The Bao House is a Tricycle-Powered Mobile Home That Pedals Around Beijing

November 26, 2012 by  
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Able to float through the streets like a cloud, the Bao House was created for the Get it Louder 2012 exhibition of art in Beijing. Prompted to design a human powered mobile living space, dot Architects rose to the challenge to create their snow-white wandering home. The word “bao” in Chinese means “bubble,” and the exterior of the Bao House certainly appears as though it has been covered with a healthy heap of suds. The puffy surface is the result of the curing spray polyurethane foam expanding outward from its mold. Once the wood, pin and string framework was removed, the SPF was revealed in all of its bulbous glory. Both water resistant and thermally insulated, the SPF makes the Bao House cozy and weather-proof. “SPF is normally concealed behind the finishing surface and functions only as supplementary material,” says head designer Ning Duo. “Bao House tries to explore this common material and reinterpret it in a new fabrication system.” The roof is made from a transparent polycarbonate to allow light to filter through and the walls slide open to gain entrance in lieu of a door. Able to sleep up to three people, the Bao House is levels above a conventional tent for easy, on-the-go shelter. Now, if only you could find some street parking in Beijing. + dot Architects Via dezeen Images by Yuming Baia and Vanessa Chen

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Serbian Park Becomes Greener with Solar-Powered Charging Station

November 26, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of Serbian Park Becomes Greener with Solar-Powered Charging Station Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , Art , Black Tree , Charging Station , electronics , Installation , iPad , ipod , Miloš Milivojevic , park , Strawberry Energy , Tašmajdan Park

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Top 6 Sensational Pedal-Powered Designs

February 17, 2012 by  
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7 Weirdest forms of human powered transportation

September 22, 2011 by  
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Aravind Balasubramanya: Weird Shoe Bike Shoes instead of wheels Change is the only changeless thing in the universe. All things change – for the better or for the worse. And when this change happens, it is in two distinct ways. It is either an evolution, slow, and steady, or it is a revolution, rapid and ready. There is a ‘revolving’ revolution happening on the streets out there and only time will tell whether it is for the better or for the worse. Green transportation at its weirdest best seems to be the theme of this revolution. From springy stilts to fitness forklifts, pedaled pubs to super speedsters, these weird transport vehicles definitely hold a promise of future inspiration and innovation. 1. The Powerisers Powerisers Spring-loaded stilts If you manage to get yourself a pair of these spring loaded stilts, you must definitely get yourself a helmet and some pads. What will be a small step for you will transform into a giant leap for the Powerisers. The springs add power to the pumped up muscles as the walker moves in leaps and bounds. Made of aluminium by a Korean company, they are fun for both – the rider and the passers by. But let us not forget that the slightest slip can be dangerous for both. 2. Champiot Ultra Champiot Ultra Quadcycle combining biking and rowing Meet one of the most healthy therapies for treating insomnia and the problem of gall -bladder stones as claimed by its makers. Here is a quadcycle that is literally handled by the rider. Combining rowing and cycling, it is the muscles of the arm that drive the Champiot Ultra. Pumping the handle front and back accelerates the cycle. The manufacturers are marketing it as a fun and healthy way to healing a long list of ailments. 3. Pedal-Powered Pub Pedal Powered Pub Lets drink to health! Here comes another weird transport – a beer pub! These riders seem to toast to each other’s health as they power this mobile pub through their pedaling. These beer ‘pedalers’ saddle up and then synchronize their tap and pedal to glide along the roads. This concept has already caught on in Minneapolis, Amsterdam, London, and San Fransisco. 4. Treadmill Bike Treadmill Bike Ride as you walk… Would you like to run as you ride or ride as you run? A treadmill mounted on wheels, powered by your walk has hit the markets. The hard wearing belt offers perfect grip and the variable resistance feature for the treadmill ensures that everyone in the family can use it. This novel velocipede has rugged wheels and is a sure fun way to burn those excess carbs. And it comes along with a complete safety gear too. 5. Aquaskipper Aqua skipper Leapfrog over the waters The Aqua skipper sounds weird, looks weird, and feels weird too. Powered by your gyrations, it may well seem like a hybrid frog doing a mating dance. But whatever you may say, it is a sure shot exercise for if you stop gyrating, you will sink. Skipping at an amazing 17 mph, it should definitely be a fast and enjoyable round of leapfrogging to the dock. 6. The Hyperbike The Hyperbike Weird but really fast! Here is a gizmo that has interested even NASA! The Hyperbike hurtles at a velocity greater than 50 miles per hour and stands an impressive 10 feet! It is exercise all round as the biceps, triceps, calves and thighs work in a co-ordinated fashion to propel this super tricycle ahead. Don’t forget your helmet if you ever decide to go overtaking those gas automobiles on a hyperbike. 7. Human-powered Forklift Human Powered Forklift Moves slowly but moves heavy weights! Another all-round-exercise transport system, this forklift gets your luggage shifted and muscles toned at the same time. Crank up the luggage and cargo by working the arms and move it to the destination with some gentle pedaling. It has a capacity to move about 65 pounds and could be a handy thing to have in a warehouse.

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10 Concept Green Cars Designed to be Powered by Hybrid Engines

September 22, 2011 by  
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Nisha Changrani: Green car These are the future hybrid cars to have a green environment. Across our planet every day, millions and millions of tons of harmful green house gases are emitted by cars. And, with the surge in temperatures and oil prices, organizations have decided to go the greener way. Hybrid cars have gained much importance nowadays due to the problem of global warming. These cars promise to be less harmful to our planet and also to us, human beings. Given below are 10 such cars that aim for a greener and thus better future! 1. Chevrolet Futuristic Hybrid Car Concept ‘Mi-Ray’ Mi Ray The eco-friendly car is touted to give around 60 mpg of fuel efficiency In Korean, Mi-Ray symbolizes future and this car from General Motors is an apt plug-in hybrid car for our sustainable future. The car is powered by a 15 KW twin motor and lithium ion batteries. Its body is made up of carbon fibers and aluminum which promises a powerful look. The company claims that the car can generate a fuel efficiency of approx 60 mpg. 2. Cadillac Ciel Concept Hybrid Car Ciel The engine is a 3.6 liter, twin turbocharged V6 delivering 425 hp. Ciel means Sky in French. This GM brand is concept car has a 3.6-liter dual turbocharged V6 engine that has the capacity to generate 425 horsepower. Cadillac Ciel also has lithium-ion batteries. Meant for four people, this convertible car is sure to impress you with its brilliant interiors and space. The car has a 125 inches wheelbase. Its front doors open in the usual manner whereas the back ones are rear hinged with no B-pillar. A perfect example of green-luxurious car! 3. Buick Envision Plug-In Hybrid SUV Concept Buick Envision The Envision offers manual as well automatic eight-speed transmission. Beauty coupled with Power! Envision from Buick is a plug-in hybrid car having a two liter engine and electric motor generators to power itself up. It is a spacious car designed in a unique manner so that the radiator inside receives sufficient air to cool itself. 4. Squalus Concept Squalus concept The concept features four electric engines located in each wheel. Powered by a hydrogen engine and four electric engines, this car definitely aims to make our planet greener. The electric engines are placed in each of the four wheels. The best part being that the engines get charged up while the wheels are running. 5. Hybrid Tourer Concept of Subaru Subaru This Hybrid Tourer Concept uses directly injected 2.0 liter turbo boxer engine and a CVT. Subaru is all set to come up with a hybrid car in 2013. It is being said that the car will have features similar to Hybrid Tourer Concept, Legacy and Impreza. According to sources, the car is more likely to have a 2-liter turbo boxer engine, lithium ion capacitor and a CVT. 6. Jaguar Debuts C-X16 Hybrid Concept Jaguar C-X16 It has a sweeping roofline, rear haunches and the front wing crease. Emitting 165 gm of carbon dioxide every km, this car from Jaguar is simply mind boggling. Made up of aluminium the car has an amazing sporty look. Coming to its main parts, the C-X16 has a three liter V6 engine which generates up to 376 hp and 332 pf of torque. The ‘Push to Pass’ button on top of its steering wheel promises to take you from 0-60 mph in merely 4.3 seconds. Also, when you push this button, the car’s electric engine comes into picture and generates up to 92 hp. The luxurious car also has lithium ion batteries. 7. Volkswagen XL1 Hybrid Concept Car Volkswagen The super-efficient vehicle is the third iteration of Volkswagen’s continuing mission to mock today’s emissions regulations by creating a concept which returns 313mpg. Conforming to the Euro VI emission standards, this hybrid car claims to use merely 0.9 liters of fuel for every 100 km. The car consists of an electric motor, lithium ion batteries and a dual cylinder TDI engine. Measuring 3,888 mm x 1,665 mm x 1,156 mm and having a wheelbase of 2,224 mm, the XL1 delivers a fuel efficiency of 331 mpg. 8. Toyota Hybrid Car Made of Seaweed Toyota This Hybrid car is made from natural materials. The 400 kg car from Toyota is made from seaweeds and has a 500 cc engine. Its body is made from carbon fibers which protect the car in case an accident occurs. The car uses electricity to power itself up. However, you will have to wait for around 8 years to buy this car. 9. Oxygen Concept Car O2 Concept car designed to get powered by solar energy and atmospheric CO2. This car from Leonardo Archilli, quite amazingly, promises to pump oxygen into the air instead of carbon dioxide. Dubbed as oxygen, the car has a unique roof that stores the sun’s energy. It also uses carbon dioxide from the air and generates hydrocarbons, its main source of energy. 10. Peugeot SxC Peugot The name itself, SxC, stands for – Shanghai Cross Concept. The Shanghai Cross Concept Car from the French car maker is sure to amaze you once you look at its interiors. Measuring 4.870 m x 2.035 m x 1.610 m, the car has a 1.6 liter fuel engine to power its front wheels and an electric engine to power its rear wheels. The S x C promises to emit 143 kg of carbon dioxide per km with a fuel efficiency of 48.7 mpg. However, when you drive it at lower speeds, you do not leave a carbon footprint.

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The Week in Pictures: Pac-Man Ship Eats Oil Spills, World Cup Carbon Footprint, Pedal-powered Porsche, and More (Slideshow)

June 18, 2010 by  
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As BP’s Gulf oil spill continues to spew, the internet has helped showcase some of the more interesting ways an oil spill can be cleaned up. For example, a pac-man-esque oil recovery vessel and Kevin Costner’s machine that can separate oil and water–BP just ordered 32! The Upright Citizens Brigade explores what happens when BP spills coffee and the video is pretty hilarious (unlike the actual spill in the Gulf of Mexico).

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New Water Reporting Requirements Have California Farmers On Edge

June 18, 2010 by  
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Photo via benketero California is simultaneously in a water crunch and one of the nation’s most important food sources. California is the world’s fifth largest supplier of food and agriculture commodities, and in 2007, California exported more agricultural products by air than 23 other states did by all modes of transport

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Copenhagen Lights Pedal-Powered Christmas Tree Shows Off Energy Efficiency, Sends a Message for Talks (Video)

November 30, 2009 by  
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Everyone is hopping on board to help keep Copenhagen’s Christmas tree lit. The gorgeous tree is dependent upon passers-by, as it is pedal powered. The tree demonstrates energy efficiency – it’s lit only when people are gathered around to enjoy it.

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Who Says Greens Are Ignoring the Chinese Drywall?

November 30, 2009 by  
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For once I agree with Trevor Butterworth of Stats, who asks “where is the outrage?” when it comes to the question of why people are not getting worked up about the issue of Chinese drywall emitting hydrogen sulfide gas. But then he quotes another “eco-logic” blogger who writes: As to the usual fear entrepreneurial “green” groups such as NRDC, EWG, and US-PIRG, since there is no evil American corporation to blame this … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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