Recent Case Studies

Windturbines extra advantage; cooling and drying crops
by: Mirjam Visser, 2010-12-20 04:22:32 UTC
Researchers from the U.S. Energy Department’s Ames Laboratory have concluded a months-long study that shows that wind turbines may benefit surrounding crops. The purpose of the study was to see if wind farms in rural farmlands have any impact on the …
Large uncertainties in footprinting; A case study
by: Mirjam Visser, 2010-12-16 04:18:35 UTC
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have taken on the task of walking a mile in the shoes of Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) measurement standards, in the paper (via SmartPlanet) ‘Uncertainty and Variability in Carbon Footprinting for Electronics: Case Study …
Unilever's plan to half its footprint in a decade time
by: Mirjam Visser, 2010-11-16 03:10:41 UTC
Two billion times a day, somebody, somewhere, uses a Unilever brand. That is a great opportunity to have impact on the sustainability of the world we live in. The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan isn’t just the right thing to do for people and the environment. …
Giving people access to mobile phones without the need to own one
by: Mirjam Visser, 2010-10-27 09:15:59 UTC
The platform enables mobile operators to realise very low cost mobile phone services for the one billion people in BoP who use mobile phone services today, but cannot afford or do not wish to buy a handset. These people share phones with family and friends …
Bio-energy from soil's metabolism
by: Mirjam Visser, 2010-07-01 03:45:22 UTC
Damp soil contains bacteria that give of a electric load. Copper/zinc electrodes, like the plates in a normal car battery, absorb the electrolytes. While the different metals react with each other they amplify the electric current. By connecting the positive …
Closing the Carpet Recycling Loop
by: Mirjam Visser, 2010-04-28 10:06:50 UTC
Five billion pounds of carpet ends up in landfills each year. Less than 5% of that is reclaimed. At Interflor’s carpet reclamation and recycling program, ReEntry 2.0, now reclaims all InterfaceFLOR and competitor carpet (commercial and residential, broadloom …


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