Wave powered Boats, Mushroom Plastics

Liquid Robotics is a company that built a boat called “wave glider robot” that uses wave power to propel itself forward. We have many monitoring stations on the ground but this one is on the ocean to monitor water quality for Oil companies like the ones we have in India. The Boats are also equipped with solar cells has zero emissions, requires no fueling, and doesn’t need any power. The company give away the boats for free but sell the data monitoring services. Dept.of Oceanography, ONGC , Reliance and other offshore / Onshore companies should take a hard look at these emerging technologies. More details click here. http://liquidr.com/

Mushroom Plastics

We all know that polystyrene (Plastic materials)  is used extensively, practically non-biodegradable, toxic to marine and other life, and not really recyclable but just reused. The reused material is again thrown away. A New York based company ECOVATIVE came up with a idea of mixing mixing agricultural waste, such as rice husks and oat hulls,  with Mycellium (Mushroom)  ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XI5frPV58tY   in the growth phase by making the mushroom hard enough so that they can use this biodegradable material instead of polystyrene. The stuff is used by companies such as Steelcase, Ford to name a few.

Check more details at http://www.ecovativedesign.com/  Ecovative plans to license its designs, both in the U.S. and overseas.