Plastic2oil - Converting Plastic to Oil Welcome to the Global Cleantech 100 | Guardian Sustainable Business The fifth annual Global Cleantech 100 provides a snapshot of the most exciting, innovative and potentially significant cleantech companies. This year, 9,125 total nominations were whittled down to a final 100 via a three stage process. Nominations came from worldwide experts as well as "passive" nominations derived from analysing market data, taking votes of confidence in a company's ability to achieve high growth and high-market impact from market transactions, and major customer and partnership announcements. These nominations made a longlist of 5,864 companies (up 13% on last year). The result is a list that represents the breadth of cleantech innovation companies.
The R Project for Statistical Computing The Plastic Bank - Harvesting Waste Plastic to Reduce Poverty Thank you for helping us reach our goal. Our first campaign is over but another one will be coming soon. Please go to to join the Social Plastic movement. We are Leading the Social Plastic Movement! When we reveal value in plastic, it becomes too valuable to throw away and too valuable to leave sitting on a beach or in the ocean. Social Plastic is any plastic harvested by the poor and/or removed from an ocean, beach, or waterways. We are proudly leading the Social Plastic movement and we invite you to join the movement with your contributions. Our Solution to Reduce Poverty & Waste Plastic World Wide The Plastic Bank is setting up plastic repurposing centers around the world, where there’s an abundance of both waste plastic and poverty. We are helping people ascend from poverty by rewarding them for removing plastic waste from the land, oceans and waterways. Did We Mention We Can Recycle ANY Kind of Mixed Plastic You are a Big Part of the Solution Simply put.
Scientists Develop Affordable Solar Panels That Work In The Dark It's about damn time, don't you think? Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory announced Wednesday that they have been able to confirm a new high-efficiency solar cell design that utilizes nearly the entire solar spectrum. Translation: They figured out a way to make solar panels generate electricity in the dark. CleanTechnica says , In earlier trials, the researchers used different alloys that achieved full spectrum responses but involved very high production costs. The Lawrence Berkeley breakthrough represents just one path to increasing the efficiency and lowering the cost of solar cells. In the meantime, you could just turn any metal surface into solar panels with photovoltaic spray paint . [Photo: Norby /Flickr]
Wireless Geographic Logging Engine - Plotting WiFi on Maps news: Congrats to user 'fenebrae', our 150,000th user! Netstumble proud! Users make this whole thing possible -bobzilla Come find us at BSides SF security conference at DNA Lounge today and tommorow, then at Trustycon on Thursday! WiGLE on android has been updated, fixes the OpenStreetMaps issue (they blocked the library we were using, so we're now serving the map tiles ourselves). Congrats to user 'jmaslak' who got the 120 millionth network on January 12th. We're doing some sprucing up: the web maps have been converted to Google Maps v3 (the older version is going away soon). twelve (12) years ago today on a Friday in September of 2001, bobzilla released a grain of sand called WiGLE.net into the intertubes. this bright core, fed on networks and kittens, has gathered over a hundred million nacreous network layers from over two billion observations you all have sent our way over the last .6 score years, and become a massive mappy/blinky perl! -uhtu Older Articles
Treehugger - From trash to treasure: Could non-recycled plastic be turned into a low-carbon fuel? As part of our efforts to diversify our energy sources, it's great to see the surge in interest and development of renewable energies such as solar and wind power, and innovations in tidal and wave power, but to really be able to reduce our use of fossil fuels, we might need to also explore some of our other options, such as using materials extracted from our waste streams as fuel. One emerging technology is working toward converting some of the non-marketable post-consumer plastics into a solid low-carbon fuel. While recycling of some plastics back into other materials makes sense for closing the loop on plastics a bit, until we can divert all recyclables from the waste stream, using some of it as an alternative fuel may be yet another way we can diversify our energy sources. "Although recycling rates have increased over the last few decades, more than 50% of our waste still ends up in landfills.
Turn Steel Into Solar Panels With Photovoltaic Spray Paint No, it's not a joke or a crazy awesome futuristic concept . It's real. Tata Steel Europe (formerly Corus) and Swansea University in Wales, UK are collaborating to develop a spray-on technology that would transform steel sheets into solar panels. Earth and Industry says , The technology has significant applications since it is highly efficient even in diffused sunlight. Therefore, countries at higher latitudes or those with limited solar energy resource can generate significant amounts of solar-powered electricity with going for large-scale power plants. If extended, the technology can find its way to the automobile industry where photo-sensitive dyes can be applied to cars to generate electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen for fuel cells. Imagine the applications of such a product. The power options could be limitless. And if you think the spray-on solar technology is years away from reality, think again. [Photo: Jaredmoo /Flickr]