Hybrid Airship Being Readied for Flight

March 8, 2016 by  
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The “world’s largest aircraft,” the Airlander 10, is being readied for flights to begin later this year . The Airlander 10 is a massive hybrid aircraft that combines helium lift, aerodynamic lift, and direct thrust for flight. As we’ve noted before, we are big fans of airships (and even if there are tradeoffs in time and energy costs , we think that there is definitely a place for them in certain niches of air transport), so this is exciting news. Company information from Hybrid Air Vehicles cites a number of reasons for finding this airship so appealing to EcoGeeks: “The revolutionary Airlander 10 combines lighter-than-air technology with the best of aeroplanes and helicopters to bring brand new capabilities to aircraft. We produce less noise, less pollution, have a lower carbon footprint, longer endurance (remains airborne for up to three weeks) and better cargo-carrying capacity than virtually any other flying vehicle, with the ability to land and take-off from any surface, including ice, desert and even water.” At over 300 feet (92 m) long, the Airlander 10 [pdf] is roughly the length of an American football field, and its total envelope is 1.34 million cubic feet (38,000 cubic meters). But the aircraft itself weighs only about 20 tons (20,000 kg). It is the latest in a series of hybrid airship concepts that have been in development over the past several years, and the Airlander itself is the continuation of the now-cancelled US Army LEMV airship . We are certainly glad to see that the civilian uses of this technology continue to be pursued. It’s also good to see the apparent improvements in the technical performance of the craft. When we covered this in 2012, it had a cargo capacity of 7 tons, while the current payload is up to 10 tons. The Airlander 10 has an endurance of 5 days for manned flights and a cruise speed of 80 knots (148 km/hr). via: @hottopicnz

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Is BEHA the Greenest Plane, or a Kitchen Sink?

December 5, 2014 by  
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Most people thought the triplane was a relic of the past, an ungainly aircraft from the early days, left behind as more modern designs came to the fore.  But the triplane could be getting another lease on life if the Kickstarter campaign by Faradair Aerospace Limited is successful. The BEHA (which stands for Bio-Electric Hybrid Aircraft) is an odd looking design which seems to have everything but the kitchen sink thrown at it.  The design is intended to be a six-seat aircraft with “sports car feel,” with an emphasis on safety.  The cabin is intended to have Formula 1 style crash protection as well as a ballistic parachute recovery fail-safe system.  The electric fans and ducted propeller, along with the lift from three wings, are intended to provide for exceptionally quiet flight. Bio-Electric Hybrid refers to the combination of propulsion systems being used.  This project combines a biodiesel engine (to generate electricity and to run a large ducted pusher propeller at the back) along with twin electric fan motors.  The plane will take off and land using the electric motors, and the biodiesel engine and pusher propeller are for in-flight recharging and aiding in cross-country cruising. But wait, like the late-night commercials say, There’s More! The triple wing provides greater lift for the plane.  It also provides more top surface area for solar panels.  Yes, this plane also has solar panels on all three wings, as well as the fuselage and on top of the duct surrounding the pusher propeller in back.  The solar panels “are not the primary power source for the electric motors, but simply additional trickle charge capability.” Does all of this unusual gear really make it a green aircraft?  Lots of aircraft have tested biofuels , and the performance has been pretty much uniformly acceptable.  Solar panels on the wings are part of the Solar Impulse , but that is a very specialized, purpose-built craft that does use its solar panels to power the craft.  Ducted fans and electric engines are being used in other applications.  Even whole-airplane parachutes are not new.  Does putting all these features together make a very green vehicle, or is it just a rough patchwork of other concepts all put together in a single vehicle? EcoGeeks like us have been intrigued by a host of other unusual aircraft concepts over the years. Certainly other pioneering vehicles seemed ungainly at first.  Whether the BEHA rises to become a star will remain to be seen. Link: Faradair Kickstarter

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Black Ruby: Debbie Wijskamp Recycles Tire Rubber Into Weird and Wonderful Housewares

June 21, 2012 by  
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Dutch industrial designer Debbie Wijskamp has created a fantastic collection of “Black Ruby” housewares made entirely from recycled tire rubber . Working from her Arnhem studio, this young designer enjoys handcrafting designs that explore new uses for everyday materials. Read the rest of Black Ruby: Debbie Wijskamp Recycles Tire Rubber Into Weird and Wonderful Housewares Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Black Ruby , Debbie Wijskamp , dutch design , green products , homeware , Recycled Materials , recycled rubber , tyres , weird , Wonderful

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Fracking Wastewater Disposal Plan Could Send Contaminants Over Niagara Falls

October 21, 2011 by  
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Rinaldo Wurglitsch / CC BY 2.0 The contentious debate over hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in New York State just took a turn towards the weird. As Care2 reports, natural gas companies and the Niagara Falls Water Board have agreed to a plan for fracking wastewater disposal … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Reforming Energy, Finance & Food With System Innovation – Live Chat With Stephanie Draper, Oct 26, 10am ET

October 21, 2011 by  
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Form for the Future /Promo image Given all the Occupy Wall Street action going on right now, and with rising energy prices and peak oil posing a real challenge to the viability of a the globalized economy , major corporations are probably not at the top of most environmentalists’ holiday gift list. But even many of

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