• BMW i8 to surge ahead on hydrogen fuel

    Posted in Biofuels on July 6, 2015
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    Putting its eco-friendly line in overdrive, BMW have unleashed the possibilities of the i8 Concept that runs on hydrogen fuel. In addition to its unparalleled, futuristic swag, the car is here to take on Toyota’s offering. The car has not been christened in all its glory as yet and continues to be a prototype that’s only getting better with each passing day. The company has been researching on hydrogen fuel for nearly three decades, which doesn’t really boast about their speed of operation. On the other hand Toyota’s 2016 Mirai will be available as the first hydrogen fuel cell EV, next year. Both companies formed a joint venture to leverage Toyota’s fuel cell expertise to the fullest. This explains why the i8 model will brag the same fuel cell technology that the 2016 Mirai will contain.

  • Lego to pull the plug on petroleum-based plastic bricks

    Posted in Alternative Energy on July 6, 2015
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    Who would have thought of Lego going the green way? The company thrives on plastic-based bricks and have been the creative building blocks of adults and youngsters for decades. The brand however has decided to play its role in global sustainability in its own way by deciding to stop the production of petroleum-based plastic bricks. By next year the company will set up the Lego Sustainable Materials Center at its headquarters in Denmark. “This is a major step for the Lego Group on our way towards achieving our 2030 ambition on sustainable materials,” said Lego Group CEO and President, Jørgen Vig Knudstorp. “We have already taken important steps to reduce our carbon footprint and leave a positive impact on the planet by reducing the packaging size, by introducing FSC certified packaging and through our investment in an offshore wind farm. Now we are accelerating our focus on materials.”

    The Selfie Plant project hooks plants onto smartphones

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on July 6, 2015
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    There, there now! Didn’t we warn you all about how addictive selfies could be? It seems to have caught up to plants as well. The Selfie Plant project from The Secret Life of Objects at the Copenhagen Institute of Interactive Design seems to have its noble mission underway. Students Shruti RNR, Haoyu Li and Manu Dixit studies selfie culture in the modern world and tests how plants would react to such a culture. A number of factors lead to the trigger of a selfie such as the mood of the plant, an occasion or even change in the weather. With the help of Arduino Yu, the plant snaps itself from the angle it believes to be the finest and then shares it on social media with the help of python script.

    Norway is building the very first highway for bees

    Posted in Other Stuff on July 6, 2015
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    Bees contribute greatly to the planet’s flora through pollination and by providing honey for greedy humans. Yet, all we know them for is their sting. Norway had decided to pay the bees their due with the announcement of the world’s first bee highway. The highway is created to promote movement of the bees without the risks of running out of floral lands. There are a number of intentionally planted shelter points at consistent intervals thanks to the efforts of Bybi, a group that is leading this initiative. Even corporate buildings have contributed their effort and spaces to the cause by lending out their terraces and open spaces to the world’s finest pollinators.

    London’s Double Decker bus services to run with zero emissions soon

    Posted in Transport on July 3, 2015
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    The legendary Double Decker buses from London have made their way along the path of global environmental awareness. This comes with the announcement of a pure electric double decker bus from this October. This announcement was made atop the first electric double decker bus, at the inaugural Clean Bus Summit, by the Mayor of London. Over 40,000 ultra-low emission buses are on their way to 24 other cities across the globe by 2020. London already features electric double decker buses plying since 2013. The buses were made by BYD who will also be developing the new ones.

    First ever 3D-printed supercar is eco-friendly as well

    Posted in Transport on June 29, 2015
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    Designer Kevin Czinger’s brainchild, Blade, isn’t your regular speedster. It comes with more to offer in design, manufacturing and preserving the environment. Czinger founder Divergent technologies in California, which rolled out its first 3D printed supercar model. The Blade supercar is not only a good looker but also one that handles eco-friendly performance quite well. “Society has made great strides in its awareness and adoption of cleaner and greener cars. The problem is that while these cars do now exist, the actual manufacturing of them is anything but environmentally friendly,” said Kevin Czinger. This makes so much sense that we’re surprised it never occurred to anyone else before. His company is revolutionalizing car building with their very own 3D-printed aluminum Node joint, which connects pieces of carbon fiber tubing to make up the car’s frame. Thus, the cars take lesser time and space to be manufactured. Head after the jump for some impressive specs.

    Tesla’s Model 3 electric car expected in sedan and crossover forms

    Posted in Transport on June 22, 2015

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    Everyone’s waiting for the Tesla Model 3 electric vehicle to hit the mass markets soon. There could never be enough cars rolling in from the house of Tesla to overcome the world’s pollution crisis which is why we’re all eager to set our eyes on the real Tesla Model 3. To make the anticipation quadruple, we’ve learned that the Model 3 will come in more than just one form. This means we could expect an entire line of vehicles ranging from sedans to convertibles, all bearing the same hallmark Tesla logo and bringing with it the promise of a cleaner world. With the promise of a 200-mile range, this car will truly set the benchmark high for similar competition.

    Here are Three Fast Home Hacks That Will Save Energy & Money

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on June 19, 2015

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    You’d be surprised just how easy it is to conserve the energy use in your house without really sacrificing anything else. Here are a few tips for getting your energy bill down quickly and easily.

    World’s Largest Floating Solar Plant Completed in Hyogo Prefecture Japan

    Posted in Alternative Energy on June 17, 2015

    World's_Largest_Floating_Solar_PlantKyocera and Century Tokyo Leasing had a ceremony to celebrate the completion of a solar power plant that has an output of about 2.3MW and was set up on a pond in Kasai City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, May 24, 2015.This is the world’s largest floating solar power plant, followed by a plant run by Kyocera TCL Solar in Kato City, Hyogo Prefecture.

    20% of Dubai’s Cars Taxi fleet to be hybrids

    Posted in Transport on June 17, 2015

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    The existing fleet of hybrid taxis is set to increase from 55 to 99. The Cars Taxi fleet has employed 55 Toyota Camry hybrids with the aim of gradually replacing all the regular cars with the smart hybrids. “We are planning to expand our hybrid fleet to 7,000 vehicles across the UAE, and around half of it is likely to be in Dubai. We are really impressed by the performance of these vehicles and are looking forward to replacing our entire fleet with hybrids soon,” said Abdullah Sultan Al Sabbagh, CEO of Cars Taxi Group. Cars Taxi operates 20% of all Dubai’s taxi fleet. The company also operates its cabs in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman and Fujairah. The vehicles will combine petrol and electricity to power up the cars, which will run on self-charging electric motors. It will use electricity till the speed of 40 kmph post which it will switch to petrol.

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