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December 23rd, 2014
4:17
 

Cooperative Science – that’s what’s at the heart of a Green Tech collaboration in Latvia.  From ideas in their infancy, it is anticipated that the Incubator will grow projects with the potential to become globe changing technologies.

As posted by the EAI (European Alliance for Innovation): “The Latvian Technological Center (LTC) is an innovation and technology-oriented business support structure – business acceleration centre, which stimulates establishment and growth of knowledge-based SMEs by creating relationships between research and industry as well as encouraging SMEs for trans-national cooperation”.

Latvian Tech Ctr logoLearn more here:  Green Technology Incubator launched in Riga, Latvia

 

And check out the Call for Proposal whose deadline is Jan 2015… As a basic rule, your organisation must be registered in one of the beneficiary countries (a listing of which may be found here: http://eeagrants.org.ez.07.no/content/view/full/4991)

While the bulk of their website is in Latvian (not English) it’s worth visiting to see the relationships that they have established – check out their ‘Friends and partners’ page…companies for whom you might want to work?  http://innovation.lv/en/innovation/innovation-in-business/

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New ideas keep surfacing for capturing and storing energy available right now for future use.  Because we must continue to find ways that plan ahead for sustainable life on earth, this is a really hot topic.

Batteries can store electricity generated by solar and wind power when conditions are favorable, so it can be used when they are not. Electricity storage is the second part of the renewable energy solution. By investing in new battery systems, Germany is continuing down the path it started on to shift away from nuclear power.

 

30 MW Storage Battery

 

To Be Built In Germany

 

 

There are a batch of links in the article to other stories relating to the savvy Germans and the strides they are making.  Jobs in energy – renewable, non-carbon based, solar, wind, etc., are plentiful.  What are you going to do with your future?  (Remember to bring a flashlight – efficiently powered of course!)

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November 20th, 2014
12:22
 

The FlyKly Smart Wheel fits practically any bicycle or lifestyle. And turns any bike into an electric bicycle and any commuter into a joyrider in no time. Just start pedaling and Smart Wheel delivers a boost up to 20 mph and a 30 mile range on a single charge – more than enough to power your every day. And it can be recharged in just 2-3 hours.

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In combination with a smart phone app, this technology encompasses all aspects of bike riding: setting your top speed, locking the bike, GPS tracking if the bike should happen be stolen and saving and sharing your favorite routes. There are plans to manufacture a glow-in-the-dark version in the near future.

While the cost of the FlyKly Smart Wheel isn’t inexpensive, it looks like a great product for cycling enthusiasts.

FlyKly products are exclusively available online. They ship orders on a first come, first served basis. Your credit card will be charged when your order goes into production; FlyKly will confirm with you before the charge.

This looks like just the incentive I need to get out my old bike and go for a ride!

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October 1st, 2014
8:29
 

With a new illness dominating the headlines seemingly on a daily basis, health care has taken a prominent position in the minds of the global community.  Here’s an organization you may wish to consider adding to your list of ‘where will I go after school?’ and ‘what contributions can I make that will be valuable to the sustainability of our planet?’

Health Care Without Harm

Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) is an international coalition of more than 500 members in 53 countries that works to transform the health care sector worldwide, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it becomes ecologically sustainable and a leading advocate for environmental health and justice.

Programs include: Medical Waste, Toxic Materials, Safer Chemicals, Green Building and Energy, Healthy Food, Pharmaceuticals, Green Purchasing, Climate and Health, Transportation, Water.

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August 4th, 2014
6:07
 

What does it mean to live lightly? A community in Ithaca, NY is a testament to the benefits of this lifestyle and demonstrates how sustainable this lifestyle is.

EcoVillage was started in 1991, as a demo community to show how people can live “more lightly” in the world. Each phase employs new technologies to make each successive phase of the community more sustainable and efficient.

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The latest neighborhood is using the passive house method of construction which is designed to naturally control the temperature and humidity in the house by constructing the house more “tightly”.

Imagine sub-zero degrees outside and nice and warm inside without having the hefty heating bill arrive in the mail!

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