Vehicle2Grid

What is it?

Vehicle2Grid is a project that makes people decide what to do with their own generated green energy. Do you use it at home, do you sell it to the provider or do you use it to run your electric car? To test if this works they will try it for a period of three years. At first they start with two people, then they test it on a building and eventually a whole neighbourhood will test the concept.

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Why is it cool?

Vehicle2Grid has to make sure that the sustainability of houses with solar panels and electric cars increase. Because more and more houses get solar panels and electric cars it would be easy to control your own use of electricity. When you for example connect your car to the house-accu it will become even more sustainable. The combination of using your own energy and rule where to use it will cause that more and more households will become self-efficient.

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Why has it future growth potential?

The city of the future needs self-efficient buildings. This concept causes that many buildings will reach that goal. Energy has to be green otherwise the environment will suffer. With help of solar panels, windmills and new methods to make green energy we can realize a sustainable city.

http://www.duurzaambedrijfsleven.nl/64446/vehicle2grid-baas-over-eigen-stroom/

water activted battery

What is it?

This is a battery that runs on sunlight and water. The battery starts to work when you put in into water, juice or even alcohol. The magnesium and air in the battery react together on water. This chemical reaction causes usable energy. When the battery is dry, it doesn’t give energy anymore. For now this is a small project and we have to wait and see how this is going to work out in the future.

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Why is it cool?

A magnesium battery is not new, but that energy can be reused with the help of sunlight is. The energy can be saved much longer. The ingredients used are not polluting for the environment. In addition we don’t have to drill in the earth to get magnesium anymore, seawater contains it too.

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Why has it future growth potential?

The batteries can be reused many times, the Japanese company ENEX wants to use Raw Materials that doesn’t run out. That’s why they decided to make this battery. For the future this will bring many possibilities because of its sustainability. It causes that people can use the raw materials on earth way more efficiently . Because of this the humanity can live in a green environment.

http://www.rtlnieuws.nl/economie/toekomstmakers/dip-deze-batterij-water-en-je-hebt-altijd-energie

3D printed house

What is it?
A huge 3D-printer that prints houses, 10 houses a day! The printer is very big, it’s 6.6 meters tall, 10 meters wide and 150 meters long. A 3D-printer is not new, but this printer prints houses!, how cool is that? A house printed by this printer is 200 square meters and costs only 4800 dollars. The printer makes different parts to build an actual house in an extremely easy and quick way.
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Why is it cool?
In a short time houses can be built. It is also very cheap compared to other houses to build. The printer also causes that there will be no waste of materials at all. So it is super sustainable. The materials that would before be redundant can now be used for other projects instead of being thrown away.

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Why has it future growth potential?
In the future there will be a lack of raw materials. The printer can use recycled materials to build new buildings so the raw materials will not be wasted. In the future we will also suffer from more natural disasters. When that happens, the printer can print many houses in a short time to make sure that everyone has a roof above their heads. There will be so many possibilities in the future for 3D-printing.

http://www.dutchcowboys.nl/Technology/31523

Flying on solar energy

What is it?

European scientists have reached a big breakthrough in making jet fuel from renewable sources. They claim that they make it out of nothing more than sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. Existing kerosene aircraft engines in planes could use this energy to let the plane fly. This was announced by Innovation Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn.

Why is it cool?

The Hochtemperatur-Solarreaktoran is an invention that can convert sunlight with carbon dioxide into synthesis gas, the gas form of hydrogen. This is not enough for the plane to fly, because kerosene is not a gas. With a little help of the Fischer–Tropsch process, the synthesis gas can now be transformed into a liquid fuel which looks a lot like kerosene. This process is antebellum and is often used in the war to make gasoline out of coal.

Why has it future growth potential?

This new invention could make flying by plane suddenly green. The procedure is still way to expensive, and has cost 2.2 million euros since 2011. They only were able to get a couple of cups kerosene out of it. The researchers want to take the experiment to a higher level. They want to use real sunlight instead of fake and make bigger amounts of kerosene to sell it for commercial prices. This would be fantastic for the future. The used technology could be used to make every vehicle green.

http://duurzaam-actueel.nl/straks-vliegen-op-zonne-energie/

There is also an other invention which has sunpanels on the wings of the plane, I will post the link to page below.

http://www.solarimpulse.com/

 

 

flippable, sustainable artificial grass

what is it?

There will be a new kind of artificial turf in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. This field can turn and become a basketball court and also a field with solar panels. Well how cool is that? It will be the first one in the world. the turnable surfaces can change sides 24 hours a day. the sports field has been tested the whole year and is now ready to use.

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why is it cool?

The field is very sustainable because of its ability to provide energy for itself. It also doesn’t take as much land as 3 fields separated from each other would do. the field also filters the air. So it has many new functions and possibilities that weren’t there before.

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why has it future growth potential?

For the future the soccer field brings many possibilities. The land will be fully used and there will be energy generated that’s green and helps the city to be ecological. It’s also good for the health of people. Because the inhabitants can work-out and play on this ground, there will be less obesity than when there is no place to sport. The sports ground causes that the quality of life of people will be higher because they can have fun, but also can work-out and be fitter and healthier in life.

http://www.ivvd.nl/duurzaamheid-en-vastgoed/een-voetbalveld-dat-energie-opwekt/

losing weight and going out for dinner

what is it?
Going out for dinner when you are trying to lose some weight isn’t necessary bad for you. When you are eating in a restaurant you can still eat healthy. Het Voedingscentrum gives a couple of tips how it is possible to eat delicious, but in a healthy way.

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Why is it cool?
It hasn’t as much effect on your diet if you make the right choices. Just take low calorie drinks, don’t take too much courses and ask if there is a possibility to get a smaller portion. Most restaurants are pleased to help you.

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Why has it future growth potential?
When you are on a diet, you only focus on what you can’t eat. Eating outside is hard, because a restaurant mostly serves food that doesn’t fit in your diet. Going out for dinner improves your Quality of Life. It makes you happy when you are on a nice night out with family or friends. These tips will make you experience a great night, without letting go on your diet. A fun night will help you succeed in your weight loss. The high Quality of Life will make your diet easier to stick to.

https://www.voedingscentrum.nl/nl/nieuws/uit-eten-gaan-tijdens-het-afvallen-het-kan-gewoon.aspx

mobile coffee roaster

What is it?

The Mobile Coffee Roastery is a Kickstarter project by JT Peifer. He wants to run his own coffee truck which he can move through the country. With his truck he wants to roast his own fresh coffee and share it with the whole nation. He wants to call it Feisty Goat. He is very open about how he brews his coffee, and because there are not more traders involved, the coffee is as fresh as possible and can be sold for a fair price.

Why is it cool?

I don’t know such thing as a mobile truck for coffee. When the truck is nearby everyone who needs coffee can go get a coffee whenever they want it. The great thing about this coffee truck is that JT gives a lot of insight in how he brews his coffee, you can see it being roasted and you can buy it afterwards. Through the internet he wants to share where he is at the moment, so you can come over and have a nice cup of coffee.

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Why has it future growth potential?

It has future growth potential because people want to know everything about their coffee. With a good story behind the coffee it becomes an experience to drink it. The story of a little coffee roaster who wants to share his wonderful coffee with the world is something that people will appreciate. The authentic coffee make people have a special feeling about it.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/985418344/mobile-coffee-roastery?ref=home_spotlight