The Climate Institute actively helps both startup companies that invent transformative renewable energy technologies and nonprofits that facilitate climate change mitigation and adaption measures. We achieve this by linking students and recent graduates who are aspiring clean energy entrepreneurs with cutting edge firms and projects. The Innovative solutions initiative accomplishes its mission by performing the following tasks:
- Studying aspects of reforestation strategies in support of the World Resources Institute’s Initiative 20×20 program
- Conducting research and analysis for Microtron Technologies as they market their groundbreaking energy storage device
- Consulting for Majestic Trees as they restore the carbon sink that once covered the island of Hispanoloa
- Conducting research and analysis and drafting documents for Oceana as they spread their patented hydro turbine technology
Initiative 20×20 is a country-led effort to bring 20 million hectares of land in Latin America and the Caribbean into restoration by 2020. The initiative—launched formally at COP 20 in Lima—will support the Bonn Challenge, a global commitment to restore 150 million hectares of land around the world by 2020 and the New York Declaration on Forests that seeks to restore 350 million hectares by 2030. The World Resources Institute facilitates the dialogue between governments, civil society, and the private sector to build an effective coalition that can achieve the initiative’s goals.
Our involvement in Initiative 20×20 is twofold: data collection, analysis and documentation to illustrate the current and potential application of the monitoring of carbon stocks and fluxes in the monitoring of restoration processes at large and data collection, analysis and documentation to illustrate the current and potential role of carbon markets in Initiative 20×20 and in restoration processes. Both of these tasks are done concerning Latin American Countries.
Despite the efforts of some leaders to modernize the automotive industry, the electric car has yet to take its rightful place as the most popular type of vehicle. Climate Institute recognizes that Microtron Technologies’s breakthrough battery technology can make the electric car the standard in automotive transportation, rather than the exception.
Microtron’s ESD (Energy Storage Device) utilizes a combination of ultracapacitors and modified lithium-ion batteries coordinated through our microchip processor to charge or discharge its entire storage capacity rapidly in 16-30 seconds or gradually as needed, while boasting 99.121% round trip charge efficiency. The ESD is non-chemical in nature, which resolves the issue of battery deterioration, and provides a 45-year lifespan or 5,000,000 charge/discharge cycles, while further enabling a healthy and safe society. The ESD system, unlike Lithium-Ion or Lead-Acid batteries, benefits from 100% depth of discharge, as it does not degrade when completely discharged, overcharged, or kept at 100% capacity, eliminating battery replacement as a product life cycle cost for Club Cars. The ESD has an operable temperature range of -40C to 80C, making it suitable for the varying climates around the world. Microtron has converted rickshaws, motorcycles, and full-size sedans to accommodate and utilize its ESD and is now looking to create conversion kits that fit buses and golf carts as well.
The Climate Institute provides Microtron with feasibility studies, economic and political analysis, greenhouse gas impact calculations, marketing plans, and more. These services cover the “soft costs” associated with helping Microtron spread its groundbreaking technology to new markets around the world.
The proliferation of Microtron’s technologies will greatly reduce air and noise pollution in large cities, make transportation more affordable, and cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.
There are two ways to slow and eventually halt global warming; greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced or can be taken out of the atmosphere. Indeed, by reducing emissions and replanting forests, several countries have even gone net carbon negative as their amount of sequestration has surpassed their emissions. The majority of the effort to mitigate climate change has been spent trying to find inexpensive ways to produce energy from carbon neutral sources, but relatively few resources have been spent on the other strategy: carbon sequestration.
The world’s forest reserves have been destroyed at an alarming rate. Between 2000 and 2009, 32 million acres were cut down every year, releasing 15% of the world’s yearly carbon emissions. If this biomass were to be replaced, those carbon emissions would be taken back out of the atmosphere. Majestic Trees has found an innovative way to jumpstart that process.
The Dominican Republic was once covered with tropical forests that hosted an incredibly diverse range of species. Forest cover has been reduced to 40% of its pre-Columbian state, per a 2010 FAO report, due to a long history of slash and burn agricultural practices. Today, much of this land is used for growing crops and raising livestock. Many species’ habitats have been severely reduced because of these changes in land use. The Climate Institute and Majestic Trees plan to replace much of this forest cover and provide a suitable habitat for some of the island’s native species.
While many programs look to plant trees on a small scale or pay to protect existing forests (most notably REDD+), this partnership’s plan sets itself apart because it creates a financial mechanism, not to plant and maintain a finite number of trees, but to expand its forests on a large scale. Under purchase plans, investors acquire saplings, and sell them once they become marketable trees as a long-term investment. This comes with little risk. In the first three years, up to 30% of saplings are lost, but are replaced at no cost to the investor. Of the trees that pass three years of growths, more than 99.5% reach adulthood, making this a low-risk investment. When harvested, the investor receives 10% of the profit over the next fifteen years and Majestic Trees reinvests the remainder in its forests.
We provide consulting services to Majestic Trees regarding carbon credits and other environmental issues. Furthermore, the Climate Institute connects Majestic Trees to potential investors and provides a network for them to connect with technical researchers that can help the company expand further into the degraded land on the island of Hispanola.
Oceana Energy Company
Tidal power has yet to be harnessed on a large scale, but has the potential replace fossil fuels as a primary energy source in major energy markets. The Climate Institute recognizes that Oceana Energy Company has developed a game-changing device, poised to provide nonintrusive, predictable, and carbon neutral power to some of the world’s largest cities.
While most ocean turbines simply mimic above-ground windmills, Oceana has developed a design meant specifically to endure the harsh environment of the sea. Their experienced team of engineers made a device that weighs less, generates more power, and requires less maintenance than its competitors. It can also be manufactured in a wide range of diameters to fit the requirement of many current and tidal strengths in diverse locations ranging from free flowing rivers to near shore ocean sites.
The Climate Institute mobilizes its staff of business experts and editors to draft needed business materials for Oceana. We use our vast energy industry network to draw deserved attention to the hydrokinetic turbines. Several founding board members of the Climate Institute were instrumental in establishing Oceana.
Climate Institute supports the proliferation of this technology in order to provide another option for countries to expand their renewable energy portfolio. Oceana’s devices have the potential to generate cost effective power that can drive coal and oil out of the world’s largest cities.