Phyto Kinetic Green-Roofed Buses Could Add a Breath of Fresh Air to the Urban Jungle

July 30, 2013 by  
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How would you like to be transported to work in a moving garden? If Marc Granen has anything to do with it, you may be able to. The landscape artist, who is based in Bescano, Spain has developed a green roof for buses called Phyto Kinetic . Since green spaces are so valuable for human environments, and since cities just don’t have a lot of open space, Granen came up with the idea of using areas that already exist to create that green space, even if they are on four wheels. In a city like New York that has thousands of buses, adding the Phyto Kinetic system to each one would create over a 100,000 square meters of air-purifying green space in the city. Read the rest of Phyto Kinetic Green-Roofed Buses Could Add a Breath of Fresh Air to the Urban Jungle Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bescano , girona , green bus roof , green roof on bus , green space as air purifier , green space in cities , lightweight hydroponic foam , marc granen , phyto kinetic , Spain        

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Sunset Magazine’s 2013 Idea Town Opens This Week in Seabrook, Washington

July 30, 2013 by  
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Voltmaker Kinetic Charger Powers Your Smartphone With a Flick of the Wrist

June 27, 2013 by  
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No matter how diligent you are at charging your smartphone before leaving the house, there is always some point where you find that your battery is on its last legs – and it’s usually when you need to make an important call. The Voltmaker is a ratchet-inspired kinetic charger that lets you power up your phone with a simple flick of the wrist. The prototype charger of an aluminum tube that houses a 2000 mAh Li-ion battery – a few minutes of vigorous motion creates enough juice for a brief phone call, or to switch on an integrated LED light. Read the rest of Voltmaker Kinetic Charger Powers Your Smartphone With a Flick of the Wrist Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: device , electronics , gnu , gpl , IndieGoGo , kinetic , LED , lithium ion battery , peg , smartphone , voltmaker        

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Chuck Hoberman Designs Kinetic Building Canopy to Filter Sunlight in Riyadh

December 19, 2012 by  
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Imagine lounging at a spa poolside, relaxing as the delicate interplay of light and shadow filtering from the canopy above melts your stress away. But instead of trees setting the mood, the roof above is composed of two perforated moving Tessellate panels designed by Chuck Hoberman . Welcome to the KAFD Portal Spas  — two lush retreats intended for Riyadh by architectural firm WORKSBUREAU . One for men and one for women, the getaways will resemble giant greenhouses, complete with lush gardens, a three-story tower of plants, and a massive atrium. Read the rest of Chuck Hoberman Designs Kinetic Building Canopy to Filter Sunlight in Riyadh Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chuck hoberman , hoberman sphere , kafd portal spas , kinetic , pierced titanium , Riyadh , saudi arabia , spa , sunlight , worskbureau

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Mesmerizing Kinetic Map Shows Real-Time Wind Speeds in the US

March 29, 2012 by  
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This new map of real-time wind speeds in the US is not only memorizing, but it’s also useful tool to help us better understand wind’s power and potential. The kinetic map was developed by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, who are exploring ways that data set in graphical form can help us think better collectively. Their map shows the potential of wind power as a long-term, reliable energy source, but the map is also a rich tool that visualizes the complex nature of air currents on earth. The next step for the design team is to create a real time wind map of the entire globe. Read the rest of Mesmerizing Kinetic Map Shows Real-Time Wind Speeds in the US Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: graphic visualization of wind , HINT.FM , real time wind map , wind map , wind power map

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Engineering Student Builds Flywheel Energy Recovery Into Bike

August 17, 2011 by  
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Max von Stein’s flywheel bicycle is everywhere these days. The engineering student first demonstrated it at the Cooper Union year-end show. ArchPaper described it: Engineering student Maxwell von Stein applied the principles of a hybrid car to the bicycle to harness the kinetic energy typically lost when braking. With a variable transmission and a flywheel mounted to the bike’s frame, von Stein’s bike allows the rider to pick up speed faster after stopping than with a battery. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Pro-Gas Smears Make the Case for Distributed Renewables

August 17, 2011 by  
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Brian already took issue with a “natural gas is green” op-ed in the New York Times , and John Laumer also poked some holes in its anti-renewables stance . Now John Farrell has launched a withering attack on the smear tactics used to discredit renewables in favor of natural gas … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Posche 911’s next iteration to make use of advanced KERS

May 19, 2011 by  
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Dattatreya: Yes, KERS has struck again! And this time, it’s not at all related to Formula 1 racing.

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Aston Martin set to launch Toyota IQ-inspired, all electric Cygnet

May 19, 2011 by  
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Dattatreya: No, please don’t bring James Bond into this, as the Aston Martin we are going to harp about, is not even close to the DB series, or for that matter to any sportscar. Rather it will be an electric cousin to the petite yet luxury city car Cygnet, which in itself is derived from the Toyota IQ

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Philadelphia Subway Feeding Braking Energy to Grid

September 8, 2010 by  
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When a subway train pulls into a station, it produces two things:  a loud screeching sound and lots of kinetic energy.  The Philadelphia subway is putting that second thing to good use by capturing the kinetic energy produced when trains put on the brakes. A 1.5-MW regenerative braking system will be installed along the Market-Frankford line, which has the highest ridership in the city.  A huge battery will capture the kinetic energy that will then be used by trains accelerating out of the stations, stored for future use or fed to the grid.  The Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority will have the option to either use the power produced or sell it to the local utility. The trains already use regenerative braking on a smaller scale but half of the energy is lost as heat.  This pilot program is aiming to dramatically increase the power captured

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