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Jet Fuel from Seawater

Written by , on December 15, 2013

The US Navy is developing a technology that it expects will allow it to produce jet fuel out of seawater. Carbon is abundant in seawater, with the concentration in the ocean being about 140 times greater than in air. Most of the carbon is in the form of bicarbonates with about 1% being carbonates. The […]  Read more »

Tiny Electric Car Has Removable Battery

Written by , on September 30, 2013

One of the problems with electric cars is how to charge the battery if you have to park in the street or your destination doesn't have a a suitable charging point. The Itaian manufacturer Estrima has solved the problem in its tiny Birò electric car by making the batterey removable, so that it can be […]  Read more »

Convert Telephone Booths to EV Charging Points

Written by , on September 15, 2013

A recent New York City competition produced a poposal to turn phone booths into electric vehicle charging points.. While the demand for public phones is declining rapidly, the need for vehicle charging stations in uban locations is increasing. It had been expected that electric vehicles would be most popular in locations close to urban centres […]  Read more »

Ship Design Uses Hull as Sail

Written by , on September 12, 2013

The Norwegian speed sailor and inventor, Terje Lade, has developed a new concept for a ship in which the hull acts as a giant sail. He estimated that the "Vindskip" would have fuel savings of 60% and emissions reductions of 80% compared to current cargo ships. (Image: Lade AS) The Vindskip would have natural-gas fired […]  Read more »

Peugeot’s Hybrid Air Eliminates the Batteries

Written by , on March 24, 2013

Peugeot has announced its first Hybrid Air car which it plans to have on public sale by 2016. The Hybrid Air is driven by a conventional petrol internal combustion engine coupled with a hydraulic motor that is powered by compressed air. The car has a pressurised steel "scuba tank" running down the middle of its […]  Read more »

Dutch to Trial Futuristic Highways

Written by , on January 21, 2013

A futuristic highway that can save energy and improve road safety is to be installed in the Dutch province of Brabant from mid-2013. The highway will include glow-in-the-dark road markings painted with photo-luminescent paint which are charged during the day and light up during the night; temperature-responsive paint which indicates slippery roads when temperatures fall […]  Read more »

Is a Roller Coaster the Ultimate Energy-saving Transport System?

Written by , on December 9, 2012

The Tokyo University's Institute of Industrial Science, with the help of amusement ride firm Senyo Kogyo, is testing a prototype roller coaster train for commuter transportation. The train, which has no engine, coasts along a tubular track at a test facility in Chiba, about 40 kilometres from the centre of Tokyo. The train's speed is […]  Read more »

Laser Charged Planes Could Fly Forever

Written by , on August 8, 2012

LaserMotive, a Seattle company, is developing a technology for "refuelling" electric aircraft in flight using laser beams that charge batteries. The system consists of a solar photovotaic array.on the aircraft. A high intensity laser beam strikes the photovoltaic cells, which converts the light to electricity. Initial testing of the system was conducted on a Stalker […]  Read more »

Car Sharing in Berlin

Written by , on July 13, 2012

The video clip features car2go and DriveNow which have petrol cars, Another company, Flinkster, is experimenting with electric cars (Mini-Es, Toyota Prius Plug-ins, Smart electric drive, Citroën C-Zeros and Peugeot iOns). Multicity (by Citroën) is beginning operation soon with electric C-Zeros.  Read more »

Carbon Neutral High-speed Train – Powered by Steam

Written by , on June 14, 2012

Engineers from the Coalition for Sustainable Rail, are working on what they believe will be the world’s first carbon-neutral high-speed locomotive – and it is to be powered by steam. The engineers are adapting Locomotive 3463, built in 1937 and donated to the project by the Great Overland Station Museum in Topeka, Kansas, to create “the […]  Read more »