• 7,000 Indian railway stations soon to be powered by the sun

    Posted in Alternative Energy on February 23, 2017

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    Subject to implementation of the plans announced in India’s 2017 Union Budget, pretty much all railway stations in the country will soon be powered by solar.

    In the Union Budget speech made on February 01, 2017 by India’s Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, it was announced that the 7,000 railway stations will run on solar power very soon, across India. This is in line with the Indian Railways’ mission to implement solar power capacity to the tune of 1,000 megawatts (MW).

  • Who knew that browsing the Internet could make people’s homes warm?

    Posted in Other Stuff on February 23, 2017

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    Great news for inhabitants of Stockholm: The warmth of their homes could come from a simple (and sometimes wasteful) activity people indulge in everyday – Browsing the internet.

    To achieve its green objective of becoming free from fossil fuels by 2040, Stockholm is aiming to source 10% of its needed heat from data centers. Therefore, in collaboration with numerous partners, Stockholm is looking to aid several large data centers to go there, then harness and channel the heat generated from these centers’ servers into a local district heating system.

    How Will the New Road Tax Rules Impact Van Drivers?

    Posted in Transport on February 23, 2017

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    Starting April 1 2017, the taxing system for new cars in the UK will change. Many drivers looking to buy a new car will observe that they are going to pay more than they expect to.

    The new system of Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) is expected to lead to an easier, more streamlined system. However, many low-emission vehicles will also be subject to the tax even if they are already insured.

    Smart cars whizzing by North America’s streets will soon be all electric

    Posted in Transport on February 15, 2017

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    The streets of North America will soon be a platform for electricity-powered, a.k.a. green smart cars.

    In a recent letter, (obtained by publication Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and reviewed by Reuters), German auto giant Daimler claimed that shortly, their gas-powered smart vehicles being sold in the US and Canada will be replaced by electric versions of their micro cars. However, markets outside USA and Canada will continuing having access to gas-powered vehicles.

    H&M’s Conscious Exclusive Collection creates new, super soft Bionic Yarn from discarded plastic

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on February 8, 2017

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    Despite the fact that sustainability isn’t restricted to fabrics and needs to be incorporated into production practices and waste reduction (while also weighing the human impact) as well, it is also true that recycled materials can make a huge, meaningful difference in the world of fashion apparel.

    Japanese train station Kayashima skilfully constructed around a seven-century old sacred camphor tree

    Posted in Other Stuff on February 4, 2017

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    In Neyagawa, a north-eastern suburb of Osaka, the skilfully constructed Kayashima train station stands around a giant camphor tree – a tree that’s been around for seven centuries! When the station was built in 1910, the massive tree stood directly to the building’s right.

    A $1,200 credit to buy electric bikes to commute – One of Norway’s many green initiatives

    Posted in Transport on February 2, 2017
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    Doing rounds of the news recently was Finland conducting a ‘social experiment’ wherein a sizable number of its population were given USD 600 per month. Close on the heels of this Finnish initiative, the Oslo Government announced on February 01, 2017, that it would offer its residents exactly double, i.e. USD 1,200 credit, to promote a revolutionary ‘green’ cause. The funds will be given to residents to purchase electric bikes that can easily accommodate things that would otherwise need to be put in car trunks, such as groceries, bags, etc. This credit will cover 25 – 50% of an E-Bike’s total cost, which lies in the USD 2,500 to USD 6,400 price range.

    New breakthrough in clean energy – A hummingbird-inspired flapping wind turbine

    Posted in Alternative Energy on January 25, 2017

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    In Tyer Wind’s opinion, scientists’ ability to precisely apply human and animal movement understanding to the working of machines has not met with much success so far. Ordinary and not so effective turbines have therefore dotted the wind energy sector. By leveraging his self-pioneered 3D Aouinian kinematics, Anis Aouini therefore decided to disrupt and revolutionize that space with a unique wind turbine, modeled on articulations of the hummingbird, a bird that exhibits ‘sustained hovering’. The final outcome is an impressive new breakthrough – an ingenious flapping wind turbine from Tunisia.

    Electric Bug of the future – The clean, power-driven Beetle by Volkswagen

    Posted in Transport on January 23, 2017
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    By the year 2025, German automobile giant Volkswagen says that they will roll out over 30 electrified vehicle models, one of which would possibly be a zero-emission version of the Beetle.

    Volkswagen unveils I.D. Buzz – A futuristic self-driving electric microbus concept

    Posted in Transport on January 10, 2017

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    Recently at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show, Volkswagen launched the I.D. Buzz concept – a modern eight-seater, all-electric drivetrain/van with a 600 km range and integration with impressive futuristic self-driving technology.

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