Man made nature Written on July 31, 2020, by .

Building a new settlement tends to post war nostalgia and to the adventure of a Mars Colony. The architecture of ZieglerBranderhorst at Marker Wadden does indeed appear alien; a robot like viewing cabin and a windmill that rises from the dunes at night. At the same time, the settlement is as self-sufficient as an alien colony.

Store energy in iron Written on February 14, 2019, by .

iron as energy storage

Rust might be the missing link in the energy transition. Surplus energy from wind or sun can be stored in iron by converting iron oxide. When needed, this iron powder can be used as fuel that produces temperatures for even industries to use, without production of CO2, says Team SOLID from Eindhoven.

Fuel cell boat through the canals Written on November 30, 2009, by .

If you’re not the kind of tourist in Amsterdam that wants to exhaust fumes into the air (in any way), your boating trip can be emission free as of today. The new tourist boat by Lovers drives on electrics powered by a fuel cell. The energy that makes the electrolysis  to get energy into the H2 is delivered by a wind park in the North Sea.

Analogue website Written on August 31, 2009, by .

What to do when you’re  writer and are asked to make an exposition? The analogue website is the paper version of the website you’re visiting now. No fancy font but by hand, no pictures but the real thing, no weblinks but a post-it for you to take home. To be touched from August 28 at Witte de Withstraat in Rotterdam in galery Aanschouw. I’m nr. 1 in 10x Van Lieshout.

Live with it Written on August 3, 2009, by .

The Dutch have been known to dam and polder water. In the housing project Nieuw Water, a green house area will be given back to nature. The polder fills up and functions as a water container. A housing area with  appartment complex The Citadel floats atop, using 25% less energy thanks to water cooling techniques. “Stop fighting water, live with it” says architect Koen Olthuis.

Turn the heat on Written on July 20, 2009, by .

Seiko applied the warmth of your wrist to power their watch. During sleep we generate 80W of thermo electric energy. Design Academy graduate Martijn Dijkhuizen managed to capture this energy through this Teddy bear to take to bed. Teddy is based on the Seedback effect where a current is created between two plates of different temperature, one being warmed by your body.

Hey ho, let’s go Written on July 15, 2009, by .

Finally. I can sell this 100 horsepower carbon burning machinery and switch to electric. The long awaited Enertia by Brammo hit the market. 12,000 dollar is not cheap, neither expensive for a bike. 180 kilo’s of weight can become 130, but 250 km/h top speed will then be 90 km/h. But hey, it will be the talk of the cleaner town.

Mensch Maschine Written on July 3, 2009, by .

As if Kraftwerk is still the hippest band, Germany brings us a new ManMachine. It’s the combination of electricity and human legs that make eRockit drive as fast as 60 miles per hour. Looks are distinct enough to not be asociated with anything we already know (like powered pedalling bikes for your grandparents). Still waiting for e genuine 100 m/h electric bike I can afford however…

Free energy Written on February 16, 2009, by .

Islands depend on resources transported in from the main land. Six countries will do it differently. Goal of the ‘Cradle to Cradle Islands’ is to be selfsustainable in energy, water and material by the year 2020. Heleen Sombekke: Large opportunities in Blue Energy that emerges when salt and fresh water mingle here. Both are all around without the need for transport.

Koolhaas decorates the North Sea Written on January 14, 2009, by .

Main feature of the masterplan Zeekracht (sea power) is a ring of windmill farms of seven adjacent countries. With shared infrastructure and knowledge by  2025 Europe should be able to be independent of the oil states and Russia with a combination of wind- and solar energy. Current parks are located withing viewing distance of the land due to loss of energy during transportation.

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