As a follow on to the Vertical Farms blog post by Kimberly (published August 6th), read about this Thesis project from Philipp Hutfless who’s studying Industrial Design at University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, Germany. He was inspired by a trip to Japan which sparked his desire to design a food system that could be sustained offshore.
Here’s a sketch of his work in his own words on the
James Dyson Foundation website:
Another description of the project is posted on the Fast Company exist website (They have all kinds of reviews, musings, op ed pieces and product information on their site – check it out) Floating Ocean Greenhouses Bring Fresh Food Closer To Megacities
Rather than spending a great deal of money to restore an old, abandoned swimming pool at a home purchased in Mesa, Arizona one family converted that pool into a food producing urban greenhouse. In 2009, the creation was one of a kind, self-sufficient miniature ecosystem. Today, Garden Pools are being built all over the world to research and educate others on the sustainable ways food grows. The Garden Pool combines, solar power, water conservation, and hydroponic gardening with raising tilapia fish and chickens. For more on Garden Pool.embedded by Embedded Video
Meg Grant, of Solar Fiber, and co-collaborators Aniela Hoitink, Marina Toeters, Ralf Jacobs, and Professor Derek Schlettwein from Giessen University are pushing the textile boundaries with the creation of solar fibers.
Wearable Solar is an unconventional sustainable answer to our increasing demand for energy and connectivity.
The Wearable Solar collection currently consists of two designs, a coat and a dress made of wool and leather, which produce energy through their integrated solar cells. When worn in full sun for two hours, both garments can generate enough energy to allow a typical smartphone to be 100% charged. The solar cell compartments can be opened and revealed to the sun when needed and folded back when they are not being used.
Solar Fiber would welcome suggestions or collaborations from people with expertise in this area (in either Dutch or English) – please email: email@example.com
Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) – a mouthful to say; an important concept in making decisions towards a Smarter Planet! SCR technology is one of the most cost-effective and fuel-efficient technologies available to help reduce diesel engine emissions. SCR has been used for decades to reduce stationary source emissions. In addition, marine vessels worldwide have been equipped with SCR technology, including cargo vessels, ferries and tugboats.
First step: learn something about the technology from Wikipedia
Third step: learn about who the players are in the field (job-hunt while you’re at it…)
Final step: assess how the technology fits in with YOUR work and go boldly into the cleaner future without having to hold your breath!
Students for a Smarter Planet and IBM’s Systems and Technology Group are supporting challenges this fall at three universities: Rice, Oregon State and North Carolina State. Each school will run an internal competition for students to develop open source code for the IBM POWER microprocessor architecture. Also visit the OpenPOWER Foundation to learn more.