losers are clean energy industries as the tax credits get blown away. think wind, solar, renewable biomass, geothermal, hydropower, and eliminate a $7,500 per electric vehicle tax credit. winners are extending credits in nuclear and continued intangible drilling cost deductions that allows producers to recover investment costs quickly in oil and gas sector. [rk] washington examiner
Many of the most unpleasant aspects of urban life are caused by cars.
Large sweltering expanses of tarmac in cities contribute heavily to urban temperatures. Cars also become unbearably hot in summer sitting in these urban deserts.
Optimizing the heliostatic photovoltaic panels ultimately evolved into their leaflike shape. Though the concept did not intentionally look to mimic the form of a tree, the panels rotate to follow the path of the sun throughout the day – much like sunflowers – absorbing light whilst also providing optimal shading for cars. Although all parked cars can benefit from shading, electric vehicles can directly charge their batteries by plugging into the solar trees.
Solar Tree is unique among anti-auto pollution designs in that it empathizes with the automobile, but particularly with the electric car, providing a place for overworked, spent cars to regain their lost torque, to relax beneath the trees, to gain back their juice in an optimal stress-free environment.
We’ve already told you about solar-powered cargo ships, now Hong Kong has decided to combat the area’s pollution problems by deploying solar-powered ferries.
According to the makers of the vehicles, Solar Sailor Holdings Ltd., the ferries will operate using three-quarters solar energy and only one-quarter liquefied petroleum gas, potentially reducing carbon-dioxide output on the route by roughly half.
Purchased by the well-heeled Hong Kong Jockey Club for an undisclosed sum estimated to be in the millions, the green vehicles will go into operation in November. You can see video of the solar ferries in action here.
Producer: solar sailor ltd.
Unlike a motorcycle the Capsule would provide weather protection, plus enough storage to allow for extended overnight adventures. Of interest, a single touch screen that would control vehicle functions and offer internet-enabled satellite connectivity.
Electric motors would provide propulsion to all four wheels, and a roof-mounted solar panel would help keep the batteries topped up on sunny days. Once stopped, a removable luggage rack would double as a stool or desk at the campsite.
Designer: Alp Germaner
Groundbreaking film by Saul Bass that shows solar energy is a legitimate energy source. Presented by Eames Demetrios, the filmmaker and grandson of Charles and Ray Eames. via grain edit [PR]
above: Citroen C-cactus concept
above: Mitsubishi, the iMiev Sport
above: Koenigsegg Quant
above: Peugeot Shoo (photo: webecoist )
above: mercedes-benz formula zero
above: Antro Solo ( photo: ecoist )
above: SEAT Brisa ( photo: ecoist )
above: Minset Six50
above: Lotus Eco Elise
above: the Enigma
Some of these concept cars may never see the light of day. But they are inspiring. And they shout “green” wherever they show up.
Ikea feeling the heat to sell first solar powered products. via ubergizmo [PR]
New York design brand Areaware have launched Moof, an aluminium bicycle by Dutch designer Sjoerd Smit that features built-in solar-powered lights.
Designed in Amsterdam, MOOF’s unique aluminum construction houses two solar powered lamps – one to light the way and the other to make you visible from behind.
This single speed sleek and smooth urban cruiser is both smart and conscientious.
Bike Weight: 28.5 lbs (13 kg)
Frame: 6061 Series Powder-Coated Rustproof Aluminum
Drive Train: Chain Drive
Wheels: Alloy 28″ (71 cm)
Tires: Kenda Cosmos
Lights: Solar powered LED
Brakes: Rear Coaster
Saddle: Adjustable springless leather saddle
Weight Limit: 264 lbs (120 kg)
Height Limit: 5’10″ – 6’6″ (179cm – 200cm)
Available for pre-order. Approximate ship date: April 2009
Paris council has unveiled plans for a 50-story glass pyramid after voting to drop a ban on high-rise buildings.
Proposals for the Project Triangle, designed by Swiss architecture practice Herzog & de Meuron who designed the Olympic stadium in Beijing. The tower will have offices, a conference center, 400-bedroom hotel and restaurants and cafes. It will be surrounded by parks, gardens and shops. The building is planned to be around 590 feet high which will make the third highest building in Paris. The tower will run on solar and wind power and is set for completion in 2012.