Even Biodiesel has a role in Hydrogen Convergence Framework

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Yesterday, the ebTDesign Forum published a blog segment about the changing energy architectures. Now, we want to talk about one of the most promising technologies for achieving sustainability which is biodiesel. The challenge for economic developers is how you build a consensus around any one technology. In truth, there are too many options and you …

Developing Energy Architectures using Hydrogen Convergence

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According to 90% of the attendees at this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF), energy architectures are changing. Even though these very serious people agree that things are changing, they are less clear about which framework should be used to develop these new energy architectures. These are the kinds of challenges that people who live through …

Sustainability provides New Opportunities for Small Fleet Owners

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Enabling economic sustainability in the United States will create new demand for small business owners. Techno economic change based on sustainability needs to start at the grassroots level. The reason is because disruptive innovation requires new businesses that can make a meal on small cost structures. Incumbents are wedded to their cost structures and it’s …

Happy Earth Day to all our Readers!!!

By Zachary Alexander on

As readers of the ebTDesign Forum, you know that very few barriers to sustainability are actually technical. In fact, the vast majority of barriers are actually more cultural. On this Earth Day, we would like to wish you and yours a fun and safe day however you choose to celebrate it. And, look forward to …

What if Hydrogen Convergence is Profitable?

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A lot of very serious people like to say that America can’t afford hydrogen convergence. However, economic developers may want to consider the fact that hydrogen infrastructure may actually be profitable even before the introduction of mass produced hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The real payoff for investing in hydrogen convergence will come from enhanced community …

Local Economic Developers must fill the Void Left by NASA

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During the Cold War, Americans looked to government agencies like the Army and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to protect their interests. Now, there is a sustainability race and the United States Economy is falling behind. However, there doesn’t appear to be the will in Washington to compete on this grand stage. So, …

Save the People then Debate the Science

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A letter from former NASA astronauts, engineers and scientists is making the rounds that question the actions of James E. Hansen, author of Storms of my Grand Children. Now a lot of very serious people will be distracted by the debate about the science of global warming and its impact on climate change. However, you …

Reading about NASA’s debate over Spaceflight Framework

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Discussing the strategies for achieving sustainability have clearly become the most pressing debates of our time. Some very serious people would do nothing to change our point of view (i.e. culture) while others would blow up the entire economy and live with the limitations of battery electric vehicle transport. On the other hand, you and …

2012 Defense, National Security, and Climate Change Workshop

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The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) is hosting a 2012 workshop on the operational and national security implications of climate change on June 25th and 26th. We at the ebTDesign Forum applaud ACCO for promoting the need for sustainability education and changing the Federal Government’s sustainability culture. However, we would suggest that ACCO do …