A mix of energy sources advance Hawaii’s renewables goal

August 21, 2017 by  
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Once Hawaii publicized its goal to be powered entirely by renewable energy by 2045, the state’s options to get there expanded greatly. “We saw a slew of different solutions that can help Hawaii get to its renewables goal,” said Luis Salaveria, director of the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT). That includes the renewables mix of hydro, wind and solar, as well as the technology to get power on the grid. 

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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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Deborah Acosta on using data to generate economic value

September 30, 2016 by  
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The inspiring data-driven story of how a sleepy residential community transformed itself into an innovation ecosystem.

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Osmosis Power Is Off the Table Now

January 5, 2016 by  
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Not every energy technology that is explored is going to lead to a successful new power industry. Osmosis power was one of the more unusual technologies we’ve come across. But now, after a few years of investigation, it appears that this technology is not a viable option for larger scale power generation. Statkraft, the Norwegian company which had opened a pioneering research facility to explore the potential of osmotic power generation, has closed its operations .  Moreover, a recent research publication looking at the technology finds that biofouling , the accumulation of algae, bacteria, and other organic material on surfaces where they adversely affect the performance of the system, makes the technology unfit for power generation at the present time. It is not inconceivable that further technological developments might be developed that could make osmotic power generation a viable system. However, with so many other ways of producing power cleanly and inexpensively, and with the other challenges presented in using osmosis, it is likely that this option will remain shelved.

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ArcaSpace’s hoverboard uses powerful fans to keep you afloat for 6 minutes

December 29, 2015 by  
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The year 2015 marked advancements in the technology of one of the biggest fantasies of the future: the hoverboard. Between Back to the Future Day and even Lexus dreaming up its own device, this year has been all about hovering. And now, the creators of the ArcaBoard have joined the movement. Built by ArcaSpace , this board’s Long Endurance model can hover for six minutes , powered by 36 powerful fans working in tandem to keep the rider lifted. This next step may shift us closer to McFly levels of our hoverboard dreams. Read the rest of ArcaSpace’s hoverboard uses powerful fans to keep you afloat for 6 minutes

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Sponge Suit bikini can help you clean the ocean while you swim

October 10, 2015 by  
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In the future, you could help clean up the oceans just by playing in your bikini. Sponge Suit is a smart bathing suit that absorbs pollution while you play in the surf. Though one may not make a huge difference, if many people got in on the technology, it could have a huge impact. READ MORE >

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New Bubble Greenhouses could produce fresh water and food in drought-stricken regions

July 28, 2015 by  
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As water shortages threaten to destabilize many of the world’s driest regions, including California , researchers have developed an innovative new type of greenhouse that can provide fresh water and grow food. Engineers from Murdoch University believe that a 1,615 square foot Bubble Greenhouse “could produce around eight cubic metres of freshwater and up to 30 kilograms of crops each day.” The sealed design of the greenhouse will also protect crops from insects and disease, and the researchers say the technology should be easy to implement. Read the rest of New Bubble Greenhouses could produce fresh water and food in drought-stricken regions

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Ultracapacitors: The next big thing in energy storage?

June 10, 2012 by  
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Mark McGough, CEO of Ioxus, explains the whats, whys and hows of 'batteries on steroids,' and why the technology is poised to reshape the renewable energy industry.

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Direct air carbon capture: Oil’s answer to fracking?

March 12, 2012 by  
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It may not be what scientists who developed the technology had in mind, but carbon capture technologies are now being applied to applications — like enhanced oil recovery — that could help make them commercially viable, but that don't reduce climate impacts.

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The VERGE Scenarios

December 19, 2011 by  
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We recently convened a panel of visionary systems thinkers to explore what the technology convergence called VERGE might look like under two divergent scenarios.

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