Real Ice is a Wales-based company that has invented a revolutionary renewable energy-powered ice maker to replenish the polar ice caps that are melting as a result of global warming. Their goal is to replenish the Arctic Ice using their carefully designed and concept-tested wind-powered machines that are maintained and operated by the indigenous people of the Arctic regions.
The company seeks to aid the defense of the right of indigenous people to live and thrive as an Arctic community by providing an alternate income source. The sale of earned carbon credits will allow them to monetize this offer through the measured re-icing process of Arctic ice sheets to carbon offset companies.
The inspirational project was developed by recent Bangor University graduate Cian Sherwin. How does it work? The wind-powered machine pumps water from under the Ice to the surface, where it freezes rapidly and patches gaps in the sea ice. It also works to thicken the Ice, thus increasing the albedo effect, which is the ability to reflect the sun’s energy back into space instead of being absorbed by the earth.
Still in the prototype phase, the project plans to employ indigenous people of Arctic regions to own, maintain and operate the machines. At the same time, they earn carbon credits which can be sold to companies to offset their fossil fuel use.
By combatting the effects of global warming and ice loss on traditional local communities, the company also hopes to boost the development of Arctic regions experiencing the harsh negative effects of global warming.
I chat with Cian Sherwin, one of three amazing innovators featured in the short film forTomorrow made with Jessica Alba.
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