Morgan teams up with Zytek for electric sportscars

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Smriti Singh: Morgan +E Electric Supercar Rolling on fast lanes, year 2012 will see two new sports EVs that will hot up the eco-friendly car market. Morgan is all set to launch these sports car concepts based on the Supersports in collaboration with Zytek, a company dedicated to the electric engine technology. Talking about Zytek, the company is already working on a 94hp, 221 lb-ft of torque electric powertrain for other cars. The Smart ED being one of them. Named as Morgan E+, these projects will be based around the Aero Supersport aluminium chassis. The proposed EVs will feature a high power density electric motor by Zytek, instead of old 4.8 ltr BMW V8 engine and a standard manual transmission. Morgan says that further developments can follow if the demand is constructive. However, these two are not the only companies involved. CENEX, a research and design projects company is partially funding the project. The grant is approximated at 100,000 pounds. CENEX apparently aims at maximizing the spread of zero-emission transportation vehicles. The involvement of these three giants can surely make an impact in the world of EVs, which even after being packed up with so many benefits are yet to see a revolution that can take the market with storm. Morgan +E Electric Supercar Concept Lithium-ion batteries fitted into aluminium chassis will rev up the car specifications. Steve Morris, operation director, Morgan is confident about the project and terms this collaboration as an ‘exciting investigation’. He hopes that with the near supercar performance of Morgan, a drastic rise in the potential of zero emission cars cannot be ruled out. If all goes well, the testing will start early in 2012. Via: Carbuzz

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Ford installs another wind turbine to move UK’s diesel assembly plant off the grid

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Naloke Dasgupta: Ford’s UK’s Diesel Assembly Plant Powered by renewable wind energy The need to go green and put minimal stress on the environment is making a solid base among the leading multinationals. As a testimony to this trend, Ford, an auto giant, recently incorporated a new wind turbine to reduce its dependence on conventional sources of electricity to improve the carbon footprint of the company. In fact, this incorporation of a new wind turbine at the Dagenham Diesel Engine Assembly line premises in the UK is meant to improve per year CO2 savings of the multinationals from 2,500 tons to 5,000 tons. This would be made possible with the use of a new wind turbine. This new wind turbine is not the first one on Ford premises, but the third one of a series. This new third turbine was added after a new Duratoq TDCi Engine Line was added to the existing operations of the Ford Diesel Engine Assembly line at Dagenham. The installation of the new third turbine commenced on May 2011 with the laying of groundwork and it is fully operational now. The three new wind turbines at the Dagenham Diesel Engine Assembly Line in the UK will enable the company to fully operate the plant operations by wind power only. An estimate of the power generated by the wind turbines can be assessed from the following statistics: The two old wind turbines, operated together to generate 5.92 million Kwh of electricity- sufficient for 1,794 households. With the incorporation of the new third turbine, Ford will be able to generate total annual electricity to the extent of 11.4 million Kwh of electricity, almost double the amount of electricity generated before the third turbine. Although the new turbine will almost double the electricity generation capacity of the Ford power plant, yet the two existing turbines are no less gigantic at 150 meters each. The use of other forms of renewable energy, such as solar energy, has been in use in other Ford plants across Europe. Two similar wind turbines can be found at Ford’s Genk plant in Belgium too. Via: DailyTech

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10 stunning solar tree designs

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Garima Goel: solar tree designs r trees employs solar panels to produce elactricity Instead of causing problems for the environment with the abundance of carbon footprint, we should come up with some practical solution to clean up the mess and that is why clean energy sources have become appealing. Solar power keeps the surroundings cleaner and healthier. Photovoltaic cells that harness the solar power is an attractive option for capturing light and generating electric power. Various designers have implemented this PV technology in their designs and have created solar trees that amount to generation of cleaner electricity in an eco-friendly way. Out of many, we have listed the 10 best below. 1. Backyard Science: The Solar Tree Designer Gurdeep Sandhu has created this solar tree that is energy-efficient and can be easily installed taking up a minimal space in your backyard. The solar panels soak up the sun’s energy during the day which can be used instantly or can be stored for future. Its major advantage is that the solar panels can be upgraded according to the latest PV technology to gain maximum benefit. 2. Solar-Powered Tree: Boston Treepod France’s Influx Studio and SHIFT Boston collaborated to design The Boston Treepod. Designers Mario Caceres and Cristian Canonico have created these solar powered trees which not only harness solar energy to generate electricity but also suck carbon dioxide from air and convert it into oxygen. The solar panels are supported by the wide branches and umbrella style of tops. 3. Solar tree that can be carried around The solar tree designed by Jun-Se Kim, Min-Goo Kim & Dong-Eon Kim is light and portable and you can easily take it along with you to any place. The solar panels of this personalized solar-powered pole can generate enough electricity. It also contains sufficient sockets to plug in multiple devices at the same time. 4 . Ross Lovegrove’s Solar tree The renowned Welsh designer, Ross Lovegrove, teamed up with ARTEMIDE, the leading Italian specialist for innovation in lighting, and SHARP SOLAR, a global market leader for solar cells to create the solar tree for MAK (Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art) in Vienna. This solar tree was the first in the city to provide a street lighting system that was powered by the solar energy generated by the solar panels during the day. 5. Pininfarina designs EV charging solar tree Italian automotive designer Pininfarina has created the Antares, a solar tree especially to power his two-seater electric car called Nido EV. The solar tree is composed of 20 photovoltaic solar panels that can produce up to 4.6 kilowatts of energy that is sufficient to recharge two electric cars. 6. SonUmbra solar-powered tree lights up the night SonUmbra is a solar powered tree, whose branches are composed of light emitting strands that glow in the dark. The canopy of the photovoltaic panels seizes sunlight and prospers light and sound during night time. The sonic shade of light was exhibited at London’s Design Festival and the remote areas were chosen for the implementation of the beautiful design. 7. Electree – Solar-powered ‘Tree’ to charge your mobile devices This solar tree is designed in the shape of a bonsai tree by a Paris-based industrial designer, Vivien Muller. The small solar panels of ‘Electree’ collect the solar power during daylight and produce electric power that charges the battery inside it. This in turn is used to charge cell phones, digital cameras, iPods etc. 8. Light Tree: A solar-powered hydroponic street lamp The innovative concept of light tree is created by Omar Huerta. The nano-tube solar cells grasp the radiant energy of sun during the day which powers the LED lights. It also employs the hydroponic techniques to grow plants at the ends of the tree’s branches giving it a unique beautiful natural look. 9. Solarflora: This solar-powered generating tree comes handy while travelling California-based Darren Saravis, the founder of Nectar design, has created this solar-power generating tree. The Solarflora is used in park lighting and even charging small electric vehicles. The solar panels are made from locally produced materials and can generate around 750 watt-hours a day. 10. Nothing design group: Tree Solar Streetlights Tree Solar Streetlights are a creation of Korea-based Nothing Design Group and Asiana Airlines along with Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). The solar street lights are established to safeguard the tourists who come to visit the Angkor Wat in Cambodia and also to lower the carbon dioxide emissions.

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10 skyscrapers that take vertical farming to a new high

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Kalyani Bansode: Vertical Farm The Living Farm Wheat on the seventh floor and rice on the twelfth. Finally, enough food grown over 18-story tower that can feed a city of 50,000 citizens. This simple thought would one-day become a reality. Thanks to the vertical farms or sky farms, where various crops will be grown in ecofriendly skyscrapers. Till date this concept was tagged as futuristic designs and was seen merely on optimistic Web sites. In spite of concerns over high costs of sky farms, health experts across the world are trying to convince people across the world, the reality behind this innovative concept. So let us now take a quick look at top ten green skyscrapers in the world, which boosts vertical farms that not only produce food but also provide an artistic look to the building. 1. Musee du quai Branly, Paris This French museum is located close to the popular tourist attraction – Eiffel Tower in Paris and houses one of the best vertical garden works by a renowned artist Patrick Blanc. The sky farm here is around 200 m long and 12 m tall. The living wall was at once healthy and lively, however today inadequate irrigation support and drainage problems are quite evident. But still the building remains beautiful. 2. Sky Farm, Las Vegas With the estimated cost of $200 million, this proposed sky farm is located in Las Vegas city. On completion this tower would be the first 30 storey vertical farm in the world. The building will sport 30 floors of indoor farmland. It is said that a vertical farm as huge as this one will produce enough food for feeding 72,000 people every year. It would grow about 100 different crops and bring in around $40 million annually through produce sales as well as tourism. 3. Residence Antilia, Mumbai On completion this building will hold a world record for being the tallest as well as largest living wall in the world. The 200 m tall building – Residence Antilia – features vertical gardens throughout its exterior walls. With an estimated cost of $1 billion, this revolutionary design would be the greenest skyscraper in the world. 4. BHV Homme, Paris BHV Homme, a vertical garden is located at one of the popular Parisian department stores in Paris. While seen from a distance, this living wall resembles an abstract painting and looks quite artistic. 5. SkyFarm, Toronto This new vertical farm – Sky farm – is planned in the downtown Toronto and on completion would feed 35 000 people every year. The proposed building would be constructed using 1.32 hectares of land that would boost of 58 storey. The building will have 8 million sq ft area for growing crops. 6. Pershing Hall Hotel, Paris The attractive vertical farm is located in the courtyard of the Pershing Hall Hotel in Paris. It is a 30 m high vertical garden and features more than 250 different species of plants. 7. Club Med Champs, Elysees, Paris Club Med Champs is a small vertical garden nestled in Club Med in Paris and represents plants from almost all continents in world. The reason for installing a vertical garden was to create an upscale feel for the first rate resort. The sky farm is visible even from outside and is marvelously lit at night. 8. Caixa Forum, Madrid Caixa Forum is one of the newest museums in Madrid, Spain. The exterior walls of the building feature a 24 m tall vertical garden with more than 15,000 plants and 250 different species. The artistic show is one of the finest examples of sky farm in Spain. 9. Vertical Gardens, Bangkok The concept of vertical gardening is spreading like wildfire and Bangkok, Thailand are not an exception. The sky farms at the Siam Paragon shopping mall, Bangkok are designed for decorative purposes and for enhancing air quality. Another popular vertical garden in Bangkok was the Emporium, here the glass walls of the elevators were covered with vertical farms. 10. Foundation Cartier, Paris Paris is a sort of hotspot for vertical gardens in the world. The city is becoming popular for ‘decorating’ a bland wall with various beautiful plants, whether for artistic purposes or functional intentions. Paris can be truly called as a mecca for vertical gardening; one of the main reasons being Patrick Blanc – the father of vertical garden lives there.

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