Lightyear unveils solar-powered car with a 500-mile driving range

June 29, 2017 by  
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A little-known Dutch startup called Lightyear just unveiled plans for a solar-powered electric car with a 500-mile driving range. The Lightyear One features a four-wheel drive powertrain that can handle rough terrain – and thanks to its solar panels, it can drive for months without having to be charged. “You can think of the Lightyear One as being as an electric car redesigned from the ground up to combine the best of solar cars and electric cars.”, says Lex Hoefsloot, CEO of Lightyear. “It’s a revolutionary step forward in electric mobility because we are able to combine a great look with extreme efficiency. This first model makes science fiction become reality: cars powered using just the sun”. Related: The world’s most efficient 5-seater car is powered entirely by the sun The solar-powered Lightyear One can travel up to 500 miles on a single charge. Other automakers have unveiled electric cars with solar panels on the roof, but none of them have been able to propel a car as far as Lightyear’s new vehicle. The integrated solar cells on the roof of the Lightyear One will generate enough energy to recharge the battery during the day, rendering charging virtually unnecessary. In sunny climates, the car can drive for months without charging, but if you need to travel further, you can also charge it using a standard power socket. Since the Lightyear One doesn’t need to rely heavily on charging infrastructure , the solar-powered car is a new option for drivers that don’t have access to a charger. “The Lightyear One is a statement to show that electric cars are ready for every corner of the planet”, Hoefsloot says. “It is the first step in our mission to make electric cars available for everyone”. The Lightyear One will be unveiled in early 2018, with the first deliveries in the United States and Europe expected to arrive in 2019. Pricing starts at 119,000 Euros, and reservations are already being taken on Lightyear’s website . Images @Lightyear + Lightyear

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Vancouver on track to kill wasteful single-use packaging

June 29, 2017 by  
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Vancouver , Canada wants to become a zero-waste city – no easy feat for an area with over 600,000 people. But as part of its Greenest City Action Plan , the city is exploring options to limit single-use packaging, like all those coffee cups, plastic bags and foam take-out containers littering our landfills . This summer they’re launching a pilot program to allow restaurants to fill take-out orders in reusable containers brought by patrons. Vancouver is teaming up with Vancouver Coastal Health to allow retailers and restaurants to fill orders in customer-brought containers. They pointed to container share programs in San Francisco, New York City, and Portland as examples of alternatives to the single-use waste issue in the past. Vancouver Coastal Health will work to ensure food safety and health for the program. Related: Insidious single-use coffee pods banned in German city Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a statement, “Vancouver is on track to be the greenest city in the world by 2020, and taking these next steps to reduce coffee cups, Styrofoam , and plastic bags from our landfills will take our environmental leadership to the next level.” He called for city residents to weigh in on reducing single-use packaging waste. If you live in Vancouver, you can find out about zero waste events or sound off on your ideas here . Even though Vancouver is taking large strides towards becoming a zero waste city, they’ve got a long way to go. According to city officials, 2.6 million coffee cups are tossed into the garbage every single week there, while around two million plastic bags end up in the trash. They also frequently find foam in Vancouver shoreline cleanup projects. But the effort to prioritize a zero waste future is a positive step, as the city encourages its citizens to shift their thinking on waste . Via the City of Vancouver ( 1 , 2 ) Images via Wikimedia Commons and Takahiro Sakamoto on Unsplash

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Bizarre Chinese Temple Discovered Atop a 21-Story Luxury Apartment Building in Shenzhen

January 8, 2017 by  
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A Chinese microblogger recently noticed a curious architectural object built upon the roof of a housing complex in Shenzhen . A mysterious temple has been sitting atop the 21-story luxury apartment building in Nanfang district of Shenzhen for at least three years, but apparently nobody knows who it belongs to still. The temple is surrounded by vegetation, has a security system to protect the premises against unwanted visitors, and walls covered in glazed golden tiles. It looks like an out-of-place private facility illegally built on public property. [youtube width=”537″ height=”302″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZpBQ0p5skk[/youtube] One of several illegally built rooftop structures in China, the temple could compromise the overall structural integrity of the building and put its tenants in danger. The majority of Chinese, especially after the affair involving a mountain villa built on the roof of a Beijing apartment building , feel that the arrogance of this sort should be stopped by the government. An anonymous source reportedly told South China Morning Post the identity of the building’s owner—a piece of information still not officially confirmed. Via Oddity Central

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1,000-year-old UK cathedral is likely world’s oldest cathedral to go solar

October 31, 2016 by  
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A 1000-year-old UK cathedral is joining the solar power revolution. UK solar company Mypower just installed the first panel of around 150 on the roof of Gloucester Cathedral in England earlier this week. When the installation is complete, Mypower says the cathedral will be the oldest in the UK and maybe even the world to have a ” commercial size solar panel system on the roof .” The solar panels will adorn the roof of the cathedral’s South Nave, and due to the building design probably won’t be visible from the ground. They will provide the cathedral with 40 kilowatts of clean energy . In true British fashion, the cathedral said the solar panels would reduce power costs by about a quarter, “enough to make 2,000 cups of tea every day of the year!” Related: Philip Johnson’s Iconic Christ Cathedral to be Renovated With Thousands of Heat-Combatting Metal Petals Installing solar on a cathedral is trickier than placing panels on modern buildings; Mypower Managing Partner Ben Harrison said they’ve had to work around twists and spots where the roof has sagged over time. He said they’ve worked closely with the cathedral’s structural engineers and architect to ensure the work is completed correctly. Harrison said in a statement, “At times it’s been extremely tight in terms of maneuverability around parts of the site, particularly when the work required us to work just inches away from centuries-old gargoyles, but we put strategies and measures in place to protect the building from any damage.” Reverend Canon Celia Thomson was on hand to help install the first panel. The Church of England is running a Shrinking the Footprint campaign, and the solar array will help Gloucester Cathedral work towards the campaign’s goal of slashing carbon emissions ” by 80 percent by 2050 .” King Henry III had his coronation at Gloucester Cathedral, and King Edward II is buried there. The historic building also provided a location for three Harry Potter movies. Via BusinessGreen Images via Wikimedia Commons and Mypower

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Whole Foods goes ultra-local with Gotham Greens greenhouse in Brooklyn

April 5, 2013 by  
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Natural grocery chain partners to grow food on the roof of new store.

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Minga Verde is a Spectacular Sustainable Shelter Set in the Foothills of Chile

October 24, 2011 by  
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A young couple had a dream of owning a space where they could invite both their family and friends during holidays away from Santiago, Chile . To create a spectacular and cozy space, the couple’s core concepts for their home, Minga Verde , was to incorporate a single large display window that would provide panoramic views of the surrounding site, and to create and outdoor space that would promote outdoor activities, socials, and more. The home is split between a bedroom, a bathroom, a kitchen, a living room, and an exterior terrace with a barbecue spot. All the areas are sheltered under a big roof, and users can appreciate the surroundings from inside at all times, given the side-to-side glazing on south façade. The home also incorporates  passive energy technologies and the installation of solar panels atop the roof, ensuring the provision of free hot water and electricity year round. + Minga Verde The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architecture chile , Chile , Green Building , Minga Verde , passive energy technologies , santiago , solar energy homes , solar panels atop the roof , Sustainable Building , Sustainable Shelter

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Top 6 Creepiest Buildings for a Frightful Halloween

October 24, 2011 by  
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After you have sorted out a cool handmade halloween costume for you and your tots, you’ll need to find a spooky place to spend your fright night. Sadly, not all towns and cities have a haunted house, so we have compiled a list of 6 super spooky buildings that will put you in the mood before you hit the streets to trick or treat . And if you’re feeling especially industrious, maybe these designs will inspire you to create your own haunted house? Read the rest of Top 6 Creepiest Buildings for a Frightful Halloween Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 24h architecture , accordion house , archinode , crazy house , dragsplhuset , dubai , eco design , faulders studio , geotube , green design , hang nga , haunted homes , in vitro habitat , local materials , London , saline home , Spooky buildings , spooky eco-house , sustainable design , Sweden , Terreform , The Crypt Gallery , Vietnam , Wim Delvoye , x-ray windows

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10 futuristic concept car designs powered by self-generated energy

August 8, 2011 by  
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Ayan Sengupta: Antro Solo The Antro Solo Solar powered car concept By the rate at which transportation is going green, soon cars powered by solar, wind or other forms of renewable energy will be a common thing on roads around the world. The biggest benefits of such vehicles would be that one would not have to visit the refueling stations and it would also cut down on the emission of greenhouse gases that the gas guzzling vehicles of today are well known for. Here is a list of 10 such concept vehicles which would be powered by self-generated energy. 1. The Peugeot Shoo concept: The Peugeot Shoo is a concept vehicle of triangular shape, fitted with solar panels on the roof. The solar panels transform solar energy into electricity that runs the engine. The design of the car is inspired by a boat and thus it has greater aerodynamic design features compared many other concept vehicles. 2. The Koenigsegg Quant: Swedish automaker Koenigsegg recently unveiled their Quant concept at the Geneva Motor Show. The car utilizes the most unlikely combination of energy sources – solar and pyrite. The car is said to have a range of 300 miles and takes only 20 minutes to fully recharge 3. Mercedes Benz Formula Zero: Mercedes Benz entered the Design Los Angeles Challenge in 2008 with their solar powered concept car, the Formula Zero. The car had electric motor fitted on each of its four wheels. The car was powered by a battery that got its power from the aero-efficient solar layer fitted above the car. 4. Antro Solo concept: The Antro Solo concept was designed by a team of Hungarian engineers. This particular concept is powered by a combination of solar and gas electric energy. The roof of the car is fitted with solar panels that can power the car on short distance trips of 15-25 Km. On longer distances, the Antro Solo is powered by a small gas electric engine. The car can even be run by the foot pedaling of the three passengers sitting inside the car. 5. The Aiolos wind powered car concept: The Aiolos concept has been conceived by South Korean designer Kyoung Soo Naa. The car resembles a yo-yo in shape. The car is fitted with a large fan that constantly produces electricity from wind to charge the electric motor of the vehicle. According to the designer, the car has the potential to reduce pollution in Seoul in the days to come. 6. P-Eco concept vehicle: The P-Eco concept car has been designed by industrial designer Jung-Hoon Kim. The car has an all-electric engine that is driven by a battery that uses piezoelectricity to charge itself. The car has been fitted with multiple chords that vibrate to produce electricity when the car is in motion. According to the designer, the use of piezoelectricity will give the car more range than electric vehicles powered by lithium-ion batteries. 7. The Lotus Eco Elise: The Eco Elise was unveiled at the British Motor Show in 2008 by British carmaker Lotus. Although the car runs on gas, it has been fitted with solar panels that powers the various electrical systems onboard the vehicle. The Eco Elise is quite low in weight thanks to the use of lightweight materials on its body. 8. The Italdesign Giugiaro Quaranta: The Quarantra concept from Italdesign Giugiaro uses solar energy to power its electric motors. For this purpose, the car has been fitted with numerous solar panels positioned on the roof and front end of the car. Electronics of the car was developed in partnership with Japanese auto giant Toyota. 9. Midier solar powered concept car: Designed by Siyang Liu, the Midier concept car looks very different from concept vehicles. The USP of the Midier is that it is fitted with solar panels on top which provides energy for the car’s all-electric motors. 10. The Mindset Six50: The Six50 is powered by solar energy. The solar panels fitted on the roof of the car converts solar energy into electrical energy that charges the car battery. On a single charge of its battery, the Six50 can travel for 100 km.

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Glen Howells’ Savill Building merges sustainability with architectural elegance

July 15, 2011 by  
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Sangeeta Ghosh Dastidar: Savill Building Designed by Glenn Howells Architects Britain’s love for its great outdoors has now transcended to architectural marvels in modern times. The Savill Garden at Surrey is one such architectural landmark that brings out the creativity, design sensitivity, and ecofriendly demeanour of its creator; Glen Howells Architects . In collaboration with Buro Happold and Robert Haskins Waters Engineers, the building is now considered a prime tourist attraction. Picture Gallery Savill Building Savill Building by Glen Howells Architects This British design hallmark forms an integral part of the Windsor Great Park and is stationed as the first point of contact for all visitors. Considered as a part of the Royal Landscape genre, the building was inaugurated on June 26, 2006 by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh. The structure itself resembles an enormously shaped grid shell. This feature stands unique and is based on the British ‘pavilion to park’ model. The site combats the challenges of having the visitor pavilion within an ecologically sensitive parkland boundary. The building is tucked away into a hill on the north side of the Crown Estate. The curvaceous facade of the Savill Building resembles a giant fallen leaf and sometimes its open roof resembles a giant snake’s scaly form. The shape provides a sinuous exterior paved with its elegant roof. The curvature of the roof is well blended with glass and steel without compromising on natural light and ventilation. The timber and other renewable resources for constructing this ecologically sound grid shell structure have been procured from within the Crown Estate. This not only ensures less damage to the environment by aligning itself to the vast skyline of trees in their prime but the building also gets an aura of being hidden on the hill. The grid structure is supported by angled steel legs that hold a steel beam running around the perimeter of the dome. This is further held by dramatically placed raked steel columns. The large wooden frame of the roof shelters a central dome running 100×10 meters. This houses a reception area for admissions, a restaurant, a gift, and a plant shop.The temperature of the building is moderated by the earth. It is also partially covered with a green roof. The Southern side has a curved curtain like expanse that lets the sun in while allowing beautiful views of the surrounding gardens. Heat is generated through passive solar units which regulates temperature and also generates appropriate heat. The area from the car park to the east side of the building houses various amenities such as toilets, kitchens, and other accommodation. On this side, the roof seems to be rise just above the earth and appears close to the ground. Because the building lacks internal structures, it bestows flexibility to the internal spaces that can be creatively configured to suit different functions. Via: World Architecture News

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Storm Blows Florida Pelican to a Strip Club in Canada

February 25, 2011 by  
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Photo: mikebaird / cc It’s a rare thing for a pelican to have a name, and rarer still that that name would be inspired by a strip club — but Ralph’s life has been full of such unlikelihoods in recent months. Last August, the brown pelican from Florida was going about his business when he was swept up by hurricane Earl and blown some 1400 miles to the north, finally settling on the roof of Ralph’s Place, an adul..

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