Finnish scientists make food from electricity

July 28, 2017 by  
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A team of researchers from Finland might have solved world hunger. The scientists just produced a single-cell protein from electricity and carbon dioxide, and it can be further developed for use as food or animal feed. Renewable energy sources such as solar can be used to produce the protein. The final product is a nutritious mix of more than 50 percent protein and 25 percent carbohydrates with the rest consisting of fats and nucleic acids. “In practice, all the raw materials are available from the air. In the future, the technology can be transported to, for instance, deserts and other areas facing famine. One possible alternative is a home reactor, a type of domestic appliance that the consumer can use to produce the needed protein,” said Juha-Pekka Pitkänen, Principal Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The Food from Electricity project is a collaboration between VTT and Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT). Related: Vertical farming startup raises $200M from Alphabet, Jeff Bezos The next step for the researchers is pilot production to work on improving efficiency and to test scaling up for commercial use.  Currently, the production of one gram of protein takes around two weeks, using laboratory equipment that is about the size of a coffee cup. Pitkänen gives a 10-year timeframe for the product to become fully commercialized. “We are currently focusing on developing the technology: reactor concepts, technology, improving efficiency and controlling the process. Control of the process involves adjustment and modelling of renewable energy so as to enable the microbes to grow as well as possible. The idea is to develop the concept into a mass product, with a price that drops as the technology becomes more common. The schedule for commercialisation depends on the economy,” said Professor Jero Ahola of LUT. The technological breakthrough could in a decade not only provide plentiful cheap and nutritious food to people around the world, but also decrease global greenhouse gas emissions emitted from industrial livestock production. Producing animal feed could also free up land for other purposes such as forestry. + Protein produced from electricity to alleviate world hunger Via Futurism Images via LUT

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Japan Airlines wants to transform used clothes into jet fuel

December 11, 2016 by  
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Old clothes could be given new life as jet fuel thanks to a new collaboration between Japan Airlines , recycling firm Japan Environmental Planning (Jeplan), and the Green Earth Institute . Jeplan developed a method to turn discarded garments, collected from retailers like Aeon and Muji , into biofuel using a kind of fermentation technology and is in the process of building an experimental fuel plant at one of its factory locations. Although cotton yields only a small amount of fuel, the resourcefulness of the technology and benefits of diverting unwanted clothes from landfills is promising.

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How One Company Is Changing Mattress-Making

November 15, 2016 by  
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Buying a new mattress is what’s referred to as a “grudge purchase.” We put it off far longer than we should and, let’s be honest, most of us hate the process of mattress shopping — the jargon, the upselling, the…

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5 Easy Tricks To Reduce Food Waste

September 16, 2016 by  
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Imagine being able to reduce food waste and your grocery bill by 30 percent in the process. By putting these five simple systems in place, you’ll be able to identify need-to-eat foods, save foods from the compost or the garbage, get the most…

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Life-giving nutrient becomes a deadly pollutant

April 8, 2016 by  
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In the process of producing food, we’ve inadvertently filled our planet with toxic forms of nitrogen.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Helpful tips on making an eco-friendly home

October 20, 2015 by  
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Whether you’re planning to build a home or spruce up an existing one, it always pays to consider the environment in the process. Incorporating eco-friendly features not only reduces your carbon footprint , but it can also help lower your utility bills by a large portion. Senator Windows put together a collection of helpful tips and reminders on how to go green, as well as some industry insights from experts who shed light on the worst energy hogs in the home. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Helpful tips on making an eco-friendly home

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Earth911TV: Moving Towards Zero Waste

October 1, 2015 by  
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Zero Waste can be an intimidating phrase for a lot of people! It’s the process of making sure all products are reused in some way or another. The end goal being that no trash is sent to landfills or incinerators. The Zero Waste International…

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New artificial leaf technology could revolutionize renewable energy production

August 31, 2015 by  
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The big challenges standing in the way of a full frontal assault on petroleum by the clean energy industry are the cost of production and a dearth of ways to store the energy after its produced. But a team from Caltech’s Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) came up with new technology that could bridge that gap: an artificial leaf that mimics the process of photosynthesis by plants. The artificial leaf efficiently produces and chemically stores energy using nothing but the sun’s rays. Read the rest of New artificial leaf technology could revolutionize renewable energy production

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5 questions to enhance your next sustainability report

July 23, 2015 by  
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Sick of scrambling to get that next report done? Asking a handful of crucial questions can help make the process much easier.

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L’Oreal to begin 3D-printing human skin

May 24, 2015 by  
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Cosmetics company L’Oreal has teamed up with Organovo , a bioengineering startup, to 3D-print human skin—a move that may at first sound unsettling, but actually comes as no big surprise. The French beauty firm has been growing skin since the 1980s to use in animal-free cosmetics testing . With the advent of 3D-printing technology, however, L’Oreal can speed up the process—current skin culture technology can take up to a week to complete—and make it more affordable. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D print human skin , 3D printing skin , L’Oreal 3d print skin , loreal , organovo

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