Hello there, stranger! Do you love technology? If you answered "I do!" you are not alone. According to Pew Research Center, 88% of adults use the Internet, and 77% of them own a smartphone. And these figures have more than doubled since 2011!
But don't you feel that at least some of these new technologies have the potential to hurt humanity, rather than help it? To give you an example, we are polluting our Planet because we want out cars to go from 0 to 60 mph in only a few seconds, when most of us could go to work using a bike, and thus keep the CO2 levels to a minimum.
This website celebrates the companies and entrepreneurs that keep our Mother Earth green. I have created it because I want to post news about people who use technology for good purposes.
Enjoy your stay here! And if you want to go one step further, check out the "Resources" page, where you can learn more about the green movement. Then, join one of those noble causes.
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Greenline GmbH & Co. KG has increased the capacity of a biogas plant which was designed by them and went live in 2014, from 800 KW to 9.5 MW. That's a huge 1062.5% capacity increase. The produced biogas is converted to bio-natural gas, and then pumped into the regional natural gas network, which is managed by E.ON-E.DIS. The energy that's produced by the plant can cover the needs of heat and electricity for over 15,000 households. More information can be found here.
What is the first thing that goes through your mind when you hear the word "bitcoin"? For me, the digital cryptocurrency coin means wasted energy. Lots of computers that are working at full capacity, at all times, with the goal of making their owners rich. At least that's what I thought about bitcoin until recently, when I discovered that an entrepreneur from St. Francois Xavier uses the heat that's produced by 30 computers to fuel a greenhouse and heat up a fish farm. You can read the article here.
Green Sheep Collective has created an energy-efficient home, which makes use of sound environmentally sustainable principles and components. The home has very low emissions, utilizes recycled materials, and due to its design, it helps people connect to the outdoors. The "Smart Home" designers have used passive solar design principles, maximizing the amount of natural light. The home also incorporates EcoVerta water saving units. Read all there is to know about the Smart Home on their website.
According to a report from Data Alliance, there are close to 6 billion Wi-Fi networks in the world, and their number continues to grow. And each one of these wireless networks utilizes at least a router, which needs about 10...20 watts to operate properly. If you do the math, you will discover that all the hotspots in the world draw about 100,000,000,000 watts per hour, and most people leave them turned on 24 hours each day! Fortunately, a new technology, which is based on infrared light, promises to offer similar data transfer speeds, while being 300 times more energy efficient in comparison with Wi-Fi. Not only that, but ARON (Augmented Reality Optical Narrowcasting) can also operate using solar power. Read more about this promising technology here.
Tesla Inc. has started to manufacture its patented solar roof tiles. The panels are able to generate electricity without needing traditional rooftop panels. People lined up to pay a $1,000 deposit, which guarantees that they'll be the first ones to benefit from Tesla's solar tiles. According to the company, the prices for its solution will be less expensive in comparison with the traditional roof + solar panels option. Discover more information by reading Reuter's article.
Spin has built an electric bike which has a simple mission: to bring accessible and affordable transportation to cities and campuses. The bike can travel up to 50 miles before depleting its batteries, at a speed of 15 MPH. Then, the batteries can be quickly replaced with a fully charged set. I know, you've heard about electric bikes before, but this one won't require a station. You can leave it at your destination, and another person will pick it up from there. There's much more to learn about Spin's electric bike at this page.
Did you know that no less than 2.5 billion coffee cups are tossed away each and every year in the UK alone? You won't have to trust me on this; BBC itself has published an article which includes a link to a report by the Environmental Audit Committee that highlights the problem. Your favorite coffee shop (yes, I am talking about Starbucks!) has decided to do something about it. Starbucks' employees will start charging five pence for each disposable cup, and the resulting funds will be donated to the Hubbub Foundation, which helps people discover ways to be kinder to our Planet.
The team at C.F. Møller Architects has designed the New Islands Brygge School, which emphasizes organic food and physical activity. Although this is definitely a commendable effort, there isn't anything unusual so far, right? Well, one of the key building elements is the spiraling staircase, which leads to the rooftop. And the rooftop is a sports area, a parkour area, a chemistry lab and a garden that can be used for cookery lessons. Basically, children get to harvest and cook the food that was grown in the rooftop garden. How cool is that? Read more about this exciting project here.
The government of Belize has decided to stop oil exploration in its waters. Belize is a small country, with a population of less than half a million, so natural resources are very important for it. In fact, oil constitutes about 30% of its exports. Still, the Belize citizens have understood that protecting the coral reef barrier is much more important for them and their country. It's a fantastic move, and it shows that governments can be sensitive to pressing environment problems.
Denmark has set a new record in 2017, getting close to 44% of its needed electricity from wind turbines. The country has used modern turbines, which have generated close to 15,000 gigawatt-hours this year alone. It is estimated that the Danish companies will obtain more than 50% of the needed power using wind-based turbines, within the next few years. And let's not forget that they're also using biomass and solar power for similar purposes! Denmark is definitely setting a great example, and its technologies are exported in various countries around the world. Discover even more amazing stats here.
California plans to ban all new fossil fuel cars by 2040, according to San Francisco Chronicle. It's a daring move by Phil Ting, a Democrat of San Francisco, who wants to put an end to those harmful emissions, which have been demonstrated to cause severe climate changes. According to Mr. Ting, cars are responsible for close to 40% of the greenhouse gas emissions in California. The governor wants to encourage people to purchase more EVs; right now, more than 98% of the vehicles that are being sold use fossil-based fuel.