According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, power generation is one of the leading causes of air pollution; based on research collected in 2010, U.S.-based power plants are the single largest factor contributing to global warming
2) Technology – Fusion Energy
The nuclear-fusion-energy power plant, which is being developed by the Canadian Company, General Fusion is intended to be the first commercially viable nuclear-fusion-energy power plant.
It produces zero greenhouse gas emissions
It has no radioactive waste disposal problems,
It emits only helium as exhaust; and has a zero possibility of a meltdown scenario.
Requires less land than other renewable energy sources
According to General Fusion, there is enough fusion fuel to power the planet for hundreds of millions of years.
Energy Conservation. Around 30% of a building’s energy is from the HVAC equipment. 10-30% of this is wasted due to system inefficiences.
Fault Detection & Diagnostics (FDD) uses standard “rules” to determine when these pieces of equipment are operating at deficiencies and alerts stakeholders to correct. Building Automation Systems are already in place (in most locations) and monitor the system parameters required for these rules to take place. What’s needed is to trend the data and run through data analytics to determine where the deficiencies exist.
Building Owners – Required buy in to fund the FDD process
Building Automation Companies – Work hand-in-hand with Building Owners to ensure the equipment is operating efficiently.
Utility Companies – Partially fund energy service projects, including FDD.
Government – Ensure Utility Companies are funding energy service projects.
Setup pilot projects demonstrating energy savings potential for FDD. From these pilot projects, calculate an expected energy savings utility companies can use to base rebates off. With buy-in from utility companies, building owners will trust the process and purchase FDD solutions from their Building Automation Company.
Article: “Re-circulating Aquaculture Systems (RAS)”
Comment: So good! Great solution for farmers wanting to grow fish and not grow food. There’s also a solution, aquaponics, which uses the “wastewater” directly to grow crops without going through an intermediary step of being filtered and extracted. Anything to get the word out on sustainable methods of fishing!
Sustainability Problem: The energy mix is a significant problem that needs a quick resolution. The negative effects of greenhouse gas emissions from the combustion of fossil fuel have been scorned for the past decade. Many experts agree that the complete shift to renewable energy needs to be completed soon.
HySiLabs has developed a technology that maintains the advantages of a liquid fuel, without generating emissions. It consists of a hydrogen-based liquid fuel system that releases hydrogen on-demand and consumes it directly for a wide range of applications. Due to its stable liquid and non-explosive nature, the HySiLabs fuel is easily transported and stored at standard conditions while employing well-known liquid-handling logistics and already-existing infrastructure. H2 fuel is a better liquid fuel alternative by adding the following aspects:
Zero emissions: the only non-emissions-generating liquid hydrogen source that requires no energy input to produce hydrogen.
Safety: avoiding the need to store explosive gas by producing it on demand and as needed
Transportable: similar to the liquid transportation and storing logistic
Easy to use: liquids can be stored at room temperature and atmospheric pressure
Solar Impulse is the first solar-powered airplane that can fly day and night, powered entirely by the sun.
Thousands of solar cells power its four electric motors with clean renewable energy.
Solar energy is stored in batteries during the day and power the airplane at night. Ten hours of continuous bright sunlight is needed per day in order to charge the batteries and power the plane through the night.
Airplanes use conventional fuels and emit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, thus contributing to global warming. Most airplanes today fly using conventional fuels.
Small Airline companies
Air Force Engineers and Pilots
Test flights were done in order to see the potential of the solar-powered experimental aircraft in flying both days and nights. Solar Impulse is a one-pilot plane and started with day flights before its first night flight in 2010. Inter-continental flights followed in 2012. Solar Impulse made its first cross-country flight in 2013. It started from NASA Ames Research Center in California, and made stops in five states before finally landing at New York’s JFK Airport. The flights took a total of 105 hours and 41 minutes.
On June 20, 2016, the longest day of the year, Solar Impulse 2, a slightly bigger plane with 5,000 more solar panels than SI, make its trans-Atlantic flight to Europe. The flight from New York to Madrid is a continuous ninety-hour trip.
As of now, Solar Impulse is a one-pilot plane which has proved to fly with clean energy for very long hours. More experiments and further research should be done in order to improve this very exciting technology on a larger scale: as a two-pilot plane, an Air Force plane, a cargo plane, or as a small passenger-carrier plane. It will take many years for it to be on a commercial scale so accelerated research is needed to be done in order to reduce carbon emissions from aircraft.
CETO, named after a Greek goddess, is a wave energy technology project in Western Australia that produces clean power for the grid on land as well as desalinate ocean water.
The CETO 5 project is composed of three submerged 240KW buoys system that is tethered on the seabed with hydraulic pumps. The system bobs up and down with waves, pushing pressurized water through power turbines while feeding a desalination plant at the same time.
CETO helps produce clean energy thus reduces greenhouse gas emissions that would otherwise be produced if conventional sources are used for the grid.
Freshwater is produced at the same time so coastal regions with less source of freshwater benefit from this technology.
Carnegie Wave Limited, the inventor, developer and owner of the patented CETO wave technology
HMAS Stirling, the naval base that buys clean power and freshwater from CETO
Researchers on wave technologies who may use this technology as a model for further R & D
Investors on clean energy and water desalination projects
Carnegie used a combination of rapid prototyping, computational simulation, wave tank testing and, in-ocean testing in developing CETO.
Two sites: a “nursery site” at its at its research facility, and an open ocean site at its Perth Wave Energy Project site for CETO 5. The latter has been in operation for 14,000 hours and have supplied both clean power and freshwater to Australia’s largest naval base, HMAS Stirling Naval Base.
After ten years of continuous development, millions of dollars, and tens of thousands of in-ocean operational hours of testing is now nearing the end of its commercialization phase with the development and delivery of its CETO 6 product generation.
Further testing sites should be be developed where this technology can be implemented not only in Australia but also in other parts of the globe.