Airless tires could help Toyota make lighter electric cars

October 30, 2017 by  
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Airless tires could boost performance and cut down the weight of electric cars – and Toyota is interested. The automaker recently unveiled the hydrogen-powered Fine-Comfort Ride concept car fitted with the tires at the Tokyo Motor Show . The Fine-Comfort Ride is about as big as a crossover SUV, but chief engineer Takao Sato said the airless wheels could be used on any electric car. The airless tires on the Fine-Comfort Ride are comprised of a band of rubber around a plastic-aluminum hub, reports Bloomberg . Sumitomo Rubber Industries supplied the tires for Toyota . Sumitomo unveiled their Smart Tyre Concept, which includes the airless component, at the Tokyo Motor Show and said in a press release , “Airless tires contribute to greater safety and peace of mind in transportation by freeing the driver from worries about punctures and the trouble of having to manage tire pressure.” Sumitomo said there’s interest from other Japanese carmakers as well. Related: Michelin unveils airless 3D-printed tires that last virtually forever Sato said, “For automakers, the attraction of airless tires is for electrified vehicles.” At the moment the concept tires still weigh about as much as pneumatic tires, but the technology could develop to trim five kilograms – around 11 pounds – from each tire. That’s around 30 percent of each tire’s weight, and the development could come as early as 2025. Sumitomo airless tire project head Wako Iwamura said he aims to have a commercial product by 2020, according to Bloomberg, and that his tires are already comparable in price with those requiring air. The company has already been testing the tires on golf carts and minicars. Sumitomo also pioneered what they called the world’s first 100 percent fossil resource-free tires using all-natural materials back in 2013, and said since then they’ve been working to create “proprietary biomass materials based on raw materials derived from plants .” Via Bloomberg Images via Toyota

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Leading Stanford climate scientist builds incredible net zero home, complete with Tesla Powerwall

October 30, 2017 by  
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A leading climate scientist — who has dedicated his career to proving the feasibility of transitioning the world off fossil fuels — walks the walk with his personal home. Professor of civil & environmental engineering and director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program at Stanford University, Mark Z. Jacobson has built an incredible Net Zero home using energy-efficient features that enable the house to generate all of its own energy from renewable sources . Jacobson is one of the founders of The Solutions Project , an initiative backed by scientific research that aims to show how every state in the USA can transition to 100 percent renewable energy . Using the organization’s ethos and his own research as a guide, Jacobson worked with luxury custom homebuilders, BONE Structure to design and build his ultra-efficient home . Related: This new energy concept from Sweden can make any building net zero Located in Stanford, California, the structure is the epitome of future efficient home design that doesn’t sacrifice on style or comfort. The project’s planning began by creating an ultra-low energy thermal shell that would insulate the home and reduce energy requirements. Next, to generate and conserve energy, the home was equipped with solar panels along with a couple of Tesla Powerwall battery packs for storage. This system meets all of the home’s energy needs, including heating, cooling, plug loads and even transportation charging. Jacobson moved into his Net Zero home last summer and has been monitoring its performance ever since. Not only does his energy system generate enough clean energy to meet his family’s needs, but Jacobson has also been able to sell 67 percent of the clean electricity back to the utility grid. + BONE Structure

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School of Tyres is a Temporary Handbuilt School in the West Bank

December 16, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of School of Tyres is a Temporary Handbuilt School in the West Bank Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , ARCò architettura e cooperazione , arco , eco design , eco school , green architecture , Green Building , green design , local materials , occupied palestinian territory , palestine , recycled tires , recycled tyres , school , school of tires , school of tyres , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , tires , tyres , west bank        

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Loopwheel Reinvents the Bike Wheel With a Suspension System Built Into the Rims

May 3, 2013 by  
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A UK company called Jelly Products just unveiled the Loopwheel – a safe, beautiful bike wheel with a built-in suspension system that could revolutionize the compact bicycle industry. The Loopwheel is compatible with just about any small-frame bicycle and has already busted through its Kickstarter goal – so it may be headed to a bike shop near you very soon. Read the rest of Loopwheel Reinvents the Bike Wheel With a Suspension System Built Into the Rims Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative transportation , bike commuting , bike design , bikes , compact bikes , folding bikes , Loopwheels , tires , UK , wheels        

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A UK company called Jelly Products just unveiled the Loopwheel – a safe, beautiful bike wheel with a built-in suspension system that could revolutionize the compact bicycle industry. The Loopwheel is compatible with just about any small-frame bicycle and has already busted through its Kickstarter goal – so it may be headed to a bike shop near you very soon. Read the rest of Loopwheel Reinvents the Bike Wheel With a Suspension System Built Into the Rims Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative transportation , bike commuting , bike design , bikes , compact bikes , folding bikes , Loopwheels , tires , UK , wheels        

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Asia Pia?cik’s Sugarcloud Lamp Takes Inspiration from Traditional Polish Crafts

May 3, 2013 by  
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Polish designer Asia Pia?cik ‘s Sugarcloud Lamp takes its inspiration from a sweet recipe inspired by traditional Polish crocheting techniques. Here, white cotton is first crocheted and then stiffened with a simple solution made up of water and sugar. The technique dates back to a time when Poles would make crocheted decorations for their  Christmas trees, but Pia?cik  modernizes the method by magnifying her forms. We originally spotted this beautiful design, amongst others, at last month’s  Milan Design Week . + Asia Pia?cik Photos by Katherine Pascucci for Inhabitat and Asia Pia?cik Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Australian design , bamboo veneer , DIY , Edward Linacre , green lighting , green materials , interlocking , Melbourne Movement , Milan Design Week 2013 , Milan Furniture Fair , recycling / compost , The Nest Lamp        

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$1.6 Million Worth of Rat Meat Passed Off as Lamb in China

May 3, 2013 by  
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The horse meat scandal spread through Europe like wildfire in early 2013, and now consumers in China may have even more to worry about. Officials were horrified to discover $1.6 million worth of rat meat being passed off as lamb, and police have apprehended 63 suspects who are being accused of selling rat meat for public consumption. The rat meat scandal is China’s latest food safety debacle – previously a citizen died from eating pesticides in lamb, and thousands of dead pigs were found dumped into a river near Shanghai. Read the rest of $1.6 Million Worth of Rat Meat Passed Off as Lamb in China Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: diseased meats China , eco design , food safety China , green design , Rat meat , rat meat as lamb , sustainable design        

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7 DIY Face Masks for Gorgeous Spring and Summer Skin

May 3, 2013 by  
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Chemicals from Personal Care Products Are Polluting Chicago’s Air

May 3, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock When the gales blow across the Windy City, residents may have more to worry about than mussed hair. According to a new study led by Keri Hornbuckle from the University of Iowa , chemicals found in a myriad of personal care products are polluting Chicago’s air. Known as cyclic siloxanes, these compounds have been found to be toxic in aquatic life as well as posing a possible threat to other organisms. The airborne chemicals in downtown Chicago were recorded at levels ten times higher than in West Branch Iowa, and four times higher than in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. No studies have been completed yet to determine whether or not breathing the substances is harmful to humans, but their concentrations might be cause for concern. Read the rest of Chemicals from Personal Care Products Are Polluting Chicago’s Air Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , California , canada , Cedar Rapids , chicago , cyclic siloxanes , d4 , d5 , England , Food Chain , great lakes , keri hornbuckle , norway , personal care products , toxic , university of iowa , US EPA , water issues , west branch        

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Hertz Plans to Recycle All Its Tires

November 1, 2012 by  
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Written by Jim Motavalli, Mother Nature Network Do you have any idea what happens to the tires when you junk your car? I didn’t think so. What about the 1.2 million tires on the 300,000 cars that are in the Hertz rental car fleet at any one time? I…

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