Archive for the Innovation Category
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New Wave in Oil Cleanup Technology Spurred by Competition
When the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in 2010, we all watched in horror as oil gushed unchecked into the Gulf of Mexico. Cleanup crews flocked to the scene, but their ability to respond to the spill was limited: they were stuck using the same technology deployed during the Exxon Valdez disaster, 21 years earlier. Those outdated, inefficient booms and skimmers managed to pick up just 3 percent of the nearly 5 billion barrels of oil spilled in the Gulf. Philanthropist Wendy Schmidt, head of the Schmidt Family Foundation and an NRDC board member, knew America could do better. In June 2010 she sponsored the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X Challenge, promising $1.4 million in prize money for teams that could efficiently recover more than 2,500 gallons of oil per minute in a field test – doubling the industry standard. This relatively modest prod apparently inspired the oil industry to do... Continue Reading
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‘Poop’ Power
Maryland is seeking proposals for the purchase of electricity generated from animal waste like poultry litter and livestock manure, the governor’s office announced on Thursday. Eligible energy suppliers must have a capacity of up to 10 megawatts, connect directly to the grid and be able to begin providing power to the state by Dec. 31, 2015. While the idea of poo-derived power may sound unconventional, Maryland isn’t the only state that’s giving it a second look. Through a pilot case study conducted by its Cow Power program, the state of Vermont produced 12 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year by... Continue Reading
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CooKit solar panel cooker
Panel solar cookers are the first solar cookers that are truly affordable to the world’s neediest. In 1994, a volunteer group of engineers and solar cooks associated with Solar Cookers International developed and produced the CooKit, based on a design by French scientist Roger Bernard. Elegant and deceptively simple looking, it is an affordable, effective and convenient solar cooker. With a few hours of sunshine, the CooKitmakes tasty meals for 5-6 people at gentle temperatures, cooking food and preserving nutrients without burning or drying out. Larger families use two or more cookers. The CooKit is made of cardboard and foil... Continue Reading
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Good News Reuse – Reusable Pizza Box
Good News Reuse™ has created the first ever reusable pizza box made from sustainable materials. We call it the Pi Pan. Our goal is to replace the 3 billion cardboard pizza boxes used each year with the Pi Pan. It’s a lofty goal so we need to get started now. FAQs: What is the Pi Pan made of? The Pi Pan is made of thin commercial food grade stainless steel, as thin as a reusable water bottle. It is BPA-free and does not contain other unhealthy chemicals. How long does a Pi Pan last? Stainless steel lasts forever but we... Continue Reading
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Community + Loo = CLOO
CLOO’ from Hillary Young on Vimeo. Community + Loo = CLOO Here’s a riddle: How many public bathrooms are there in your city? Answer: As many as you want. For the cost of a latte, CLOO’ turns residential bathrooms into bathrooms that you, your friends or friends of friends can use, making city living easier. Find out more CLOO-App.com To sign-up follow twitter.com/?CLOOApp. For inquiries send us a message at CLOOapp@gmail.com If you’re an investor or developer don’t hesitate to get in touch. Creators: Hillary Young & Deanna McDonald HillandD.com Music by Joe Arroyo, “Rebelión”... Permalink
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