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Bioluminescent trees could light up our streets

Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde from Studio Roosegaarde (they developed the smart highway concept) explains how biomimicry techniques inspired his project to swap streetlights with giant light-emitting plants.

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Solar powered trikes deliver food to local businesses without the emissions
The major problem with the modern food industry is how much it relies on oil. Consumers demand food from all around the world, even when they can get seasonal fruit and veg from their local neighborhood. Startups such as FreshRealm have already aimed to reduce the number of trips produce makes by delivering it straight from farms to consumers by mail. Now Amsterdam-based FOODLOGICA is using sustainable e-trikes powered by the sun for ‘last mile’ food transport from city farmers’ markets to local catering businesses. READ MORE…

Solar powered trikes deliver food to local businesses without the emissions

The major problem with the modern food industry is how much it relies on oil. Consumers demand food from all around the world, even when they can get seasonal fruit and veg from their local neighborhood. Startups such as FreshRealm have already aimed to reduce the number of trips produce makes by delivering it straight from farms to consumers by mail. Now Amsterdam-based FOODLOGICA is using sustainable e-trikes powered by the sun for ‘last mile’ food transport from city farmers’ markets to local catering businesses. READ MORE…

Two-Thirds of the World’s Population May Face Water Scarcity by 2025 | People For Smarter Cities
That’s why it’s urgent that cities and citizens adopt programs that promote conservation. Read these posts to learn how simple and innovative ideas are helping to curb water waste. 

Two-Thirds of the World’s Population May Face Water Scarcity by 2025 | People For Smarter Cities

That’s why it’s urgent that cities and citizens adopt programs that promote conservation. Read these posts to learn how simple and innovative ideas are helping to curb water waste. 

Los Angeles Is Building an e-Highway | CityLab
The road would eliminate truck emissions, and is being tested in a corridor that connects the port to downtown.
The experimental system is being built along a mile of the corridor to test how highly polluting diesel truck traffic could instead run on emission-free electric power.

Los Angeles Is Building an e-Highway | CityLab

The road would eliminate truck emissions, and is being tested in a corridor that connects the port to downtown.

The experimental system is being built along a mile of the corridor to test how highly polluting diesel truck traffic could instead run on emission-free electric power.

IBM Teams With Swiss Startup For Solar ‘Sunflower’ | Forbes
When someone mentions solar technology, invariably we think of rows upon rows of rectangular panels. A system being developed by Switzerland’s Airlight Energy together with IBM IBM +0.1% Research rethinks the traditional shape, with intriguing environmental and efficiency implications.
Officially dubbed the High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal (aka HCPVT) system, the technology is designed look like a 32-foot-high sunflower. The dish measures roughly 430 square feet, covered with 36 elliptic mirrors that concentrate sunlight into liquid-cooled receivers containing an array of PV chips. (It’s the same sort of cooling technology used in IBM supercomputers.) There’s an advanced tracking system that turns the dish throughout the day to optimize sunlight capture.

IBM Teams With Swiss Startup For Solar ‘Sunflower’ | Forbes

When someone mentions solar technology, invariably we think of rows upon rows of rectangular panels. A system being developed by Switzerland’s Airlight Energy together with IBM IBM +0.1% Research rethinks the traditional shape, with intriguing environmental and efficiency implications.

Officially dubbed the High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal (aka HCPVT) system, the technology is designed look like a 32-foot-high sunflower. The dish measures roughly 430 square feet, covered with 36 elliptic mirrors that concentrate sunlight into liquid-cooled receivers containing an array of PV chips. (It’s the same sort of cooling technology used in IBM supercomputers.) There’s an advanced tracking system that turns the dish throughout the day to optimize sunlight capture.