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Systemic innovation & sustainable development. Issues for learning on the road from incremental to systemic change in support of the next generations
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The debt to pleasure

The debt to pleasure | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Authoritative weekly newspaper focusing on international politics and business news and opinion.
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Theory is improving but we still need policies to follow suit

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Small Scale Production of Algae Biofuel

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.
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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?

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Fossil Fuel Divestment Is A Timely Issue For Investors - Forbes

Fossil Fuel Divestment Is A Timely Issue For Investors - Forbes | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
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.
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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.

 

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Breakthrough In Microalgae Oil Production, Accelerated Ability To Produce Variety Of Different Oils

Breakthrough In Microalgae Oil Production, Accelerated Ability To Produce Variety Of Different Oils | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it

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.


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Improving option for inclusive technological innovation

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Marian Locksley's curator insight, April 11, 2013 12:58 PM

New technology enables microalgae to produce oil, like these droplets, faster and in greater quantity.”


Image Credit: Los Alamos National Laboratory


Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2013/04/10/breakthrough-in-microalgae-oil-production-accelerated-ability-to-produce-a-variety-of-different-oils/#1ojuPgsf78f2ISIT.99

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Renewable energy: Ireland back in the green

Renewable energy: Ireland back in the green | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
After two years of radical austerity the Irish economy is going through an upswing, thanks to new revenue the state is collecting from renewable energy and from taxing fossil fuels and rubbish.
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Example of benefits of taxing fossil fuels and stimulating renewables

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Trotz Atomausstiegs: Deutscher Strom wird zum Exportschlager - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Trotz Atomausstiegs: Deutscher Strom wird zum Exportschlager - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
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.
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Can we grow a stronger-than-steel 'wonder material' to save the world?

Can we grow a stronger-than-steel 'wonder material' to save the world? | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it

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.


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Innovation Excellence | Company Secrets for Disruptive Innovation

Innovation Excellence | Company Secrets for Disruptive Innovation | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
What are the secrets of companies that manage to bring disruptive innovation to market?
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The ‘unstoppable’ renewable grid | SmartPlanet

The ‘unstoppable’ renewable grid | SmartPlanet | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
U.S. natural gas prices are rising, while wind and solar are growing rapidly. The global transition to mostly renewable grid power may now be unstoppa
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4 TOP Leaders in Europe for their Innovation performance

4 TOP Leaders in Europe for their Innovation performance | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
This post is based on an European memo provided on March 26, 2013 about Innovation Union Scoreboard. It provides an overview of the research and innovation performance of EU Member States and assoc...
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Latin America’s Largest PV Projects : Greentech Media

Latin America’s Largest PV Projects : Greentech Media | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
…that might actually see the light of day.
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Southern Voices in the Post-2015 Debate | Center For Global Development

Southern Voices in the Post-2015 Debate | Center For Global Development | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
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The need for a shared vision; South and North

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'Carbon bubble' threatens climate negotiations - environment - 23 April 2013 - New Scientist

'Carbon bubble' threatens climate negotiations - environment - 23 April 2013 - New Scientist | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
If a binding global agreement were made to stop dangerous climate change, the value of major oil and gas companies could be slashed by up to 60 per cent
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Talking about system change and lock-in effects...

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Nissan, Mexican plant develop wind-wind plan

Nissan, Mexican plant develop wind-wind plan | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it

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.

 


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First algae powered building goes up in Hamburg

First algae powered building goes up in Hamburg | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
(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...

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The fuel of the future

The fuel of the future | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
WHICH source of renewable energy is most important to the European Union? Solar power, perhaps? (Europe has three-quarters of the world’s total installed capacity...
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Opportunities and (serious) pitfals for wood consumption for energy

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IMF Survey : IMF Sees Big Gains from Energy Subsidies Reform

IMF Survey : IMF Sees Big Gains from Energy Subsidies Reform | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Subsidies are intended to protect consumers by keeping prices low. But many argue subsidies are inefficient and could be replaced with better means of protecting consumers in need.
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EU is still fighting what they call "unfair competition" from renewables. Fortunately IMF did take the next step.

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Duitsland: Geen elektriciteitstekort, maar overschot

Duitsland: Geen elektriciteitstekort, maar overschot | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
“In 2012 heeft Duitsland opnieuw meer stroom geëxporteerd dan geïmporteerd”, bericht Spiegel Online: er werd voor 43,8 TWh (terakilowatt per uur) aan elektriciteit geïmporteerd en […]
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Het sluiten van 8 kerncentrales is blijkbaar in het geheel geen probleem in Duitsland

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Hydrogen fuel breakthrough could revolutionize the alternative energy market

Hydrogen fuel breakthrough could revolutionize the alternative energy market | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered a way to extract large quantities of hydrogen from any plant, a breakthrough that has the potential to bring a low-cost, environmentally friendly ...
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What is Innovation? (It’s Not Creativity) | 15inno

What is Innovation? (It’s Not Creativity) | 15inno | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
This older post is a response to the many comments on my recent post: Don't Confuse Creativity with Innovation Innovation. Just the word or term itself is
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India has a long way to go in impact investments

India has a long way to go  in impact investments | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it

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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Universal Energy Access: Moving from a technological fix to poverty reduction

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Beyond CSR: Integrated external engagement - McKinsey Quarterly - Strategy - Strategic Thinking

Beyond CSR: Integrated external engagement - McKinsey Quarterly - Strategy - Strategic Thinking | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Companies must incorporate interaction with stakeholders into decision making at every level of the organization. A McKinsey Quarterly Strategy article.
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What's the link between "Integrated external engagement" and "Inclusive Technological Innovation"?

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