Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Algal bloom? Not a problem.

While others are complaining about algal bloom, researchers at the University of Michigan managed to pressure cook algae to extract its oil.  So, instead of millennia, we could create fuel in minutes. However, to cultivate algae on an industrial scale, in an open pond system, will require lots of land.

MasseReaction Inc.’s ViPARtm (Vertically integrated Photo Array Reactor) technology is going to change that.  The photobioreactor allows algae to be grown in vertically stacked reactor tubes. Going upwards, it will be taking up less space to cultivate.  As these reactor tubes will be stored in a greenhouse like structure it means that it can be operated in even cold or hot places where algae cannot survive.  This means that ViPARtm farm can be located anywhere in the world.

The idea is to have ViPARtm farm installed near electric power plant, as it will also clean up its exhaust before it is dumped into the atmosphere. This is because algae require CO2 for photosynthesis to produce their own supply of sugar, which is converted to oil.

Surprisingly, MasseReaction Inc. is looking for a "Strategic Partner” through Indiegogo Crowdfunding.  I would think that a project like this will be able to apply for grants from the US government to start. 



Looking at the concept, this is something that I would love to see happening in the near future.  I wish MasseReaction Inc. all the best in this venture.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Party's over. Now what?

When the party is over, start picking up those drink bottles to keep before they get discarded in the bin.  Find time to watch this video and decide what you want to do with your own collection of bottles.



There are definitely lots of stuff that you and your children can create so that they can have lots of fun during the weekends, even when they are spending them at home.

You can find the full "how to" instruction posted on Instructables at the following link:

10 Fun Things to do with a 2 Liter Bottle

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Bone dry, rich.

Have you heard of Mahjong?  It is a game that originated in China played by 3 to 4 players to gain points or win some money.  

Do you know that the handmade tiles can be made from bones that are laid on top of bamboo without glue?  I have never thought of it as a sustainable game of chance until I watched this video.




Saturday, 6 September 2014

Flying 24/7 possible? Yes! With Solar Impulse.

Have you heard of Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg and their flying machine, Solar Impulse? As their plane runs on solar power, it means that they can fly day and night without a need to refuel!

In fact, they are going to attempt the first round-the-world solar flight in 2015.



The possibility of flying 24/7 is definitely in the air.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Have you heard of Neighborhood Fruit?

Have you heard of Neighborhood Fruit? It helps people find and share fruits in USA growing wild or in your backyard.  All you need to do is register the information at the following link:

http://neighborhoodfruit.com/about

That way when the trees are fruiting, they will be picked up by those who are interested instead of leaving them to rot on the trees when there is a bumper crop.  If this application is available around the world, it would make life better for those living in poverty. 

Fruits can be eaten fresh, cooked, squeezed out for juices or drinks or baked in cakes. Find ways to use them on Pinterest and see if a business can be developed:
http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=fruit&rs=ac&len=5

For example, do you know that you can use some fruits for making dye?


Find more of such free tutorial from Pinterest:
http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=fruit%20dye

It is common to see restaurant food served in banana leaves.  These can be collected to be sold if you know where you can find them: 

Even some product from Ikea are made from banana fiber?


Someone I know in Malaysia manufacture paper out of banana tree stump

Others I found by doing a search for "find free fruit in your area":
"Falling Fruit," pinpoints all sorts of tasty trees in public parks, lining city streets and even hanging over fences from the U.K. to New Zealand.
http://fallingfruit.org/

Wild Edibles

You see, you can even make a living sharing information about Wild Edible Plants in Columbia, SC

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

The Hyperloop

Elon Musk's electric Hyperloop can travel at 700mph.  Will that be the transport of the future?  How much fuel will it consume to run?

None according to this video because it is designed to be powered by solar.



If this idea materialize, we will have to option to fly or loop from one point to another.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

When there is a need, think green.

I am taking a free online course, “Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations”, through Coursera, conducted by instructor David A. Owens of Vanderbilt University.

The project I am working on is "Stand On your Own", in which I hope to encourage single parents to create to sell Eco-friendly product.  This presentation is what it is all about.



I like it that I am able to include what I have shared on this blog to complete my course project.  So, never let others tell you that what you are doing is not useful if you think it is meaningful.  You never know where the future will lead you to when you are willing to share what you know.