The rural parts of India have recently received a boon, in the form of solar-powered water ATMs that dispense clean and portable water. A franchised network of water ATMs that’s serving 110,000 rural customers has been set up by Anand Shah and his firm, Sarvajal. To use these water ATMs, users simply need to swipe a prepaid smart card at the dispensing machine and collect their ration of clean water!
Solar cookers have always caught our fascination for numerous reasons, a few of them being the fact that these use renewable energy and encourage people to cook outdoors! The principles of solar cookers is about to change forever with the introduction of the GoSun stove, a revolutionary way to bake, fry and boil! The GoSun stove cooks food in an evacuated tube, retaining almost 90% of the heat energy concentrated on it and reaching 550 degrees F!
And just when we were beginning to think that nothing gets greener than an electricity-powered mass transit system, along comes a solar powered success story hailing from Adelaide, Australia! Called the Tindo electric bus, this vehicle uses solar energy to juice up its batteries. This is the world’s first 100% solar-powered electric bus and is named after the Aboriginal word for “sun”. The best part of it all is that this bus service is offered to passengers for free!
Without innovation, human life wouldn’t amount to much. Hell, we’d still be a bunch of nomadic tribes, desperately seeking ways to fulfill our most basic needs. Which is why, we consider innovation to be a gift, and which is also why we’ve fallen in love with this fantastic elevator concept we spotted riding up a tree recently. The elevator makes use of an old bicycle and to ride it, one simply needs to be seated on the bicycle’s seat and begin pedaling. The pulley system quickly begins to ascend the bicycle up to the tree-house that is nested about 30 feet off the ground.
Plug-in hybrids are awesome, do you know why? Because these fantastic cars can power up with electricity and fossil fuels! A perfect combination that leads to high energy efficiency and a much cleaner drive, plug-in hybrids are quickly catching on and German automobile manufacturer BMW has realized the same. The company has pulled out the plug-in hybrid X5 eDrive Concept and has shown it off to the world at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This swanky new SUV concept sports a 95-horsepower electric motor and is capable of driving up to 75 miles per hour and 19 miles on electricity alone!
When the BMW i8 concept was first unleashed, the German automobile manufacturer did manage to capture the imagination of the world. Now, this dream-like car that is probably the closes automobile to the future cars we’ve envisioned, will hit production lines and will soon be made available to car buyers globally! The car was unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show amidst much gusto and will go on sale next spring. The BMW i8 is the company’s first-ever plug-in hybrid and weighs in at just 3,285 pounds.
You probably might have come across the iconic Las Vegas sign, either while driving by it or in a movie. This formal announcement that lets people know they’ve reached the land of dreams will now be powered up by clean and renewable energy! The “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign will be connected to fake trees equipped with solar panels, as part of a plan by a nonprofit organization Green Chips.
Human-kind has used the sun to dry clothes before, though not in this technologically-enhanced way. Designed and developed by Miele, here’s introducing the T 8881 S EcoComfort, a solar-powered clothes dryer that’s a lot more energy efficient than the electricity sucker you currently use to dry fabrics. The appliance is connected to a home central heating system which is powered by a solar-thermal rooftop array. The T 8881 S EcoComfort sports an A+++ energy efficiency rating and is 80% more efficient than a regular dryer.
Yes, the BMW i8 concept took the world’s breath away when the German luxury automobile manufacturer unveiled it a while ago, and now, after a long wait, the company has decided to have this plug-in hybrid supercar hit production lines. Perhaps the most pleasing news off-late, we’ve come across leaked images of the BMW i8, all of which confirm that the car is soon going to be a reality and not just a one-off concept by the manufacturer. The i8 will pack a 1.5-liter, turbocharged engine positioned between the rear axles and front-mounted electric motors.
Norway has been known for its love-affair with electric vehicles. The Scandinavian country is one of the forerunners in the adoption of alternative energy to power up modes of transport and many Norwegians now have electric vehicles parked in their garages. The country’s EV-loving folk recently set a world record for the largest-ever gathering of moving electric vehicles. The record was set by 260 electric vehicles, including one very special Nissan Leaf, sliced in half to give onlookers a closer look at the car’s green insides.