Inhabitat highlights a trial by shipping giant Maersk using vertical sails to supplement diesel engines, reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
The Guardian reports that all trains running in the Netherlands are now powered by wind energy, as of 1st January 2017 (1 year ahead of schedule).
MIT Technology Review reports on the announcement that four global capital cities will be banning diesel cars from 2025 – Athens, Madrid, Mexico City and Paris – in order to improve air quality and drive adoption of electric vehicles.
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.
Via BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-37624253
Luxury cruises are increasingly popular but can come with huge environmental costs around ports and whilst at sea, due to sulfur and other harmful particulates from the heavy fuel oil burnt by most ships. Royal Caribbean is aiming to reduce such emissions from future cruise liners through a combination of liquefied natural gas and fuel cells from the early 2020’s.
Image credit: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Wired features a flat-pack truck designed for developing countries, initially in Africa, where access to rugged vehicles or indeed any reliable and affordable transport is limited at best.
The vehicles can be put together by three people in around 12 hours and take up considerably less storage space than preassembled cars/trucks. The vehicles could be useful in remote regions of developing countries via community ownership or donation by NGOs and philanthropists, as well helping recovery from natural disaster or humanitarian crises.
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.
Siemens and Scania have teamed up to trial what’s being called the world’s first “electric highway.” Much like an electrified railroad, the 1.2 mile stretch has a series of wires hanging overhead that a pantograph-equipped truck can connect to. Then, the vehicle can deactivate its fuel-burning engine and coast along on that delicious, dirt-cheap electricity, switching back when the wires stop.
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.
Inhabitat reports on plans by Norwegian politicians ban the sale of petrol / diesel cars, lorries and buses by 2025 in an attempt to reduce emissions and improve air quality.
Inhabitat features a hybrid solar and biofuel plane that will attempt a trans-Atlantic crossing later this year, which if successful will be the first zero-carbon flight over the Atlantic.
The article states that the plane will be “powered by a combination of solar energy and biofuels produced from microalgae, which was developed specifically for the Eraole. Wing-mounted solar panels will provide 25 percent of the plane’s power, while 55 percent will come from the algae-derived biofuels. For the remaining 20 percent of the time, the plane will simply glide on wind currents.”
Wired reports on the use of new smart traffic lights in Copenhagen that can identify and give priority to cyclists and public transport.