We are looking at an exciting world…..

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Algae fuel So what are we waiting for?

Market Watch interviews OriginOil CEO Riggs Eckelberry:



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Cebu’s fuel briquette and rocket stove

Cebu Daily News reports fuel briquettes made from backyard twigs and leaves produce more efficient heat in rocket stoves than more conventional charcoal.   The rocket stove has proven to be a life saver for the third world countries is showing great possibilities for the developed countries.    What if we could utilize just a fraction of the rice hulls, straw, leaves, grass and leaves?    What an impact this would make on energy conservation!

Rising prices of petroleum based cooking gas  inspired a Cebu-based company to develop indigenous fuel that is as cheap as it is efficient and a lot cleaner.

Iconium Essential Product calls this product “fuel briquettes.”

It is made of organic materials abundant in backyards like leaves, twigs, rice husk and straw, corn cob, sawdust and even shredded paper.

They bundle this cheap and environment friendly fuel with a custom-made stove they call “Rocket Stove.”

Unlike ordinary charcoal, fuel briquettes produce a more heat intensive blue fire rather than ember. As an efficient fuel, it also emits less smoke.

A four inch diameter and one inch thick cylindrical fuel briquette is enough to cook rice said Amy Ouano, chairperson of Iconium.

Compared to ordinary charcoal that cost around P7 per kilo, fuel briquette’s suggested retail price is P2 per kilo.

The rocket stove is well-within the price range of single burner liquified petroleum gas (LPG)-fed or electric powered stove at P600 – P700 per unit.

“We were searching for an alternative method for cooking. LPG is very expensive,” she said.

She added that although there are many known alternatives to LPG and charcoal, “we thought we needed to develop our own product from indigenoues raw materials.”

Thus they hatched the idea of  ‘fuel briquettes’ bundled with rocket stove,” Ouano told Cebu Daily News.

How it’s done

Green raw materials like leaves and grass are moistened and left to partially decompose for several days.

These are then dried and pounded or chopped into small pieces about the size of cornflakes.

They are soaked, mixed in a slurry and pressed with a fuel briquette press into a 4 inch (10 cm) diameter cake with a 1” (2.5cm) center hole.

The briquettes are dried in the sun for 3-5 days and then it’s ready for anybody’s next meal in the making.

Eco friendly

In terms of heat-producing properties, “fuel briquette” is efficient, Ouano said.

Perhaps the third world countries are not behind us when it comes to the basic provisions.   If we were forced to live without electric perhaps the third world would be light years ahead of us.    Maybe we could learn a lot.


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Supermarket Greenhouses

How Rooftop Greenhouses Could Revolutionize The Supermarket


This greenhouse at the Manhattan School for Children was built by BrightFarms Inc. Photo credit: BrightFarms

BrightFarms is a startup that builds and operates urban greenhouses for supermarkets. In December, the New York City local-food company raised $4.3 million in Series A funding, and last week it secured the right to build a sprawling rooftop greenhouse in Brooklyn that may grow a million pounds of produce a year.

The company’s hydroponic greenhouses use no soil but can grow greens year-round in any climate, according to CEO Paul Lightfoot. BrightFarms has built several greenhouses in NYC and plans to open three supermarket farms this year.

I recently interviewed Lightfoot about the company’s unique business model, and how moving produce from faraway farms to the supermarket roof might affect customers, farmers, and grocers.

This story from Forbes explains what a great potential greenhouses could have.   Not only from the wholesalers, residential and commercial but also the great potential to use greenhouses as part of a retail supermarket operation.    Why not bring the actual growing of food into the customers domain?


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How can a greenhouse help your family live off the Grid?

Watch provision University Youtube….

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Good Better Best

Remember the old Sears Catalog.    Some items gave you the choice between GOOD BETTER OR BEST.    We always want the very BEST but how many times do we settle for the worst because we don’t do anything if we can’t have the best?

Why not accept good for the present rather than not doing anything and keep improving when we can?    It sure beets that worst.



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So, what can we learn from George Washington Carver?

George Washington Carver was one of the greatest if not the greatest American Inventor ever.    So what can we learn from this genius today?   Provision University is seeking those most like Carver in every community.    As part of that campaign we will be doing a series of videos focusing on the wisdom Carver gave us.  Click here for George Washington Carver award info.

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What Is The World’s Greatest Problem Today?

What do you think is the world’s greatest problem?

Is it:

Climate change?

Food shortage?






over population?



nuclear weapons?

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How much are you spending on utilities?

Information by the dept of energy:

Typical House's Annual Utility Bill pie chart Source: Typical House memo, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2009 and Typical house_2009_Reference.xls spreadsheet.

Average price of electricity is 11.3 cents per kilo-watt hour. Average price of natural gas is $13.29 per million Btu.

* “Other” represents an array of household products, including stoves, ovens, microwaves, and small appliances like coffee makers and dehumidifiers.

Sign up for Learn Off The Grid Living Coming soon.


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Do you understand your utility bill?

Most people don’t understand their bill.   How can we hope to reduce the bill when we don’t even know what or how much we are buying?  Did you know that most businesses pay more for the same amount of electricity as the residential customer pays?

Provision University is offering a Six month course for businesses on How To Reduce the Utility Bill.   Businesses have been saving up to 50% of their bill from practicing these principles.   For many small businesses the utility bill could make or break the business.  Even a 10% reduction in the bill could make a huge difference


Learn simple tips that will save your business 10% today!

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Provision University Seeks George Washington Carver Icons

Provision U the virtual learning center dedicated to helping the individual helping themselves says what America needs now a George Washington Carver in every community.

Provision University is coming out with their flagship course Learn Off The Grid Living later this year.   The course is designed to help the small innovators to develop themselves in order to help others help themselves.

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