Green Tech on the Red Sea: Inside Saudi Arabia’s Innovation Machine

August 11, 2020 by  
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Green Tech on the Red Sea: Inside Saudi Arabia’s Innovation Machine How do we innovate our way out of the climate crisis? It will take boundless innovators around the world to solve humanity’s greatest challenges. And with all that innovation comes nearly limitless potential for new products, services, business models, companies and entire industries. For more than 11 years, research conducted at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), located on the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia, has focused on addressing challenges related to the environment, energy, water and food. Today, KAUST, the first and fully co-educational research institute in the Kingdom, is working to leverage science and technology to find solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. In this one-hour conversation, three KAUST professors will discuss some of the most promising innovations, as well as how it is partnering with companies around the world to accelerate these innovations’ development and deployment. Among the topics we’ll cover: How oceans are reacting to climate change and what that means beyond rising waters.  How we can better address water scarcity through desalination, wastewater treatment, and water reuse.  How using saltwater can grow produce at a commercial scale. Moderator: Joel Makower, Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group Speaker: Mark Tester, Professor, Plant Science; Associate Director, Center for Desert Agriculture, KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) More speakers to be announced If you can’t tune in live, please register and we will email you a link to access the archived webcast footage and resources, available to you on-demand after the webcast. Ritu Sharma Tue, 08/11/2020 – 10:13 Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor GreenBiz Group @makower Mark Tester Professor, Plant Science; Associate Director, Center for Desert Agriculture KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) @MARKTES31730462 gbz_webcast_date Tue, 09/08/2020 – 10:00 – Tue, 09/08/2020 – 11:00

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"Living Bricks" could turn sunlight and waste water into energy-generating bioreactor walls

October 28, 2016 by  
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The project is a collaborative effort between Newcastle University and experts from the universities of the West of England (UWE Bristol), Trento, the Spanish National Research Council, LIQUIFER Systems Group and EXPLORA. The prototypical bricks are based on Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) technology originally developed at the University of West England. They harness the metabolic power of microbes, taken from an organic nutrient source such as pond slime, and converts it into fossil fuel-free electricity . When we talked to Rachel Armstrong, project coordinator from Newcastle University, she made no false claims about the bricks’ current capabilities. While the eventual goal is to build entire structures, such as toilet blocks for people living in developing countries, with walls that can produce their own energy for lighting, they are currently capable of producing sufficient electricity to light an LED light . Related: World’s first plant-powered radio uses “biological solar panels” Rachel said Living Bricks won’t be able to power a modern kitchen with all its power-hungry devices – refrigerators, stoves, blenders, coffee makers, and so on – but they may catalyze a shift in how we actually make kitchens. She says they are challenging the use of what she called “dead metabolisms” or fossil fuels. “Biotechnoloy has given us new possibilities,” said Rachel. “We are shifting from dead metabolisms to new metabolisms, or microorganisms, that are much older than we are.” This new model could eliminate the harmful byproducts associated with deriving energy from dead metabolisms, such as greenhouse gases that are trapping so much heat on Earth, entire ecosystems are undergoing rapid new changes that could eventually make life on parts of the planet downright unlivable. Recently unveiled in Venice for the 2016 Biennale, the current iteration of Living Bricks is eight months into development. Their creators are experimenting with various materials to optimize both aesthetics and power production, the results of which exploration will be displayed at the 2017 Estonia Biennale. Rachel said if they are able to source sufficient funds to have an on-site installation team, they would love to have a whole wall of energy-generating bricks in time for an Estonian debut. + LIAR

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Super lightweight solar panels for flat roofs install in under two minutes

June 23, 2016 by  
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Millions of flat commercial roofs around the world are currently unable to support the weight of a conventional rooftop solar array, squandering significant clean energy potential. Beamreach Solar has designed an elegant new solar panel , called Sprint, which resolves this dilemma. Capable of producing 30 percent more energy than conventional photovoltaic technology, Sprint panels are also easier to install, requiring zero tools and zero grounding. Kerstens told Inhabitat that Sprint solar panels are not only more efficient than existing technology, but also cheaper because they are so much easier and faster to install. With the racking system already integrated into the panel, any person can install them in under two minutes without any training. This is about five times faster than solar panels that have to be drilled into a roof or weighted down. In addition to removing any potential barriers for customers who may be intimated by installing a rooftop solar array, Beamreach’s new technology drives down installation and labor costs. Plus, they can be installed closer to each other without reducing efficiency, resulting in more overall output. At present, Sprint solar panels produce up to 320 watts, but Kerstens said they are steadily improving their output and will eventually have building integrated panels with their superior technology. For now the rooftop panels have been tested to withstand wind speeds of up to 115 MPH and – particularly beneficial in areas with heavy snow – they can handle weight loads of up to 5400 Pascals (Pa). This is equivalent to roughly 113 pounds per square feet. Related: Dubai to build the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant And for people like me who aren’t in love with heights or the idea of negotiating with a series of large and unwieldy solar panels several feet off the ground, the streamlined Sprint design with a built-in handle that makes it easier to carry is an attractive option. This same design makes shipping cheaper, according to Kerstens. Lastly, they are better for countries that reach higher than average summer temperatures, such as those in the Middle East . As Kerstens notes, solar panels like sun but not heat, so their performance decreases with every increase in temperature. Spring panels boast a lower temperature coefficient curve than most technology on the market, making it possible to introduce clean solar energy further afield than ever before. + Beamreach Solar

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Tesla reveals ‘Ludicrous Mode’ for the Model S

July 17, 2015 by  
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  Just when you thought the Tesla Model S couldn’t get any faster, along comes Ludicrous Mode. What’s that you ask? Tesla revealed today that the Model S is getting a major upgrade with a new battery pack that will take the car from 0 to 60 in just 2.8 seconds. The upgrade, appropriately called Ludicrous Mode is a step up from the  Insane Mode  and will be available for $3,000. The new battery will also amp up the car’s range by 15 miles for a total of 300 freeway miles on a single charge. Read the rest of Tesla reveals ‘Ludicrous Mode’ for the Model S

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Ditch your iPhone charger with Native Union’s genius KEY cable

June 3, 2015 by  
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You’re running late for work and your iPhone battery is low (again), but you can’t for the life of you locate your stupid charger. And anyway, the thing is so frayed it’s bound to cause an electric shock. If this sounds familiar to you, then check out Native Union’s KEY cable . We spotted this brilliant design at the ICFF furniture fair at the Javit’s Center in New York, and it’s so affordable, we thought everyone should know about it. Details after the jump. Read the rest of Ditch your iPhone charger with Native Union’s genius KEY cable Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bright Ideas , clean tech , green design , green gadgets , green tech , ICFF , ICFF furniture fair , iphone charger , iPhone key chain charger , Javit’s Center , KEY cable , key chain charger , Native Union , New York designers , new york furniture fair , New York. , sustainable design

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The Sustainable Forestry Initiative just planted over 200,000 trees in one hour

June 3, 2015 by  
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The team at the Sustainable Forestry Initiative  (SFI) has raised the bar for environmentalists and fighting deforestation across the globe, planting a whopping 202,331 trees in just one hour! The record-breaking event happened on May 20, where teams across North America gathered in their local areas from 1pm to 2pm ET. The incredible feat of reforestation by hand not only set a world record, but implemented future thriving forests from coast to coast. Read the rest of The Sustainable Forestry Initiative just planted over 200,000 trees in one hour Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 000 planted trees by hand , 200 , deforestation , eco design , green design , reforestation , SFI , sustainable design , Sustainable Forestry Initiative

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Pikaplant’s self-watering systems are made for the gardener on the go

May 6, 2015 by  
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Have you ever aspired to care for your own plants yet fear that your busy modern life will lead to the neglect and death of your botanical wards? You need not worry anymore, for 21st century technology will water your plants for you! Pikaplant , a design company based in Amsterdam, is promoting a new series of self-watering products to ensure that your plants will never go thirsty again. Pikaplant’s self-watering line features three different designs to meet the needs of any time and space strapped gardener. Read the rest of Pikaplant’s self-watering systems are made for the gardener on the go Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “self contained” , Amsterdam design , green tech , indoor gardening , pikaplant , self watering design , self watering shelf , self-watering , terrarium , vertical gardening

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OLIS: Rock-Like LED Lamp Adds a Sublime Glow to Indoor and Outdoor Environments

July 24, 2014 by  
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If you’re in the market for a sublime new lamp, then you might want to check out OLIS, a carefully developed lamp that uses energy-efficient LED technology . Moving away from geometrically defined and precise shapes, designer Gunars Platpirs combines an organic aesthetic with energy-efficient technology to create a beautiful source of light that is ideal for both indoor and outdoor environments. It is easy to combine with other design objects, and melts into nature with a sublime glow. If you’d like to have one of these in your home home, check out True Latvia . + OLIS Stone 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: clean tech , energy efficient lighting , green design , green lighting , green tech , Gunars Platpirs , Latvia , Latvian design , led lamp , OLIS , reader submitted content , rock lamp , sublime rock lamp , sustainable design

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Seven Easily Propagated Fruits for Transforming Your Backyard into a Food Forest

July 24, 2014 by  
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Help Edible Schoolyard NYC Build Organic Gardens for East Harlem Schools!

July 24, 2014 by  
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We all know how important being around nature is for boosting morale and health, which is why Edible Schoolyard NYC needs your help to bring organic gardens to several disadvantaged schools in Harlem . The nonprofit, which partners with public schools to build gardens and kitchen classrooms, launched “Rooting for Harlem,” a Crowdwise campaign to support the expansion and maintenance of the courtyard gardens at P.S./M.S. 7 and Global Tech Middle School in East Harlem. The campaign ends tonight–so hurry, it’s not too late to pledge your support for this great cause! + Rooting for Harlem 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: crowdwise campaign , East Harlem , east harlem gardens , east harlem organic , edible schoolyard nyc , global tech middle school , kitchen classrooms , organic gardens , reader submitted content , rooting for harlem

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