Wright Electric unveils revolutionary plan for 150-seat electric passenger plane

March 22, 2017 by  
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The electric car market just keeps growing, but electric planes aren’t yet a common sight. Wright Electric plans to change that with a 150-seat commercial passenger airplane powered by batteries . They presented their idea in Silicon Valley at renowned startup accelerator Y Combinator’s Demo Day yesterday – can they usher in a new era of cleaner flight? After quietly running in stealth mode, Wright Electric unveiled their business idea to a group of investors in Mountain View, California. Their plan? To disrupt the 737 market with an environmentally friendly alternative. Even though the company is just a year old, they’re well on their way to success: they hired a team NASA funded in the past to explore electric planes, and have partnered with EasyJet , a low-cost British airline, to help propel their vision. It appears Wright Electric captured the attention of the Y Combinator team; CEO Michael Seibel said, “This is one of the best hard tech teams I’ve seen.” Related: Meet Maxwell, NASA’s zero-emission 14-motor electric airplane Wright Electric’s battery-powered planes are targeted for short-haul trips, or flights with a duration of less than 300 miles: New York to Boston or London to Paris. 30 percent of existing flights are currently short-haul. How the planes are precisely powered will depend on how far battery technology advances; Wright Electric’s planes could either be all-electric or run on a hybrid system much like a Chevy Volt . There’s already interest for such airplanes: earlier in March in a blog post the company said a “high-net-worth individual wants our electric 150-seater as his fifth private jet.” Last year Airbus and Boeing sold 737-style 967 planes for around $90 million apiece, so Wright Electric has the potential to be profitable once their planes are ready. That date could still be several years away, but the company has still set an ambitious goal: make every short-haul flight electric in just two decades. Via TechCrunch Images via Wikimedia Commons and Pixabay

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Boeing’s ambitions for carbon neutrality

December 5, 2016 by  
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Paul Wright, the senior manager of policy and strategy at Boeing spoke about how the company assumes their leadership role in aeronautics at the GreenBiz 16 event.

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Taliesin West students built protective desert shelters using mostly local materials

June 14, 2016 by  
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The project was initially conceived as individual exercises where Daniel Chapman, Mark-Thomas Cordova, Jaime Inostroza, Dylan Kessler, Pablo Moncayo, Natasha Vemulkonda, and Pierre Verbruggen were to design and build their own temporary shelters . The plan changed due to harsh desert conditions, and the students, guided by their instructor David Tapias, ended up designing a collective shelter. Related: Stunning Prefab by the School of Frank Lloyd Wright The students took only 12 weeks to build their designs, which comprise two shelters and a gathering space, using materials found on-site as well as inexpensive materials sourced from warehouses. Future students will use the shelters during their time at Taliesin West  and transform and document them on the little maps website. + Taliesin – Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture + Little Shelters Via Archdaily Photos by Nathan Rist

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s historic home cuts energy bill 60% with over 2,000 LEDs

June 2, 2015 by  
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Two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s historic estates are being updated with super efficient LEDs as part of an overall effort to reduce energy use, while keeping true to Wright’s vision. Taliesin West and Taliesin, located in Arizona and Wisconsin, respectively, are gaining over 2,000 LEDs in the upgrade. After an energy audit of the property, caretakers learned that they could offset the utility costs by 51 percent by providing more energy efficient lighting. After an extensive search for new lighting that would keep the look and feel of the property in alignment with the Wright’s vision, OSRAM Sylvania was selected to supply the cost-effective lighting upgrade. Read the rest of Frank Lloyd Wright’s historic home cuts energy bill 60% with over 2,000 LEDs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: energy efficient lighting , frank lloyd wright , LED lighting , net zero energy homes , net zero energy lighting upgrades , net zero energy properties , taliesin , Taliesin West

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Melodie Dearden Creates a Perfect Gingerbread Replica of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater!

December 24, 2014 by  
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We had to share this ambitious gingerbread masterpiece replicating in small scale Frank Lloyd Wright ‘s Fallingwater, created by culinary artist Melodie Dearden. On Dearden’s  Garden Melodies  blog, she shares the painstaking process of building such an intricate model from baked gingerbread sheets and quite a lot of frosting. For those not familiar with Fallingwater , it was built in the late 1930s in Western Pennsylvania, and it is famous for its cantilevered structures that peer, somewhat treacherously, over a waterfall. This home is a complicated plan that appears to float above the water, making it that much more challenging to recreate with only sugar to hold your building together! Read on to see how Melodie pulled it off. Read the rest of Melodie Dearden Creates a Perfect Gingerbread Replica of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , baking , Christmas , DIY , Falling Water , frank lloyd wright , gingerbread house , Holiday

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Crowdfunding to Save Frank Lloyd Wright’s Spring House in Tallahassee

August 26, 2014 by  
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Frank Lloyd Wright ’s Spring House in Tallahassee, Florida, was recently listed on the “11 Most Endangered Historic Places in America” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Spring House Institute is trying to save it. They have started a  crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo to acquire the House from the original owners, the Lewises. One of America’s architectural gems, the house was built between 1952 and 1954, and was created with an unconventional passive solar “hemicycle” design; one of only twelve such buildings in the world.  Spring House Institute is hoping to raise $100,000 dollars to put towards preserving the building and turning it into a public venue for classes, community meetings, weddings, events, and as the home of Spring House Institute —a teaching institute. + Spring House Indiegogo Campaign + Spring House Institute 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Crowdfunding , florida , frank lloyd wright , Frank Lloyd Wright crowdfunding , Frank Lloyd Wright indiegogo , Frank Lloyd Wright Spring House , IndieGoGo , Spring House , Spring House Crowdfunding , Spring House Indiegogo , Tallahassee , Wright , Wright Spring House

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Rare Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian House to be Moved and Restored by Crystal Bridges Museum

January 17, 2014 by  
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The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art just acquired a rare Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian House , and the institution plans to transport it from the Borough of Millstone in New York to Crystal Bridges’ 120-acre grounds in Bentonville, Arkansas. Known as the Bachman Wilson House , the building has sustained great damage over the past decades due to flooding, however the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art plans to renovate and showcase the historic home. Read the rest of Rare Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian House to be Moved and Restored by Crystal Bridges Museum Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “natural materials” , Bachman Wilson House , Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art , famous American architect , flooding , Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian House , green renovation , house restoration , usonian house , Usonian style architecture        

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Iconic Frank Lloyd Wright Home May Be Moved from New Jersey to Italy to Protect It from Flood Damage

February 26, 2013 by  
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Kenyan Man Builds Himself an Airplane From Scratch

October 19, 2010 by  
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Screenshot from YouTube If all goes according to plan, this week Gabriel Nderitu will join the ranks of aviation history by becoming the first Kenyan to achieve flight with a homemade airplane. The 42-year-old, like the Wright brothers before him, isn’t a professional engineer or a pilot — in fact, he works in IT. But after months of studying airplane design and almost a year of tinkering on his humble plane, Gabriel n…

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