Whoever said streetlights are an indispensable means to road safety probably should have a look at what the folks over in Netherlands are up to. Instead of using electricity-hungry street lights, the Smart Highway project makes use of photo-luminescent stripes that glow in the dark, guiding drivers. The stripes soak in sunlight during the day and glow during the night. Design firm Studio Roosegaarde has been testing this concept that seems to be quite practical, so long as drivers keep their headlights on too.
Winter’s here and with it, comes the immense need for fire wood globally. While wood may seem like a great option to keep the fireplace roaring, it isn’t always so. Wood is better off in rural areas that are off the grid and have no connection to optional heat sources. Here’s why. Wood is a great way to heat up, so long as not everyone is cutting down trees for firewood. Instead, paper log bricks are a cheaper and much more environmentally friendly way of starting a fire! These paper bricks are made from waste newspaper and are perfectly combustible, making them a great option for those in urban areas.
Junk does not necessarily need to end in a dump yard and Portuguese artist Artur Bordalo (Bordalo II) just proved the same! The artist displayed the Owl Eyes installation at the WOOL urban art festival in Covilhã, Portugal. What sets this one apart from a big chunk of the art installations you’ve seen before is the fact that the Owl Eyes is made from scrap. The installation was constructed from all the waste materials scavenged by Bordalo.
The steampunk design philosophy is anything but energy saving. Inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century when humankind didn’t really understand the importance of energy efficiency yet, steampunk is now being given a greener touch. Australian company Edison Light Globes has come up with this steampunk lighting solution that uses energy-efficient LED lights. Made from brass and sporting exposed hardware, these lamps come complete with pseudo-Victorian and retro-futuristic aesthetics.
Pooping isn’t something that’s going to save the world. That’s not what the Bio-Bus developers think however. These folks have developed a bus that powers up using human poop! With 40 seats in all, this one can go 186 miles on one tank of biomethane gas, generated from treating human sewage and food waste at Bristol sewage in Avonmout. The gas is pumped through a combustion engine which helps the bus get around.
What better way is there to make a perfectly green statement than to turn a pollution-spewing coal power plant into a green arts college? Studio Gang Architects thinks alike and has revealed plans to transform a decommissioned coal-burning power plant in Wisconsin into an environment-friendly school. Commissioned by the Beloit College, the site will have its original structure retained. Studio founder Jeanne Gang said, “Our hope is that by reclaiming the Beloit waterfront for people, our project will inspire other communities around the globe to see human well-being as vitally interconnected with a healthy and clean environment.”
It’s common knowledge that cloud-service providers are usually faced with space crunches and have a hard time disposing off the excess heat cloud data centers produce. In an innovative move to address both these issues, Cloud & Heat, a German company, promises to heat your home, so long as you accommodate a server rack! To be eligible for this, your home must have a water tank that holds between 125 and 2,000 liters. Apart from this, you also need a dedicated meter for the DataSafe (quite logical), a breaker panel with room for three 16A circuits, and an Internet connection of at least 50Mb/s.
Streetlights are built for one purpose, to light up streets. Quite often, the potential of a streetlight isn’t completely looked at, making these infrastructural objects amount to nothing more than a public lighting source. BMW looks at it all differently though. The German automaker has unveiled a streetlight that doubles up as an EV charging station. Aptly christened the “Light and Charge” system, these units integrate a conventional streetlight with the ChargeNow stations.
We’ve always advocated the use of bicycles, given the fact that these two-wheeled contraptions promise to take you from to your destination without spewing venomous clouds of carbon in the air. To make cycling even more greener than it already is, the Netherlands is welcoming home the world’s first solar cycle path, one that’ll soak in the energy of the sun to generate electricity.
Buying a new home or investing in land around Noida is a great idea. However, several factors come into play when selecting a property for investment. Remember, you will be spending a large amount of your life earnings or taking a loan to buy the property and it should appreciate over time. Noida is emerging as one of the biggest residential and industrial hubs in Northern India. Thanks to tax exemptions, special economic zones, and affordable prices, Noida is one of the most attractive places to buy residential and commercial property, states NDTV. However, you should be very careful when investing in real estate. For first-time buyers, here are a few things you should consider.