Margot Krasojevic designs Belgrade trolly system powered by piezoelectricity

July 26, 2016 by  
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The project uses 3d-printed piezoelectric cells applied to each trolley pole, trolley bus elevation, tire and overhead wire. Aluminum consolidated carbon nanotubes , which increase the heat and electrical conductivity of the material embedded within the structure, are combined with the steel frame, concrete-clad helix. The aluminum frames are printed with piezoelectric crystals that generate electricity from the air flow and pressure exerted from the trolleybus and its overhead wire movement. Related: Margot Krasojevic’s solar-powered sand turbine hotel aims to stop the spread of the Gobi Desert Elevated walls further increase the vibration of the trolley-poles, augmented by wind and rain. These vibrations amplify the the piezoelectric cell displacements which, in turn, generate energy. The design will act as an electrical amplifier, and will provide street lighting and WiFi access to immediate neighborhoods. Users will also be able to use the system to power their gadgets and smart cars , while the electric current stimulates root growth in plants. + Margot Krasojevic

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European wind energy is now cheaper than nuclear power

July 26, 2016 by  
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Wind energy has officially overtaken nuclear power as the most affordable energy option – at least in countries surrounding the North Sea . In nearby European nations, the cost of wind is now 30 percent lower than nuclear, a promising development in the push for renewable energy around the world. At the rate of present installations, industry group WindEurope predicts these wind farms will generate a full 7 percent of all energy within Europe by 2030. The reason for the drop in price is largely due to the fact that offshore wind farms are becoming cheaper and easier to build. In the past, constructing these farms has been expensive and impractical – and given the relatively low cost of fossil fuels , it simply hasn’t made sense for many companies to invest in the projects. However, the closure of many drilling projects in the North Sea has left offshore installation vehicles without enough work, causing the cost of transporting turbines out to sea to plummet. Other factors which have helped lower the price include low oil and steel prices, reduced maintenance requirements, and the ability to mass produce turbines. Related: The world’s largest floating wind farm will be operational next year While these falling wind power costs only represent a small part of the global energy market, there’s no reason other regions can’t build up a similar capacity. China, for instance, has built so many solar and wind facilities that it’s already on track to exceed its own emissions targets by 2020. And while wind power is currently developing at a slower pace in the US, that may not be true for long – new turbine designs could potentially upend the entire industry and fuel exponential growth on the American side of the Atlantic. Via ENN Photos via  Andreas Klinke Johannsen  and  m.prinke

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This luxury hobbit hole could be yours for just $1 million

July 26, 2016 by  
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Over 40 years ago architect Arthur Quarmby built Underhill for his family. From the United States to Australia to Japan, Underhill was widely cited as an example of the elegance of earth homes. The 4,000 square foot dwelling is described on the property listing as “the most celebrated house in the West Riding Section of the Peak District;” a description that would fit right in with Tolkien’s description of the Shire. (Don’t tell the Sackville-Bagginses or they might stop by to steal some spoons.) Related: Tour the Tolkien-themed Hobbit Boutique Hotel in the author’s South African birthplace While the home is not overtly described as a hobbit hole , its name (Frodo Baggins hid under the surname Underhill for a time) and round features – namely a round door at the entrance – appear to evoke the beloved stories. Quarmby’s family lived in Underhill for over 40 years with “unalloyed delight,” but they’re now selling it through Wm. Sykes & Son for a little over $900,000. The four-bedroom home on close to one acre of property is located amid the green rolling hills of Holme, England. It centers around a “family recreation area” with a swimming pool, and around the pool are suites for the owners and two children. There’s also a dining area, music room, guest bedroom, and kitchen. In a last hobbity touch, there’s a “stone vaulted cave” where residents can enjoy a peat fire. Bilbo might be able to afford this home after battling a few more dragons. + Underhill Via CNET Images via Wm. Sykes & Son Save

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Budapest Trams Seem to Speed Through Time With 30,000 Dazzling LEDs

June 18, 2014 by  
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New Water Buses Proposed to Help Ease Mass Transit Pressure in Sweden

May 23, 2014 by  
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Researchers at Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology have come up with an innovative addition to the city’s public transit system. Called Waterway 365 , their project follows the principle that “across is always closer than around.” They propose incorporating water buses into the existing public transport service, and their system design involves a water bus unlike any other you have seen before. Read the rest of New Water Buses Proposed to Help Ease Mass Transit Pressure in Sweden Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: boats , ferries , Karl Garme , KTH , KTH Royal Institute of Technology , mass transit , public transit , public transport , Stockholm , Sweden , system design , transport , water buses , water taxis

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Teepee-Inspired Home Office ‘Nooks’ Double as a Personal Raft

May 23, 2014 by  
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Swifty Scooters: Beautiful Hand-Made Adult Kick Scooters Designed for Urban Mobility

September 11, 2012 by  
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A husband and wife team from the UK are the brains behind Swifty Scooters – a range of adult kick scooters that, through innovative design, “demonstrates a 21st century relevance to urban mobility, answering the need to save time and have fun.” Jason and Camilla Iftakhar , who are both graduates of the Royal College of Art , work together to design and hand-craft the scooters, whose parts are even locally sourced. The scooters are also designed to be ultra-slim and, when required, fold up so they can be carried onto public transport or stored away. Read the rest of Swifty Scooters: Beautiful Hand-Made Adult Kick Scooters Designed for Urban Mobility Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adult kick scooters , Camilla Iftakhar , commuting , jason Iftakhar , kick scooters , public transport , swifty scooters , swifty scooters website , swiftyOne , SwiftyOne Chrone , urban mobility , urban scooters

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DuffyLondon’s Awesome Swing Table Suspends Guests From Swaying Seats

September 11, 2012 by  
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DuffyLondon ’s new Swing Table turns even the most boring board meeting or an everyday meal into a fun affair – guests can swing and sway while starting their first course or discussing the latest hot topic. The modular stand-alone unit can be set up in any room without construction of any kind! Read the rest of DuffyLondon’s Awesome Swing Table Suspends Guests From Swaying Seats Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DuffyLondon , eco design , forest stewardship council certified , green design , MOdular table , sustainable design , Swing Table

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Cannondale’s Chainless CERV Concept Bike Transforms as You Ride It!

September 11, 2012 by  
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Priority Designs and Cannondale have joined forces to create a cutting-edge concept bike that transforms to change shape as you ride it! Known as the Continuously Ergonomic Race Vehicle (CERV) , the forkless, chainless, and dynamically adjustable bicycle made its world debut at EUROBIKE last month where it was hailed for its innovative transformer-like design. Read the rest of Cannondale’s Chainless CERV Concept Bike Transforms as You Ride It! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle , bike frame , cannondale , CERV , Continuously Ergonomic Race Vehicle , cutting edge technology , cycling , cyclists , eurobike , priority designs , transformer

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Honest Buildings’ Social Media Site for Property Gets a Huge Cash Injection

September 11, 2012 by  
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Honest Buildings, the new real estate site that is looking to be the new social media hub for buildings, has just received a sizable cash injection topping $1 million. The site features over 600,000 projects in New York City, Washington DC, San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, Dallas, Houston, and Portland (OR), as well as many more across the US. What this means is that you can not only get all kinds of information on how a buildings in your area perform, but you can also connect with folks who can fix ‘em, and share insights and experiences of your own. Now with well over a $1 million to work with, the site is sure to grow ever more robust. If you haven’t taken a look yet,  head on over  now! + Honest Buildings Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: building socail media , Green Building , green building network , HB , honest building , honest buildings , how to find a building

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