Xanthella are focused on the design and production of small scale, modular PBRs and associated plant. There is a global, and potentially mass market for small PBRs that can be used by individuals, communities and SMEs.
Alois Clemens's insight:
Small-scale algea production. This is a technique I see with a great future for inclusive technological innovation. I know a network is being formed in Latin America and would like to know about more initiatives. Who can help me?
While the debate rages in Washington over the fiscal cliff, a greater threat lies ahead. You could call it the climate cliff, the point of no return where our use of fossil fuels triggers catastrophic climate change.
Alois Clemens's insight:
System change. Investments in fossil fuel not only morally unjustifiable but is starting to also become economically / financially very risky in the not so long term. This is an important step in the transition we are living in.
A breakthrough in microalgae oil production has been made by researchers at Solazyme. The new technology accelerates the ability of microalgae to produce a variety of different types of renewable oils in the same location; for use in fuels, food, personal-care products, or in the chemical industry. The improvements are possible simply as a result of utilizing standard industrial fermentation (as opposed to open ponds) in combination with Solazyme’s new patented microalgae strains.
Von wegen Stromknappheit: Nach Angaben des Statistischen Bundesamts hat die Bundesrepublik 2012 so viel Elektrizität exportiert wie seit vier Jahren nicht - obwohl im Zuge des Atomausstiegs acht AKW abgeschaltet worden sind.
It’s stiffer than Kevlar, thinner than paper, and in a few years, it may be mass-produced using only sunlight and water. Scientists in the US this week announced a new, and potentially groundbreaking method for producing nanocellulose — a so-called "wonder material" derived from tree fiber that could be used to create ultra-thin displays, lightweight body armor, and a wide range of other products. Their key ingredient? Algae.
Nissan’s Aguascalientes plant in Mexico has become a leading user of renewable energy.
The manufacturing plant recently integrated wind power into its energy mix, meaning it now generates 50 per cent of its total energy needs through renewable sources.
As a result, the Nissan March, Versa, Sentra and the soon-to-be-released Nissan Note are all produced in Aguascalientes in a cleaner, more sustainable way.
Since the beginning of the year, 45 per cent of the plant’s energy for manufacturing comes from a wind farm in Oaxaca, which is operated by Nissan’s strategic partner ENEL.
This is not the first time Nissan Mexicana has invested in renewable energy. In January 2012, Aguascalientes set a new industry standard by becoming the world’s first automotive plant to use electric energy generated through biogas.
This innovative method uses waste from the town’s landfill site as fuel to generate energy for the plant.
(Phys.org) —A 15-unit apartment building has been constructed in the German city of Hamburg that has 129 algae filled louvered tanks hanging over the exterior of the south-east and south-west sides of the building—making it the first in the world...
Impact investments or investments with a social cause, though trying to make a headway in India, still has a long way to go before they can compete with the established PE and VC industry, believe experts.
Such investments are basically categorised under non-profit or very little profit garnering investments. Some say that social impact and profit are inversely proportional in any impact investment.
The main points of difference between VCs and impact investments is the size. In case of impact investments, the fund could be anywhere between $10,000 and $500,000. Another difference between traditional venture capitalists and an impact investor is that while the former has a pre-set agenda to exit in 5-7 years, the former has no specific exit horizon.
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