The time has come. The countdown...

 

Sunday, 9 July, 2017: The time has come. Applied Nanoparticles will make an important announcement this week. The countdown begins ... five days left!

 

Context: The anti-enlightenment movement has reached the White House but...“A strong economy and a healthy planet are mutually reinforcing.... We remain collectively committed to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions through, among others, increased innovation on sustainable and clean energies...We take note of the decision of the United States of America to withdraw from the Paris Agreement... The Leaders of the other G20 members state that the Paris Agreement is irreversible” #G20 #climatechange #renewables #anaerobicdigestion https://www.g20.org/gipfeldokumente/G20-leaders-declaration.pdf

 

 

Monday, 10 July 2017.The countdown follows... four days left!

 

A man of Enlightenment, Alessandro Volta, was the first to isolate methane. He also discovered methane mixed with air could be exploded using an electric spark: this is the basis of the internal combustion engine. The name "methane" was later coined by August Wilhelm von Hofman

 

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas. While CO2 persists in the atmosphere for centuries, or even millennia, methane warms the planet on steroids for a decade or two before decaying to CO2. In those short decades, methane warms the planet by 86 times as much as CO2. Globally over 60% of CH4 emissions come from human activities

 

They made it! Inspiring testimonial from a company which integrated #RRI principles in their activity: Applied Nanoparticles SL.It is the responsibility of everyone, in order to create a cleaner planet with a more stable atmosphere, to prevent CH4 from entering the atmosphere and rather to introduce it into our stoves, vehicles and heaters. We understand #RRI as a normative-political orientation that seeks to alter the present sociotechnical order; we are convinced that taking a Responsible Research and Innovation approach to research is the only way of solving the problems we have in the world https://innovation-compass.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/AppNPs-Final.pdf

 

Tuesday, 11 July 2017. The countdown follows... three days left!

 

Methanogens are microorganisms that produce bio-gas (mainly methane) as a metabolic byproduct in anaerobic conditions. In this processes, known as anaerobic digestion, microbes break down biodegradable material. Methanogens uniquely belong to the domain of archaea. Biogas is a renewable energy source (upgraded is renewable natural gas)
“There is an urgent challenge around climate change meaning that cities matter more than ever – they are on the frontline of climate change, but also most vulnerable to its impacts. Biogas is one of the main tools in tackling methane emissions, a key source of greenhouse gas emissions in global cities,” said Amrita Sinha Kataria, Manager of the Sustainable Solid Waste Systems Network at C40 Cities https://bioenergyinternational.com/biogas/biogas-key-tackling-global-methane-emissions-c40-cities

 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017. The countdown follows... two days left!

 

“When we first observed the effects of Fe3O4 nanoparticles in anaerobic consortiums digestions we did not realize what was happening.” Discovery of Magnetite Nanoparticles role on Anaerobic Digestion (2010). Scientifc Publication of phenomena (2014).

 

A novel concept of dosing iron ions using Fe3O4 engineered nanoparticles is used to improve biogas production in anaerobic digestion processes. Since small nanoparticles are unstable, they can be designed to provide ions in a controlled manner, and the highest ever reported improvement of biogas production is obtained. The nanoparticles evolution during operation is followed by an array of spectroscopic techniques” http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/smll.201303703/abstract

 

 

Thursday, 13 July 2017. The countdown follows... one day left!

 

It is microbes that have been running the earth’s ecosystems for around 4 billion years.
From inside our bodies to under the ocean floor, microbiomes — communities of bacteria and other one-celled organisms — thrive everywhere in nature. Yet we know surprisingly little about the inner workings of nature's smallest and most complex ecosystems.
Nanoscience provides a set of tools that promises to open a window into this hidden world. Nanoscience  may be able to help tease apart how the members of natural microbiomes interact with one another. Nanomaterials can be designed to supply essential nutrients to the microbiota: The beginning of the nanomicrobiology era.

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