Two new vehicles from Organic Transit are about to hit the market. The ELF and the Truckit are both solar powered, but with different functions and audiences in mind. The ELF is designed for commuters. Its slim design will enable you to by-pass traffic and take bike paths instead. There is plenty of storage space for laptops needed for a day in the office, and space for groceries bought on the way home from work. The battery pack can be recharged when the ELF is parked in the sun, or by plugging it into a standard outlet. Battery pack upgrades are also available if you like a little more oomph. The ELF will retail for approximately $4,000.
Since its launch in May 2009, around 21,000 Ene-Farm Fuel cells have been sold in Japan. With the launch of the new model, Panasonic are hoping for more. The price has been cut (from approximately $30,700 to $22,320 – not including installation), lower energy needs can now be catered for (the latest cell can supply 200-750W), it is 95% efficient, has an operating life of 60,000 hours and can cut CO2 emissions by around 49%. Using chemical reactions, rather than combusting fossil fuels, fuel cells like the ‘Ene-Farm’ are more environmentally friendly than traditional power sources. Using a fuel processor, the cell takes hydrogen from the city gas supply and reacts it with oxygen in the atmosphere to produce heat and hot water. The remote control included with the latest model also monitors CO2 emissions for the fuel cell and also should any solar panels be installed in the home.
Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay opened in the summer of 2012 and was quickly recognised for its innovative design. Awarded World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival 2012 and best display buildings for the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay are examples of eco friendly architectural initiative.
The epicentre of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan is undergoing drastic changes. Following the disaster in Fukushima, Japan is shifting its reliance on controversial nuclear power to renewable energy. The largest development is a proposal for 143 wind turbines on platforms 10 miles off the coast of Fukushima. If plans go ahead, this will be the world’s largest wind farm, surpassing Britain’s Greater Gabbard farm on the Suffolk coast, which has 140 wind turbines.
We recently reported on Beijing’s environment being choked out of life recently. As air pollutions soared to a hazardous 993 micrograms per cubic meters, the city was engulfed with pollution. This led to traffic pulling off streets, flights being cancelled and people locking themselves indoors.
And as the rest of the world is diligently moving towards a greener tomorrow, folks in Beijing are suffering from a terribly polluted environment. The city experienced extremely high pollution levels that actually led to the government setting up emergency measures. The city was choked with smog with air pollution levels crossing the 300 mark, considered dangerous by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), finally touching a hazardous 755 level!
Norway will soon bring to the waters of the world the first electric ferry that will show up in 2015. A car-carrier that measures in at 262.5-feet long, this catamaran can easily carry 120 cars and 360 passengers. Kicking away the gas-powered engines for two humongous 11-ton electric motors that drive a propeller each, this vessel will make its maiden journey from Lavik to Oppedal.
100 W incandescent bulbs have always been energy vampires, sucking out energy and lengthening electricity bills. Researchers at the University of Toronto recently came up with a fantastic solution to replace these bulbs and fill in the 75 to 100-watt range. Called the NanoLight LED light bulbs, these were designed by Gimmy Chu, Tom Rodinger and Christian Yan. These 12 W LED bulbs provide the equivalent of 100 W classic bulbs with 1600 lumens.
Mercedes Benz is going the fuel-efficient way and ha just unveiled to extremely green BlueEFFICIENCY Edition models, the A180 and the A180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Edition. The A180 petrol model boasts a consumption of 5.2 l/100 km and 120 g of CO2/km and is easily one of the most efficient in its class. The A180 CDI on the other hand has a consumption of 3.6 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of just 92 g/km, making it the most efficient Mercedes-Benz car!
Plugging into a grid connection for a bit of juice isn’t always a luxury one can enjoy. There are times, particularly during emergencies, when grid connections fail the best of us. As a solution to off-grid power requirements, Goal Zero recently unveiled the Yeti 150, a solar energy generator, at CES 2013. In essence a portable plug-and-play solar generator, this one powers up your devices on the go without harming the environment.