Finnish startup makes alternative protein from carbon dioxide

July 12, 2019 by  
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An innovative startup company from Finland has piloted a new alternative protein product made out of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This meat alternative has the potential to address the environmental evils of both the agriculture industry and climate change. The startup is confident it will be able to get the product on grocery store shelves by 2021. The product, named Solein, will likely be sold first as a liquid protein source via shakes or yogurt. This is different than alternative meat competitors, now including conventional meat giants like Tyson , that primarily sell alternative proteins as nuggets or burgers. Related: Vegan and lab-grown meats predicted to take over meat market in 20 years According to Solar Foods, Solein is “100 times more climate friendly” than all other animal- and plant-based proteins. In fact, the company also claims it is 10 times more efficient than soy production in terms of carbon footprint . How does it work? The company says it mixes water molecules with nutrients like potassium and sodium and then feeds the solution plus carbon to microbes. The microbes consume the nutrients and produce an edible substance that looks like flour and is 50 percent protein . Lab-grown meats are an expanding industry, but Solar Foods captures carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to feed to microbes instead of using sugar like most other companies. “Producing Solein is entirely free from agriculture — it doesn’t require arable land or irrigation and isn’t limited by climate conditions,” a Solar Foods representative told Dezeen . “It can be produced anywhere around the world, even in areas where conventional protein production has never been possible.” The company has big ambitions and believes that if the alternative meat industry is indeed going to overtake the conventional meat industry as predicted, leading corporations like Impossible Meat and Beyond Meat are going to need to experiment with and use innovative sources of protein beyond pea-based products. + Solar Foods Via Futurism Image via Solar Foods

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SheerWind’s INVELOX Wind Turbine Can Generate 600% More Energy Than Conventional Turbines

February 18, 2014 by  
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US-based wind energy company SheerWind just unveiled the INVELOX – a tunnel-based wind turbine that can produce up to 600% more power than traditional wind turbines . The company states that after extensive field-testing, their new INVELOX turbine “significantly outperforms the traditional turbine” and could reduce installation capital costs to less than $750 per KW. Read the rest of SheerWind’s INVELOX Wind Turbine Can Generate 600% More Energy Than Conventional Turbines Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , INVELOX , INVELOX system , SheerWind , SheerWind INVELOX , traditional wind turbines , tunnel wind turbine system , wind energy , wind turbines        

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Renewable Energy Best Promoted By Feed-In Tariffs, IPCC Working Group Says

November 8, 2011 by  
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The IPCC’s renewable energy working group backs up the conventional wisdom on feed-in tariffs, that they are the most cost-competitive way of promoting renewable energy — as long as they are well constructed.

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Traffic Makes Us Dumber: Scientists Say Car Exhaust Causes Brain Damage

November 8, 2011 by  
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Scientists find evidence that vehicle pollution in congested areas causes brain damage. It’s yet another pressing reason we need to start moving beyond the automobile.

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Cells with Installed "Operating Systems" Could Create New Life Forms

November 8, 2011 by  
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Researchers are working on “reprogramming” cells to create customized organisms that can be used for everything from new medicines to environmental clean-up crews.

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Climate-Related Natural Disasters Cost US $14 Billion in Health Care Over Past Decade

November 8, 2011 by  
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Researchers for the first time have tallied the health care costs from six categories of natural disasters and disease outbreaks that are likely to only increase due to climate change — the bill = high.

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Plantable: All-In-One Table & Trellis Hybrid Lets You Grow, Harvest and Eat

October 25, 2011 by  
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Zahra Shahabi and Ollie Hammick/ CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Beyond the conventional planter on your balcony, there are many ways to grow food and herbs right in your own home, without the need to rely on a trip to the store. London-based designers Jamie Elliott and Liam Healy of JAILmake created this table that’s a mix of eating surface and mini-garden, where the legs are re-fashioned as planters and trellises to support climbing plants…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Americans Trapped By High Gas Prices

October 24, 2011 by  
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Energy Trap / CC BY 2.0 Conventional TreeHugger wisdom suggests that if gas prices go up, then people will drive less and switch to more fuel efficient cars. That’s what has happened before, but a new report suggests that it isn’t happening now. According to Energy Trap , a study from the New America Foundation, people are indeed trapped, by older gas guzzling cars, long commutes from houses they can’t sell or to multiple part-time jobs. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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5 Innovations in solar technology capable of changing the face of entertainment

October 24, 2011 by  
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Sukrat Gupta: Solar energy Solar energy is probably the only form of energy that will continue to exist till the end of the solar system. Solar energy is fast becoming the most sought after type of energy for electronic devices. Solar power harnessing is no longer restricted to calculators or projects, but found real life applications. Not only are these energy sources non exhaustible, they are also non-hazardous, unlike lead acid and even pencil cells that are hazardous in nature and pollute the environment. Moreover, the cost of photovoltaic cells – ones that are responsible for converting solar energy into electrical energy – has come down in the world market and are now produced in large quantities, opening up new vistas for experimentation and application. Here we are discussing five Innovations in solar technology capable of changing the face of entertainment. 1. Solar-powered smartphones The first newest application of solar energy has been found in the smartphones – the world’s most selling electronic gadget. Using a third party product, one can convert the electrically charged battery into a solar energy charged battery. However, though this saves a lot of electricity, the extra products required for such a thing are large in size and quite heavy. Moreover, their performance and efficiency are still not up to the mark. Designing and testing are still going on so that one day, these photovoltaic cells will find their places in place of electrically chargeable batteries, without affecting the design, features and performance of the smartphone. 2. Solar-powered MP3 players Just like the smartphones, MP3 players can also have photovoltaic cells replacing the traditional rechargeable batteries. What makes this prospect even more interesting is that these photovoltaic cells will not need a battery, which frees up space for addition of more circuitry that can be used to enhance the performance of the player or increase the storage memory to incorporate more songs, data and videos. 3. Solar-powered batteries Solar energy may not need solar cells to be harnessed, but there are cases when it is not possible to run a device without power backup for long. Created for laser tag blaster by Wu Jian, this award winning concept talks about having two small solar panels exposed to the sunlight, while the third panel is used for power in the device. Once the power of this source runs out, wrap up one of the panels and put it inside the battery slot, and the operation of the device will continue. Such a concept is very useful during rainy seasons or nights. 4. Photovoltaic planes The world is reeling in fuel crisis and planes are using enormous amounts of fuel continuously. In order to reduce pressure on the conventional sources of energy, photovoltaic planes are being tested in leading laboratories and industries. These planes will not work on photovoltaic cells, which may prove insufficient for operation. They, however, are using different technologies to harness solar energy for their operation. A Swiss company, Solar Impulse has come up with a plane that is light weight and operates on solar energy. What is so incredible about this plane is its ability to fly for 36 hours continuously, even when there is no sun in the horizon. 5. Solar-powered yacht For those who love to sail on yachts and explore the seas, the world is trying to gobble them up. It is not the reason of jealousy, but the reason of useless fuel wastage for amusement. In order to reduce fuel consumption, some companies, like DSe, are trying to come up with solar-powered yachts. These yachts run on solar energy during daytime and diesel engines at nights. In this way, fuel can be saved for one half of a day, which is a significant amount. The main drawback about these models is that they are much costlier than an average yacht, making it nearly impossible for most of the people to lay their hands on these vehicles. Another company, PlanetSolar, has come up with a solar-powered yacht that can circumnavigate the planet.

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Five most amazing pedal powered boats

October 21, 2011 by  
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Apara Bhattacharya: Amazing pedal powered boats Most amazing pedal powered boats Boats were the conventional means of transport that is nowadays a great choice for the eco- conscious generation. Although you cannot deny the drawbacks of boats in comparison to the modern automobiles, if you are solely focused on the level of pollution imparted by the modern vehicles and that of boats, the latter always tops the list of most effective means of transport that causes almost no pollution. Boats are better regarded as human powered water vehicles that can be both human driven and motor driven. Not only this, boats also vary according to their construction, function and capacity. Thus, while on one hand simple and conventional boats, driven by two boatmen or a single boatman in there, pedal boats are also there on the other hand. Likewise submarines, hydrofoils, etc. are also there in the category of water crafts. Here are five boats that run on pedals and are unique in their own ways. 1. WiTHiN pedal powered boat WiTHiN WiTHiN – a pedal powered boat This is a boat that runs on human power and has the ability to stride across the ocean. This human powered boat, Ocean WiTHiN draws its inspiration from the water craft, WiTHiN. The body of this water vehicle is made from fiberglass which are in the form of flat carbon fiber panel that are stitched together to form the hull at the bottom. The base of the same comprises of a double kayak hull, which was donated to the designer of WiTHiN by Steve Schleicher of Nimbus Kayaks and sponsor and adviser of PedalTheOcean. The designers of this boat are Rick Willoughby and the award winning naval architect, Stuart Bloomfield. 2. Solar and Human Powered Concept Boat Solar and Human Powered Solar and Human Powered Concept Boat This boat has been designed by the French designer, Jonathan Mahieddine. This is solar powered boat that has the dual function of running on human power as well. The most notable feature of this boat is that unlike the conventional boats it targets at zero noise emission while floating on the water. The unique appearance of this boat has a wide deck that is a great option for relaxing amidst nature with your whole family, while having a wide view of the ocean. Moreover, you can also enjoy sunbathing while on boards. The human operated oars are also beneficial for exercising your hand muscles while floating in the ocean. But when you feel tired, switch over to the solar powered mode and let the boat sail by the energy it has accumulated in its solar cells throughout the day. 3. Torpedalo designed by Bentley engineers Torpedalo Torpedalo designed by Bentley engineers This boat is a combined creation of two engineers from Bentley, who have the aim of crossing the Atlantic this December in their self made boat, thereby covering more than 3000 miles in ocean and setting a world record. The designers of this boat are Mark Byass and Mike Sayer. They will have a competition with twenty five such racing boats in the world championship known as Woodvale Challenge Atlantic Rowing Race. The boat, Torpedalo, which they have made, features a fiber glass body, which is made from carbon fiber panels. It has a length of nine meters and is also equipped with solar panels for capturing green energy from the sun and using it to produce fresh water by desalinating ocean water and also to empower devices that they will carry on board, such as GPS, radar, satellite phone, etc. 4. Ilha by Alexandre Bellerose Zero-emission pedal-powered boat concept Ilha Ilha by Alexandre Bellerose Zero-emission pedal-powered boat concept Now water rafting is going to be more fun with the help of the green boat that will not harm marine life as conventional water vehicles do by toxic emissions and awful noises. This boat has been designed by an eco conscious designer, named Alexandre Bellerose and is human powered. The passengers on board are supposed to pedal the boat and make it cut through the waters and move ahead. The extended feature of this boat are that it has a light weighted, folding foundation, which when stretched, becomes almost an small private island for those on board and provide them opportunities for various water activities. Together with it, water rafting in summers is also pleasant in this boat as it has a folding umbrella that collapses to become a fan so that the occupants can adjust the exposure to sun as per their choice. 5. Waterbug by Garry Hoyt and the Harken brothers Waterbug Waterbug by Garry Hoyt and the Harken brothers This is a strange looking boat, made by the nautical manufacturer, Fisheries Supply. It is an outcome of the joint venture of yacht designer and sailing innovator brothers, Garry Hoyt and Harken. The body of the boat is made from roto molded material and has a two seated option. It also features an electric propulsion package.

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