Can high-tech photosynthesis turn CO2 into fuel for your car?

1) The problem is crude oil dependence.

 

2)

Article title – Can high-tech photosynthesis turn CO2 into fuel for your car?

Website name – The Guardian

Website link – http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/may/22/solar-fuel-carbon-dioxide-co2-climate-change-photosynthesis

What the technology does – The technology is artificial photosynthesis where solar energy is used to split water and carbon dioxide into hydrogen, oxygen and carbon. A catalyst then recombines the molecules to create liquid fuels, such as methanol. Methanol is the simplest hydrocarbon that works in internal combustion engines.

How the technology addresses the problem – The technology greatly reduces our dependence on crude oil and make use of the growing amount of manmade carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to climate change

 

3) Stakeholders include: HyperSolar, University of Iowa, Solar Fuels Institute, the US Department of Energy, Sweden’s Uppsala University, Total France, Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science, and Caltech’s Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis

 

4) Three steps to deploying this technology include:

Step 1 – Develop public-private partnerships to perform research on the developing technology.

Step 2 – Determine viable options to fund and/or finance research.

Step 3 – Once a team and funding is in place, determine a timeline for a pilot product to be complete.

 

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Water purification system using nanotechnology

1) The problem is Water. Intense pressure is placed on the planet’s limited water supplies.

 

2)

Article title – The new water technologies that could save the planet

Website name – The Guardian

Website link – http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/new-water-technologies-save-planet

What the technology does – The technology is a water purification system using nanotechnology.

How the technology addresses the problem – According to the World Health Organisation, 1.6 million people die each year from diarrhoeal diseases attributable to lack of safe drinking water as well as basic sanitation. The technology removes microbes, bacteria and other matter from water using composite nanoparticles, which emit silver ions that destroy contaminants.

 

3) Stakeholders include: Utility companies, businesses, residents, World Health Organization, Scientists.

 

4) Three steps to deploying this technology include:

Step 1 –Determine labor and productivity costs.

Step 2 – Determine a market in desperate need of this technology.

Step 3 – Engage governmental officials to discuss an optimal deployment strategy.

Week 6 – Energy – Tesla Powerwall

1) The problem is Energy.  Photovoltaic cells only produce energy when the sun is shining.

 

2)

Article title – 6 ways the Tesla Powerwall is changing the energy landscape

Website name – The Inhabitant

Website link – http://inhabitat.com/6-ways-the-tesla-powerwall-is-changing-the-energy-landscape/Name of technology/brand – geothermal

What the technology does – stores solar energy

How the technology addresses the problem – A traditional drawback of solar energy is that it isn’t available around the clock, since it can only be generated during daylight hours and depends upon favorable weather conditions. The Powerwall battery changes that by enabling energy to be stored up when the sun is shining brightly and then consumed later, even when solar panels aren’t operating. This means users won’t need to rely on old-school electricity suppliers since they’ll be able to tap into their stored solar energy at any time.

 

3) Stakeholders include Tesla, solar manufacturer’s/installers, firefighters, and utility companies.

4) Three steps to deploying this technology include:

Step 1 – Determine market (residential vs. commercial)

Step 2 – Determine pricing/financing

Step 3 – Engage primary stakeholders (solar manufacturer’s/installers & utility companies)

Energy – World’s Tallest Passive House

1) The problem is Energy.  CO2 is generated by natural gas and contributes to global warming.

 

2)

Article title – World’s Tallest Passive House Breaks Ground on Roosevelt Island

Website name – The New York Times

Website link – http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/14/realestate/worlds-tallest-passive-house-breaks-ground-on-roosevelt-island.html?ref=topics&_r=0

Name of technology/brand – geothermal

What the technology does – Geothermal harnesses the heat retained in the earth to create energy.

How the technology addresses the problem – The technology will reduce the building’s reliance on natural gas.

 

3) Stakeholders that will need to use the technology include Cornell Tech facility managers and the installers/maintenance team from the geothermal company.

 

4) Three steps to deploying this technology include:

Step 1 – Determining a budget

Step 2 – Determining a timeline

Step 3 – Discuss options with vendors

Water – Aerofarms

1) The problem is Water and agricultural companies are huge consumers.

2) Article title – AeroFarms: Work starts to build world’s largest vertical urban farm in Newark

Website name – The Independent

Website link – http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/aerofarms-work-starts-to-build-worlds-largest-vertical-urban-farm-in-newark-10211245.html

Name of technology/brand – Aerofarms Vertical urban farms

What the technology does – AeroFarms builds, owns, and operates farms that grow locally flavorful, safe, healthy food in a sustainable and socially responsible way.  Aerofarms innovative vertical farming technology system uses 95% less water than growing in a field.

How the technology addresses the problem – The Aerofarms technology uses aeroponics and LEDs, utilizing a totally controlled growing environment without sun or soil and minimizing harmful transportation miles.

3) Stakeholders that will need to use the technology include Aerofarms harvesters, assemblers, and crop physiologists.

4) Three steps to deploying this technology include:

Step 1 – Determine a location where a vertical farm would make sense to build (densely populated urban areas).

Step 2 – Discuss community benefits and partnerships with the mayor of the city of the desired location.

Step 3 – Construct the vertical farm.

1) The problem is Water and agriculture is a huge consumer.

2) Article title – AeroFarms: Work starts to build world’s largest vertical urban farm in Newark

Website name – The Independent

Website link – http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/aerofarms-work-starts-to-build-worlds-largest-vertical-urban-farm-in-newark-10211245.html

Name of technology/brand – Aerofarms Vertical urban farms

What the technology does – AeroFarms builds, owns, and operates farms that grow locally flavorful, safe, healthy food in a sustainable and socially responsible way.  Aerofarms innovative vertical farming technology system uses 95% less water than growing in a field.

How the technology addresses the problem – The Aerofarms technology uses aeroponics and LEDs, utilizing a totally controlled growing environment without sun or soil and minimizing harmful transportation miles.

3) Stakeholders that will need to use the technology include Aerofarms harvesters, assemblers, and crop physiologists.

4) Three steps to deploying this technology include:

Step 1 – Determine a location where a vertical farm would make sense to build (densely populated urban areas).

Step 2 – Discuss community benefits and partnerships with the mayor of the city of the desired location.

Step 3 – Construct the vertical farm.

Water

1) The problem is Water and agriculture is a huge consumer.

2) Article title – AeroFarms: Work starts to build world’s largest vertical urban farm in Newark

Website name – The Independent

Website link – http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/aerofarms-work-starts-to-build-worlds-largest-vertical-urban-farm-in-newark-10211245.html

Name of technology/brand – Aerofarms Vertical urban farms

What the technology does – AeroFarms builds, owns, and operates farms that grow locally flavorful, safe, healthy food in a sustainable and socially responsible way.  Aerofarms innovative vertical farming technology system uses 95% less water than growing in a field.

How the technology addresses the problem – The Aerofarms technology uses aeroponics and LEDs, utilizing a totally controlled growing environment without sun or soil and minimizing harmful transportation miles.

3) Stakeholders that will need to use the technology include Aerofarms harvesters, assemblers, and crop physiologists.

4) Three steps to deploying this technology include:

Step 1 – Determine a location where a vertical farm would make sense to build (densely populated urban areas).

Step 2 – Discuss community benefits and partnerships with the mayor of the city of the desired location.

Step 3 – Construct the vertical farm.

1) The problem is Water and agriculture is a huge consumer.

2) Article title – AeroFarms: Work starts to build world’s largest vertical urban farm in Newark

Website name – The Independent

Website link – http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/aerofarms-work-starts-to-build-worlds-largest-vertical-urban-farm-in-newark-10211245.html

Name of technology/brand – Aerofarms Vertical urban farms

What the technology does – AeroFarms builds, owns, and operates farms that grow locally flavorful, safe, healthy food in a sustainable and socially responsible way.  Aerofarms innovative vertical farming technology system uses 95% less water than growing in a field.

How the technology addresses the problem – The Aerofarms technology uses aeroponics and LEDs, utilizing a totally controlled growing environment without sun or soil and minimizing harmful transportation miles.

3) Stakeholders that will need to use the technology include Aerofarms harvesters, assemblers, and crop physiologists.

4) Three steps to deploying this technology include:

Step 1 – Determine a location where a vertical farm would make sense to build (densely populated urban areas).

Step 2 – Discuss community benefits and partnerships with the mayor of the city of the desired location.

Step 3 – Construct the vertical farm.

RCBC Waste to Energy System in Milan, Tennessee

1) The problem is Waste. Landfills are filling up.

2)
Article title – Green Earth Energy Builds the RCBC Waste to Energy System in Milan, Tennessee to Provide 100% Zero Landfill Waste Management for Customers
Website name – PRWeb
Website link – http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/06/prweb12759872.htm
Name of technology/brand – Green Earth Energy has restructured their waste and recycling facility in Milan, Tennessee to support the RCBC Waste to Energy system.
What the technology does – With the RCBC Waste to Energy system, Green Earth Energy will be using an average of 85 – 100 tons of fuel a day from a variety of manufacturing and household waste to fuel the RCBC boiler resulting in 1.5 – 2.5 megawatts of electricity.
How the technology addresses the problem – The RCBC provides 100% ZERO landfill waste management.
Appropriate tags – #zerolandfill, #wastetoenergy, #Tennesseeyoulaterlandfillwaste

3) Stakeholders that will need to use the technology found include the Green Earth Energy’s waste and recycling facility management team / engineers and the RCBC installation team.

4) Three steps to deploying this technology include:
Step 1 – Define the need by determining the amount of waste created per day and forecast future demand. Deploying this technology requires the determination of how much technology to deploy.
Step 2 – Prepare a budget to determine how you will pay for deployment & ongoing operations. Deploying this technology requires the determination of how much this technology will cost, which then requires the approval of management.
Step 3 – Set up a meeting with the RCBC sales manager (or other Waste to Energy system manufacturer) to discuss installation options and functional requirements of implementing the RCBC Waste to Energy system. Be sure to include the facility management team / engineers.