Did you know it’s possible to grow plants in sand and gravel with nutrients but without soil? It’s called hydroponics, and it is one of the many important projects happening in Azraq refugee camp, located in Jordan on hot desert terrain, where over 53,000 displaced people of the Syrian civil war are sheltered.  With funding from the World Food Programme, the […]

Currently about half of the world lives without access to reliable energy to power their homes, meaning many people either have no access to electricity or they only have access for a few hours a day. This lack of energy means they have no way to power mobile phones, computers or televisions. Importantly, it also […]

In Japan, the city of Fukuoka is using human sewage to fuel hydrogen-powered cars.  It’s part of the Fukuoka Hydrogen Leader City Project to achieve a hydrogen society. And it’s the first project in the world to produce sewage-powered cars. Fukuoka sends the human sewage produced by its 1.55 million citizens to a sewage treatment plant, where biogas generated from […]

“There is surprising – even shocking – good news: Our ability to convert sunshine into usable energy has become much cheaper far more rapidly than anyone had predicted. The cost of electricity from photovoltaic, or PV, solar cells is now equal to or less than the cost of electricity from other sources powering electric grids […]

“Solar Impulse is the only airplane of perpetual endurance, able to fly day and night on solar power, without a drop of fuel.” Solar Impulse 2 is a “revolutionary single-seater aircraft made of carbon fiber [that] has a 72 meter wingspan (larger than that of the Boeing 747-8I) for a weight of just 2,300 Kg, equivalent to […]

“Believe it or not, the electric storage battery — a technology that has been around since the eighteenth century — could change the economic course of the twenty-first century. Thanks to breakthroughs on the horizon, batteries qualify as one of 12 disruptive technologies that the McKinsey Global Institute has identified.” That paragraph is how a […]

“Access to information, light and basic energy in a humanitarian crisis can be just as essential as food, water, medical supplies and shelter.” Thus starts Social Entrepreneur Kristine Pearson‘s blog post on the World Economic Forum’s Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship blog.  Kristine is Chief Executive of Lifeline Energy, whose mission is to improve “the […]