Industry Innovation and Infrastructure

Sustainable Development Goal
Last week, the Hawaiian Electric Companies began Hawai‘i’s largest procurement effort for renewable energy resources to end the use of coal and reduce reliance on imported oil for power generation, moving the state closer to its goal of using 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. With the approval of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), the...
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Japanese conglomerate backs solar utility BBOXX to expand service in south Asia and Africa  A BBOX mini solar panel. The UK-based firm operates in four African countries and with Mitsubishi’s investment is expanding into Asia. A British energy firm lighting up homes in Africa with pay-as-you-go solar power has secured £40m to extend its reach to Asia...
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Innovative project in Glasgow to drill 12 wells exploring mine water for geothermal heating With numerous abandoned coal mines across the UK, there is a large potential utilising abandoned mines to derive geothermal energy that could be used to heat up to one fourth of UK’s homes and businesses. The innovative UK Geoenergy Observatories Project...
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Scheme to pipe ‘waste heat’ from tube into hundreds of Islington homes and businesses  A Northern line tube train coming into Kentish Town station. Photograph: Alamy The sweltering temperatures on the tube’s Northern line will soon begin keeping homes in Islington, north London, cosy through the colder months, under a scheme to harness the heat from...
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Newlight has developed a technology that captures greenhouse gases from the atmosphere to make plastic. A “carbon-negative” alternative to plastics made from fossil fuels. While reading an article on the increase in methane emissions from dairy farming Mark Herrema, a student at Princeton University, had an idea: What about using greenhouse gases as a resource...
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Daan Roosegaarde's "Smog-Free Tower"
In 2015, a Dutch designer invented an air purifier to help fight air pollution. First, it came to Rotterdam and four Chinese cities. Now, it’s going to Poland Daan Roosegaarde’s “Smog-Free Tower”  The air we breathe is not as clean as it once was. And in many cases, it is getting worse. On high-smog days...
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