These are amazing bulbs. We recently purchased the earlier version of Philips 60w bulbs for a discount at Home Depot and they really give off great light with low energy use. Philips’ Innovative New L Prize Winning 10W LED Bulb Will Launch for $50 on Earth Day | Inhabitat
I was in a presentation given by a senior OSRAM scientist and the room was stunned when he talked about where we are heading with LED lighting. It is definitely a must watch for growing developments: Does Siemens have world’s most efficient LED? | SmartPlanet.
The types of conferences are a must if you’re a startup. You get to see how others are thinking and the positive buzz is inspiring if you’re working on a startup. NY is a great place to be a startup and is becoming better with support from several areas: The best of NY Tech Day, a showcase of New York startups | Crave – CNET.
Is it a lifestyle that brings into balance CO2 emissions from people and industry to a net zero measure in relation to destructive impact, reduces destructive environmental pollution, provides economic savings while enhancing quality of life through efficiency, health and convenience? This may seem an impossible vision but converging development is making major inroads on trying to achieve this through combining:
- Living or working in a zero net energy house or building that generates energy that can be sold to the grid.
- A full cycle home water system that harvests rainwater and waste water then recycles and purifies it. Sending the water back into the building enabling use of only what is needed from the water grid and eliminating wasted water.
- Using hybrid energy sources to feed a new energy grid that eliminates the current grid’s 20% leakage rate.
- Moving people and materials with vehicles that use (own or share) highly efficient vehicles made of lower weight materials and several fuel supply options.
- Food sourcing from an efficient combination of home, local and distant locations where people.
- Huge Biomimetic ‘Supertrees’ Taking Root on Singapore’s Waterfront
- The Speedy Axalko Wooden Bicycle Is Handcrafted From Ash Wood in Spain
- Powered by cooking oil, Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner crosses Pacific
- The Morning Briefing: Big Data
- Report: Be Confident EVs Cuts Costs, Reduce Emissions
- IKEA Plugs in Rooftop Solar at 17th US Store
- Accor’s PLANET 21 program brings sustainability to all of its hotels
The Built Environment, whether it is commercial property or residential, is leveraging and testing several CleanTech designs to address building systems and building systems challenges. Clean Data Centers, office space and supporting technologies are starting to seriously integrate CleanTech to realize the core values of a generic tool set: provide leverage, makes tasks easier and more efficient. The pod idea above is pretty interesting and can save a lot in time and logistics for both employee and employer if done well (sleeping in a data center can be a little like sleeping in a space ship engine room). Commercial buildings using Zero Carbon IDeAs Design is a big step forward, Data Center Storage, electronics recycling projects, and other projects show that converging CleanTech solutions are becoming closer to mainstream utility.
- Zero Carbon IDeAs Z2 Design Facility Pops up in Renovated Silicon Valley Bank
- Tesla SolarCity, Quietly Selling Building Battery Projects
- Holographic Storage May Add New Dimension to Big Data
- Facebook, eBay, Win Awards for Data Center Efficiency
- Cool Like Facebook: Where Does Free Cooling Make Sense?
- Investors Back The Google Street View for Energy
- Nomad Solar Makes Off Grid Lighting Easy
- To Envision Sustainable Business We Must Reimagine our Economy
- Electronics Recycling Jumps 53%
- Clean Water, Clean Cook Stoves Coming to 2.2 Million People in Rawanda
- ‘Born Out of Necessity’ at MOMA Seeks Solutions for Pressing Problem Through Innovative Design
Transportation: Where are we now? The Green Living show reveals that electric and hybrid cars are making major inroads to having current solutions that are beginning to change how we view our next car purchase. While initial CleanTech vehicle purchases may have largely been motivated by climate drivers, we are approaching the tipping-point in the foreseeable future where the economic incentive will match or surpass gas in refueling cost, convenience, and environmental impact. Hybrid and electric vehicles are making appearances front and center in the broader markets like NASCAR and the Olympics -
- Electric Vehicles Cleaner than Gasoline. Anywhere
- The Cars of the Green Living Show
- Carlos Ghosn on the Future of Electric Cars
- UPS Expands London Olympics Fleet to Include Biomethane Vehicles
- Ford Focus Electric Becomes the First All-Electric NASCAR Pace Car
Resources: There is significant room for innovation in using CleanTech hybrids to help irrigate and manage agricultural land in desert environments. The convergence of low tech (solar thermal, weight displacement pumps, aqueducts, cistern design, ancient ingenuity on water harvesting…) and high tech (photo-voltaic, distillation advancement, metering, environment control software…) offers the potential for very powerful near-term solutions to fresh water drinking and irrigation needs.
- Solar Power Bears Desert Fruit
- Ask The Experts: Whats the Greatest Resource Scarcity We Now Face?
- Wind Turbine Makes 1,000 Liters of Clean Water a Day in the Desert
- MIT Researchers: Cleaner Air with Gold and Copper
- Freestanding Garden Tower Provides Green Space for 50 Plants to Flourish
- The Morning Briefing: The Biofuels Boom
Built Environment: Remember the history of prefab (Sears catalog house), modular or tract (Levittown) housing design? These designs had significant benefits (affordability, building ease, meeting large market demand…) but also limitations (ascetics, scale-ability, perception…) that with current architectural and engineering efforts we can now look beyond. In our High Tech age of plug and play scale-able design, we now view a system integration, modular, scale-able to right fit at any-stage design approach as the right approach with technology. This is provided that the newer components are of the highest quality, efficiency and design. Bringing this methodology to housing or commercial building could very much change the way we view shelter for the long term.
Significant integration of CleanTech systems and design with buildings at Universities such as Tokyo Institute of Technology and PassivHaus structures illustrates how the future is now in sustainable design.
- Talk with Tracen Gardner of Reclaimed Space About Prefab Building and Salvaging Materials.
- Tokyo Institute of Technology Unveils New Facade Decked out in 4,500 Solar Panels!
- Urban Multifamily PassivHaus in Malmö is Cool and Modern
- Posty Cards Shows LEED is for Small Business Too
Research: Over the past few weeks we have been tracking several products that offer the hope of significant benefits to users. We currently began testing the use of Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting (a type of Solid State Lighting) in relation to Compact Fluorescent (CFL) and Incandescent (ICL) in our home and office. Eartheasy.com provides a helpful basic analysis that can be found here. On a more technical note, I’d recently organized a forum where a panelist raised the following key benefits of LED lighting:
- Uses significantly less energy
- The illuminating material can be molded to take any shape (flat thin sheet like paper, ball..)
- Development followsMoore’s law (I may be wrong on the specifics here) – each increment of time that it takes to double the efficiency of the LED light will half and the price will halve as well.
- It will fundamentally change the lighting infrastructure
- Its radiant heat is significantly lower
- LED lights can produce full spectrum light reducing eye and concentration fatigue from working in smaller light spectrum environments
Forum: Our focus is to research, test and integrate ready and developing Clean Technologies. The goal is to identify solutions that can help the individual or business integrate CleanTech solutions into their environment and gain both climate impact reduction and economic benefit (cost reduction, time savings, and efficiency). We welcome constructive discussion that promotes measurable benefits to our reader base. As part of the CleanTech community we support and study the analysis of other community members to help move the local and global community forward.
- Ingersoll-Rand’s Secrets to Green Product Development. My father provided legal counsel for Ingersoll-Rand in the 70′s which lead me to watch their tools and equipment with an eye of fascination and appreciation. IR makes the equipment for those who build our nations infrastructure (the backbone to our backbone) and you usually see one of their product as you drive past a highway construction site. Their view that sustainability provides competitive advantage drives the need for developing real solutions. It is another case indicating that CleanTech may be the innovative vehicle that pulls our nation and economy out of the morass. Practically the entire national infrastructure needs to be retrofitted, upgraded or advanced (roads, bridges, power grid, internet backbone, buildings, housing….) to remain competitive.
- Can Green Buildings Boost your Financial Performance? Businesses are discovering many sound business reasons in Clean Design. This story addresses a more substantial value add from a business perspective beyond the immediate short term public interest. Industry will need to pay close attention to CleanTech as competitive leads advance very quickly by those who have been working with the solutions the longest while others held a closed mind.
- Areva Announces Plans to Build Largest Solar Installation in Asia. Introduction of large scale projects like this is rising.
- United States Pulls Ahead of China in Clean Energy Race. This is important considering how the US has lagged. The US, being one of the largest energy consumers, stands to benefit greatly in economic, national security, political and environmental terms from effeciencies in low energy supplies. Much of the great US expansion phase in the last 30 years was facilitated by cheap oil. Without access to low cost energy for industry, business growth grinds to a halt.
- Mini-Camper Designed for Bicycles. This is a fun idea for the serious outdoor bicycle enthusiast. If it is robust enough for long treks it could be a wonderful way to see the country. Several people have built bike campers but this design makes it available to all.
- Thinbike: for the Space Conscious Commuter
- An Experimental Electrified Mercedes. Pushing the limits of electric vehicle engines is a must for electric cars to get any real traction in the broader market. Too many people need real power in their vehicles for their work (construction, cargo, transportation, police and fire). Studying the development areas in military research is revealing a great deal of pragmatic CleanTech solutions by those whose lives presently depend on trusted solutions. If it doesn’t seem possible that electric engines can deliver the power, consider that many nuclear submarines use electric engines for propulsion.
- Ford, Dow Chemical Partner on Carbon Fiber Composites, Hopes to Shed 750 Pounds
- Will 3 Hour Home Charging Make a Difference for Electric Cars? While it is certainly a step in the right direction. Even to most patient person has times where they are late for work, out of gas and wishing the gas pump didn’t take 10 minutes or so to stop fill the tank and pay. When solutions (likely hybrid such as fast charge with battery swap and recharge strips in the highway see here) converge more closely, broader market demand will escalate.