Studio Roosegaardes laser light art tracks floating space waste in the sky

October 12, 2018 by  
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A dazzling neon green light show is illuminating the night skies in Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde’s latest large-scale art installation, the Space Waste Lab Performance. Created as part of the Space Waste Lab , the performance uses real-time tracking information to render the space waste floating above our heads visible with bright green LEDs that follow the movement of the drifting waste. The series of live installations kicked off on October 5 in the Dutch city of Almere and aims to call attention to the problem of space waste as well as sustainable upcycling solutions. According to Studio Roosegaarde, there are currently more than 29,000 items of space waste  — approximately 8.1 million kilograms worth — floating around the earth. Classified as objects greater than 10 centimeters, the waste comprises anything from parts of broken rockets to chipped-off satellite pieces. The drifting junk poses a danger to current satellites and can disrupt digital communications, however there is no clear plan on how to fix the growing issue. In response, the Dutch design studio launched Space Waste Lab with support from the European Space Agency to bring attention to the issue and find ways to upcycle the waste into sustainable products. The Space Waste Lab Performance that launched early this month marks the first phase of the living lab. Created in compliance with strict safety and aviation regulations, the large-scale light show uses cutting-edge software and camera technology to track pieces of drifting space waste in real time with high-powered, neon green LEDs that project a distance of 125,000 to 136,000 miles. “I’m a strong believer in cooperation between technologists and artists,” said  ESA Director Franco Ongaro about Space Waste Lab. “Artists not only communicate vision and feelings to the public but help us discover aspects of our work which we are often unable to perceive. This cooperation is all the more important when dealing with issues like space debris, which may one day impact our future and our ability to draw maximum benefits from space. We need to speak in different ways, to convey not just the dry technological aspects of technology, but the emotions involved in the struggle to preserve this environment for future generations.” Related: Daan Roosegaarde unveils mind-expanding 295-foot SPACE installation in Eindhoven Space Waste Lab will be open to the public at Kunstlinie in Almere until January 19, 2019 and is complemented by the “Space @ KAF” exhibition next door. The Space Waste Lab Performance will be exhibited after sunset on the nights of October 5 and 6; November 9 and 10; December 7 and 8; and January 18 and 19, 2019. The surrounding street and commercial lights will be turned off at those times to enhance the experience. Phase 2 of the program begins after January 2019 and will study ways to capture and upcycle space waste. + Studio Roosegaarde Via Dezeen Images via Studio Roosegaarde

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Pepsi: We expect suppliers to share our values

February 16, 2017 by  
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Farms and production partners must commit to Performance with Purpose ethos by 2025.

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Measuring the impact of conservation investing just got easier

May 4, 2016 by  
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New software breaks down the performance of financial investments in environmental conservation.

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INFOGRAPHIC: The benefits of structural insulated panels

November 24, 2015 by  
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The demand for better-built homes continues to rise as codes get stronger and homeowners realize the many benefits of a high performance home. Never before have so many construction methods been available to homeowners. One of the most comprehensive building solutions includes Structural Insulated Panels , or SIPs. As one of the few building methods that solve multiple building needs all by themselves, SIPs are very energy-efficient , produce less waste and increase the speed in which a home can be built. Point Zero High Performance Homes created the following infographic to help illustrate the major benefits of SIP-built homes. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: The benefits of structural insulated panels

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Is BEHA the Greenest Plane, or a Kitchen Sink?

December 5, 2014 by  
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Most people thought the triplane was a relic of the past, an ungainly aircraft from the early days, left behind as more modern designs came to the fore.  But the triplane could be getting another lease on life if the Kickstarter campaign by Faradair Aerospace Limited is successful. The BEHA (which stands for Bio-Electric Hybrid Aircraft) is an odd looking design which seems to have everything but the kitchen sink thrown at it.  The design is intended to be a six-seat aircraft with “sports car feel,” with an emphasis on safety.  The cabin is intended to have Formula 1 style crash protection as well as a ballistic parachute recovery fail-safe system.  The electric fans and ducted propeller, along with the lift from three wings, are intended to provide for exceptionally quiet flight. Bio-Electric Hybrid refers to the combination of propulsion systems being used.  This project combines a biodiesel engine (to generate electricity and to run a large ducted pusher propeller at the back) along with twin electric fan motors.  The plane will take off and land using the electric motors, and the biodiesel engine and pusher propeller are for in-flight recharging and aiding in cross-country cruising. But wait, like the late-night commercials say, There’s More! The triple wing provides greater lift for the plane.  It also provides more top surface area for solar panels.  Yes, this plane also has solar panels on all three wings, as well as the fuselage and on top of the duct surrounding the pusher propeller in back.  The solar panels “are not the primary power source for the electric motors, but simply additional trickle charge capability.” Does all of this unusual gear really make it a green aircraft?  Lots of aircraft have tested biofuels , and the performance has been pretty much uniformly acceptable.  Solar panels on the wings are part of the Solar Impulse , but that is a very specialized, purpose-built craft that does use its solar panels to power the craft.  Ducted fans and electric engines are being used in other applications.  Even whole-airplane parachutes are not new.  Does putting all these features together make a very green vehicle, or is it just a rough patchwork of other concepts all put together in a single vehicle? EcoGeeks like us have been intrigued by a host of other unusual aircraft concepts over the years. Certainly other pioneering vehicles seemed ungainly at first.  Whether the BEHA rises to become a star will remain to be seen. Link: Faradair Kickstarter

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Korean Scientists Recycle Cigarette Butts into High Performance Supercapacitors

August 7, 2014 by  
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There’s no butts about it- scientists in South Korea may have conceived the most innovative use for smoked cigarette filters yet — high performing supercapacitors. Researchers from Seoul National University found a way to transform the nasty butts that litter sidewalks all over the world into a usable material comparable to graphene or carbon nanotubes . If the process is perfected, the disposed filters could store energy in electrical charges, not only cleaning up the streets but also acting more effectively than their graphene counterparts. Read the rest of Korean Scientists Recycle Cigarette Butts into High Performance Supercapacitors Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energy , carbon nanotubes , cigarette butts , cigarette butts as supercapacitors , cigarette filters , cigarette supercapacitors , eco design , green design , Recycled Materials , renewable energy , science , Seoul University , south korea , sustainable design

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Sustainable Built Environment: Green Building Planning and Operations Strategies

January 4, 2013 by  
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This workshop will provide the business, environmental, and practical rationale for pursuing green strategies on all types of building projects, from tenant remodel to new construction. The course will also address practical strategies for maintaining the performance of those green features and integrating greener operational practices into existing buildings not originally constructed under a green framework.

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How to Capture Meaningful Climate Data to Boost Building Performance

March 1, 2012 by  
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An understanding of climate is essential to the successful design of comfortable buildings. But gaining that understanding is tough. Here's a drill-down look at two ways to translate climate data into meaningful information.

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PepsiCo’s Dan Bena: Connecting the Dots for Sustainability

November 1, 2011 by  
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The company’s senior director of sustainability talks about Pepsi’s global strategic parternships, its Performance with a Purpose model, and more.

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Liquid Fuel for Electric Vehicles

June 8, 2011 by  
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An advance in the technology for flow batteries may lead to systems for electric vehicles (EVs) that allow them to be refueled with liquid, much like conventional combustion vehicles do now. MIT researchers have developed a semi-solid flow cell which offers 10 times the performance of liquid chemical flow batteries.

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