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REST in Urban Agriculture

As the ‘indifference’ of Mother Nature, er climate instability continues intensifying, and when the price of petrol gets prohibitively expensive for foodstuffs to make their way to the markets, folks will be wishing for an achievable, sustainability developed schema like REST in Urban Agriculture  that includes:

  • hybrid renewable energy systems technology [HREST] for energy generation and capturing moisture from the air via atmospheric water generation
  • water resource management
  • waste management
  • affordable housing
  • access to fresh produce
  • employment opportunities
  • the 5 R’s – resiliency, redundancy, robustness, reliability, repair

PREPARE. RESPOND. ADAPT.

Poop Power Plants (PPP) AKA Dairy Cows

Ja, a new acronym for PPP. Nope, it doesn’t stand for that popular IT communications reference, Point-To-Point protocol or one of those political references.

To date, this is one of the best (recreated, altho it needs some tuning) InfoGraphics I’ve seen on renewable energy. Dairy cow poop, an endless, reusable feed stock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We humans poop A LOT, too…

PREPARE. RESPOND. ADAPT.

WWOOFing, permaculture & spherical cows

For the past couple of months, I’ve had a really fun a time practicing problem solving requiring the consideration of a spherical cow, er back of the envelope calculations, whilst designing a schema for implementing hybrid renewable energy systems on a commercial, organic farm in the Napa Valley of California.

I have been performing the duties of a WWOOFing Acolyte, learning about permaculture while applying my sustainable development knowledge in the field which includes developing a commercial application schema for installing small wind turbines in the built environment. Additionally, I am looking at opportunities for installing photovoltaics and biomass waste recovery systems. Thanks to Dr. Kubiak at the RLP AgroScience Institute for AgroEcology in the Rhineland-Pfalz area of Germany, my interest in biomass has been heightened to not only look at utilization of an anaerobic digester for farm and vineyard waste, but also utilizing the grape pomace as an effective mold and mildew mitigating agent.

My aim is to mindfully identify and address how ecosystems respond to change, how to facilitate public engagement by telling a story that resonates with all stakeholders, to help the environment and to learn how to mitigate the decline of biodiversity. The goal is to build on and better understand how my multidisciplinary insights apply in a real-world setting, and in identifying and understanding the landscape and culture of all stakeholders. And ultimately, I aim to provide big picture, sound, pragmatic and as-green-as-possible renewable energy technology recommendations that minimize any potential impacts on the landscape and culture being served, so an environmentally and socially accountable end can be ultimately achieved.

More to come soon…

The promise of Electric Vehicles (EVs) + more…

What can I say, I haven’t had much time to invest on this topic, but my colleague, Lindsay Leveen, The Green Machine has. Have a look at a few of his posts on his blog, Green Explored:


Is the Electric Smart smart or not so smart?
Is the Volt a call to revolt?
Did GM Get the Volt Right?

And don’t let these posts stop you. He has a veritable offering at Green Explored, including…

British engineers develop poo-poo-powered VW!

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What is a Hybrid RE Engineer?

An engineering generalist with an understanding of sustainable development whose skills set are typically comprised of an amalgam of mechanical and electrical engineering. One who is able to design and assemble systems and components that are comprised of more than one renewable energy (RE) technology i.e. solar, wind, hydro-kinetic (ocean/wave/micro-hydro), biomass, hydrogen fuel cell, geothermal and storage (battery, fly wheel, pumped-hydro). The RE technologies selected depend on one's geographical predisposition, resource availability, the end-use need, practicing conservation (behavioral change) to name a few considerations...

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