Siemens debuts first electrified eHighway in the US

November 9, 2017 by  
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Siemens just launched a one-mile long demonstration site for its electrified eHighway system, the first of its kind in the United States . The eHighway demo is being run in California  near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The demonstration system includes an overhead catenary system, through which three electric big-rig trucks can recharge, that is similar those found above trolley or streetcar lines. Through the eHighway system, select highway lanes could be electrified, allowing electric vehicles to charge as they move and empowering a zero-emissions transportation system on existing port infrastructure. Siemens, in collaboration with the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), is hoping to address a serious source of air pollution  with the new eHighway system. Large trucks, such as those used for shipping goods across country, are the largest contributing source of smog-forming emissions in Southern California. “This project will help us evaluate the feasibility of a zero-emission cargo movement system using overhead catenary wires,” said Wayne Nastri, SCAQMD’s executive officer. “This demonstration could lead to the deployment of eHighway systems that will reduce pollution and benefit public health for residents living near the ports.” Currently, a battery-electric truck, a natural gas-hybrid-electric truck, and a diesel hybrid truck are being tested for effectiveness at the demonstration site on South Alameda Street from East Lomita Boulevard to the Dominguez Channel in Carson, California. While this may be the first eHighway site in the United States, the first such system on public roads opened in Sweden in June 2016. Related: World’s first electric dump truck stores as much energy as 8 Tesla Model S cars The eHighway system is designed with the future in mind. “Experts expect global CO2 emissions from road freight traffic to more than double by 2050,” said Andreas Thon, head of Turnkey Projects & Electrification, North America. “This electrified truck system, what we call eHighway, can modernize the existing infrastructure using the latest technology to accommodate the growing amount of freight travel, reduce harmful emissions , and keep these ports, one of our country’s major economic drivers, competitive.” + Siemens USA Images via Siemens USA

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This light-filled tiny house is made almost entirely of reclaimed wood

November 9, 2017 by  
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Proving that repurposed materials can be used to create gorgeous design, this 26-foot-long Legacy tiny home is made almost entirely from reclaimed wood . New Hampshire-based builders Wood & Heart designed the house with a compact yet sophisticated living area enhanced by an abundance of natural light thanks to three large skylights. From the exterior to the interior, the tiny space was designed to offer all of the comforts of a “regular” home. The structure is clad in cedar wood siding that contrasts nicely with Shou Sugi Ban -style charred cedar trim, giving the home a nice rustic feel. Related: The minimalist Yoshino Cedar House was built entirely out of locally-sourced timber Wood accents line the interior – including black walnut and African mahogany counter tops, 3? solid hardwood oak flooring, floating black walnut shelves and a wooden dining table. Covering the space is a ceiling made entirely from rough-sawn planks of reclaimed timber. Three large skylights and 13 Andersen windows provide the space with plenty of natural light . The living space is warm and comfy, with a sleeping loft and full-size pull-out sofa for guests. The kitchen, although compact, has enough space to make a nice meal with a four-burner stovetop and a 24-inch ceramic farmhouse sink. Of course, ample storage space is found throughout the home. Wooden planks cover the length of the interior’s flooring until the bathroom, where honeycomb geometric tiles take over. The bathroom was also built with a reclaimed accent wall. The Legacy, which can be hauled on any standard trailer, is currently on sale for $85,000 including all of the furniture, appliances and decor. + Wood & Heart Building Co. Via New Atlas Images via Wood & Heart Building Co.

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Dr. Baile Zhang Unveils Light-Bending ‘Invisibility Cloak’ at TED 2013

February 27, 2013 by  
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Dr. Baile Zhang , an assistant physics professor at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore has created a small, box-like “invisibility cloak” that uses optic crystals to bend light. The invention was unveiled on Monday at the TED 2013 conference in Long Beach, California – hit the jump to see a video of the device in action! Read the rest of Dr. Baile Zhang Unveils Light-Bending ‘Invisibility Cloak’ at TED 2013 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: calcite , California , cloaking device , disappear , dr baile zhang , invisibility cloak , laser oil , long beach , Nanyang Technological University , post-it note , professor , Singapore , ted 2013

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Richard Neutra’s Mid-Century Hailey Residence is an Exercise in Compact Space Design

February 27, 2013 by  
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(RE) Configured-Ecologies: Recycled Shipping Container Structures to Revive Long Beach

August 5, 2011 by  
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The city of Long Beach, CA recently asked firms WE-designs and XP& Architecture to come up with a landmark project on a low budget to revitalize its downtown area. The result was this cluster of futuristic-looking buildings made from old shipping containers that have been truncated and stood up vertically. Called (RE)Configured Ecologies, the multi-use space has an open playground feel and comprises an education center, a café, retail space and 13 work/live loft spaces as well as an open roof terrace. We definitely think a project like this would revive Long Beach and would love to see it come to fruition! + XP& Architecture + WE-designs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: (RE) CONFIGURED-ECOLOGIES , Cargotecture , Eco Architecture , eco design , green design , long beach , reconfigured ecologies , recycled shipping containers , shipping container , shipping container buildings , shipping container structures , sustainable design , we-designs , WE-designs and XP& Architecture , XP& Architecture

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