The Hong Kong Airport Authority seems adamant to have the celebrated International Airport go green and has recently pledged to turn it into the greenest in the world! The Hong Kong International Airport handles about a 50 million passengers yearly and operates 24 hours a day. With a recent 10% decrease in carbon emissions, the airport had drawn out a 3-year environmental plan to decrease carbon emissions by 2015 which has successfully been met. Now, the airport will further go green, replacing 100,000 lighting units with LEDs and introducing electric passenger transfer cars, with a whole fleet in place by 2017.
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Soon, the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn will play home to 10,000 swank new bikes, all part of the Citibikes bike-sharing program scheduled to kick-off in July this year. Funded by Citibank and Mastecard who each paid $41 million and $6.5 million to breathe life into this initiative, these Bixi bikes by Quebec-based PBSC Urban Solutions were designed by Michel Dallaire and are strong enough to bare severe cases of neglect, misuse and vandalism! Sporting a three-speed gear system, a strong and sturdy frame and a bag rack to keep your belongings with nitrogen filled tyres.
When IBM decides to get a job done, they decide to get it done just right. This time around, the company has pulled the veil of yet another development as part of its Battery 500 Project, aiming to power a car for 500 miles on a full charge. The new development literally “breathes” with the battery taking in oxygen and using this to recharge during expulsion. Also, the battery could be sized down, making it smaller than the conventional lithium ion batteries and much lighter too!Continue reading
We’ve been following the exploits of the sugary green Solar Impulse since quite a while now, covering test flights and benchmarks set by this marvel of modern day technology. Now, the evergreen air traveler will land in the Kingdom of Morocco. For the first time ever, the Solar Impulse will be flown for a good 2,500km by Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, each taking turns to fly this solar-powered airplane without using any fossil fuels whatsoever. With a round-the-world flight planned for 2014, this flight to Morocco crossing the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean will prove to the world the usability of solar energy in the aviation industry today.
Compared to the contemporary conventional means of transport, bicycles are always considered slow. Bicycle manufacturer Specialized decided to change this mindset of the masses and has pulled the veil off its spectacular and drool-worthy machine, the Turbo. Termed as the fastest e-bike today, the manufacturer concentrated on having this one go faster, without punching holes in the environment. Capable of reaching speeds of up to 28 mph (45kmph); this one uses an electric motor powered by a 342Wh capacity lithium ion battery that juices up in just 2 hours!Continue reading
We’ve come across poop-powered vehicles before, including golf carts and bikes that power up on human and animal waste. Giving animal poop a reason to be, the Denver Zoo just pulled the veil off a fantastic Tuk Tuk that powers up with waste. Using panda poop, the Zoo managed to power up this 20-year-old Tuk Tuk. And no, the panda poop isn’t directly stuffed into the fuel tank of this ancient rickshaw. Instead, the zoo collects the poop, makes gasified pellets out of it and subjects the pellets to high-heat and no-oxygen which ultimately leads to the emission of syngas.
BMW has given its 3 Series luxury sedans a greener touch. The cars will now sport a new climate control system that does the environment a favor. Keeping Efficient Dynamics in mind, BMW has designed the new climate control system to operate efficiently while improving fuel consumption with an ECO PRO mode. By reducing air-drying and cooling in the interiors of the 3 Series while deactivating the air-conditioning compressor from time to time in order to save power, BMW engineers have managed to increase fuel efficiency without compromising on comfort! BMW is currently focusing on increasing the fuel efficiency of its cars hand-in-hand with climate control systems for a comfortable yet eco-friendly ride.
Designers Simone Madella and Lorenzo Berselli have come up with the perfect green vessel. A yacht with an eye-catching design indeed, the Cronos powers up with solar energy. Also, this one’s built green and uses bamboo panels for its body instead of the commonly used industry-standard materials. Also, to make better use of renewable energy, the Cronos yacht also uses wind energy with an incorporated wind belt with strings that generate energy when subjected to winds. The yacht will make use of two electric engines housed in Halite fabric that helps convert 15% of the heat energy into reusable power, making the Cronos an eco-friendly energy-efficient vessel unlike any other.
High-performance aftermarket tuning firm Brabus has given the Smart ForTwo a green touch. This eco-friendly version of the iconic compact car is christened the Brabus Electric Drive. Packing 80 horsepower, this one sports 100 pound-feet of torque and is expected to perform pretty well. 10 millimeters closer to the asphalt, the electric Brabus comes with 16-inch monoblock wheels up front and 17-inchers at the back. The lovable car known for the fact that it sure beats a stretched out sedan while driving around urban crowded streets is now a perfect way to get around. The car showed up at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and we can’t stop hoping it
hits production lines soon!
Students at the Holy Cross School were in for a green thrill recently as this environment-loving 1974 San Francisco Transit bus showed up at the school. Called the BioBus, this clean green bus uses solar energy to power up. Sporting a front-mounted wind turbine and using cooking oil from nearby Tulcingo del Valle restaurant for an additional power punch, the bus is a working example of green and eco-friendly travel. While the bus’ staff taught the kids about daphnia, they also helped spread a subtle message in regards to environment-friendly and energy-efficient mass transit possibilities. The BioBus aims to spread its green messages to about 10,000 students a year and provide hands-on education across New York City and the entire country, while keeping the air clean.