Category: Innovation



This is exciting! It will save the problem on waste and our dependency on fossil fuel. And jets are the biggest gas-guzzler.

Im really happy to see that a lot of people are doing their part in finding the solution for us to counter climate change.  We can all do something from as little as unplugging those unused electronic devices to investing and innovating something as big as this.

The problem of climate change is really felt by so many people around the world.  Flooding, hurricanes, tsunami, snow storms, la-nina etc.  It’s scary but we can either be overwhelmed by fear or just do something about it.

 

 

 

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Leftovers on the menu for jet fuel

Matt O’Sullivan
January 4, 2011 – 3:00AM

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FOOD scraps and grass clippings could one day help fuel Qantas passenger jets.

But the airline has confirmed that its plans to convert rubbish into biofuel does not include harnessing the other, less appealing, form of human waste.

Qantas has taken its most tangible step towards reducing its carbon emissions by signing a deal with a US fuel producer, Solena, to consider constructing a trial plant near Sydney Airport to turn waste into biofuel.

The airline said it expected to complete a feasibility study for the waste-based aviation fuel plant within a year. Should it become feasible, the biofuel will be trialled on aircraft.

The waste considered as potential sources of biofuel includes food scraps, packaging and tree cuttings.

Qantas has been investigating the possibility of fuelling planes with biofuel for several years but the latest memorandum of understanding with Solena will kick-start its efforts to find alternative sources. The airline spends about $3 billion a year on jet fuel.

”While we are still in the early stages of this project, the possibilities are exciting. We hope to announce further details soon,” a spokeswoman, Olivia Wirth, said.

Solena formed a joint venture with British Airways in February to build a £200 million ($305 million) plant in London by 2014 to turn up to 500,000 tonnes of waste a year into 73 million litres of jet fuel. This would be enough to fuel about 2 per cent of BA’s aircraft based at London’s Heathrow Airport.

Qantas said it was too early to say what a waste-based fuel plant would cost but it is likely to reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars. It is also talking to other companies about its options for biofuel.

The airline’s chief executive, Alan Joyce, is among 18 business leaders who sit on the federal government’s business advisory committee on climate change.

Qantas, Virgin Blue and Air New Zealand are members of the global Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group, whose goal is to fast-track the commercialisation of sustainable aviation biofuels.

Air New Zealand has also trialled the use of a blend of jet fuel and jatropha oil in an engine of a Boeing 747-400.

 

This story was found at: http://www.theage.com.au/environment/energy-smart/leftovers-on-the-menu-for-jet-fuel-20110103-19dwo.html

 

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The internet has revolutionized the way we learn and do things nowadays. When we don’t understand something, we no longer look for a hardbound encyclopedia or dictionary. We simply connect to the internet and google. There’s a vast information available in the internet, one just has to discern which ones are trash and which ones are helpful or even life-changing.

As I traverse this new path that I’m exploring now, I’m doing so many research that sometimes I feel like I’m seeing the world in a whole new perspective. I felt that the corporate world has limited my learning to become more of “performance-based” rather than becoming an innovator or sharpening the skill I inherently have or pursuing the passion that was always burning in me.

With this new found time out from the corporate world, I feel my brain is working more than ever. With all the time I have, I reliazed that the best resource for entreprenuers is TED GLOBAL. Since I discovered it, it became my daily source of inspiration and ideas. It’s like my classroom and the speakers are my teachers, who more often than not share the same vision I have. Changing the world one day at a time. 🙂

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I got too inspired today. I think I spent the whole day watching TED videos. It’s so easy to lose track of time with the way they talk about their passion, their vision and how they successful implemented it and their ideas..whew.. are revolutionary,.. these people are just amazingly smart. I hope to learn from them and become like them.
I was especially inspired by Chris Anderson and Shaffi Mather.

Below are their talks:

TED Talks TED’s Chris Anderson says the rise of web video is driving a worldwide phenomenon he calls Crowd Accelerated Innovation — a self-fueling cycle of learning that could be as significant as the invention of print. But to tap into its power, organizations will need to embrace radical openness. And for TED, it means the dawn of a whole new chapter …

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TED Talks Shaffi Mather explains why he left his first career to become a social entrepreneur, providing life-saving transportation with his company 1298 for Ambulance. Now, he has a new idea and plans to begin a company to fight the booming business of corruption in public service, eliminating it one bribe at a time.

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Fahma Waluya, A 12 Year Old Boy Who Won APICTA 2010
Posted on October 24th, 2010 at 12:00 pm by Farah Fitriani


Fahma Waluya is just 12 years old, but he’s not an ordinary kid. What makes him different from others is that he is an application developer. He likes creating games and mobile application that is useful for children. How does he do it? He usually starts by making a simple animation, then he converts (or whatever it says) the animation into a software for mobile phone, using a program.

Amazingly, his hobby leads him into a beautiful achievement. This young boy recently won an award at the 10th International Asia Pacific ICT Awards which was held on October 15 2010.
Fahma, a student of Salman Al Farisi full day school, Bandung, received an award for category Best of Secondary Student Project. his project’s name is My mom’s mobile phone as my sister’s tutor. He was helped by his sister, Hania (6 years old). This achievement makes both of them the only Indonesian who got an honorary award in the competition. there are 16 categories, 180 nominees, and 17 countries competed in APICTA this year, including Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, India, Taiwan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Because of Fahma and Hania, Indonesia successfully listed its name in the winner’s list of APICTA 2010. Although we only won one award among 16 categories available, but we have to be proud, because Fahma and Hania are the youngest winners of all. What else could be better than that?
Check this article about Fahma,
For some, creating apps or games can seem like a daunting challenge. However, Fahma Waluya Rosmansyah spends his free time creating games that help Indonesian children learn the English language or even basic maths skills. That in itself is worthy of a round of applause, but we forgot to mention that Fahma is only 12 years old. Now that’s amazing.
Fahma was born in Indonesia in 1998 and like most kids, loves playing with his games console, PC games and with mobile phones, and it was when Fahma reached fifth grade that he began to learn how to develop with Adobe Flash. That same year he created his first application called BAHANA which allows young children to learn the alphabet, numbers and colours – all from a Nokia E71. In his sixth grade, he developed over 5 more applications, one of which is downloadable from the Ovi Store. ENRICH enables children to translate Indonesian words into English using colourful images and clearly pronounced words. MANTAP is a similar app but instead teaches Indonesian children Maths, and should be available from the Ovi Store in the coming weeks.
Fahma tells us he can create an application from scratch in less than 12 hours, with the help of his younger sister, Hania, who provides some of the sound content. She is also his main source of inspiration and beta tester. Having recently been awarded the Indonesia ICT Award 2010, Fahma plans to continue developing apps for local Indonesian children and even hopes that one day his apps can be made available to every child, globally.
Here are some screen shots of the ENRICH app.
For a 12 year old, currently going through school, we find this an incredible story and shows what the young mind can achieve, and what’s even more commendable is that these apps are used to help young children learn some valuable life skills.

http://goodnewsfromindonesia.org/2010/10/24/fahma-waluya-a-12-year-old-boy-who-won-apicta-2010/

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