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Riversimple Wants To Popularize Hydrogen Car By Open Sourcing

Toyota and Honda may have made headway in fuel cell technology, but they did not really built their fuel cell cars from the ground up, or at least, not quite according to a young British automobile brand, Riversimple. Riversimple is startup who have developed a hydrogen-powered car called The Rasa that goes beyond plucking out the fossil fuel engine and replacing it with a fuel cell system. The car is developed from the ground up, Riversimple said. In a way, the car is designed around its fuel cell system which is probably how the unique shape came about. Continue reading Riversimple Wants To Popularize Hydrogen Car By Open Sourcing

Sweden’s Electrified Road Is Like A Life-size Scalextric

This piece of news is not a follow up to tram-ish electric highway we reported last year. It is also in Sweden, though. As you may have already noticed, this electric road, or electrified road as it rightly is, is not an eyesore like the one that has overhead electric lines. In fact, unless you stick you face onto the road, you will hardly notice that it has an electric rail embedded in the road. In any case, this is likely the best solution until wireless road charging becomes a reality. Continue reading Sweden’s Electrified Road Is Like A Life-size Scalextric

This Classy Outdoor Canopy Aims To Provide Free Electricity To Your Home

You have a yard (back or front) and you need a shade for the outdoor, so why not leverage on it (the shade) to create free electricity for your home? Sure, you can cover your entire roof with Tesla Solar Roof, but the initial cost of investment is not for everyone. So, before you have save enough for that to happen, there’s the Renewz iSun Oasis Solar Panel-equipped Canopy that will harness the power of the sun and turns it into energy you can use in your home. Needless to say, when you do that, you will be slashing your carbon footprint, as well as energy bills. Continue reading This Classy Outdoor Canopy Aims To Provide Free Electricity To Your Home

Dutch Company Wants To Use Crows To Clean Up City Of Cigarette Butts

Apparently, each year, the number of cigarette butts discarded onto the streets of the Netherlands outnumbered the population of the country by over 350 times and as you might have imagined, to clean up the astronomical number of cigarette butts would be an insurmountable task. What’s more is, you can’t just leave them be because, according a Netherlands startup, it will take up to 12 years for the used filters to decompose. Whoa. I never knew that! Continue reading Dutch Company Wants To Use Crows To Clean Up City Of Cigarette Butts

This Is A Floating Trash Can That ‘Sucks’ Debris Into Its ‘Belly’

Sometimes, geological changes caused sink holes to form under lakes which result in water being drained away. A lake in California leverages on this hole-in-the-water phenomena to drain off excess water in Lake Berryessa in Napa County and direct them to behind the dam. So, what have all these have to do with Seabin? Well, nothing, actually, except that it is seaborne trash collecting device that is based on the same principle of when water meets a hole. Continue reading This Is A Floating Trash Can That ‘Sucks’ Debris Into Its ‘Belly’

Israel To Test Wireless Charging Road That Charges EV As You Drive

Remember we are elated that electric highway is a reality, but at the same, disappointed as it is not we have imagined? You know. Overhead electric lines and pantograph-equipped vehicles are not quite what we have in mind of electrified roads, but the good news is, there’s hope for electric highways that are a whole lot less electric tram-ish. A collaboration between Israeli government and a U.S. company is working towards an alternative which will see wireless charging element being embedded into the roads and we all know what means: the future is almost here. Continue reading Israel To Test Wireless Charging Road That Charges EV As You Drive

Electric Highway Is A Reality, But It Is Not What You May Have Imagined

When the automobile industry started seriously exploring electric drive, someone actually wanted to solve the range issue associated with poor battery life with highways that can charge the electric cars. Well, guess what? It has become a reality, sort of. Germany’s power and automation company Siemens, in partnership with Swedish truck maker Scania, has made the world’s first public electric highway a reality in Sweden. However, this electric highway is not quite what you expect. There are no high-tech wireless charging elements buried on the road; instead this Siemens eHighway, as it is called, is much like the old trolley car system, AKA electric tram. Continue reading Electric Highway Is A Reality, But It Is Not What You May Have Imagined

ZERA Turns Your Home’s Food Waste Into Ready-To-Use Fertilizer In 24 Hrs

You can’t call yourself a true tree-hugger if you are dumping 400 pounds of food waste year. I mean, on one hand, you are lobbying to keep the greens, but on the other, you are inevitably throwing food waste that ultimately ends up in a landfill. Now, that does not sound like a good thing, is it? And surely don’t make you a true green person. You can, however, reduce the food waste generated by you and your family by not eating, or you could turn those food waste into compose. But that leads to another set of problems. Home composting takes up large amount of space and it could take months, if not years to compost naturally. That’s not to mention the foul stench the process would create. This is an area which ZERA Food Recycler aims to address. Continue reading ZERA Turns Your Home’s Food Waste Into Ready-To-Use Fertilizer In 24 Hrs

A Kilometer Long Solar Road Opens In France For A Two-year Trial

What you see here is the “world’s first photovoltaic road,” installed in a small village of Tourouvre-au-Perche in Normandy, France. Stretching a good kilometer (0.6 mile), this 2,800 square meter (30,139 square foot) electricity-generating solar road will be put through a two-year test to see if it is able to supply the electricity necessary to power the street lighting of Tourouvre-au-Perche. So, yeah, it is kind of in it test phase, though it is worthy to note that prior to this real-road test, similar panels was tested at four carparks in France. So, this would be the next phase of testing and a very costly one, costing a cool $5.2 million. Continue reading A Kilometer Long Solar Road Opens In France For A Two-year Trial

Alaska Airlines Made History With First Flight Powered By Forest Residuals

If you fly a lot, you are inevitably part of the environmental problem because the aircraft you fly in generates tons of CO2e per trip, but that could soon change – thanks to the world’s first renewable, alternative jet fuel developed by Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA). This groundbreaking creation, which was formulated from forest residuals of harvested managed forests, is “chemically indistinguishable” from regular jet A fuel and was put to use on an Alaska Airlines‘ flight from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C. yesterday. Continue reading Alaska Airlines Made History With First Flight Powered By Forest Residuals