Dec 4, 2017 - 2min read
It’s another manic Monday so Tonik’s MD Chris Russell has done the work for you and chosen his favourite green tech highlights from the past seven days:
Harvard labs: a hub of energy-saving technologies
Harvard University is finding innovative ways to cut waste: from closing fume hood sashes when they aren’t being used, to changing refrigeration temperatures, Harvard’s scientists are competing to set the sustainability bar higher and higher. And not for nothing either, these environment-friendly measures are predicted to save the Northwest Labs alone over $900,000 a year.
Zero-waste Japanese town builds stylish brewery from recycled materials
Kamikatsu, Japan, is home to the new, eco-conscious Rise & Win Brewery. A recently launched microbrewery near the eastern end of Japan’s Shikoku Island, the new building sits on land formerly occupied by a department store. The brewery’s decor of old windows and bottles was designed to symbolise the town’s pioneering zero-waste policy, which sees rubbish sorted into nearly three dozen categories for recycling.
MIT + CO2 = fuel?
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a revolutionary way to transform carbon dioxide emissions into a new fuel. This useful product could potentially have a wide range of applications, as a fuel for planes and automobiles, as well as chemical feedstock. In addition to addressing the issue of carbon emissions, some of the heat required for the process could be contributed by the power plant itself, keeping costs low.
Flat-pack home installed in 6 hours for £24,000
Renato Vidal is an Italian architect that creates innovative flat pack micro-homes, bringing the future of affordable and chic housing into the present. Micro-housing presents a cost-effective solution to the housing crisis, by creating homes which are small enough to keep the costs low, but just big enough to fit amenities like kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, and dining areas.
Solar panels conjuring drinking water from thin air… in the desert
Zero Mass’ ambitious innovation is disrupting how we source water. The company has developed a way of producing water in the arid Arizona desert – regardless of the dry climate. Using a combination of materials science, solar power, and predictive data, Zero Mass’ goal is to use this technology to go from a position of ‘water scarcity to water abundance’.