Man hits 162 mph on homemade rocket trike propelled by rainwater

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Did you ever have the chance to make a bottle rocket in grade school? Daredevil athlete François Gissy applied those principles to a homemade water rocket trike, which he then zipped around the Circuit Paul Ricard at Le Castellet in France. Rainwater helped power the speedy trike, on which Gissy reached 261 kilometers per hour (kph), or around 162 miles per hour, and hit 100 kph from zero in just 0.55 seconds. Gissy says on his YouTube channel he aims to build inventions to break records, and constructs vehicles with recycled materials in his garage. He put together a water rocket trike that speeds around much like soda bottles filled with compressed air and water can launch into the sky. To drive his homemade rocket trike, he filled it up 76 times with collected rainwater. Related: Swiss Man Breaks Bicycle Speed Record with Insane 207-MPH Rocket Bike The water trike was a smashing success; after initial tests where the trike hit 145, 219, and 245 kph – that’s around 90, 136, and 152 mph – Gissy reached 162 mph on the trike. He traveled 60 feet in 852 milliseconds, and said during that time the average acceleration was around 50.39 meters per second squared. Gissy shattered a bicycle speed world record back in 2014. Riding a rocket-propelled bike , he hit 207 mph in 4.8 seconds . The bicycle, designed by friend Arnold Neracher, was stripped: essentially simply a rocket with a saddle. Gissy thanked precision machining company Comera for help with the water rocket trike, as well as Dr Lorenzo Lauro of P&L Racing for operating PortaTree Drag Racing Timing Equipment. He said on YouTube that he is still looking for more sponsors “to build much more powerful, spectacular, and faster vehicles. Some amazing projects are waiting to become a reality.” We’ll be excited to see what he fabricates next; his motto, according to his YouTube page, is “Enough is never enough.” + François Gissy Images via screenshot

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The O2 Pursuit is an Air-Powered Motorcycle that Can Travel 62 Miles on a Single Charge

November 5, 2012 by  
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Developed by Dean Benstead , a graduate RMIT University in Melbourne, the O2 Pursuit is a pretty extraordinary bike. With a range of about 62 miles per ‘tank’ and top speeds of 87 mph, the modified Yamaha WR250R is powered entirely by compressed air. A canister with a compression of 3000 PSI, the same as those used by scuba divers, appears to power the bike as effectively as many electric motors—and Benstead’s technology has been nominated for a James Dyson Award . Read the rest of The O2 Pursuit is an Air-Powered Motorcycle that Can Travel 62 Miles on a Single Charge Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air powered cars , airpod , compressed air , dean benstead , james dyson award , o2 pursuit , rmit , scuba power , tasa

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Air Duster Alternative Ditches Cans, Chemicals

February 23, 2012 by  
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For years, gas dusters have been marketed under the name “compressed air,” when in actuality, the keyboard-cleaning canisters are packed with environmentally harmful chemicals that, if inhaled, can cause brain damaging effects. Plus, when finished,…

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Better Compressed Power Storage from SustainX

October 19, 2011 by  
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A recent patent issued to compressed air energy storage (CAES) company SustainX could provide a significant improvement in grid storage of energy, especially for wind farms and solar power arrays. Compressed air is one of the preferred methods for storing excess energy from renewable sources during periods of peak production. When there is increased demand, it can then be readily harnessed to provide additional electricity, instead of relying on fossil fuel burning ‘peaker plants’ or other, less desirable alternatives. The problem with compressing air comes from thermodynamic effects . “Without heat transfer, a gas will increase in temperature as it is compressed; and as it gets hotter, it tends to resist further compression (i.e., each increment of compression must be performed on a volume of gas that is at higher pressure than if it had not been heated by prior compression).” SustainX has developed technology to provide isothermal compression and expansion which gives their system conversion efficiencies of over 90%. And, of course, better conversion efficiencies mean less energy is wasted. With this technology, SustainX claims a 7x cost reduction over traditional CAES systems. Additionally, according to the company, “SustainX utilizes above-ground storage in the form of industrial-grade, off-the-shelf gas cylinders, eliminating the siting constraints and permitting concerns associated with classical underground CAES.” via: N A Windpower

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Nissan Builds 10-Minute EV Charger

October 18, 2011 by  
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Nissan has announced that it has built a super-fast EV charger that can take your battery from drained to fully charged in a mere ten minutes — a huge improvement over the typical eight-hour refueling time that most EV chargers require. This new quick charger, built with help from Japan’s Kansai University, was made by swapping out the traditionally-used carbon electrodes for tungsten oxide and vanadium oxide electrodes that proved to be far more efficient.  One major drawback to this swap is that EVs today are made with charging components that work with those carbon electrodes, so EVs themselves would have to be updated to work with this new type of charger. Nissan plans to fully commercialize this new charger, but it’s likely to take about another decade until they’re on the streets or available for your home.  It’s a drag to have to wait that long to see this technology produced, but it’s also really exciting to imagine that in ten years you’ll be able to recharge your EV in the time it takes to eat a snack. via Inhabitat

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Compressed air system to save wind power for future use

September 6, 2011 by  
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Nandini Moulik: Wind Turbines Wind energy stored as compressed air As the demand for clean energy from renewable resources soar, implementation of technologies to save and maximize energy usage always remains the top priority. Given the situation of fast depletion of fossil fuels and environmental concerns, SustainX, a West Lebanon-based start-up has decided to use compressed air technology of storing wind energy generated by wind mills and producing the energy at peak hours. Air compression technology is not a new conception, but SustainX has come up with bigger plans to make it commercially viable. The wind generated by the windmills can be compressed and stored in underground caverns or depleted oil fields, which can be released later to produce power when the demand is high. This will reduce the dependency on fossil fuels. Storing of wind energy is a problem, but the necessity of storing this energy is ever increasing with the government imposing stringent rules in maximum power harnessing from renewable resources. SustainX has been successful in demonstrating a 40-Kilowatt prototype and is presently engaged in finishing a 1Megawatt project. The biggest advantage of compressed air technology is that it can generate power from the stored wind energy even when the wind is not blowing. The compressed air can be released to rotate the turbine blades and dispatch power according to the demand. This concept of Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) has been lurking in the minds of engineers for few decades, but then technical difficulties and the cost proved to be great barriers. Presently, higher energy prices have created a situation to implement compressed air technology to cater to the demand of clean energy market. Lack of enough storage space to store the compressed air for large scale power production is a big hindrance. SustainX has overcome this problem through the use of above the ground storage systems. The conventional turbine system does not work in above the ground storage tanks and SustainX has introduced pistons. These are cost effective and with better compression ability it can store more energy. Thus, above the ground storage tanks can store more energy than the same capacity underground caverns. Moreover, the pistons can function at a wider range when the tank pressure is too low to drive the turbines. Air compression generates a lot of heat and decompression requires heat. Much of the heat generated during compression gets wasted. The efficiency of CAES can be increased if the heat generated during compression can be stored. SustainX introduced a fine water spray in the cylinder to absorb heat generated during compression and the same hot water is used as a fuel during decompression. No wastage of energy and no extra heat requirement. The energy efficiency has shot up from 54% to 95%. SustainX uses electricity to drive the pistons in the storage cylinders. During energy release, the decompressed air drives the piston to run a generator. SustainX is working hard on isothermal compressed air technology due to its better energy efficiency. However, underground storage caverns are being considered more economically viable than above the ground storage tanks due to limited capacity of power production by the latter. Via: Technologyreview

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10 Electrically assisted bikes designed for office goers

September 6, 2011 by  
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Kuldeep Sharma: Optibike Optibike electrically assisted Bikes – the word that creates an excitement because of speed and thrills attached to it. Most of the people either male or female love to ride bikes. Every one has craze for bikes. But can you believe that the time has come when you can use your bike to go to your office. If you have got bored of going to your office in the back seat of your luxury sedan, then it is the time to opt for a bike that can make your office going experience quite joyful. There are many of these bikes available in the market but here I am providing some of the best picked electric bikes that suits well for all office goers. Being electric bikes, they help you to reduce air pollution too. 1. Kettler Twin electric bike Kettler Kettler Kettler Twin electric bike is one of the most efficient and hybrid bike in its category. It is manufactured by German Bike designing company “Kettler”, it makes it at the top of other electric bikes. This bike uses Panasonic’s Electric Drive system incorporated with advanced Lithium Batteries. The bike has 7 or 8 gear hub that allows you to drive long distances at average speed. The weight of the bike is only 50 lbs that makes your ride a pure pleasure. It has option for both Pedalling as well as using electric motor system. 2. Optibike opti Opti bike Optibike is one of the most popular electric bike in this segment. Optibike is designed by Jim Turner. Jim Turner has been awarded for his bike designs. Optibike is made up of light weight carbon fibre that makes it very stylish also. Optibike comes with integrated GPS system, a PDA for monitoring the real time performance of the bike and the lithium-ion battery operated motor. On a single charge of battery, you can enjoy the pedal free ride for 2 hours. The bike comes with a hefty price tag of $13,000, which makes it slightly costly in electric bike segments. 3. Tharula Tharula tharula Tharula is one of the concept electric bike designed for the future roads of the year 2025. The concept for this bike is given by Diana Lumbasyo. This concept bike helps you get rid of crowded roads with its unique and extraordinary design. The bike is designed in Red Ferrari color with its looks like a circus ring. 4. World’s fastest electric bike Backtrail Backtrail If you think that bikes are usually slow, then this bike will change your thinking. Backtrail, one of the fastest electric bike can go upto a speed of 100 kph. The bike is manufactured by a German Bike manufacturer PG Bikes. The bike has a price tag of €59,500. Only 667 units of this bike will be manufactured by the company. 5. L3 Electric Bike L3 concept bike by Camilo Parra Palacio L3 concept bike by Camilo Parra Palacio L3 Electric bike concept is given by Camilo Parra Palacio, a columbian designer. This bike is single seater with excellent features like 1000 W motor, six lead acid batteries that can give ride upto seven hours without interruption. The bike is most suitable for the needs of emerging tourism industry. 6. VW Launches Car & e-Bike Combo Bik E Bike The well known car manufacturer company Volkswagon has come up with its “Bik.E”. Bik.E is a electric folding bike, that you can easily carry in your car. The bike contains frame integrated batteries that provide the bike a speed of upto 20 kph. Being only 20 kg in weight it fits easily with your outings. 7. Evaders: High Performance Electric Bikes Evader’s Scooter Evader’s Scooter Evaders is a stylish E Bike in its category. Available at a cool price tag of only $999 makes it a good buy. On a single charge this bike can go for 45 miles. The bike contains a 1000 W motor that offers a maximum speed of 35 mph. Noise level of this bike is very low. 8. Giant Twist Freedom DX Electric Bike twist dx Twist Dx Giant Twist Freedom Electric bike is a bike that combines electric power with the power of its rider. This bike was recently tested by Popular Mechanics. The bike has 3 modes like eco mode, normal mode, and sports mode to suit your style. 9. The A2B Electric Bike A2B A2B electric bike A2B electric bike is designed mainly for urban commuting. This bike has broader seat to give you a comfortable ride and can be charged at an ordinary electric socket. Even you can take your friend for ride on this as it has 2 seats. 10. New Modern Electric Bike from France The Matra MS1 Electric Bike Ms1 ms1 matra This bike is manufactured by French Bike maker “Matra”. This stylish bike can travel upto 60 miles at a speed of 30 mph. For this you need to spend around $5000. The bike contains an LCD screen that shows different parameters about your ride. Bike has Disc brakes for taking full control over the bike.

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Volvo’s air-powered Air Motion concept weighs less than a Formula 1 car

October 23, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Zero-emission concept vehicle powered by compressed air. Volvo has entered the 2010 LA Auto Show Design Challenge competition with the Air Motion, a zero-emission concept vehicle that is powered by compressed air

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Indian engineering students develop compressed air-powered motorbike

July 3, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Zero-emission motorbike powered by compressed air. With fuel prices on a constant rise, it becomes even more important to develop engines that run on alternative sources of fuel. While a majority of manufacturers are placing their bets on electricity, a bunch of mechanical engineering students at the Gyan Vihar University Jaipur , India have come up with an experimental motorbike that runs without any emissions on compressed air

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Hyundai’s Kitchen Nano Garden uses hydroponic technique to grow food

July 3, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor : Kitchen vegetable garden grows food without using harmful fertilizers and pesticides. Gardening is pure fun

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