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BioLite. Energy everywhere.

June 27, 2012 in Appropriate Technology, Biotech/ Biofuels

Brooklyn-based BioLite has developed a cookstove technology that provides heat and electricity, fueled simply by wood or found biomass.  Targeting both the 3 billion people in the world that cook using open fires on a daily-basis, as well as the market of hikers and campers far from ovens and electricity, BioLite provides an efficient, clean, [...]

Fermentalg. CO2-absorbing algae street lamp.

May 30, 2012 in Biotech/ Biofuels, Carbon capture

Based just outside of Bordeaux, France, biotech Fermentalg is designing a groundbreaking street lamp that absorbs enormous amounts of CO2, over 150-200 times more than a tree – using microalgae. French biochemist Pierre Calleja founded Fermentalg in 2009 to exploit the wonders of microalgae for many applications from fuel to health to the fishing industry. The microalgae street [...]

Bio Architecture Lab. Renewable fuels and chemicals from seaweed.

February 3, 2012 in Biotech/ Biofuels

Bio Architecture Lab (BAL), based in Berkeley, CA, has developed an enzyme to effectively breakdown brown seaweed to produce ethanol. As compared to other biofuel feedstocks such as corn, macro-algae (as seaweed is more formally known): does not compete with food crops for arable land, does not require freshwater, and does not contain lignin (a complex [...]

LanzaTech. Leading the way in carbon re-use technology.

January 18, 2012 in Biotech/ Biofuels, Carbon capture

Auckland, New Zealand-based LanzaTech converts waste carbon monoxide (from steel mills, oil refineries, chemical plants, etc) into ethanol and high-value chemicals using proprietary gas fermentation microbes.  A two-fold miracle worker – 1. creating value out of waste, and 2. reducing co2 emissions. The LanzaTech process centers around its patented, wholly-owned microbe, categorized as a WHO-risk 1 organism [...]

Vegawatt. Power your restaurant with waste vegetable oil.

December 6, 2011 in Biotech/ Biofuels

Vegawatt, located in Boylston, MA, provides restaurants with an on-site combined heat and power (CHP) system to use waste vegetable oil (WVO) as fuel to generate electricity and hot water for the restaurant. Vegawatt’s cogeneration technology includes a patent-pending 4-step cleaning process to transform “the darkest, nastiest used cooking oil into fuel appropriate for power [...]

Methane Harvest. Lower costs. Sustainable energy.

December 1, 2011 in Biotech/ Biofuels

Methane Harvest, based in Cambridge, MA, delivers a genius solution for waste water treatment plants which converts the plant’s waste into electricity and heating.  Moreover, MH’s innovative build-own-operate model provides a risk-free, cheap, local, and clean electricity solution for the plant and the plant’s community. We all know that Watt Now loves anaerobic digesters (processing organic [...]

Novomer. Catalyzing green chemistry.

November 15, 2011 in Biotech/ Biofuels, Carbon capture

Novomer converts waste CO2 and CO into valuable plastics.  Pretty awesome, right?       To break it down, plastics are simply polymers of carbon and hydrogen.  Traditionally, they are manufactured almost entirely from fossil fuels, which is probably something we don’t think about. In contrast, Novomer’s innovative technology combines traditional feedstock with up to 50% [...]

Joule Unlimited. Liquid fuel from the sun.

September 28, 2011 in Biotech/ Biofuels, Carbon capture

Joule Unlimited‘s Helioculture technology directly transforms waste CO2 and sunlight into ethanol and diesel fuels.  No need for biomass feedstocks, agricultural land, or fresh water.  Nor energy-intensive biomass transformative processes.  Just some really high-tech microorganisms. Sounds a bit sci-fi.  But the reality is here.  Well more accurately, in Leander, Texas where Joule has built its pilot plant. [...]

Green Grease Monkey. Vegetable fueled vehicle systems and more.

September 23, 2011 in Biotech/ Biofuels, Recycling

What do you do with leftover cooking oil?  You can’t throw it down the drain.  You’re supposed to store it in a jar and then throw it safely in the trash.  Too bad you can’t recycle it.  Or can you?  Green Grease Monkey has found a clean and economic model to recycle cooking oil.  Based in [...]

Harvest Power. The new generation in organics management.

September 21, 2011 in Biotech/ Biofuels, Recycling

Organic waste makes up 14% of total waste generated in the US.  What if we could convert all that waste into something valuable – for instance, electricity, fuel, and fertilizer products – with 0% waste left in the end?  Harvest Power, recently voted one of the Global Cleantech 100, does just that.         To [...]

Border Green Energy Team. Using sustainability as a model for development.

September 8, 2011 in Appropriate Technology, Biotech/ Biofuels, Solar

The Border Green Energy Team (BGET) was founded in 2005 and brings renewable energy and sustainable technologies to refugee, minority, and rural communities along the Thailand-Burma border. BGET has three focus areas: Renewable energy and appropriate technology Technical education and capacity building Sustainability in rural development BGET teams work on energy (solar, micro-hydro, and bio-gas) [...]

Sanergy. Building Sustainable Sanitation in Urban Slums.

June 18, 2011 in Appropriate Technology, Biotech/ Biofuels, Recycling

Sanergy was started by a group of MIT grads – a mix of MBAs, engineers, and designers – to develop an innovative model of sustainable sanitation for the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. The primary objective of the project is to create clean and affordable sanitation.  Sanergy takes this objective further by developing a model that [...]