Solarpuff invented by designer Alice Min Soo Chin is a foldable paper lantern that gets its power from the sun. The thought of making something like this came into Alices’s mind, when Haiti was hit by earthquake in 2010. Something so portable and lightweight like the Solarpuff can be very useful for relief in the areas hit by a disaster. Solarpuff folds flat into quarter an inch thin and weighs just 2.3 ounces, when opened it emits light through a ring of LEDs, which is soothing and pleasant to look at. Solarpuff is also environment friendly as it is made up of a non-toxic recyclable material. It takes about 4 hours to charge Solarpuff, once charged fully it can last for about 8 to 10 hours.
Spain will be one of the first countries in the world to have public streetlights that are powered by wind and the sun. It took four years for the Spanish researcher Ramon Bargalló to design this independent street light system for the company Eolgreen. The street light will be 10 metre in height and will be fitted with wind turbine and a solar panel. A wind velocity as low as 2.5 m/s will be required for the wind turbine to work. The turbine will do 10 and 200 rotations per minute; its maximum output will be 400 watts. The streetlights also have batteries and a smart electronic control system which can manage the flow of energy between the solar panel, the battery, the wind turbine and the light. Researchers are designing a second prototype which will have a better turbine speed, wattage output and lesser energy wastage.
Leaos solar electric bike is a black beauty; it looks gorgeous from every angle. But, it does not have only the looks, but great on functionality too. It can go up to 2.5 hours on a single charge! ya, you read right, and it can attain speeds of up to 45 km/h on a battery driven plug in power. Leaos has a set of fully integrated solar panels placed very aesthetically which provide the bike the power for running up to 30 kilometres in a single day. When the bike is low on battery, it can recharge itself by making a connection with conventional sources. Leaos is designed and handmade in Italy, what makes it lightweight, unique and pretty is the usage of carbon fibre in making the body unlike using the more conventional tubes.
A one of its kind recycling project is happening in NYC in which hundreds of subway cars are being dumped deep inside the Atlantic Ocean. It may seem like the ocean is being polluted but actually the exact opposite is happening here. The massive dumped cars turn into reefs and become home for millions of fish on the eastern seabed. The fish are attracted to the reef because it gives them protection from the predators and also provides them food like shrimps, mussels and crabs. Over 2,500 subway cars have retired into the Atlantic Ocean in the past decade and turned into underwater reefs. Photographer Stephen Malloon has captured the enthralling process of transformation of the NYC Subway Cars into coral reefs.
There are restaurants that serve you everything you’ve been dreaming about on an empty stomach, and then there are restaurants that do the environment a huge favor too. One of the latter, is the yet-to-open restaurant, The Perennial, located in San Francisco. What sets this one apart from the rest of the eateries you’ve been spending considerable amounts of time at, is the fact that The Perennial is a restaurant and environmental lab combined.
Depending completely on fossil fuels to power up the earth isn’t such a great idea anymore, not in the current circumstances of extreme pollution and a degrading environment. Instead, the only way out of this big muddle we’ve all got ourselves into, is renewable energy. Albatern, Scotland’s wave energy company, is looking at better ways to powering up, using a new system called the WaveNET. This one uses an array of floating generators, nicknamed Squids, which harvest energy from rising and falling waves.
Aircraft today are known energy-suckers, drinking up thousands of gallons of fuel on a daily basis, which makes them an eco-threatening necessity. Given the fact that air travel is the best way to go, there is no real way to compromise on the way aircraft are powered today. However, things are set to change in the near future. The Faradair BEHA (Bio-Electric-Hybrid-Aircraft), the world’s first true hybrid aircraft, could very well change the aviation industry for good.
There’s more to modern day jewelry than just aesthetics. Besides the fact that these glimmering pieces are meant to be worn as accessories to accentuate your style, they can also be used as sources of energy to power your gadgetry! The 3D-printed SOL collection, inspired by Islamic geometric patterns, does just this. Each of these jewelry pieces have a designated slot for a solar panel that can soak in the sun’s energy and be used later.
Finding an empty piece of land in an urban environment is extremely difficult. Given the fact that our cities are getting more and more crowded as the days go by, the only intelligent solution to the problem is moving over the surface of water bodies. Italian designers Antonio Girardi and Cristiana Favretto of Studiomobile brought to life a concept greenhouse that floats on water and is completely self-sustainable. The construction is a low-cost alternative using recycled materials that sits upon 96 repurposed plastic drums.
One of the most unexplored regions on our planet is the depths of the oceans. Not many have ventured there, though we do dream about living below the surface quite often. Tokyo-based Shimizu Corporation is a step closer towards turning that dream into a reality. The company has unveiled plans for an underwater city that could very well be the next best place to live in the future. Called the Ocean Spiral, this sustainable underwater city is a futuristic Atlantis that could be turned into a reality for $26 billion!