Airlines will consume a quarter of the world’s carbon budget by 2050

August 7, 2017 by  
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Manufacturers are engaged in a fast-paced fight to deliver efficiency gains that outstrip projected industry growth, says UTC.

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Why autonomous trucks aren’t a silver bullet for trucking

July 5, 2017 by  
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Things such as public perception, cost and regulatory issues are yet to be addressed.

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Investors cultivate more sustainable food supply chain

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Agricultural companies are facing more pressure to address their exposure from poverty, water scarcity and resource depletion.

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10 minutes with Cameron Bruett, JBS USA

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Why the head of sustainability for the world’s largest meat company, trained as an animal scientist, is balancing tradition with scientific innovation.

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Top U.S. truck fleets pave way to fuel efficiency

June 21, 2017 by  
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Run on Less is a first-of-its-kind cross-country roadshow organized by Carbon War Room and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency to showcase advances in fuel efficiency.

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Student-designed car could cross almost the entire U.S. on one gallon of gas

May 26, 2017 by  
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Engineering students at Quebec’s Université Laval just designed a gas-fueled car so efficient , you could travel further than the distance between Atlanta, Georgia and Seattle, Washington on a single gallon of gasoline . The students just won the Shell Eco-marathon Americas contest for internal combustion engine cars with their vehicle, the Alérion Supermileage car, which gets 2,713.1 miles per gallon of gasoline. Every year students battle it out in the Shell contest for fuel-efficient vehicles, and this isn’t the first time Université Laval students have snagged the prize. They’ve won seven of the competitions in 10 years. They beat out 30 vehicles designed by students. Related: US vehicle emissions hit record low as fuel economy climbs to record high There’s a lot about the winning car that’s secret; the team wants to keep a competitive edge in the contest. But we do know the car seats one person. A former winning entry from Université Laval incorporated a Briggs & Stratton single cylinder 3.5 horsepower engine, although the team reportedly made a lot of changes to the engine in their recent winning vehicle. Thin tires helped minimize surface area contact, and a carbon fiber body kept the car lightweight. HowStuffWorks explained supermileage vehicles can also obtain all their mileage through a car body stripped down to only the elements necessary for speed and safety, as well as aerodynamic design. The front area of the Alérion Supermileage is small to reduce wind resistance. More than 100 student teams participated in the competition, entering their designs under different categories. There are two vehicle classes: UrbanConcept cars are designed to provide an answer to real-life road needs, while Prototype cars are more futuristic and streamlined; you probably won’t see them on highways any time soon. The Université Laval winning car was classified as a Prototype car in the internal combustion category (other categories include battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell ). Via HowStuffWorks , Shell , and Université Laval Images via Shell

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If automobile fuel economy hitting a dead end?

May 25, 2016 by  
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President Obama’s ambitious goal of improving auto fuel efficiency to nearly 55 miles per gallon by 2025 may be jeopardized by credits and loopholes.

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Researchers develop energy-generating car tires

June 30, 2015 by  
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Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed an innovative car tire that harvests energy from friction. The tire is embedded with a new nanogenerator and electrodes, and when it rubs against the road it produces a small electric current. This occurrence is known as the triboelectric effect, and it reclaims energy that is otherwise lost during transit. The development has obvious applications for electric cars, and it could also improve the fuel efficiency of petrol-sucking vehicles. Read the rest of Researchers develop energy-generating car tires Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric cars , energy generating tire , energy harvesting tire , friction energy , fuel efficiency , Green Transportation , nanogenerator , triboelectric effect , University of Wisconsin

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NASA Tests New Shape-Shifting Flaps to Make Airplanes Greener

November 10, 2014 by  
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Air travel produces roughly 5 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions, edging us closer to an era of runaway climate change . As part of an ongoing effort to develop greener planes and reduce the aviation industry’s environmental impact, NASA recently tested new shape-shifting flaps through the group’s Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project (ERA.) The Adaptive Compliant Training Edge (ACTE) program replaces conventional aluminum flaps on aircrafts with twistable trailing-edge flaps that may be more aerodynamic than their fixed counterparts, improve fuel-efficiency, and reduce noise during take off and landing. Read the rest of NASA Tests New Shape-Shifting Flaps to Make Airplanes Greener Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge (ACTE) , aerodynamic planes , air travel , Armstrong Flight Research Center , Climate Change , CO2 emissions , FlexFloil , flexible aircraft parts , FlexSys , fuel efficiency , global warming , green transportation , greener planes , nasa , NASA Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA)

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Virgin Atlantic Saves Millions in Fuel Costs by Redesigning the Humble Food Tray

May 7, 2014 by  
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Industrial design consultancy MAP just saved Virgin Atlantic millions of dollars in fuel costs by simply redesigning the airline’s in-flight meal tray. By streamlining the tray’s design, the British firm has helped Virgin cut fuel consumption and carbon emissions. The new design breaks up the meal into a main course followed by dessert and coffee, saving on packaging materials. Read the rest of Virgin Atlantic Saves Millions in Fuel Costs by Redesigning the Humble Food Tray Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon emissions , Climate Change , eco design , fuel efficiency , Fuel efficiency airplane , global warming , green design , MAP Project Office , social design , sustainable design , virgin atlantic , Virgin’s new food trays

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