Energy and Environment
Finding innovative solutions to protect our environment and natural resources.
Energy and Environment
Finding innovative solutions to protect our environment and natural resources
Real solutions to protect and preserve our environment
IBM Research works with with organizations around the world to develop creative solutions that address what is arguably one of today's greatest challenges: protecting the environment and our natural resources. This work builds on an enduring responsibility ingrained in the IBM corporate policy and culture to prioritize innovation in this important area.
Volatile Catalyst (VolCat)
A radical new recycling process
IBM researchers have discovered a catalytic chemical process that digests certain plastics (called polyesters) into a substance which can be fed directly back into plastic manufacturing machines in order to make new products. Advancements like VolCat will make plastics recycling more efficient and versatile.
Health-check soil and water with AI
The AgroPad enables real-time, on-location chemical analysis of a soil or water sample, using AI. Since the paper-based tests can be reliably performed by non-experts, public data collection with instant digitization in chemical sensing becomes a real possibility. Along with low cost, mass production of the paper-based device and large-scale deployment through mobile and cloud technologies, the exploratory prototype could revolutionize digital agriculture and environmental testing.
Autonomous AI microscopes
Real-time oceanic data
IBM researchers are building small, autonomous microscopes that can be placed in bodies of water to monitor plankton in situ, identifying different species and tracking their movement in three dimensions. The findings can be used to better understand their behavior, such as how they respond to changes to their environment caused by everything from temperature to oil spills to run off. They could even be used to predict threats to our water supply, like red tides.
Green Horizons initiative
Improving air quality
IBM Research - China, partnering with major global cities like Beijing, New Delhi, Johannesburg and others, is spearheading a global Green Horizons initiative to enable governments, utility companies and factories to better understand and improve their relationships with the environment and to help tackle pressing issues related to air pollution and climate change.
The Jefferson Project at Lake George