Would you like to live in a perfect city in South Korea or Abu Dhabi or Japan? They do exist! Commercial and private organizations are increasingly investing in these pop-up cities. Imagine a city that recycles 80% of it’s water, replaced cars with electric pods and has street lights with motion sensors creating a security network.
The MIT and Masdar Institute Cooperative Program enables students to work with government to focus on alternative energy, sustainability, and advanced technology.
Gale International, of New York City, is one such private organization developing the Songdo sustainable city in South Korea.
While I don’t envision a fish-bowl strapped onto the bumper to set your car in motion, marine plant life is taking a front seat! The need to keep moving forward in identifying and testing alternative fuels continues, as the conflicts over fossil fuel production stay at the forefront of the news. While corn and other farm substances seem to hold sway in the U.S., there are a variety of other bio materials that are in play world-wide. Microalgae is one of the potential answers…
“Microalgae are unicellular photosynthetic microorganisms. They are ubiquitous in nature, found in freshwater, seawater, hypersaline lakes and even in deserts and arctic ecosystems.”
Here’s an announcement about one real-world application: Isuzu to Run Japan’s First Micro-Algae Bus
If you’re interested in learning more about the process itself, take a look at this article in American Scientist: Making Biofuel from Microalgae
(BTW – U Tokyo School of Agricultural & Life Sciences takes a lead role in this research)
A study released June 16, 2014 and reported by theguardian, profiles 100 leading sustainability innovations that are truly innovate solutions to age-old problems. These are ideas that may have sounded far-fetched at the outset, but with dedication and hard work have become a reality. What ideas do you have that can better our world?
Here are the top 10:
2. Intelligent window glass by View
3. Now an easy way to profile from recycling that old phone and other tech products. EcoATM by Outerwall is a network of automated recycling kiosks for tech products.
4. PowWow Energy detects water leaks from irrigation systems used in agriculture.
5. Software fighting energy losses in buildings by Retroficiency.
6. The Biotrans system is installed at restaurants and canteens, where it collects and grinds leftovers into a homogeneous biomass where it can be turned into renewable energy.
7. With transparency and social responsibility integrated into every step of the supply chain, Fairphone is offering ‘an ethical mobile phone’, and creating a fairer economy.
8. The AirMaster carpet by Desso captures and retains fine dust and pollutant particles, providing a healthier indoor climate which is actually better for allergy prevention than hardwood flooring.
9. In Sweden, a public-private collaboration has resulted in the IT system Cato, that makes use of advanced algorithms to operate railway traffic as energy efficiently as possible.
10. The Groasis Waterboxx helps plants grow in desert areas in countries with limited water resources, with no continuous need for energy or irrigation.
Were you ever cautioned concerning talking to inanimate objects? That you really have to begin to worry when they start to talk back? That may become the ‘norm’ for life here on earth…and, best of all, the promise is that we can be worry-free!
“During the past few years, a handful of so-called smart cities have been built from the ground up, in places such as the United Arab Emirates, South Korea and Japan.
You’ve got to wonder what they’ll teach us about how to bring smarter technology to the places we live, play and work.”
My nephew, who has reached the advanced age of five, has declared his intention to be “a az-tro-nawt” when he’s a “grow-up” (that’s astronaut when he’s a grown-up to you and me)
While the space program to the moon that dominated the 1960′s may have reached a conclusion for the time being, there’s still some high-tech soaring to the stars going on out there…