Solar Relief is providing emergency housing and solar power to communities in need

June 22, 2016 by  
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Solar Relief has developed a Portable Power Supply product that can operate a range of electrical appliances using clean energy. Inventor Trent Small lived through Cyclone Yasi and felt the effects of not having access to mains power for a number of days, so he decided to create a system that could provide reliable, clean energy in case of emergency . Solar Relief also provides Safe Houses, powered by the Portable Supply unit, to give people an eco-friendly, safe, strong space that can be deployed anywhere globally. A portable, non reflective, flexible solar panel is sold as an accessory to the housing units and Portable Supply Unit and could be used by campers and people living off the grid, in addition to those needing emergency relief. Solar Relief has recently been to Fiji after Cyclone Winston devastated the country and through the help of organizations such as Rotary and QLD Master Builders Foundation , they have been able to provide PPS units to schools and villages which would not have access to power for in the foreseeable future. https://youtu.be/F0vXD_yYqEs + Solar Relief

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Hamanishi Design combines 3D modeling and traditional craftsmanship to create beautiful flower vases

June 22, 2016 by  
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Japanese designer Kunikazu Hamanishi combined digital technology with craftsmanship to create Weave, a flower vase that’s part wicker basket, part ceramic bowl. The Yokohama-based designer used 3D modeling to create the mold for the wicker that was then woven into a variety of shapes and then placed atop different colored ceramic bases. Hamanishi used grasshopper for rhino to generate the models. https://vimeo.com/168641214 + Hamanishi Design 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!

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The Binopterus is a portable wind turbine made for the average Joe

June 22, 2016 by  
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Wind turbines are no longer reserved for large scale applications; technological innovations are making many forms of alternative energy available to the masses. This includes the Binopterus (not to be confused with prehistoric species), a high-tech portable wind turbine that delivers clean power at low wind speeds. The self-installable structure can be mounted on a mast, gabled or flat roof, carport, or on a wall. Made with aluminum and stainless steel blades and parts, the Binopterus is built to withstand any weather and the maker claims that its of no danger to birds and bats. In average winds, the turbine can produce enough energy in one day to power several household items, including 8 hours of laptop use and 13 hours of a 25-watt light bulb. + Bionopterus on Kickstarter 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!

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Japanese-style bullet train in Texas on track for late 2017 groundbreaking

June 22, 2016 by  
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Japanese-style bullet trains zipping passengers between Houston and Dallas in less than 90 minutes at a top speed of 205 mph? While much attention has been paid to California’s high-speed rail project currently under construction , Texas could become the first state to begin running 200 mph-plus fast trains. Texas could possibly beat the Golden State by two years by breaking ground at the end of next year and opening to the public in 2020. California’s initial operating segment (IOS) from Madera to Bakersfield is expected to go online in 2022, while phase one from San Francisco to Los Angeles is expected to open in 2029 with a top speed of 220 mph and travel time of two hours and 38 minutes. Texas Central Railway , the private company that is developing the high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas/Ft. Worth, is planning to use trains based on the  N700 Series Shinkansen , the rolling stock that has operated in Japan since 2007. The train series was developed by JR Central and JR West with tilting capability. Related: World’s longest, deepest rail tunnel opens after almost 20 years of construction The multi-billion dollar project is projected to employ around 10,000 people per year during the design and construction phases and create 1,000 new jobs once the rail line is operational. Studies have shown that the project would pour $4.3 billion into the region during the construction phases and $352.4 million each year once operation begins. In a letter sent to the Surface Transportation Board last month, the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) expressed its support for the project, stating that “the Texas Central initiative is an important demonstration of the role private capital can and must play in building our new transportation economy, and is thus an important private project of national significance, introducing a new high-speed rail option between the two largest metropolitan regions in Texas. Connecting these two regions by passenger rail for the first time will have a significant, positive effect on the entire interstate rail network.” + Texas Central Railway Via Cypress Creek Mirror Images via Texas Central Railway

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