The following is a brief Gallery of Sustainable Technology
New Ventures. Visit us again as we update and expand
this section, or email us with companies we should know
Enzymatic Micro-Fuel Cells: This company is developing
enzyme-based technology to power micro-fuel cells. When
there products are commercially available, you will
be able to use your cell phone for a month or laptop
for a week without recharging. It has many unique advantages
compared with PEM fuel cells, including the ability
to follow the load, operate in closed environments at
room temperature and provide higher power densities.
The cartridges can be made of recycled plastic and the
waste product is water. Most batteries contain toxic
chemicals by comparison.
Thermoplastic Truck: This company has built the
first commercial van truck body out of recycled plastic.
It has more interior space, longer life cycle, and translucent,
compared to standard metal and wood construction. More
importantly it is over 1,000 pounds lighter, thus improving
cargo carrying capacity or fuel economy.
Coastal Desert Agriculture: This company has developed
a system of growing high-protein chicken feed on salt-water,
thus creating new economic opportunity for coastal desert
Composite Materials: This company has developed
a unique honeycomb material from post-industrial recycled
plastics that achieves lightweight and high strength
by mimicking natures truss design of a birds
wing. When integrated into composite materials for architectural
or industrial applications it typically generates a
Factor 40 improvement in materials performance.
Fleet Management: This company has developed a wireless,
Internet-based vehicle management system that is allowing
organizations to more effectively utilize their transportation
resource. Result: fewer cars/trucks accomplish the same
work as previously.
Solar Water Pumps: This company has developed sophisticated
new electronic control systems that allow improvements
in solar-powered water pumps from a previous five gallons
per minute to 500 gallons. Factor 100x. This can not
only bring new agricultural productive capabilities
to certain remote regions, but provide economic benefits
(reduced cost) to farmers in New Jersey and California
Regenerating Tires: This company has developed a
system that extends tire life by up to 20% and eliminates
flat tires (waste) due to punctures. With 260 million
tires on US highways, that translates into a potential
reduction of 40 million tires. In addition, flat tires
from punctures are a cost and source of lost time for
many commercial operations.
Renewable Hydropower: This company has developed
underwater windmills that generate electric
power on a distriubted and scalable manner from natural
river, tidal or ocean currents without the necessity
of creating dams.
Building Materials: This company is developing a
system whereby an aesthetic pattern similar to natural
stone is stored in software and regenerated in three-dimensions
on-demand through a CNC-like control of the casting
process. This compares to the current business model
of natural stone which requires the movement of tremendous
amounts of mass (stone) around the world and their storage
in inventory until a buyer wants it.
Soil Amendment: This company has developed a soil
amendment that improves and strengthens the soil ecology
of agricultural lands. Independent tests have shown
a 25% increase in yield on corn crops with a simultaneous
50% reduction in fertilizer use. In addition to the
improved economic value, this reduces agricultural run-off
a main source of waterway pollution (creating dead zones
in rivers and seas) by both using less fertilizer and
improving the health and holding capacity of the soil.