I got together four company profiles that I believe deserve more media attention.
Solidia Technologies® is a sustainable technology company with a patented scientific process that makes it easy and profitable to use CO2 to create better building, construction and industrial products.
Solidia exists where challenge and opportunity meet on a variety of global issues, including population growth, rapid urbanization, infrastructure decline, climate change and water scarcity. Solidia has the potential to deliver profitable, game-changing solutions to every corner of the world by employing some of the world’s most ubiquitous materials—cement and concrete, along with one of its most problematic pollutants—CO2.
By offering the concrete and cement industries market-driven solutions as they pivot to the low-carbon economy, Solidia Technologies offers a solution grounded in scientific innovation and fueled by the power of the marketplace. (From Site)
I love these guys. Green Cement and Concrete will be an enormous industry and will help cut green house emissions while also making available a low temperature curing building material. They are also very active on Twitter(@SolidiaCO2), which makes it fun to suggest potential partnerships with companies around your living area. Go to their site and poke around a little. Teach yourself about the coming revolution of cement and concrete.
Yulex Corporation is revolutionizing rubber and energy production through sustainable, agricultural-based, latex allergy friendly solutions. The company harnesses crop science, zero-waste bioprocessing, and materials science for the production of biomaterials from the renewable, industrial crop guayule. Yulex’s biorubber, resin and biomass materials have medical, consumer, industrial and bioenergy applications. The company is based in the U.S. Southwest and has a growing global footprint.
Yulex Corporation, a privately held company founded in 2000, develops sustainable, health-friendly biomaterials made from guayule (Parthenium argentatum). The company produces agricultural-based, latex allergy-friendly biomaterials for the manufacturing of medical, consumer, industrial and bioenergy products. Yulex has established sustainable clean technology through its advancements in plant breeding and genetics, agricultural practices, and proprietary material conversion technologies.
Yulex develops compounds and formulas for customized products, establishes processing protocols, and co-develops finished products in collaboration with market leaders.
Yulex biorubber emulsion is registered with the Personal Care Product Council under the INCI name Parthenium Argentatum Bark Extract.
This company is another one that I feel isn’t getting enough attention and should be getting a lot more. One reason why I enjoy this company so much is the focus on reclaiming land by using the Arizona dry climate land that wouldn’t be used for anything, and changing it into productive biorubber and biomass production. Arizona is surrounded by this type dry, flat land that is just waiting for the guayule plant to be seeded, adding value and jobs to land that used to be totally ignored.
The Twitter (@YulexGuayule) for Yulex is also very active.
OriginOil has developed a breakthrough water cleanup technology for the oil & gas, algae and other water-intensive industries.
Unlike other technologies, the company’s patent-pending Electro Water Separation™ process rapidly and efficiently removes organic material from large quantities of water without the need for chemicals.
For the oil & gas industry, OriginOil is helping clean up produced water and recycle fracking water, to reduce harm to the environment and lower costs. For the emerging algae industry, OriginOil is making large-scale harvest possible. And in aquaculture, OriginOil is helping improve yields and making seafood healthier by dramatically reducing the levels of toxic ammonia and bacteria in water. For a world short on clean water, OriginOil is the lower-cost and cleaner answer.
I have talked about this amazing company before as well as Yulex, so I will refer you back to that Post (LINK). OriginOil has made giant leaps and bounds in the last couple of months. Using a pivot method, they have gone from just a dewatering algae company to expand into Aquaculture, the Oil and Gas Fracking industries, and even prototyping a sewage water processing unit that is quite spectacular.
OriginOil has a very active Twitter account (@OriginOil), which is very responsive.
ZEO is a privately held, Australian-based company that has discovered, developed and patented a revolutionary eco-friendly industrial material, derived from raw cellulose – the most abundant source of fibre on the planet.
Pure cellulose extracted from recycled and reclaimed papers, industrial hemp, discarded natural fabrics, waste and renewable plants, is sustainably transformed into a strong, durable, flexible base material called ZEOFORM™.
Similar in look, feel and function to a dense hardwood, ZEOFORM can be sprayed, moulded or formed into infinite shapes, sizes, colours and variations – including specialised substrates for unique applications in any industry requiring woods, plastics and resins for manufacturing.
ZEOFORM is truly 100% eco-friendly – with no glues, binders, chemicals or additives of any kind. A unique patented process produces a beautiful, versatile, extremely strong material for hundreds of thousands of products used everywhere and every day, worldwide.
This stuff just blows my mind. The amount of cellulose that is just thrown away or burned is crazy. To be able to turn this “waste” product into something of an inexpensive building material is revolutionary. They also embrace an open source model so a possibility of WikiHouse asking for some ZEOFORM in future models of their designs seems highly likely.
I have a lot of other thoughts on ZEOFORM but that will be for another post. I will link to their Indiegogo campaign going on right now – http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/zeoform-revolution and their Twitter (@ZEOFORM)
I want to end as I alway do with a PROMPT.
PROMPT – If your character had access to cheap building materials, what kind of structure would they build in the backyard? Could they build said structure or have to ask someone else?
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