Biofuels, bioplastics, Moss-based drugs and algae for food

Posted on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 by

All of these are pioneering areas of GreenTech progress this year.  So what are the major developments in this forward-thinking field? 1. 100% Biodegradable Potato Plastics The Italian company Bio-On from Bologna is specialized in the production of environmentally sustainable materials, including Minverv PHAs. These are ‘green’ biopolymers with the same thermo-mechanical properties of the […]

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Mitigating climate change through coastal ecosystem management

Posted on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 by

Blue carbon is the carbon captured by the world’s oceans and coastal ecosystems. The carbon captured by living organisms in oceans is stored in the form of biomass and sediments from mangroves, salt marshes, seagrasses and potentially algae. The International Blue Carbon Initiative is a coordinated, global program focused on mitigating climate […]

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Will Buildings of the Future Be Cloaked In Algae?

Posted on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 by

Built by a London architecture firm, a new gazebo has a living “skin” that produces oxygen and absorbs considerable amounts of carbon dioxide. In the future, green buildings may actually be green. A gazebo, unveiled this month at the Expo 2015 world’s fair in Milan, demonstrates how algae-filled plastic could serve as a living “skin” for […]

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Living Microalgae Lamp Absorbs CO2 from the Air

Posted on Thursday, May 21st, 2015 by

French biochemist Pierre Calleja has invented an innovative algae lamp, and it’s claimed to absorb 200-times more CO2 than trees, at the rate of 1-ton annually, or what a tree absorbs over its entire lifetime. Pierre has basically developed a lighting system that requires no electricity for power. Instead, it draws carbon dioxide from […]

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Urban Algae Canopy

Posted on Friday, May 15th, 2015 by

Micro-algae are real and photosynthetic machines that are up to ten times more efficient than large trees and grass. They absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. With the aid of these micro-algae, it is possible to counter the risk of global warming. The prototypes by Algaetecture presented at the Salone del Mobile in […]

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Urban Algae Farm Gobbles Up Highway Air Pollution

Posted on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 by

 A French and Dutch design firm has come up with an elegantly simple way to harness the wonderful power of nature in order to clean up the environment: an algae farm suspended over a small stretch of highway in Geneva, Switzerland. Algae are a diverse group of organisms that, like plants, generate energy from photosynthesis using sunlight and carbon […]

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Bio-digital, interactive Urban Algae Canopy produces a small forest’s worth of oxygen

Posted on Friday, June 13th, 2014 by

London-based ecoLogic Studio has experimented with the possibilities of algae before, entwining with dynamically changing inputs derived from real-time data. Their latest development is this fascinating Urban Algae Canopy Modulewhich features bio-digitally activated, micro-algal cultivation that is responsive to various environmental factors like weather changes, light patterns and the movements […]

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Streetlamps Go Green

Posted on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 by

A group of researchers at FermentAlg, led by Pierre Calleja, have invented a street lamp that is powered by algae. Yes, algae; those tiny microorganisms responsible for that green sludge you might find on your pond. This streetlamp exploits the process of photosynthesis that these algae carry out. Photosynthesis […]

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Algae converted to crude oil in less than an hour

Posted on Friday, December 20th, 2013 by

The day when planes, trucks and cars are commonly revved up on pond scum may be on the near horizon thanks to a technological advance that continuously turns a stream of concentrated algae into bio-crude oil. From green goo to crude takes less than an hour. The goo contains about 10 percent to 20 percent […]

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Tweetable, Interactive Algae Farm is Energy-Generating “Cyber-Garden”

Posted on Thursday, February 28th, 2013 by

This “new gardening prototype” doesn’t have plants; rather, it features a “physical garden” with over 300 “photobioreactor” clear plastic bags hung in a wave-like pattern from the ceiling, all containing several different species of algae — which generate oxygen, biomass and energy. read more original article Treehugger

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