Category Archive for: Innovations


Just add water

It’s so obviously obvious. That’s how I recognize real innovation. It doesn’t need to be out-there or far-fetched; the best ideas are the simplest. The ideas that make you think: ‘of course’, ‘wasn’t this already there’ and ‘I want it now’. Mirjam has such an idea: shampoo, detergent, dishwash liquid contains about 80% water. What…

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Meet the “Tesla of eco-villages”

It’s no secret that today’s aggressive agricultural techniques can take a heavy toll on the environment, both on the land used for crops and livestock, and in the surrounding atmosphere. But a new vision of a more sustainable ‘integrated neighbourhood’ community is being implemented in the Netherlands, with the first of a series of high-tech…

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A genius new six-pack that solves a big environmental problem

Chris Gove loves the ocean so much, he named his brewery after it. Gove, who opened Saltwater Brewing in 2013 with four childhood friends, is an avid surfer and devotee of all things aquatic, including marine life. The problem? Selling six-packs of beer meant producing a lot of plastic waste… …which all too frequently finds…

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Beer brewed from waste water

A San Francisco brewery is using Nasa technology to make beer with water from sinks and showers, while other brewers are finding new ways to go green. In autumn of 2014 – three years into California’s devastating drought – architect Russ Drinker became fixated on brewing beer from recycled greywater (that is, water that’s been…

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Rise and walk

A spin-off company called SuitX, created by Berkeley researcher Homayoon Kazerooni, developed a super-lightweight exoskeleton The development five years, but now it is the cheapest on the market, making it more affordable for a big audience. They plan to sell the product from March and also a version for children will be available. Will this…

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The future of drones with people

Mankind has always been fascinated by the dream of flying. It requires devotion, enthusiasm and the will to overcome boundaries. It is the goal of e-volo to make this dream safer, more environmentally-friendly and affordable. To do this they have designed an aircraft which will revolutionize mobility on our planet in the foreseeable future. At…

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Mercedes F-CELL Roadster: Hydrogen-Powered Buggy Concept

“The department of weird cars is complaining about a weird vehicle,” Jeremy Clarkson could say. We think we found the modern classic among the modern classics. With an engine that runs on hydrogen, fuel and electricity. We can’t wait until this car goes in production. The car is purported to contain all of Mercedes top-shelf…

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The perfect electricity-free underground fridge

Whether you’re interested in lessening your burden on the environment or are prepping for doomsday, you’re sure to favor the plans of an underground cooling system – aka underground fridge – which keeps produce and fine wines from spoiling before their time. The Ground Fridge, as it is called, was invented by Dutch designer Floris…

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Soccer ball generates energy for light

Soccket is a soccer ball that, when kicked around, stores energy that can power small appliances in underdeveloped villages. Nearly 1.2 billion people around the world lack access to reliable electricity. That’s almost one fifth of humanity. When people don’t have access to electricity, they have to rely on dirty or dangerous energy sources like…

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Tired of sharing washing machines? Just pedal!

No electricity, just some water, soap and foot pedalling is required for Yirego to clean your clothes. Though it doesn’t look like the average washing machine, it will certainly get the job done. Just put the Yirego in your shower, fill it with water, detergent, and clothes and it will run on a foot pump…

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Bye bye bakfiets, here is ELF!

A bicycle with auxiliary electric motor powered by solar panels? It sounds great, but where to put those panels? The American company Organic Transit has a solution: a bicycle with a roof. In order to create a surface large enough for the solar panels, the roof was mounted on a frame with three wheels. The…

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Airlander 10: world’s largest and greenest airplane

Airlander 10 is 302 feet long — large enough to hold about 14 of the first plane the Wright Brothers flew — and full of helium. The airship, built by British company Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) and originally funded by the U.S. government, is nearing its first takeoff after the UK provided financing to complete…

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Turn Your Coffee Cup Into Trees

New biodegradable design turns your coffee cup into trees instead of trash. Alex Henige has developed a revolutionary coffee cup design that lets you get your morning boost and plant a tree. 400 million cups of coffee are consumed every day in America and usually thrown straight into the trash. That’s over 146 billions cups…

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A durable working environment based on C2C philosophy

Park 20|20 is the first full service Cradle to Cradle working environment in The Netherlands. In Park 20|20 a unique level of sustainability is created together with a human centered design approach to realise the cleanest, most inspiring and productive working environment to date. Sustainability is achieved through implementation of the Cradle to Cradle philosophy…

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Free and clean energy by turning on the tap

If you live in Portland, your lights may now be partly powered by your drinking water. An ingenious new system captures energy as water flows through the city’s pipes, creating hydropower without the negative environmental effects of something like a dam. Small turbines in the pipes spin in the flowing water, and send that energy…

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The future of kites

The Kiteboat Project has existed in some form since 1997, when Don Montague first began attaching kites to boats. Between 1997 and 2006, Don worked with a team in Hawaii to develop kites for use with surfing canoes, small catamarans, and large motored cats; their accomplishments included wave-riding and several island crossings. Between 2006 and…

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And the Oscar goes to … Stella

Stella, world’s first solar powered family car from Solar Team Eindhoven wins the “Best Technology Achievement”. Stella was competing with the big guys Apple Pay, The blockchain (Bitcoin), SpaceX lateral booster (from Elon Musk) and Rosetta’s comet landing. The Crunchies, or ‘Oscars for technology’ are held every year. Solar Team Eindhoven is an initiative of…

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The new way of cleaning cars

It’s looks like my car is burning, but in facts someone is cleaning it for me. Today my car was cleaned with steam. I read an article about steam cleaning and was surprised how effective and environmentally friendly it is. Instead of using 30 to 40 litres to wash a car, with the steam clean…

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From human waste to drinking water in 5 minutes

Janicki Bioenergy designed and built a machine that can be a real game changer in many parts of the world. It turns human waste into drinkable water

Bottle Makes Water from Thin Air as You Cycle

Using air flow and solar energy, this ingenious device creates up to a half-litter (16 ounces) per hour of drinkable water via condensation as you ride, quenching your thirst just when and where you need it most: while cycling hard in hot and humid climates.

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