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Solar Garages Get Trendy – Meet The Car Arc

Renewable energy production at home is widely expected to be a multi-billion dollar industry over the next decade, focussing largely on solar and wind power generation. There are a number of suppliers already, small companies producing home kits of both solar panels and wind turbines and one of these emerging companies is Bike Arc. Lanjut →

The Elektra One

A German company is working on the development on a 100% electric plane designed for personal use. The Elektra One (pictured above and below) is a single seat sport plane capable of 3 hours of sustained flight before needing to return to its hangar and recharge. The hangar features solar cells on the roof which would supplement mains power in recharging the battery systems. Lanjut →

The Arkii Solar Yacht

Filed under the “do want” category of most eco-concious humans is a boat, preferably a luxury boat, powered by 100% sustainable energy. We featured the WHY Solar Yacht last month and it garnered a lot of attention, I for one actually think the Arkii is a step up from the WHY for a number of reasons, it looks better, is arguably more “buildable” and has a much, much cooler name. The catamaran’s surface is covered in gorgeously curved multi-layed solar cells which, on a sunny day, bring the Arkii up to cruising speed of Lanjut →

The Solar Impulse

The Solar Impluse, a project undertaken by the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and headed up by the aptly named Bertrand Piccard is a solar powered aircraft capable of both day and night flight thanks to a 450kg Lithium-polymer battery system and 2,200 sq ft of solar panels mounted atop the wings. It has a seating capacity of one, the pilot, and is capable of cruising at 43 mph for 36 hours at a maximum height of 28,000 ft. Bertrand Piccard is the same guy who flew the first ever round-the-world trip in a Lanjut →

The Aptera 2e

The Aptera is what we all thought we would be driving in 2010, when we were kids. I remember watching The Jetsons and wistfully daydreaming about futuristic looking cars powered by whirring little engines that, I had hoped, would fly. Sadly the 2e version of the Aptera doesn’t fly, it does look the part though and with a drag co-efficient of just 0.15 it slices through the air much more efficiently than a Lanjut →

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