FastCoExist highlights a device that sucks fine particulate matter from the air, that if deployed in sufficient numbers would clean the air in cities and other polluted areas.
The Dutch inventors claim the huge ‘vacuum cleaners’ can filter most of the fine particles emitted from vehicles / power plants and through industrial pollution – that have both health and climate impacts.
To convert kinetic to electrical energy, the shocks use a lever arm that captures up-and-down wheel motion and transmits it to a 48 volt alternator. It’s then converted into electricity, with an average recuperation output of 100 to 150 watts — as little as 3 watts on a freeway, and up to 613 watts on a rough county road.
Inhabitat reports that Germany will require all new cars to be emissions free by 2030. This follows recent talk in Norway of similar plans with a target date of 2025.
Wired reports on the use of new smart traffic lights in Copenhagen that can identify and give priority to cyclists and public transport.
Source: The Verge
Inhabitat reports that Mazda is planning to use bio-plastics on both the interior and exterior of future vehicles.
FastCoExist highlights the potential for harvesting kinetic energy from braking cars to power street lights, toll booths and parking at malls and superstores. One company developing the technology – Energy Intelligence – hopes to have a product on the market by 2016.
Inhabitat features news of Toyota’s Mirai – a 300 mile range hydrogen-powered car of tomorrow.