‘Yara Birkeland’ will be first ever zero emission, autonomous ship

Vessel 'Yara Birkeland' will be the world’s first fully electric and autonomous container ship, with zero emissions. With this vessel, Yara will reduce diesel-powered truck haulage by 40,000 journeys a year. Yara Birkeland will initially operate as a manned vessel, moving to remote operation in 2019 and expected to be capable of performing fully autonomous operations from 2020. The new zero-emission vessel will be a game-changer for global maritime transport contributing to meet the UN sustai...
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Delft University of Technology is working to reinvent the Toilet by processes water on-site and upgrade urine and feces to energy at an omni-gasification plant.

Delft University of Technology is working to Reinvent the Toilet Upgrading human waste Since 2011 TU Delft has been a participant in the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We propose a community-based sanitation system that processes water on-site and upgrades urine and feces to energy at an omni-gasification plant. Human waste is dried, converted to syngas and fed into a fuel cell. The gasification process instantly destroys pathogens and ...
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Lygos is a Berkeley Lab Technologies startup that engineers microbes to convert sugars into high-value, industrial chemicals, targeting compounds where biological production is cost-advantaged over petrochemical production.

Lygos is providing biotechnology solutions for today’s renewable chemical challenges. Lygos engineers microbes to convert sugars into high-value, industrial chemicals, targeting compounds where biological production is cost-advantaged over petrochemical production. Lygos' technology goes beyond engineering microbes and includes fermentation and purification development. Our goal is to manufacture and sell chemicals. This work has been supported, in part, by over $6.5MM in grants from the U.S....
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University of Tokyo has developed new strain of rice that flowers within a certain period of time after being sprayed with commercial chemicals commonly used to protect rice from fungal, regardless of weather, temperature, and other conditions that currently affect cultivation.

A new strain of rice that flowers within a certain period of time after being sprayed with commercial chemicals commonly used to protect rice from fungal diseases is now available, say Japanese scientists. This new strain could one day allow rice farmers to dictate the timing of their harvest regardless of weather, temperature, and other conditions that currently affect cultivation. Temperature, day length, and other environmental cues determine when plants flower, making it difficult for far...
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Today’s Eco-Robots That Help Address Critical Environmental Issues

There is boundless potential for robotic technology to address environmental catastrophes. Recognizing this, Colin Angle, chairman, chief executive officer and founder of iRobot and Erika Angle, chief executive officer of Science From Scientists, have founded Robots in Service of the Environment (RSE). RSE is an independent non-profit organization, not affiliated with iRobot, that is focused on developing robots to solve environmental problems. Started with initial funding from the Anthropocene ...
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NASA design auto recycle water space shower developed by Swedish company Mehrdad Mahdjoubi

Swedish industrial designer Mehrdad Mahdjoubi took inspiration from Nasa to create a filtered sustainable-use shower.   The Space Foundation's international Space Certification program has added a new technology. ORBITAL SYSTEMS' "Shower of the Future" shares the same water purification technology that NASA uses in space. As one of many components in a larger closed loop system, ORBITAL SYSTEMS has modified and brought forward a new solution that makes the system commercially suitable...
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Stanford University has developed novel method to Label-Free Detection of Chemical Toxins in Tap Water by leveraging Fluorescent Carrier Ampholytes Assay.

New novel method for fluorescence-based indirect detection of analytes and demonstrate its use for label-free detection of chemical toxins in a hand-held device. Environmental monitoring efforts, and water quality assessment in particular, would benefit from widely available and inexpensive chemical assays and sensor technologies.1 Gas and liquid chromatography methods, and their coupling to mass spectrometry, currently are standard methods suggested by the United States Environmental Protect...
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‘Airo’ is a self water harvesting bottle from air and a solar charger for your smart phone

Austrian startup Fontus has developed a novel water bottle that harvest water from air. It's a vaporware that literally pull water vapor out of the air to fill itself. Harvesting water from the air via processes like condensation has been practiced in various ways for eons, of course. In recent years, we've seen a James Dyson award go to an Australian irrigation system that works on the same principle, as well as a lightweight bamboo tower that grabs its own water. But the ability to do so ba...
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Stanford engineers create a low-cost battery made with urea

Stanford University researchers created an aluminum-ion battery that uses an electrolyte material made of urea, the main component of urine (after water). A battery made with urea, commonly found in fertilizers and mammal urine, could provide a low-cost way of storing energy produced through solar power or other forms of renewable energy for consumption during off hours. A battery developed in Stanford Professor Hongjie Dai’s lab could provide low-cost storage for solar energy. (Image credit...
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‘TOTO’ has developed ‘intelligent toilet’ that uses an integrated UV light and special glaze to break down dirt and grime in the bowl, and rinses it clean.

'TOTO' has developed 'intelligent toilet' that uses an integrated UV light and special glaze to break down dirt and grime in the bowl, and rinses it clean. This intelligent toilet uses an integrated UV light and special glaze to break down dirt and grime in the bowl, and rinses it clean with ewater+.  And with other features like a heated seat, deodorizer and warm water sprays, Neorest 750H delivers an unparalleled sense of relaxation to you in the most comforting and refreshing ways possible...
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Dwarf trees that yield fruits and vegetables

Many different fruit trees grow well in containers, from familiar apples to exotic pomegranate (pictured). Dwarf fruit trees provide earlier yields in smaller spaces, and can even be grown in large containers. They bear fruit sooner than standard fruit trees, usually within two years. Dwarf fruit trees also look good, with a compact form that bears normal-sized fruit. They generally reach 2 – 2½m in height. Instead of planting a full size apple tree, you can plant 3-4 dwarf trees in the sa...
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Palazzo Italia building in Milan is a smog-eating machine

The spectacular Palazzo Italia building in Milan is a smog-eating machine. This unusual Palazzo Italia building is clad with biodynamic concrete panels. The Palazzo Italia actually consumes smog and takes pollution out of the air through its incredibly engineered biodynamic skin. The cladding of the white sinuous building is both highly innovative and sustainable. The 9,000-square-meter façade was realized with 900 biodynamic concrete panels developed by Italcementi. Its TX Active technolo...
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Leeds university researchers uncover origin of atmospheric particles

In a study led by the University of Leeds, scientists have solved one of the most long-standing challenges in atmospheric science: to understand how particles are formed in the atmosphere. Fundamental questions remain about the origin of newly formed atmospheric aerosol particles because data from laboratory measurements have been insufficient to build global models. In contrast, gas-phase chemistry models have been based on laboratory kinetics measurements for decades. Here we build a global...
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Penn State research to produce energy from water

Fossil fuels have ushered in the modern industrial age, but carbon-neutral methods of electricity production are needed for the future. Salinity gradient energy (SGE) is one approach that is based on using two solutions with large differences in salt concentration to produce electricity. These include naturally occurring water sources with different salinities, such as river water and seawater, and salt brines and seawater or river water, or treated used waters and seawater prior to discharge in...
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Microbial fuel cells (MFC) or Biological fuel cell

A microbial fuel cells (MFC) or biological fuel cell is a bio-electrochemical system that drives a current by using bacteria and mimicking bacterial interactions found in nature. MFCs can be grouped into two general categories: mediated and unmediated. Renewable and clean forms of energy are one of society's greatest needs.  At the same time, 2 billion people in the world lack adequate sanitation and the economic means to afford it.  In this research, we are working to address both of these hum...
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Innovative Micro-Turbine – Utilizing the power of flowing water, Blue Freedom produces portable energy to charge all your electric devices.

1.6 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity. Blue Freedom - the smallest and lightest hydropower plant in the world - enables people without access to a power grid the freedom to produce energy themselves. Complete with ultramarine rotor blades, the microturbine can be used by anyone with access to flowing water to produce and store electrical energy in an eco-friendly way that preserves biodiversity. Blue Freedom is world's smallest hydropower plant. It can be used by anyone wit...
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ARIDON® SMART WALL system

ARIDON® SMART WALL system is a series of interlocking rigid panels that enclose the building frame in a weatherproof, thermal shell. It combines global best practice “continuous insulation” technology with scientifically proven weatherproofing performance. The ARIDON® SMART WALL replaces multiple products, multiple layers and multiple trades with a single system. ARIDON® SMART WALL System = BUILDING WRAP + RIGID AIR BARRIER + CAVITY BATTENS + SUPERIOR INSULATION + INTERNAL MOISTURE MANAGEM...
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NASA Research Could Save Commercial Airlines Billions in New Era of Aviation

The nation’s airlines could realize more than $250 billion dollars in savings in the near future thanks to green-related technologies developed and refined by NASA’s aeronautics researchers during the past six years. These new technologies, developed under the purview of NASA’s Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) project, could cut airline fuel use in half, pollution by 75 percent and noise to nearly one-eighth of today’s levels. “If these technologies start finding their way into t...
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Veritable Autonomous Indoor Garden

  Veritable Autonomous Indoor Garden Lets You Grow Herbs And Small Veg All Year Round. Designed by a development team based in France the Véritable indoor garden features a water reservoir that is capable of feeding anything your growing for up to 3 weeks without any interaction from yourself. It also includes LED lighting, for growing slots and the quiet water irrigation system. Veritable Autonomous Indoor Garden allows you to grow your own food indoor. The Véritable indoor ga...
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Tesla Home Battery

Tesla Home Battery Powerwall is a home battery that charges using electricity generated from solar panels, or when utility rates are low, and powers your home in the evening. It also fortifies your home against power outages by providing a backup electricity supply. Automated, compact and simple to install, Powerwall offers independence from the utility grid and the security of an emergency backup. Tesla home batteries maximize the usefulness of your solar panels and offer a variety of backup ...
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Dow’s new solar power shingles for your house roof

Driven by Dow’s strong heritage of innovation in the building & construction industry, DOW introduced POWERHOUSE™ Solar System 2.0 (PH 2.0). Dow developed a higher energy density system that improves industry leading integrated aesthetics and delivers the same high quality you have come to expect in a Dow solution. PH 2.0 has been developed with the professional roofer in mind, featuring robust waterproofing integration with common roofing materials and fewer roof penetrations than panels...
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Biodegradable plastics

Biodegradable bags are bags that are capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms. There are two very different types of biodegradable plastic. they are as follows: Oxo-biodegradable plastic - made from polymers such as PE (polyethylene) PP (polypropylene) and PS (polystyrene) containing extra ingredients (NOT heavy metals) and tested according to ASTM D6954 or BS8472 or AFNOR Accord T51-808 to degrade and biodegrade in the open environment and Vegetable based plastic...
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Use water and salt to recharge your smartphone

JAQ: JAQ is an off-grid recharger that uses water and salt to recharge your smartphone. Electricity is self -generated when a fresh power card (which contains water and salt) is inserted into the JAQ recharger and provides 2400 mAh to enable a full smart phone recharge. The power card is slim (take along multiple cards for long tours), single use and provides instant, smart, clean portable recharging. It recharges most smartphones and all USB-compatible devices. MyFC is showcasing its...
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SOCCKET is a soccer ball that harnesses and stores energy

SOCCKET is a soccer ball that harnesses and stores energy from play for later use as portable power source in resource-poor areas. The sOccket is a soccer ball that captures the energy during game play to charge LEDs and small batteries. After playing with the ball, the child can return home and use the ball to connect a LED lamp to read, study, or illuminate the home. The sOccket is a soccer ball that captures the energy during game play to charge LEDs and small batteries. After playing with...
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Singapore’s ‘toilet to tap’ concept

Singapore is one of Asia’s most powerful economies, but it lacks a reliable water supply. Wastewater-reuse plants could change that by soon recycling enough sewage to meet 50 percent of the nation’s water needs. The concept of recycling wastewater certainly isn’t new, with long-running initiatives already well underway in Israel, Spain, Scandinavian countries and the US. But with NEWater, Singapore has quickly gained an international reputation for efficient recycling of wastewater. The initi...
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Innovative Solar Powered products

SolPower 9000 Patio Umbrella Now you can lounge under the cover of the SolPower 9-Feet Patio Umbrella with your cell phone, tablet, digital camera or other USB charging device-and never worry about battery life. Running low? No need to get up, just plug your device into one of the USB ports on the umbrella pole and get an instant charge. Features 2 built in USB ports and UV resistant fabric. Solar-Powered Beach Mat Powered by a five-watt solar panel and a built-in thermal fridge, the Bea...
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PowerFilm – Flexible solar power film that you can apply to any material to make it a solar powered unit.

PowerFilm Solar designs and manufactures unique thin-film, flexible solar panels and custom solar power solutions for a wide range of needs. Portable solar panels from PowerFilm offer best-in-class performance for applications such as camping and backpacking. These are reliable, compact, and lightweight solar panels that offer high performance solar power even in extreme environments. Custom solar modules are designed to meet the specific needs of customers who wish to add reliable solar p...
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SolarBriefcase – Portable solar power generator in a briefcase.

Portable solar power generator in a briefcase, designed and assembled by North Carolina-based company, LinorTek. One of the most portable solar generators on the market, it performs reliably in both everyday and emergency situations, and can be used at home, work, or outdoors. Using heavy-duty, high-quality, 18 amp/hour batteries that recharge via built-in solar panel. Your SolarBriefcase can also be topped off, or fully charged from a conventional AC outlet. Use it to charge your cell pho...
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Nanomechanical Water Purification

Seldon Laboratories LLC, of Windsor, Vermont, received their first NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award for a “Nanomechanical Water Purification Device.” In Phase I, Seldon designed a filtration system using its proprietary filters with low-energy and low-space requirements, using carbon nanotubes to reduce the power requirements of closed-loop water (and other liquid) treatment systems and to eliminate hazardous chemical treatments. Seldon patented a media for a lightweight, lo...
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Aquacell batteries just need ordinary water to start working

Aquacell batteries just need ordinary water to start working.  These batteries use copper-magnesium cells activated by water or a liquid. Another water-activated battery had been invented by Susumu Suzuki of Total System Conductor. Aluminium anodes are used on many water-activated batteries designed for use with salt water such as seawater. The HydroPak uses water-activated disposable fuel cartridges as an alternative to lead acid battery packs and portable generators. It uses water added ...
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