A Carbon-Based Industry, But No Greenhouse Gases

Carbon Trifecta is an initiative that has a very innovative approach to bringing down the level of excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Instead of sequestering it in geological vaults, it wants to strip the carbon from the carbon dioxide and make graphene from it. That graphene will become the building block of manufacturing a wide range of objects, from buildings to cars to clothing.

This could pave the way for a fourth industrial revolution, fueled by carbon, but without adding more carbon to the air.

When The Storm Hits, The Parks Sink

A part of the Big U, on an ordinary day.

The “Big U” is a proposed 10-mile-long horseshoe-shaped (social) infrastructure that will guard the southern half of Manhattan from storm surges and rising sea level.

When the East River swells, the urban space next to it turns into a lake.

The barrier—which will extend from West 57th Street, wrapping around the southern tip of the island and run back up the other side to East 42nd Street—will, during ordinary times, masquerade as a combination of parks, promenades, recreational zones and cultural spaces.

The Lower East Side would be protected by a “bridging berm”—a level space separating two areas—at the East River Park. Both the berm and the bridge will be wide and planted with salt-tolerant fauna.

The bridge (foreground) and the berm (background.)
The Big U can absorb a storm surge.

This is a project by the Danish architect, Bjarke Ingels.

Windmills Of The Sea

The Haliade-X wind turbine is nearly as tall as the Eiffel Tower.

GE is planning to roll out a series of giant offshore wind turbines in the Netherlands. These enormous whirling machines will be deployed at sea as the winds are stronger and steadier there than on land.

Towering 853 feet over the ocean and having blades, 350 feet long, one Haliade-X, is capable of producing as much thrust as the four engines of a Boeing 747 jet. It’ll be able to turn out 13 megawatts of power, enough to power a town of some 12,000 homes. When assembled in arrays, the “windmills” will have the potential to illuminate an entire metropolis.

Offshore turbines now account for only about five percent of the generating capacity of the overall wind industry.