Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Investor Ideas #Climate Change and #CleanTech Podcast- Recycling Problems and Solutions - (NASDAQ: $LOOP) (OTC: $NSRGY)

Investor Ideas #Climate Change and #CleanTech Podcast- Recycling Problems and Solutions - (NASDAQ: $LOOP) (OTC: $NSRGY)

Delta, Kelowna, BC –April 30, 2019 www.investorideas.com, a global news source covering leading sectors including climate change and clean-tech releases today’s edition of Investorideas.com Climate Change and CleanTech Podcast - climate news and solutions, stocks to watch plus insights from thought leaders and experts.

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Good afternoon and welcome to our first new episode of Investorideas.com Climate Change and CleanTech podcast.

I’m Taylor Van Zant, the host of Investorideas.com Cannabis “Potcast” and your host for today’s edition of our Climate Change and Clean-Tech podcast.

Today we are looking at recycling, that thing we all try to do and which is now in extreme peril. A recent report from Global News covered this yesterday and today and is a very sobering read which I recommend looking into. If you don’t have time though, the general outline is a lack of buyers for recycled products.

First looking at aluminum which is worth more than paper, plastic and cardboard, and accounts for sometimes up to 25 percent of recycling company revenues.
“Last year this time, we were selling it for about $1,900 a tonne,” said Bluewater Recycling Association president Francis Veilleux. “This year, it’s closer to $1,300 to $1,400 a tonne.”
The situation is even more dire for plastic as China stopped accepting much of the world’s recycling at the start of 2018, the market has been flooded with product. The dwindling number of buyers who are left demand only the highest-quality material — and at a fraction of the cost.
Cheap plastic, don’t even have buyers anymore. Recyclers are having to pay to get rid of them. And while recycling was never a money-making venture, the business model was feasible.
“Garbage and recycling is the number 1 rising cost that municipalities are facing right now. Higher than police or ambulance or medical or anything else,” said Amanda O’Neill, director of the West Yellowhead Waste Resource Authority, which handles recycling for 20 rural municipalities in midwestern Saskatchewan.
nvestorideas think this is “bull$#it” and we can do better.
Here are some companies working on solutions.
Loop Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: LOOP) focuses on depolymerizing waste polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics and polyester fibers into base building blocks. It re-polymerized monomers into virgin-quality PET plastic for use in food-grade plastic packaging, such as water and soda bottles, as well as polyester fibers for textile applications. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in Terrebonne, Canada.
Loop recently announced that it has completed a multi-year supply agreement with Danone SA, one of the world’s leading global food & beverage companies.
“On behalf of our team, I’d like to thank Danone for their continued support and commitment to Loop, sustainability and the circular economy,” said Daniel Solomita, Founder & CEO of Loop Industries.

Another company Danimer Scientific, who is currently a private biotechnology manufacturer that employs 101 people in sleepy Bainbridge, Georgia, partnered with Nestlé (OTC:NSRGY) to develop a bottle made of something other than petroleum-based plastic. The corporate giant, which has a market capitalization of more than $283 billion, sells bottled water all over the world, including the Poland Springs and Zephyrhills brands in the United States.

Nestlé is one of two dozen giant consumer brands gearing up for a full-scale war on single-use plastics. The most recognizable names in food and beverage, home and health care, and beauty and personal care have set the ambitious goal of 100 percent recyclable, reusable and compostable packaging by 2025. But while multinational conglomerates can and do develop new technologies in-house, it’s not typically part of their core business, and the bureaucracy inherent in these complex companies can slow the R&D process. For this reason, some of these behemoths are turning to entrepreneurs and innovators offering alternative materials, advanced recycling technologies and closed-loop reusable packaging for help.

"Smaller companies can be more agile and hopefully accelerate the pace at which the technology becomes a product a multinational can use," said Mike Otworth, CEO of Innventure, which specializes in identifying and commercializing disruptive tech. Innventure’s portfolio companies include PureCycle Technologies, an advanced plastic recycling startup led by Otworth and, as of March, also a Nestlé partner.

With limited to no buyers of plastic in the market now, smaller tech companies looking for new solutions will be essential in dealing with this global crisis. Investorideas will strive to continue to bring more information on new solutions to the plastic crisis our planet faces, but it is up to all of us to ensure our policy makers and plastic producers do not let this crisis go ignored. For a small glimmer of hope there has been recent strides in the EU which offer some examples of how we can change our future.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The #AIEYE: #AI and #Automation as an Answer to Energy Consumption and Environmental Sustainability (NYSE: $ABB) (TSXV: $MCLD.V) (NASDAQ: $MRVL) (NASDAQ: $RAVN)

The #AIEYE: #AI and #Automation as an Answer to Energy Consumption and Environmental Sustainability (NYSE: $ABB) (TSXV: $MCLD.V) (NASDAQ: $MRVL) (NASDAQ: $RAVN)

Point Roberts WA, Vancouver BC – April 10, 2019 – Investorideas.com, a global investor news source covering Artificial Intelligence issues a special edition of The AI Eye, looking at how AI will play a significant role in energy consumption and environmental sustainability.

As global population increases and the rate of industrialization across the developing world accelerates, the problems of energy efficiency and climate change loom ominously. One thing that may be able to keep externalities caused by urbanization in check, are emerging technologies like artificial intelligence. A recent report from Technavio for instance, projects that global AI in the energy market will grow by $6.06 billion USD from 2019-2023. An analysis from Frost & Sullivan highlights some of the benefits of this trend. In the analysis, Swagath Navin Manohar, Research Analyst, Energy & Environment, outlines how AI can reduce energy waste in electricity and other sectors by providing better consumption data:

"In addition to making the electricity system intelligent and flexible, AI algorithms help utilities and energy companies understand and optimize consumer behavior and manage energy consumption across different sectors. Meanwhile, complex machine learning algorithms combined with real-time weather data from satellites, ground-based observation, and climate models can be used to forecast the electricity generated by RES like wind, solar, and ocean."

Multinational automation company ABB Ltd. (NYSE:ABB) is already putting some of these ideas into practice with their Industrial AI Accelerator program, aimed at supporting startups using AI to solve industrial challenges. The co-founder of one of those startups (Greenlytics), Sebastian Haglund El Gaidi, explained how working with ABB makes it possible to leverage AI in the service of a more efficient power grid:

“The conversations with ABB helped us realize the different areas where we can combine our capabilities and create technological synergies. Collaborating with ABB will help further develop our vision of tomorrow’s increasingly renewable, distributed and smarter grid. We already learned a lot about not only the technology but also the potential market and customer needs – and that is really important for a startup, especially in a B2B context.”

An article on The Next Web emphasizes the role AI has in identifying patterns in energy consumption data that can be used to better regulate how scarce resources like electricity can be distributed. The piece quotes Henrik Brink, the founder of Ento Labs, a company fighting climate change with artificial intelligence:

“Energy efficiency is the only really direct way of lowering emissions. And according to our initial research, there’s a huge opportunity for lowering emissions. There’s so many low hanging fruits of companies and industries that can be optimized a lot.”

A company applying this insight in a big way is Universal mCloud Corp. (OTC:MCLDF) (TSXV:MCLD), whose AssetCare platform combines AI with IoT and cloud computing technology and has found application in various markets. A key recent development has been the announcement that AssetCare connectivity has been established for the Heiwado Shopping Center in Changsha, Hunan Province, China. Done in collaboration with mCloud partner SCN Ltd., this will see management of the mall’s stores’ HVAC systems using AI and analytics, which will deliver ongoing energy savings, curbing the costly 41 percent of energy currently used by Heiwado for heating and cooling.

Furthermore, mCloud collaborates with Britwind, an affiliate of UK’s Ecotricity, to apply AssetCare analytics to improve wind turbine availability and extend the health of wind turbines in Europe and China, and mcloud is also collaborating with Fulcrum Automation Technologies on a plan to target at least 200 oil and gas assets as part of a greater strategy to access thousands of field assets in North America and the Middle East.

Semiconductor manufacturer Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NasdaqGS:MRVL) last year demonstrated its AI SSD Controller powered by Deep Learning Accelerator technology from NVIDIA. The related press release stresses the cost-saving features of the tech via “improving efficiency, reducing power consumption, maximizing scalability and optimizing distribution of resources,” Noam Mizrahi, VP of Technology and Architecture at Marvell, said:

“Our advanced AI SSD controller proof of concept solution sets a new paradigm in utilizing available system resources more efficiently, resulting in the scalable, cost-effective data storage expected for all kinds of machine learning tasks."

Raven Industries, Inc. (NasdaqGS:RAVN) reduces operating costs and improves yields using precision agriculture technology. Last year, the company partnered with Dot Technology Corp., an autonomous agriculture platform leader, to “power the autonomous farming solutions of the future”. The Raven tech-based DOT Power Platform “completes tasks autonomously and enables farmers to spend more of their time focusing on the overall operation of their farms.”

So though greater industrialization across the globe creates challenges to energy consumption and environmental sustainability, it also seems to be yielding the very technologies, such as AI and automation that are required to assuage them.

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