food spoils, sometimes very quickly. That’s why we’ve come up with all sorts of food packaging and preservation techniques that help extend the shelf life of our favorite foods. Unfortunately, these cans and plastic trappings are terrible for the planet, and sometimes leach dangerous toxins into the food itself. But a new European project called  BIOCOPAC is working to create better packaging, made from tomato waste, that will help keep canned food fresh without harmful chemicals or additives. Read the rest of Packaging Made from Tomato Plants Yields Safer Canned Food Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bio-based thermosetting lacquer , bio-resin , BIOCOPAC , BPA , canned tomatoes , food packaging , metal packaging , packaging made from tomato plants , plant-based packaging , plastic packaging , safe canned foods , tinned food , tomato plants , tomato waste , upcycling        

Read the rest here: 
Packaging Made from Tomato Plants Yields Safer Canned Food

UTC Power Infographic Shows Everyday Uses for Fuel Cell Technology

October 8, 2012 by  
Filed under Business, Green

Comments Off on UTC Power Infographic Shows Everyday Uses for Fuel Cell Technology

UTC Power has created an infographic that illustrates the real world applications of fuel cells . Fuel cells are an expensive and often complicated technology, which sometimes leads consumers and businesses to think of them as out-of-reach or too futuristic. Instead of a bevy of technical facts and figures, the infographic offers a fun, friendly and experiential portal that shows the prevalence of fuel cells in our everyday lives. Click the pic in our gallery below for a larger image, or head over to UTC Power’s Website for an interactive version that allows for further exploration of actual usage. This infographic strives to show that fuel cells are not a futuristic power source, but rather a common and effective source of renewable clean energy . + UTC Power The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energy , clean tech , clean technology , fuel cell , green design , green technology , hydrogen fuel cell , hydrogen power , infographic , renewable energy , sustainable design , uses for fuel cells , UTC Power

Read more from the original source:
UTC Power Infographic Shows Everyday Uses for Fuel Cell Technology

Solar3D Unveils Groundbreaking Three-Dimensional Solar Cell Prototype

August 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Solar3D Unveils Groundbreaking Three-Dimensional Solar Cell Prototype

Solar3D just unveiled the first prototype of a new three-dimensional photovoltaic cell that it claims can achieve a groundbreaking internal efficiency of 25.47% . Traditional solar cells on today’s market waste as much as 30% of incident sunlight due to reflection – energy that the three-dimensional solar cell should be able to harness. Solar3D claims this next generation of solar cells will be “dramatically more efficient”, which ultimately will make solar more affordable. Read the rest of Solar3D Unveils Groundbreaking Three-Dimensional Solar Cell Prototype Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d photovoltaic cells , 3d solar cells , clean tech , clean technology , green design , green power , renewable energy , Solar Power , solar3d , sustainable design

Original post:
Solar3D Unveils Groundbreaking Three-Dimensional Solar Cell Prototype

James Corner to Redesign 55-Acre South Plaza of London’s Olympic Park

August 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on James Corner to Redesign 55-Acre South Plaza of London’s Olympic Park

Read the rest of James Corner to Redesign 55-Acre South Plaza of London’s Olympic Park Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: active spaces , Green Olympics , james corner , james corner field operations , landscape design , local horticulture , london green design , london olympics 2012 , nature design , Piet Oudolf , queen elizabeth olympic park , The HighLine

The rest is here:
James Corner to Redesign 55-Acre South Plaza of London’s Olympic Park

Next Page »

Bad Behavior has blocked 1361 access attempts in the last 7 days.