Is it possible to enjoy your fast food favourites without compromising on environment? How might energy be stored in cold air? And, which city plans to reach carbon neutrality by 2035?
This, and more, in the week’s ten biggest climate innovation stories.
The companies storing energy in cold air
Renewable sources of energy are getting more efficient by the day—yet energy storage remains an obstacle standing in the way of wide adoption. To fill this gap, some companies are thinking outside the box and investing in developing energy storage that relies on cold air.
— CleanAcres (@CleanAcresCTC) March 16, 2018
Superfast charging heats up in Poland—GreenWay lands locations for stations
GreenWay has announced it’s signed an agreement with the Gdańsk Transport Company S.A. to place ultra-fast electric vehicle charging stations (up to 350 kW) at multiple locations along the A1 highway in Poland.
— CleanTechnica (@cleantechnica) March 18, 2018
Helsinki unveils plan to reach carbon neutrality by 2035
Finland’s capital city has unveiled a new plan to reach carbon neutrality by 2035, accelerating the goal by 15 years. The plan, called Carbon Neutral Helsinki 2035, outlines 143 specific actions that will result in reduced energy consumption and a greater share of renewable energy sources.
— Stadin ilmasto (@stadinilmasto) March 21, 2018
Vattenfall awarded two subsidy-free 350 megawatt offshore wind farms in Netherlands
Swedish power company Vattenfall has been awarded the contract to build two 350 megawatt offshore wind farms in the Netherlands which, upon completion in 2022, will be the first offshore wind farms to be built without subsidies.
— Marcus Mueller (@marcusmuellerde) March 21, 2018
SOM’s net-zero Paris skyscraper will be one of the most sustainable buildings in Europe
Prolific firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) just unveiled plans for Charenton-Bercy, a net-zero Paris skyscraper that’s designed to be one of the most sustainable buildings in Europe. The 180-meter tower would include multiple green features, including rainwater harvesting, greywater recycling, green roofs, and waste-to-energy conversion systems. As part of its “garden in the sky” design, the project would also feature a band of vegetation running the length of the tower’s facade, leading into a tree-filled plaza at the tower’s base.
— Architectural Digest (@ArchDigest) March 20, 2018
Plastic eating microbes to the rescue: Evolution may be finding a solution to the problem of plastic waste
Scientists have reported the most recent advances in study of a microbe that eats polyethylene terephthalate (PET): They have succeeded to describe the 3-D structure of the enzymes used by the microbe, which can help in understanding how the enzyme approaches “docking” to the large PET molecules in a manner that allows them to break down the material.
“ Microplastics are found in 93% of bottled water” – Plastic eating microbes to the rescue: evolution may be finding a solution to the problem of plastic waste https://t.co/SH2h5q8TKq pic.twitter.com/FVaC30osf3
— Michel Visser (@vissermichel) March 21, 2018
Vincent Callebaut’s Arboricole tower brings vertical agriculture to the city
Vincent Callebaut Architectures, known for green projects that combine smart building with advanced renewable energy solutions, has officially unveiled Arboricole—a new “biophilic” building that brings agriculture to the urban landscape. Residents of the building can grow food on their own terraces thanks to permaculture, with the building’s curved, sinuous design acting to reduce turbulence and maximise comfort in these elevated gardens.
Arboricole by Vincent Callebaut Architectures in Angers https://t.co/AnmeF8FKQl
— VINCENT CALLEBAUT (@VCALLEBAUT) March 22, 2018
Space10 is taking on fast food with bug-based burgers and meatballs
Space10 is re-inventing our favorite fast food dishes in a delicious and sustainable way. Thanks to Space10’s Bug Burger, not-Dog, Microgreen Ice Cream and Neatball, you’ll be able to enjoy your fast food favorites while also considering the environment.
Microbes, drones, and AI may be keys to farms of the future
The United Nations predicts the world’s population will increase to nearly 10 million souls by the middle of this century. If so, the farming community will need to grow 70 per cent more food than it does today. Researchers are attempting to find solutions which include molecular biology, bio-geochemistry, environmental sensing technologies, and machine learning; that combination has the potential to revolutionise agriculture.
— CleanTechnica (@cleantechnica) March 16, 2018
Energy execs: ‘The market for demand-response is only going to grow’
Demand-response services are still fairly new in the electricity market, but their importance is only expected to grow as power grids come under increasing strain from intermittent renewable energy sources. Andreas Flamm and Frauke Thies explain the “fundamental shift” that needs to happen in the policy landscape.
And if the customer wants to use their electricity supplier for flexibility services, they should be able to do so. https://t.co/mJq1bxz1S2
— EURACTIV UK (@EURACTIVUK) March 15, 2018