Electric airplane prototype breaks world speed records in test flight

April 6, 2017 by  
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An electric airplane build by Siemens recently set two new world records for battery-powered aircraft by reaching a top speed of about 210 miles per hour. It also became the first electric plane to tow a glider into the sky. The Siemens Extra 330LE prototype plane overcomes one of the key barriers to electricity-powered flight, the weight of the batteries and associated energy density. According to Electrek , Siemens has put a lot of work into the energy density of electric motors, and as a result the 330LE delivers a power output of 260 kilowatts with a weight of just 110 pounds. The end goal of Siemens’ work on this prototype is to produce airlines for regional travel that are powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system—a project it’s working on in concert with Airbus, which is working on its own E-Fan electric plane concept. Check out the cool video below. As Clean Technica notes, the two records the plane set on March 23, 2017 at Germany’s Dinslaken Schwarze Heide Airfield include a top speed record of 337.50 kilometers per hour (over a distance of 3 kilometers, for an electric aircraft with a takeoff weight of less than 1,000 kilograms); and a top speed record of 342.86 kilometers per hour for an electric aircraft with a takeoff weight of over 1,000 kilograms. The latter record was achieved by tweaking the craft so it was a bit heavier. Pilot, Walter Extra broke the previous record – set by the American pilot William M. Yates in 2013 – by one minute and 10 seconds. Related: Wright Electric unveils revolutionary plan for 150-seat electric passenger plane The plane also brought a glider to a height of 600 meters (about 2,000 feet) in just 76 seconds. “This aerotow provides further, highly visible evidence of our record-setting motor’s performance capabilities,” said Frank Anton, head of eAircraft at the Siemens venture capital unit next47 . “Just six such propulsion units would be sufficient to power a typical 19-seat hybrid-electric airplane.” Via Electre k and Clean Technica Images via Siemens , Copyright: Jean-Marie Urlacher

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This German village generates 500% more energy than it needs

April 5, 2017 by  
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Wildpoldsried , a Bavarian village of about 2,600 residents, is leading the way in Germany’s extraordinary renewable energy transformation . Over the past 18 years, the village has invested in a holistic range of renewable energy projects that include 4,983 kWp of photovoltaics , five biogas facilities, 11 wind turbines and a hydropower system. As a result, the village has gone beyond energy independence – and it now produces 500% more energy than it needs and profits from sales of the surplus power back to the grid. Renewable energy projects in Germany have gained enormous traction in recent years, propelled by government subsidies that are designed to lower costs, reduce dependence on fossil fuels, and move the nation entirely away from nuclear power; this transformation is known as the Energiewende . As a result, Germans will soon be getting 30 percent of their power from renewable sources—that’s twice as much as U.S. households receive. On a local level, Wildpoldsried has far exceeded the successes seen across Germany. The villages’s commitment to renewable energy began in 1999, when the city council crafted a document titled “Wildpoldsried Innovativ Richtungsweisend” (WIR-2020, or Wildpoldsried Innovative Leadership). The document looked at how the town might encourage growth and invest in new community facilities without incurring debt. As Biocycle explains, the WIR-2020 contained three main areas of focus: “1) Renewable Energy and Saving Energy; 2) Ecological Construction of Buildings Using Ecological Building Materials (mainly wood-based); and 3) Protection of Water and Water Resources (both above and below ground) and Ecological Disposal of Wastewater.” Related: Renewables Recently Provided 74% of Germany’s Energy Demand Through these three areas of focus, Wildpoldsried sought to produce 100 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020. But in a relatively small, engaged community where, as one resident explained , there is a notion of “thriftiness… I don’t need to buy what I can make,” the projects advanced much faster than anyone might have expected. By 2011, the village was producing 321 percent of the electricity it needed, and was receiving $5.7 million in payments for the surplus. The entire list of Wildpoldsreid’s projects is pretty remarkable: in addition to the five biogas plants, 4,983 kWp of photovoltaics, 11 wind turbines and the hydropower system, the town is also home to several municipal and residential biomass heating systems and 2,100 m² of solar thermal systems. Five private residences are heated by geothermal systems and passivhaus techniques have been used in some new construction. One is also likely to see a fair number of electric cars dotting about. Related: German State to Receive 100% Renewable Power This Year With such a diversity of renewable energy sources, the town operates a smart grid that, as Siemens explains “maintains the balance between energy production and consumption and keeps the power grid stable.” As Windpoldsreid’s Deputy Mayor, Günter Mögele, explained to the Financial Times : “I think people were surprised that the Energiewende is happening so fast,” and certainly it is not without it’s headaches for those looking at the issue on a national level. But Windpoldsried is a spectacular example of what can happen on a local level when residents and municipalities take matters into their own hands. + Windspoldried Lead image via Shutterstock

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White House gets serious about smart cities with $160 million pledge

September 16, 2015 by  
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AT&T, Autodesk, Cisco, GE, IBM and Siemens play starring roles in Washington’s latest smart-city play.

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Modular Foodlab on Wheels for Those Who Appreciate Flexibility in the Kitchen

October 22, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Modular Foodlab on Wheels for Those Who Appreciate Flexibility in the Kitchen Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Concordia Taste , Foodlab modular kitchen , green kitchen , mobile furniture , modular furniture , modular kitchen , siemens , Studio Rygalik , transformable furniture , wooden modules

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Orproject’s Ethereal Dichroic Art Installation Brings the Colors of India to Life

October 22, 2014 by  
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London-based architecture practice Orproject recently installed a floating multi-colored canopy of dichroic film sheets for the Delhi Duty Free area at Indira Gandhi International Airport. Titled Lehar, the permanent cloud-like installation was designed to evoke the richness and many colors of 21st century India by reflecting and refracting sunlight into a rainbow of colors. The client commissioned the eye-catching but unobtrusive artwork to draw visitors to the retail area. + Orproject 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: art installation , Dichroic , dichroic film , indira gandhi international airport , Lehar , orproject , reader submitted content

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Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster Chosen to Design ‘Hawaii of China’ Project

October 22, 2014 by  
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Prolific starchitects Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster have been picked to jointly design two of three new resorts in what is being referred to as the ‘Hawaii of China.’ Slated to be built in the Chinese cities of Nanjing, Wuhan and Haikou, the designs will be part of a massive new development for the luxury hotel chain, Jumeirah Group. Read the rest of Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster Chosen to Design ‘Hawaii of China’ Project Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , Chinese architecture , Foster hotel design , Hadid hotels design , Hawaii of China , hotel architecture , hotel design , Jumeirah hotel Group , urban hotel , Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster

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6 Stylish Systems to Keep Your Organic Vegetable Garden Growing Year-Round

October 22, 2014 by  
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German Village Produces 500% of its Energy from Renewable Sources

September 16, 2014 by  
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Wildpoldsried , a Bavarian village of about 2,600 residents, is leading the way in Germany’s extraordinary renewable energy transformation . Over the past 17 years, the village has invested in a holistic range of renewable energy projects that include 4,983 kWp of photovoltaics , five biogas facilities, 11 wind turbines and a hydropower system. As a result, the village has gone beyond energy independence – and it now produces 500% more energy than it needs and profits from sales of the surplus power back to the grid. Read the rest of German Village Produces 500% of its Energy from Renewable Sources Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , bavaria , biogas , biomass , Energiewende , german , germany , green energy , hydrothermal , renewable energy , siemens , smart grid , Solar Power , solar thermal , wildspoldsried , wind turbines

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Insolvency for Big Companies Suggest Germany’s Solar Industry is in Peril

July 10, 2013 by  
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It seems that almost every other month, Germany sets a new solar power record. However, despite the sunny outlook for the current state of power generation, production of solar panels has been showing signs of distress. On Friday of last week, Conergy and Gehrlicher Solar filed for insolvency. Several weeks ago, Siemens stated that they would be closing their solar division after losing nearly $1 billion over the past two years. Bosch has decided to leave the solar market, citing similar losses. Read the rest of Insolvency for Big Companies Suggest Germany’s Solar Industry is in Peril Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bosch , china , Conergy , Electricity , gehrlicher solar , germany , implode , insolvency , power , record , renewable energy , siemens , solar , tariff        

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4 sustainability lessons for every corporation

April 4, 2013 by  
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J&J, UPS, Alcoa, AkzoNobel, Siemens and Grief are finding ways to align profit and sustainability. Here's how to scale up these ideas.

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