Thrustcycle SRT: A perfect balancer with gyroscopic stabilizing system

August 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Eco

Comments Off on Thrustcycle SRT: A perfect balancer with gyroscopic stabilizing system

Ruchika Pahwa: Thrustcycle SRT Three wheeled electric vehicle Running on the gyro or flywheel system, the Thrustcycle SRT is a three-wheeled vehicle that amazingly balances itself, as well as its driver – and that too by harvesting the braking-generated kinetic power and standing on all three of its wheels in a straight lateral line! Doesn’t it sound quite different from the regular delta-configuration vehicles with a single wheel in front, or from the tadpole-configuration vehicles with a single wheel in the back? Well, this is made possible by the mechanical gyroscopic stabilizing system that supports it to remain upright even while it stands still in the parking. Such a system extends the range of the vehicle by operating on the stored kinetic energy, generated due to braking. Thrustcycle SRT Three wheeled electric vehicle The Thrustcycle SRT’s latest version gets powered by its electric hub motor installed in its middle wheel, while the vehicle’s rear wheel provides steering and its front wheel controls direction. When the driver gets into the parked vehicle and powers it, the gyroscopic effect of the vehicle’s flywheel system makes it stand on its own. Though it leads into turns, but gyro always pulls it back upright. The kinetic energy from braking, as stored by flywheel, augments the chemical battery of the vehicle and makes it move longer on a single charge. Check out the following video that displays this innovative creation hover and glide, while making a superb balance. Unlike other experimental usages of this flywheel energy storage system in vehicles, the harness of gyroscopic tendencies has been successful in the Thrustcycle SRT, which has been able to offer a very good balance. In an interview, one of the Thrustcycle’s team members explained that this vehicle magnifies a gain in efficiency because of a recycling of braking and downhill energy. The member also informed how the gain in aerodynamics, reduction in rolling resistance, and decrease in the weight of the vehicle get multiplied. It was also discussed how this gyroscopic system enables an aerodynamic in-line vehicle that is narrow and has no wheel wells. Thrustcycle SRT Three wheeled electric vehicle A not-so-good fact about this SRT is that, in near future, it will not be seen coming out of the assembly line, and even if something is planned, there is no cost estimation that has been done by the company as such by now. But, the happy part is that you may still own it! Yes, the company is ready to provide versions with gas, hybrid or electric engines – and that too, per the client’s customized requirements. Is it not a great chance to give it a try then? Via: Gizmag

More:
Thrustcycle SRT: A perfect balancer with gyroscopic stabilizing system

Jurmol Yao’s electric bike concept transforms for rescue operations

August 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Eco

Comments Off on Jurmol Yao’s electric bike concept transforms for rescue operations

Ankit Sharma: Multifunctional Electric Rescue Bike Designed by Jurmol Yao For someone who gorged on Disney’s ‘Duck Tales’ cartoon series when young, I was always fascinated by the inventor Gyro Gearloose featured in the cartoon series – how he would invent things, and how one object could be transformed into something completely different. I remember him inventing a car that could turn into an airplane, and even a submarine. Well, when I came across the inventor Jurmol Yao, it took me back to the golden days of adolescence. This man, Jurmol Yao reminds me somewhat of Gyro Gearloose. A bike which can turn into a rescue machine – impressive indeed. Read on and feel ‘Jurmolness’ washing all over you. Picture Gallery Concept Electric Rescue Bike Concept Electric Rescue Bike by Jurmol Yao What’s it about? What is a bike really used for? We take it out on the roads, we ride it for fun, some people ride it to burn calories and some people earn their livelihood on the bike. All those riders in Tour de France and other cycling events around the world will surely agree. Some people ride it for the thrill, some for adventure and some for other reasons entirely. But isn’t it a bit far-fetched to say that a bike can be used by the Coast Guard to rescue people trapped in water? Ask Jurmol Yao and I’m sure he will disagree. That’s because he has invented the Coast-Guard-helper-cum-people-savior-bike. How it works? This bike was made to ease the work of the Coast Guard personnel. This bike makes patrolling easier as compared to other bikes. It is also environmentally friendly as it doesn’t require any fuel for its propulsion. And for emergency rescue, you don’t need anything else. If you have forgotten your rescue gear, your mode of transport will suffice. The bike can be turned into a rescue device at will. It can be bent and transformed into a lightweight throwing device. The front wheel can be thrown into the water – just like a lifebuoy. And there is a motor attached to the bike. The back wheel acts as a winch, and the person can be pulled to safety. Production on this multi-functional rescue bike began in August 2011. This is the mechanism of the bike, and you can always take it out for a ride – it’s sleek and looks magnificent. People will always envy you possessing something unique, and that too good looking. It’s people like Jurmol Yao who are the real ambassadors of innovation and deserve all the accolades and help that they can get. Let’s carry the spirit of innovation forward, and let it make the world a better place. Via: Planet Custodian

View original here:
Jurmol Yao’s electric bike concept transforms for rescue operations

5 Trains that make public transport fast, really fast

August 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Eco

Comments Off on 5 Trains that make public transport fast, really fast

DATTATREYA MANDAL: High Speed Trains 5 fastest trains that make public transport desirable The modern economy is bound by the threads of communication, and public transportation certainly forms a crucial part of it. Moreover, it is seemingly the only affordable form of ‘ride’ available to the masses, especially in the system of developing countries. On the other hand, public transportation reduces per capita carbon footprints because of its collective nature of functionality. The consumption of less fuel per person naturally means lesser level of carbon emitted in the local environment. So taking both of the serious criteria into consideration, fast modes of public transportation (like trains) are convincingly apt for both the economy and the environment. So, without further ado, let us take a look at the 5 speediest trains (and networks) that can facilitate the public conveniently on a grand scale. 1. California Building 220 MPH High-Speed Train from San Francisco to LA Just imagine a Utopian reverie where trains traveling at a whopping 220 mph (352 kmph) are a part of a mega transportation network that caters to 100 million passengers per year. It may seem like a figment of sci-fi fantasy, but that is exactly what is being boldly envisaged by the California High Speed Rail Authority. Though the plan may take up to 2030 to come to its full capability, the massive network-area will cover Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area, the Central Valley, Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, Orange County and San Diego. The California state is already contemplating to pump around $9.95 billion for this arduously ambitious project. 2. Japan’s speedy, fuel efficient and low noise train Always at the forefront of innovative technology, this time the Japanese have conceptualized an Environmentally Friendly Super Express Train (efSET) with a speed of 217 mph (347 kmph). To be built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd, this conception will actually be an improved iteration of a previous built. The controls (in high speed) will be efficiently regulated by an advanced electrical system, while the speed itself will be accentuated by a fine streamlined body. Moreover, for optimum passenger comfort, the train will emit much lower noise levels during traveling. 3. China’s new Harmony high-speed train A massive ‘blur’ carrying thousands of passengers with a speed of 415 kmph (260 mph) – now that must be China’s newest high speed bullet train, christened as Harmony. This electric monster will cater to the all important 169 km Shanghai-Hangzhou line, thus ’speedily’ connecting a heavy industrial belt of Eastern China. And in relation to this, the Chinese government has already announced that high speed train service will cover a whopping 8000 miles across the country, by 2012. 4. World’s fastest 310mph maglev bullet train The Japanese are not to be kept behind, as they are planning a grandiose $66 billion project that involves the service of maglev trains (between Tokyo and Nagoya) that can travel at a blistering speed of 310 mph (496 kmph). If the fascinating proposal comes to fruition, then this train will certainly overtake our previous entry by a range of 80 kmph. More importantly, the high ‘flyers’ will certainly look to the ground for their future traveling plans. 5. China’s 300 kph Bullet train Now after highfalutin concepts, let us get back to the present reality. This time the entry is once again from China, as railway authorities there had unveiled a 300 kmph (187.5 mph) high speed bullet train, with 8 carriages and 600 passenger capacity. This train is also considered as one of the lightest in the world, with a total weight of 7 tons and body thickness of paltry 1.5 mm. Coming to passenger comfort, the interior of the public vehicle has bars and even double faced LCD in first-class compartments.

Read the original:
5 Trains that make public transport fast, really fast

Audi Cross-Tareq runs on electricity produced from solar heat

April 19, 2010 by  
Filed under Eco

Comments Off on Audi Cross-Tareq runs on electricity produced from solar heat

Eco Factor: Zero-emission electric vehicle powered by thermoelectric generators. The Audi Cross-Tareq is a zero-emission concept vehicle that is designed to run clean on an all-electric engine

Read the original here:
Audi Cross-Tareq runs on electricity produced from solar heat

JAC to unveil IV concept at Beijing Motor Show

April 19, 2010 by  
Filed under Eco

Comments Off on JAC to unveil IV concept at Beijing Motor Show

Eco Factor: Low-emission vehicle powered by a hybrid engine. Chinese auto manufacturer JAC has released the first renderings of their upcoming Fourth Concept, which is being touted to rival the new Smart ForTwo.

Read the original:
JAC to unveil IV concept at Beijing Motor Show

Students Design All-Electric Superbus That Batman Would Ride

March 19, 2010 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Students Design All-Electric Superbus That Batman Would Ride

Shades of Batman, anyone? This all-electric Superbus, designed by students at UT Delft in the Netherlands, aims to make bus-riding attractive again by decking out the vehicle with a carbon-fiber shell, a low chassis, and sixteen individual gullwing doors.

View original here:
Students Design All-Electric Superbus That Batman Would Ride

Scientists Use Sex-Crazed Bugs as Alternative to Toxic Pesticides

March 19, 2010 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Scientists Use Sex-Crazed Bugs as Alternative to Toxic Pesticides

In today’s “gross news” category, some female insects might be getting lucky. As an alternative to toxic pesticides , scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have created “super-sexed” sterilized male leafhoppers to knock bug boots with females in the wild. Yes, that means that the female bugs will miss out on the joys of motherhood, but if the research proves successful, we may be able to eliminate a lot of the harmful and very ungreen chemicals that we currently use to keep food crops pest free

Originally posted here: 
Scientists Use Sex-Crazed Bugs as Alternative to Toxic Pesticides

Guy Adds Boat Tail to Car, Increases MPG by 15.1%

January 4, 2010 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Guy Adds Boat Tail to Car, Increases MPG by 15.1%

Image courtesy of Wired Darin Cosgrove has increased the fuel efficiency of his car by 15.1% by adding a homemade boat tail made from cardboard, aluminum and duct tape to the vehicle.

Read more:
Guy Adds Boat Tail to Car, Increases MPG by 15.1%

Tractor Trailers with Tails Improve Fuel Efficiency by 7.5%

November 11, 2009 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Tractor Trailers with Tails Improve Fuel Efficiency by 7.5%

The tapering tail is no secret among scientists for improving stability and fuel efficiency. Many high-mileage concept cars feature just such a design to smooth the aerodynamics of the vehicle.

Continued here:
Tractor Trailers with Tails Improve Fuel Efficiency by 7.5%

Sulfurcell Creates Solar Cladding for Modular Building Systems

November 11, 2009 by  
Filed under Business, Green

Comments Off on Sulfurcell Creates Solar Cladding for Modular Building Systems

The German solar producer Sulfurcell produces these durable solar integrated panels as cladding modules that can be designed onto new buildings as well as retrofitted onto old buildings to power the building. The exterior is hardened glass; on the back is thinfilm. The retrofit is possible because each module is hung like a conventional cladding system on the outside of the building installed on a substructure, so even uneven exterior surfaces could be used

Read the original:
Sulfurcell Creates Solar Cladding for Modular Building Systems

Bad Behavior has blocked 4099 access attempts in the last 7 days.