Author: Nick Booth

Cquestrate shifts up a gear and Chris nearly falls of his chair.

Last month I mentioned the launch of an incredibly bold project to use online collaboration to help engineer a means to dramatically reduce CO2 levels in the atmosphere, undoing the damage that industrialisation has done to our climate. It revolves around the idea of mixing lime with seawater on a grand scale. Cquestrate is using open source online collaboration to create a technical solution which is free of intellectual property restrictions.

I want to return to blogging on cquestrate partly because the idea needs as many of us as possible to talk about it in the hope that out there specialists in

  • Geology
  • Mining
  • Bulk Transport
  • Lime Manufacturing
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Ocean Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Energy
  • Open Source Development

can pitch in their ideas.

Things have also moved on in the last month:

Founder Tim Kruger has now given up his job to concentrate solely on this one big idea.

Using information that’s come from the web contributors cquestrate has commissioned specific research into the energy balance of the process and the environmental impact of adding lime to seawater.

The idea has been submitted to the 500,000 Euro Picnic Green Challenge, with a shortlist expected on September 9th.

Tim is finding a lot of international interest:

The site has a strong Birmingham link having been made by Maverick in a project driven by Antonio Gould and Chris Unitt who says:

For me, there are three particularly great things about Cquestrate:

  1. The idea itself. If it can be shown to be feasible then this could be huge. When I read the line in the Cquestrate presentation about carbon dioxide potentially being taken back to pre-industrial levels I nearly fell off my chair.
  2. The ‘open source’ approach. Giving away knowledge of this
    magnitude and asking the global community to contribute is a great way
    to tackle the problem. People have responded well and it raises the
    question of which other problems could be tackled in a similar way.
  3. The project is heavily reliant on the internet as a social space
    where information and ideas can be shared. It’s a relatively new area
    to be working in (and as far as we know unheard of in science circles)
    and it fascinates me. There are interesting questions around how we
    get people involved, how we communicate and which are the best tools to
    use to allow that exchange of information.

On that last point one thing I’d like, out of curiousity is a page on the site which just shows us comments – even divorced from their specific page they have a curiosity. Take Pierre:

We can reduce very much the cost of calcination of calcareous CaCO3 as this :
The CO2 émitted from calcareous calcination is very hot ,we can take this hot CO2 for heat new calcareous powder before introduce it in the furnace.

There are loads of brilliant folk out there and cquestrate wants to create a space where they can safely change the world.

The flow chart of faff.

With this being the summer and most of the folk I know (including my kids) on holiday I’m battling procrastination more than ever. The real question in my mind is should I work or should I no[sic].

Whilst trying to decide whether I should watch the Channel four programme on Castleford or pootle on the webs my mind wandered to David Barrie. Lo and behold his blog throws up the most exquisite piece on procrastination including quoting from my favourite song (The Clash – and not I’m sure if I should stay or go so I’ll probably do the one which requires the least effort) and a link to what I can only describe as the flow chart of faff.

Right. Back to “randomly browsing”, which these days seems to also involve watching my partner sit on the sofa working, next to my diligent daughter who’s reading another book whilst following LitteLaura on twitter as she polishes off another couple of websites.

Double Meh.

Communities of Practice for the Third Sector.

Steve Dale is pleased to report that the Office of the Third sector is to create online Communities of Practice to help Local Government and the Third Sector work together.

To support local authorities and their partners, OTS and IDeA will be establishing an on-line Community of Practice and linking with work of the Government Offices in the regions and Regional Improvement & Efficiency Partnerships. The on-line Community of Practice will allow members to share good practice and ideas, discuss challenges and solutions, and to identify and explore ways of working together.

News Release and details here.