🇩🇪 Crowdfunding campagne to save the oceans from plastics with Pacific Garbage Screening!

10 days to go to support the crowdfunding initiative from Pacific Garbage Screening to reach the funding target of 200,000 €.

Why is it so innovative? Because it works without nets and, thus, is not harming any fish or living beings. The swimming platform only uses its unique architecture design to capture plastics and plastic particles.

Support Pacific Garbage Screening here!

 

Why is it so important to support this idea? 

Garbage and, especially, plastics have a strong impact on the environment …

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… and garbage patches like this exist all over the world.

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The world’s ocean currents …

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… create these poisonous islands of floating plastic.

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This is how it looks!

Support Pacific Garbage Screening here!

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🇬🇧 Startup what3words provides a precise global address system… with just 3 words!

Founded in 2013 and already funded with USD 13.8m in 8 rounds, London-based startup What3Words is revolutionising coordination around the globe. What do I mean? Watch!

The fields of appliation are manifold but, most probably, the strongest impact will be felt by those in need …

… not neglecting the fun you could miss out not finding your friends.

In order to hear more about it please enjoy Chris Sheldrick’s (Co-Founder & CEO) TED Talk!

By the way, may I recommned you an amazing hidden place in my favourite city…  😉  exposing.pints.tweaked

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🇸🇪 Sustainable innovation Altered:Nozzle enables you to save up to 98% tap water – same tap, same service!

Freshwater is one of our world’s most precious resources and it is getting increasingly more demanded by a growing world population. Furthermore, droughts, pollution and limited availability in large or rapidly growing cities put additional pressure on water supplies.

Did you ever ask yourself how you as an individual can save water?

The Swedish innovation company Altered: invented a unique way to enable you to save up to 98% of your tap water! No big installations needed, same tap, same service!

What a great sustainable innovation!

 

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🇬🇧 Bioplastic made from waste polyethylene

Researchers at the University of Wolverhampton have turned waste plastic into biodegradable resins for medical and consumer products. Post-consumer polyethylene was converted into a pliable wax substance for use in plastic-alloys, turning it into a high-value bioplastic.

Dr. Iza Radecka, Reader in Biotechnology at Wolverhampton’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, and her colleague Professor Marek Kowalczuk are further testing the plastics. Possible uses includ mulch for farming, a ‘scaffolding’ on which to grow human cells and for items such as pens or bags.

Radecka said: “Mountains of plastic waste, including carrier bags, packaging and medical plastic wastes are buried in landfill sites around the world each year. Unfortunately, plastics produced by the petrochemical industry are not biodegradable and therefore accumulate in the environment at a rate of more than 25 million tonnes per year. This continues to pose a growing challenge for authorities at both the local and national level.”

“Waste Polyethylene (PE) is a potential carbon source that could be utilised to make value-added biopolymers, particularly as it is the most commonly produced plastic, making up over 29 per cent of worldwide plastic manufacture, while only 10 per cent of it is recycled.”

“Bacterial polymers such as Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) are a group of biocompatible, environmentally neutral, biodegradable plastics that can be produced by certain bacteria. The structure of the PHAs can be adapted for a wide range of medi­cal applications, especially implants, including heart valve tissue engineering, vascular tissue engineering, bone and cartilage tissue engineering, as well as nerve conduit tissue engineering.”

The University has joined the Centre of Polymer Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences in Poland; the Fraunhofer UMSICHT in Germany; the University of Bologna, Italy; the Department of Chemical Organic Technology and Petrochemistry at the Silesian University of Technology, Poland, and Recycling Technologies, in Swindon.

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🇦🇺 Neometals reveals lithium battery recycling breakthrough

Australia: Up to 99.2% of cobalt can be ‘economically recovered’ from spent lithium batteries thanks to a new technology developed by Australian firm Neometals. The construction of a pilot-scale hydrometallurgical plant at its laboratory in Montreal, Canada, is now underway.

Neometals reports that it has filed three US provisional patent applications associated with its innovative technology. The company is confident the 100 kilograms per day pilot plant in Canada will accelerate the commercialisation of the battery recycling solution.

A sum of US$ 4.5 million will be invested in the modern-day facility, which will be in operation for at least 10 years, during which time plant revenue will total US$ 233 million. The average net operation cost is said to be US$ 4.45 per pound of cobalt (US$ 9 852 per tonne), with the payback period being less than one year.

The pilot programme is scheduled to be completed in the September quarter and test recoveries of cobalt, lithium, nickel and copper from nickel-manganese-cobalt cathode lithium batteries typically used in electric vehicles.

‘We will continue our disciplined evaluation of the technology through piloting before undertaking an engineering cost study to satisfy the industry demand for a commercial, environmentally and ethically responsible, end‐of‐life solution for lithium batteries,’ comments Chris Reed, managing director of Neometals.

For more information, please visit: www.neometals.com.au

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🇪🇺 Innovation Deals for a Circular Economy


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On 2 December 2015 the European Commission adopted the Circular Economy package to support the transition towards a more circular economy in the EU. This package consists of legislative proposals as well as of an Action Plan. One of the key initiatives for 2016 was ‘Innovation Deals for a Circular Economy’.

Innovation Deals (ID) are a new pilot scheme that aims at ‘bringing together innovators, national/regional/local authorities, and Commission services to clarify perceived regulatory barriers to innovation in EU regulation or Member State implementing measures’. From 26 May until 15 September 2016 companies across Europe had the opportunity to hand in their formal expression of interest in the ID. The European Commission invited ’any innovator, or group of innovators seeking to introduce a circular economy-related product or service to the market but has encountered a perceived regulatory obstacle’.

The selection of the IDs was made in the period of October until December 2016. Subsequently, in the first quarter of 2017, the European Commission selected two IDs out of 32 expressions of interest from 14 different Member States: Firstly, ‘Sustainable wastewater treatment using innovative anaerobic membrane bioreactors technology (AnMBR)’; And, Secondly, ’From E-mobility to recycling: the virtuous loop of electric vehicle’.

In April 2017 the involved parties of the ‘Waste water’ ID worked out the Joint Declaration of Intent which contains scope, objectives, actions, roles, tasks, timeline, and expected results of the ID. The project is divided into three phases (Early Life, Intermediate Review, Conclusion and Outcomes), each being maximum six months but can be shortened. The final evaluation of the Innovation Deals is scheduled for mid 2018.

Look forward to my future posts about each individual ID.

Link to website of the Innovation Deals of the European Commission

Link to the report on the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan


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Am 2. Dezember 2015 verabschiedete die Europäische Kommission das “Circular Economy“ Paket zur Unterstützung des Übergangs zur Kreislaufwirtschaft in der EU. Dieses Paket besteht aus Legislativvorschlägen sowie einem Aktionsplan. Eine der wichtigsten Initiativen für 2016 waren die „Innovation Deals for a Circular Economy“.

Innovation Deals (ID) sind ein neues Pilotprojekt, das darauf abzielt, “Innovatoren, nationale/regionale/lokale Behörden und Kommissionsdienststellen zusammenzubringen, um wahrgenommene Regulierungsbarrieren für Innovationen in der EU-Verordnung oder in den Durchführungsmaßnahmen der Mitgliedstaaten zu klären”. Vom 26. Mai bis zum 15. September 2016 hatten Unternehmen in ganz Europa die Möglichkeit, ihr formelles Interesse an dem ID abzugeben. Die Europäische Kommission lud “jeden Innovator oder eine Gruppe von Innovatoren ein, die ein zirkuläres, wirtschaftliches Produkt oder eine Dienstleistung auf den Markt bringen wollen, aber ein regulatorisches Hindernis wahrgenommen haben“.

Die Auswahl der IDs erfolgte im Zeitraum von Oktober bis Dezember 2016. Anschließend, im ersten Quartal 2017, wählte die Europäische Kommission zwei IDs aus den 32 Interessenten aus 14 verschiedenen Mitgliedstaaten heraus: Erstens ‘Sustainable wastewater treatment using innovative anaerobic membrane bioreactors technology (AnMBR)’; Und, zweitens, ’From E-mobility to recycling: the virtuous loop of electric vehicle’.

Im April 2017 erarbeiteten die beteiligten Parteien des „Waste Water“ IDs die gemeinsame Absichtserklärung, welche Umfang, Ziele, Handlungen, Rollen, Aufgaben, Zeitplan und erwartete Ergebnisse enthält. Das Projekt gliedert sich in drei Phasen (Early Life, Intermediate Review, Conclusion and Outcomes), die maximal sechs Monate dauern, aber jeweils verkürzt werden können. Die endgültige Bewertung der Innovation Deals ist für Mitte 2018 geplant.

In Zukunft werden wir noch genauer auf die einzelnen IDs eingehen.

Link zur Website der Innovation Deals der Europäischen Kommission

Link zum Bericht über die Umsetzung des Aktionsplans für die Kreislaufwirtschaft


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El 2 de diciembre de 2015, la Comisión Europea adoptó el paquete “Economía circular” para apoyar la transición hacia la Economía Circular en la UE. Este paquete consta de propuestas legislativas y de un Plan de Acción. Una de las iniciativas claves para 2016 fue „Innovation Deals for a Circular Economy“.

Innovation Deals (ID) son un nuevo programa piloto que pretende «reunir a los innovadores, las autoridades nacionales / regionales / locales y los servicios de la Comisión para aclarar los obstáculos normativos percibidos a la innovación en la regulación de la UE o en las medidas de aplicación de los Estados miembros». Desde el 26 de mayo hasta el 15 de septiembre de 2016, las empresas europeas tuvieron la oportunidad de expresar su interés en el ID. La Comisión Europea ha invitado a «cualquier innovador o grupo de innovadores que desee introducir en el mercado un producto o servicio de economía circular pero que haya encontrado un obstáculo normativo percibido».

La selección de los IDs se realizó entre octubre y diciembre de 2016. Posteriormente, en el primer trimestre de 2017, la Comisión Europea seleccionó dos IDs de 32 expresiones de interés de 14 Estados miembros diferentes: En primer lugar, ‘Sustainable wastewater treatment using innovative anaerobic membrane bioreactors technology (AnMBR)’; Y, en segundo lugar, ’From E-mobility to recycling: the virtuous loop of electric vehicle’.

En abril de 2017, las partes involucradas de la ID de „Waste Water” elaboraron la Declaración Conjunta de Intención que contiene el alcance, los objetivos, las acciones, las funciones, las tareas, el calendario y los resultados esperados. El proyecto se divide en tres fases (Early Life, Intermediate Review, Conclusion and Outcomes), cada una con un máximo de seis meses, pero se puede acortar. La evaluación final de los IDs está prevista para mediados de 2018.

Espera posts sobre cada ID individual en el futuro.

Link al sitio web de Innovation Deals de la Comisión Europea

Link al informe sobre la aplicación del Plan de Acción de la Economía Circular

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🇺🇸 MIT researchers develop new way to clear pollutants from water

Electrochemical method can remove even tiny amounts of contamination.

Source: MIT researchers develop new way to clear pollutants from water