Electric buses have always been considered as one of the cleanest ways to get people around town. However, with technology being extremely limited these days, most electric buses have been confined to fixed routes with overhead cables juicing them up. Instead, we’ve come across a concept electric bus that sports a rapid-charger, enabling the vehicle to juice up in less than a minute. This will enable the bus to charge at bus-stops while passengers board and alight!
Plastic bags were never a good thing. When you come to think about it, these man-made disasters have pretty much led to the destruction of a significant part of nature, thanks to the reckless disposal of them by us, humans. In a move against these lethal products, the state California has decided to ban plastic bags. Governor Jerry Brown recently stated that he will approve a ban on single-use plastic bags, making California the first American state to do so.
All sugar has ever done to mankind is turned human beings into large lethargic potatoes. However, a Virginia Tech research team has come up with a way to use sugar for the betterment of human life! The team has developed a battery that runs on sugar and has an unmatched energy density, which could possibly replace the conventional battery in the near future. The new battery is cheaper, refillable, and biodegradable.
Just when we’d begun to imagine that electric vehicles have finally reached their speed thresholds, the Killajoule has managed to leave us astounded again. Built by Eva Håkansson, the Killajoule has been crowned as the ‘World’s Fastest Electric Sidecar’, touching a top speed of 389.219 km/h at the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials. The side-car managed to achieve a two-way average of 387.328 km/h, leading to Håkansson bagging the crown for the ‘World’s Quickest Female on a Motorbike’.
One of the biggest challenges of turning over the automobile industry to motors powered by electricity is the limitations of battery packs available today. Researchers and car manufacturers together have been working on range-extended batteries that will require EV users to visit charging stations less often than they do today. A Michigan-based startup called Sakti3 has recently stumbled across a battery chemistry that is said to increase the energy density of regular lithium-ion batteries by two times!
Lord of the Rings fans won’t have trouble recognizing this scenic location as Hobbiton, nestled in the green lands of New Zealand. This location that Bilbo and Frodo called home is now hosting a flock of sheep who have claimed the underground earthen habitat as their own. The set was constructed in 1998 after director Peter Jackson on the Alexander Family farm. The location was spotted by Jackson in an aerial search of the North Island of New Zealand.
If you’ve taken a sudden fancy for the BMW i3 and the i8, here’s yet another reason why you should reach into your bank account and pull out a wad of cash for one of these. German eco-firm EIGHT has recently unveiled these swanky new EV fueling stations called the Point.One S that have been created to match BMW’s new lineup of green cars. The station has been installed at BMW Welt in Munich as a showcase.
NASA, the guys who have been known to send men and monkeys into space, has now taken a step closer towards a greener tomorrow. The organization has decided to replace switches traditional (and toxic) propellants with a safer, more efficient alternative, as part of the Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM). The project will see the SpaceX Falcon flight launch in 2016, powered with environment friendly propellants.
The next time you carry a bunch of gadgets with you to a windy place, make sure you also pack one of these! Called the AirEnergy 3D, this portable wind turbine was designed and developed by Omni3D, a Poland-based company that manufactures 3D printers and printing materials. The turbine is completely collapsible and fits inside a backpack! Capable of generating up to 300W in a windy area, this open source project is currently on Kickstarter, looking for funds.
Germany breaks records by generating 31% of its electricity from renewable sources in 2014’s first half
While the world is still looking for feasible ways to generate energy from renewable sources, Germany has already begun shattering world energy records by generating a whopping 31% of its energy from renewable sources in the first half of 2014. A report from the Fraunhofer Institute claims that Germany has produced a whopping 81 TWh of renewable electricity since the beginning of 2014. The report states that nuclear energy production declined while on the other hand, solar and wind increased by 28% and 19% respectively.