The Story of Change

Story of Change

I already mentioned the story of stuff in a post a couple of years ago in a post because I really liked the video. Today I saw a new video of the Story of Stuff project, called The Story Of Change. After they first analysed all the “stuff” that we own, use, and get rid of, this video argues how we should generate change. Everyone buys things the need, or perhaps just want to have, everyday. As a colleague mentioned today, we [girls} don’t need a reason to buy new shoes, do we? So we all just keep buying more and more things.

Of course we look for organic food, we buy free range meat, we recycle, don’t we? But is that enough to really change the government policies and influence large corporations? I like their argument.  You do need a critical mass to get something done. Especially projects, like renewable energy, that require large investments. The example of the electrical cars in Amsterdam and other cars managed by Mercedes, Car to Go, functions because many people in Amsterdam use them daily. Without all these avid users, the project would have never gotten of the ground.

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Improvement to my boat

— UPDATE — The chinese engine was installed in 2012, and has so far been a success! Improvement, yes! Green, not yet. So what happened? We replaced the the old engine, a Mercedes OEM 636 , with a new Chinese engine. The Mercedes OEM 636 was last installed in a car in 1961. That is over 50 years ago! The engine has been running quite … Continue reading Improvement to my boat

Video of an electrical boat in Seatle

I just saw this video of a guy who made his own electrical boat and wanted to share it with you. The guy is having a great time in his self build wooden, electrical boat. The only thing he is still missing is some solar panels!

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Rising energy prise are good for Renewable Energy

Graph rising

The Germand energy giant RWE warns  for rising energy priss. The price for LPG and electricity will continue to rise. They warn us about the impact this has on everyones energy bill. This is bad news for consumers. They are afraid that especially the low income households will have difficulties paying their energy bills.

Rising energy prices

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Electrical boat from an unexpected place

You would expect a solar powered boats to come a sunny place like Florida or perhaps a country focussed on renewable energy like Germany. And surely not from the mountains. But the swiss do not only make watches, they build electrical boats, like this Aqua Bus 850 T, too. I am always positively surprised about the amazing quality products that come from the mountains.

Grove Boats Aquabus 1050T
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The Dong Solar Challenge has started

The Dong Solar Challenge has kicked off again! The international World Cup for Solar Powerd Boats has started in the North of Holland for the fourth time already. The Dong Solar Challenge started in 2004 as the Nuon Solar challenge and is regularly compared to the solar challenge for cars held in Australia . And just like with the solar powered cars, many new inventions and improvements are introduced every race, as a result, the times this year are expected to improve again over the ones from two years ago.

Dong Energy Solar Challenge

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