Water

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Has a Cleantech crash spurred the need for Bluetech innovation?

The recent CBS 60 Minutes documentary, The Cleantech Crash, was an apocryphal tale of wasted government funding and failed companies, and left one feeling sorry for a much maligned Vinod Khosla, deemed to be a prime architect behind the ‘failed cleantech revolution’. Khosla has rallied with a strong and stirring rebuttal in open letter to CBS. Cleantech, (if narrowly […]

January 23rd

Purdue Develops Low-Cost UV Water Disinfection System

For close to a billion people in our world, access to clean, safe, drinking water isn’t easy or simple. There are plenty of systems for purifying water, but many of them rely on costly technology or other inputs (chemicals or power), so coming up with an effective and low-cost water disinfection method could make a […]

October 29th

LifeCan: A Human-Powered Water Filtration System

For those of us with easy access to it, clean drinking water is usually taken for granted, but in many parts of the world, the basic human need for safe potable water isn’t nearly as easy to meet as just turning a tap. In fact, there are still over a billion people on our planet […]

October 15th

Sunflower Pumps Water Using Solar Power

Sunflowers, sunbeams, and dry fields. The sun is shining and the fields need watering, what’s a farmer to do? Use his tired old back pumping water? Worse yet, use that smelly diesel fuel or petrol to pump some water? No, there is an alternative! Use the sunshine to pump the water. It just goes hand […]

October 3rd

Cleaning Water With Music CDs

Researchers in Taiwan have come up with an interesting way to make use of the incredible quantities of compact discs which are thrown away every year — use them to break down sewage and clean wastewater. The research team behind the new idea will be presenting their wastewater treatment device (which utilizes CDs) at the […]

September 30th

BlueTech® Research Predicts Market Growth in the Alberta Oil Sands

Demand for more advanced water treatment methods creates market opportunity for technology providers A recent BlueTech® Research market intelligence report on water treatment in the Alberta Oil Sands shows that new regulations, gaps in innovation, and the industry’s needs for more efficient water treatment methods will create a market opportunity for water technology providers. In the […]

September 30th

Landwasher Improves Hygiene: With Portability

Few of us ever think about how much toilets and sanitation are part of a healthy eco-system. Landwasher Corporation, established in 1999, is a prominent industry leader and group enterprise which produces intelligent, sanitized, well-maintained, affordable and environmentally friendly toilets. It is starting by providing China with a number of high-tech, green, quality products. Landwasher has […]

September 9th

Water Pricing is Not the Roadblock to Water Innovation

There is a commonly held view among industry observers that “water is undervalued” and “water is underpriced.” Gloomy venture capitalists frequently cite the fact that “water is underpriced” as having the effect of hindering innovation and adoption of new technologies in the water sector (… and, incidentally of course, the ability to make good returns […]

September 1st

Earth Overshoot Day Means Humanity Is Bouncing Our Ecological Checks

Anyone who has had their own bank account knows this simple equation: withdraw more than you’ve got, and you’ll overdraw your account and start owing people money. Unfortunately, it looks like the Earth is officially bouncing its ecological checks as of today – Earth Overshoot Day – the approximate day our resource consumption in a […]

August 21st

Wind Power + Water Desalination = Win!

Water scarcity is a significant and rapidly growing problem throughout much of the world, and one which has no easy solutions. How do you increase the quantity of available fresh water enough to keep up with the demands of a fast-growing human population? One of the only real solutions is through saltwater desalinization — but […]

August 10th

How to Hack Buildings to Increase Productivity

We may be familiar with computer hacking, but what about hacking buildings? Future360 investigates that a hackable building is one that’s been adapted or modified to be almost unrecognizable from its original form. Architecture firm Gensler first coined the phrase “hackable buildings” and became a case study for this exciting new concept. Gensler’s Los Angeles […]

April 26th

Filtered Water Coolers: Disrupting an Old and Ineffective Model

Did you know that when you pay for bottled water, whether it is single serve or bottled water systems at work, 90% of the cost goes towards handling, transportation and delivery. Moreover, there is a huge environmental cost associated with plastic waste. All this for water that is available at a faucet? Makes no sense.

March 26th

Celebrating World Water Day by Reducing Water Use in the United States

The United States is one of the world’s biggest users of water—many Americans use as much water as approximately 900 Kenyans. As a result, water resources in the U.S. are shrinking. In the last five years, there have been water shortages in almost every part of the country, including the worst drought in at least 25 years, which hit 80 percent of the country’s farmland in 2012.

March 18th

Japan Sets Its Sight on Water

Japan has the 3rd largest economy in the world and is the 4th largest exporter. They produced prominent technological advancements, from reliable and fuel efficient cars to flat screen televisions. Now, Japan is taking interest in water technology markets and innovative water companies. Napoleon said, “Let China sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world.” […]

March 5th

3 innovative ideas to make water cooler talk green and, well, cooler!

Employees congregate around the water cooler to talk about the weekend’s events, spread office gossip, or discuss the new intern’s work performance. For companies, this creates an opportunity to spread the good word about sustainability and encourage participation in company sustainability programs. As anyone who’s ever worked in an office can tell you that water […]

January 21st