Boyan Slat, a 20-year-old Dutch national, believes he has invented a system that can help confront the growing crisis of plastic trash in the oceans. Slat’s idea suggests that, instead of deploying resources into the oceans to remove the trash, we simply use the ocean’s currents to clean them instead.
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If wood-derived, inexpensive microchips are our first step in widely adopting environmentally friendly electronic materials, we could be on the road to removing the burden of e-waste.
Linking 160 commercial and industrial buildings in New Delhi, India, the automated demand response system is expected to reduce peak power demand by an average 15 percent.
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An estimated 85 percent of teens and 20-somethings will ultimately work in careers that don’t exist today. That’s a pretty staggering statistic, and it begs the question: How are we preparing young people to become the problem-solvers and change-makers of tomorrow?
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Best Buy’s electronics take-back and recycling program is self-subsidizing but “barely profitable.” So, why does the electronics retail giant stay in the business of collecting and recycling e-waste?
Engineers are always supposed to be right. Historically, that has made sense, but software is different. It fails. We don’t know all of the infinite possibilities of getting things wrong. However, people still look at it as being a traditional engineering discipline, where failure is unacceptable. This is driving business and tech culture apart.
This Oakland, California-based organization is rolling up its sleeves with a few well-heeled partners and lots of Silicon-Valley know-how to improve low-wage jobs.
Around 15 million babies face the threat of hypothermia every year, and 3 million die during the first month of life, said Rahul Panicker, co-founder and president of Embrace Innovations. Panicker and his partner, Jane Chen, devised a solution that gives all the benefits of an incubator at a fraction of the price, and it’s helping women around the world save their newborns.
Sporting facilities are finding innovative approaches to harness deeper savings beyond traditional energy efficiency initiatives. The University of Colorado Buffaloes and the Minnesota Twins have implemented methods to capture waste-heat that can be used as a valuable resource to power other components of their heating and cooling systems.
GE’s new Digital Wind technology looks at the commercial wind farm from a whole new angle. But will its new brainstorm be able to sizably boost output? GE is betting on it.
Today, “vehicle connectivity” is more than a buzzword. Propelled forward by advancements in the amount of software a vehicle can process, the potential for connectivity has begun to capture the imagination of the largest automakers. In addition to making life more convenient, the connected car is also poised to make a larger positive impact. By communicating with the grid, interfacing with our homes and sending data to the cloud, our cars can help enable efficient energy use and address major mobility challenges.
Those looking to stem rapid growth in renewable energy deployments “are swimming against the tide,” the executive director of the American Solar Energy Society’s Sun Day Campaign says.
Solar maps may depict solar energy potential as well as existing and planned installations. Some maps contain historic information, allowing one to see solar advances over time. Sophisticated map tools allow users to test various solar configurations at a hypothetical installation site, determine cost savings/payback time periods, and even contact installers to “make it so.”