Virgin Atlantic plane takes flight with fuel from recycled waste

October 11, 2018 by  
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A Virgin Atlantic plane flying from Orlando to London  has become the first commercial flight to use jet fuel partly made from recycled industrial waste. The Boeing 747 — which landed at London’s Gatwick Airport last week — used a blend of normal jet fuel plus ethanol made from waste gases. “This fuel takes waste , carbon-rich gases from industrial factories, and gives them a second life so that new fossil fuels don’t have to be taken out of the ground,” Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson told The Guardian . He added that this flight was a big step toward making the new fuel blend part of the mainstream. Boeing is proud of our partnership with @VirginAtlantic and @LanzaTech on this historic 747 flight to use biofuel made from waste carbon gas from a steel mill. #Boeing ‘s partnership dates to aviation’s first biofuel test flight, which Virgin flew 10 years ago. pic.twitter.com/DnJGo8lCOh — Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) October 3, 2018 The flight had a fuel blend that included 5 percent of recycled waste fuel. However, Virgin Atlantic said that the sustainable element could form up to 50 percent of the blend in the future. It added that this could contribute to significantly reducing the carbon footprint of airlines. U.S. company LanzaTech produced the fuel, and it claimed that the new blend could eventually supply up to 20 percent of the fuel in the aviation industry. If that does happen, that could lead to a 65 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional fuel. Branson said that working with LanzaTech will help his company reduce its carbon emissions while also supporting industry in the United Kingdom. Virgin Atlantic is trying to get the U.K. government support to build three plants in the country by 2025. It is also asking for financial backing for LanzaTech, so the company can produce up to 125 million gallons of the jet fuel blend each year. Jennifer Holmgren, LanzaTech’s chief executive, said that her company has shown that recycling waste carbon emissions into jet fuel is possible. She added that we should look at waste carbon as an opportunity, because it can be  reused again and again. Via The Guardian Image via Joao Carlos Medau

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Maya Bay closes following extensive environmental damage from tourists

October 11, 2018 by  
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The Thai beach that Leonardo DiCaprio made famous in his 2000 movie The Beach is closing indefinitely thanks to the damage caused by millions of tourists . Maya Bay, one of the most popular destinations in the world, is a small beach with silky sands and crystal blue water surrounded by cliffs on Ko Phi Phi Leh island. But over the years, it has sustained such massive environmental damage from pollution that authorities have closed it for at least a year. The movie may not have been a hit for DiCaprio, but the film’s location became so popular for tourists that up to 5,000 people and 200 boats visited each day. Thai authorities had originally announced they would close Maya Bay for four months. They have extended the plan to at least a year because of the extent of the destruction. Litter, boats and sunscreen have caused so much pollution, it has destroyed over 80 percent of the coral around the bay. Related: University of Queensland wants to drop “bommies” on the Great Barrier Reef “We have evaluated each month and found out that the ecological system was seriously destroyed from tourism of up to 5,000 people daily,” said Songtam Suksawang, the director of Thailand’s national parks department. “It’s very difficult to remedy and rehabilitate because its beach was completely destroyed as well as the plants which cover it.” He added that there had been evidence of damage to Maya Bay for years, but the government was reluctant to close it down because of the amount of annual revenue it generates — 400 million baht (about $12.3 million). Thailand’s department of national parks, wildlife and plant conservation has said it will not lift the tourism restriction until the ecosystem “fully recovers to a normal situation.” According to The Guardian, this is a relief for local environmental activists who had argued that closing for just four months wasn’t enough. It will take years for the reef to be fully restored, because coral only grows about half a centimeter each year. Worapoj Lomlin, Maya Bay park chief, said the parks agency has already planted more than 1,000 corals to help rehabilitate the reefs, and the team will continue to expand the project. Via The Guardian Image via Joan and Mohd Fazlin Mohd Effendy Ooi

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This super-efficient new airplane eliminates jet lag

March 23, 2016 by  
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EPA announces plans to limit airplane emissions

June 10, 2015 by  
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Although the cost of airfare has declined dramatically since the late 1970s , the environmental cost of flying is rising as more travelers take to the skies. Aviation currently accounts for 2 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, but by 2020 aviation emissions could be 70% higher than in 2005. As part of its comprehensive emissions regulations, the Obama Administration just announced plans to limit emissions from airplanes. Although no specific restrictions were mandated in the EPA’s announcement on Wednesday, the statement sends a clear statement on how the aviation industry should develop over the coming decades. Read the rest of EPA announces plans to limit airplane emissions Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: airline industry , airlines , airplane , aviation , Climate Change , climate regulations , commercial airlines , epa , greenhouse gas emissions , obama administration

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Airbnb & KLM Convert a Retired Jetliner into a Luxurious Hotel Even Nervous Flyers Can Enjoy

November 17, 2014 by  
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GF7 Flying Car Reaches 550 MPH in the Air, Then Turns into an Electric Car on the Ground

June 6, 2014 by  
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Designer Greg Brown and engineer Dave Fawcett are finessing a design for a jet-propelled car that can reach speeds up to 550 miles in the air, but then converts into a zero-emissions electric car on the ground. Over the last few years flying cars like the Terrafugia Transistion and the Skylys have provided a realistic glimpse into the future of flying cars. The idea of a jet-propelled flying car has been missing, but the GF7 could bridge that divide if it comes to life. Read the rest of GF7 Flying Car Reaches 550 MPH in the Air, Then Turns into an Electric Car on the Ground Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: airplane , Dave Fawcett , flying car , flying electric car , GF7 , green car , green transportation , Greg Brown , jet-powered car , Skylys , Terrafugia Transistion

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NASA’s New X-48C Flying Wing Airplane Uses 50% Less Fuel Than Standard Aircraft

January 25, 2013 by  
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Researchers at NASA have developed a revolutionary flying wing aircraft that uses 50% less fuel than standard planes. The new manta ray-esque X-48C is based on the X-48B Blended Wing Body aircraft , which flew 92 flights at NASA Dryden between 2007 and 2010. The X-48C improves upon its predecessor with its low-noise, fuel-efficient hybrid wing body (HWB) design. Read the rest of NASA’s New X-48C Flying Wing Airplane Uses 50% Less Fuel Than Standard Aircraft Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aerospace , aircraft , flying wing , flying wing aircraft , fuel consumption , hybrid aircraft , manta ray , nasa , nasa aircraft , X-48B , X-48C

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LEGO PancakeBot Pushes the Boundaries of Brunch Technology

January 25, 2013 by  
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If you love pancakes but hate making them, then the LEGO PancakeBot is your dream come true. Designed by Miguel Valenzuela, the LEGO robot pushes the boundaries of brunch technology by using an X and Y axis to make a row of perfectly round silver dollar pancakes. The Lego PancakeBot just launched an Indiegogo campaign to help bring it to the Bay Area Maker Fair – support it here ! Read the rest of LEGO PancakeBot Pushes the Boundaries of Brunch Technology Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automatic pancake maker , eco design , green design , lego , LEGO Pancakebot , Maker Fair , Miguel Valenzuela , sustainable design

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Ultralight 81 Pound Airplane to Attempt World Record For Human-Powered Flight

December 11, 2012 by  
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A team of Yamaha motorcycle designers have put their experience to the test in a new field by developing an ultralight airplane that’s powered by a simple set of pedals – just like your bike! Constructed from superlight polystyrene and carbon fiber , the plane weighs only 81 pounds despite a wingspan of 117 feet. Encouraged by mostly successful test flights, Team Aeroscepsy will attempt to set a new world record by flying Gokurakutombo (which means “happy-go-lucky” – and apparently also “happy dragonfly” in Japanese) 75 miles over the Pacific Ocean . Read the rest of Ultralight 81 Pound Airplane to Attempt World Record For Human-Powered Flight Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: airplane , Gokurakutombo , human powered , pedal power , styrofoam , Team Aeroscepsy , yamaha

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World’s Fastest Electric Airplane Breaks 200 MPH Record!

July 20, 2012 by  
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Chip Yates , who’s known for setting speed records with electric motorcycles , has just set a new world record in his Long-ESA electric airplane. Yates now holds the world record for being the first person to fly an electric airplane over 200 mph. Yates’ record-setting flight grabbed the world record at 202.6 mph at the Inyokern Airport in California’s Mojave Desert, beating the previous record of 175 mph set by the electric Cri-Cri. Read the rest of World’s Fastest Electric Airplane Breaks 200 MPH Record! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: airplane , battery , Chip Yates , electric airplane , Flight of the Century , green transportation , Long-ESA airplane , Long-EZ airplane

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