Viable AlternativEnergy – Recap top 7 Articles of 2019

Viable AlternativEnergy – Recap top 7 Articles of 2019

Viable AlternativEnergy posts focus on environmental and socially conscious projects, products and ideas. Please join us, as we recap our 7 top posts from 2019.

1. Kamikatsu – Japan’s Zero Waste Town

The first municipality in Japan to promote a zero-waste policy. Residents sort waste into 45 categories. Kamikatsu municipality managed to recycle 81% of all their refuse in 2016.

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Kamikatsu zero waste map. Image: Zero Waste Academy
45 categories of waste - Kamikatsu. Image: Zero Waste Academy

2. Songhai Centre – Port Novo, Benin

In West Africa, Songhai is a broad-based NGO (non-governmental organisation). The Port Novo centre is the pinnacle of a zero-waste agricultural site. Primarily focused on research, teaching and production in sustainable farming. Everything from food (cooking oils, fruit, baked goods, juices and livestock for consumption) to biogas, biomass, plastic recycling, fish feed, animal feed, composting and soap production.  All machinery used on site is produced at the Port Novo centre.  This enterprise is a clear example of a circular economy. Taking the term self-sufficient to a whole new level.
Songhai City Model - Viable AlternativEnergy
Integrated system of production. Songhai City, Porto-Novo, Benin. Image: Mildred Williams | Viable AlternativEnergy.

For posts related to agriculture and producing energy from waste products:-
Rice and Duck Farming
The Power of Compost Worms
Algal Bloom to Algae as Fuel

3. Precious Plastic

Precious Plastic is an open-source platform concerned with the reuse/recycling of plastic waste.  Plastic items are shredded, extruded, injected and compressed. They provide information on how to build the machines. Additionally, community projects and collaborations are encouraged.

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Precious Plastic Machines (Shredder, Extrusion, Injection and Compression). Image: Precious Plastic
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Starting material. Image: Precious Plastic
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Products - Precious Plastic. Image: Precious Plastic

4. DFAB House – Digital Construction

The potential of a functional house using only computational design and digital fabrication is clearly displayed by the DFAB House.  This project highlights a brilliant collaboration between architecture, construction and science. DFAB House is the first house designed, planned and built, predominantly using digital processes.

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Posts about architecture and construction materials:-
Makoko Floating System
Wooden Nails – LignoLoc by BECK
Paper Made of …

5. Lumkani Fire Alarm

In towns and cities with informal settlements, houses are very close to each other.  A fire in one property can devastate the whole community. The Lumkani fire detection system is a heat detector that is not sensitive to smoke.  This device can rate the rise in temperature. Lumkani devices can work in series to alert a community of the location of the home on fire.

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Viable AlternativEnergy posts related to mobile apps and remotely operated vehicles:-
App Detects Mosquito
The Hunt and Recovery of Microplastics

6. Arsenic in Ground Water

Bioaccumulation of arsenic in the body can cause skin lesions, cancer and various other illnesses. Pteris vittata ferns grown on arsenic-contaminated soils can remove almost 50 percent of the arsenic in five years. This process takes time, but it’s extremely cost-effective. By understanding the biochemical mechanisms used by this fern to thrive in conditions of high levels of arsenic.  The genes in this fern could remediate arsenic in soil and groundwater.

Read the full article here…

Arsenic fern - Viable Alternativenergy
Purdue University researchers have determined the genetic mechanisms that allow the fern to withstand arsenic, which could lead to the modification of other plants that could remediate contamination even more quickly and efficiently. Agricultural Communication/Tom Campbell

Articles looking at water – desalination, cleaning up oil spills and the power of rain to charge up solar panels.
Hair for Oil Spills
Graphene Sieves – Desalination
Night Solar Panels – Power from Raindrops

7. Green Design – Vertical Gardens and Forests

Plants reduce stress, anxiety and improve productivity in workplaces. The presence of trees and plants in urban areas makes a positive impact on the overall ambience.

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Green design Bosco Verticale
Bosco Verticale. Image: Daniel | Unsplash

Posts related to underwater gardens, growing furniture and plates made of leaves.
Nemo’s Garden – Noli Italy
Leaves – Biodegradable Plates
Growing Furniture – The Art of Full Grown

Viable AlternativEnergy would like to wish all our readers a Healthy, Joyful and Prosperous 2020.

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