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An attempt to break the land speed record by a wind powered vehicle has been called off due to bad weather. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the winds that picked up with rain and collected water being the reason for the failed attempt by the Greenbird team. Lake LeFroy was set to be the venue for the event because the 500km stretch of lake is typically dry at this time of year. Despite the usual dry surroundings, this year the area has been plagued by late rains that led to the attempt being cancelled. An even bigger problem for the wind...

Posted on Aug 26 2008 - 3:28pm by Richard Sharp
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The red car and the blue car had a race… but it was the zero emissions, hydrogen fuelled, formula zero car that won. Rotterdam was the venue for the first ever formula zero race featuring hydrogen powered carts cleanly zipping around a track and the result was impressive to say the least. The event is already recognised by the FIA as being an official motorsport race and various events were held including sprint races and endurance races. The sprint race was won by the Spanish team EuplatecH2 clocking up a time of 36 seconds while...

Posted on Aug 25 2008 - 3:31am by Richard Sharp
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When I read the term “solar powered tie” I have glorious images of an automated tie that harvests the power of the sun in order to loop itself around and around in an intricate and elaborate attempt to perform the perfect bow but then perhaps that says a lot more about me than it does the actual solar powered tie. Despite the name being something of a misnomer (which is a good thing – would you trust anything that might go wrong to tie something around your neck?) the concept is pretty good and while the design, which reminds...

A solar powered air conditioning unit is one of those inventions that just sort of makes sense. After all, the times you need to turn the air con on are those times when the sun is beating down and a solar panel would be at its most productive. The problem, though, is that air conditioning does require a fair amount of energy in order to continue running. GreenCore has created the 10200 solar hybrid air conditioning unit that relies on a combination of solar power cells and standard outlet mains power. The idea is that when it’s...

Welsh inventor Ross Lovegrove recently created the solar street lamp that resembled a kid’s cartoon of a tree and several of them were unveiled in Vienna where they apparently went down a real hit. As a result, Ross is now working on an updated version of the solar street lights that will this time include several intelligent and adaptive features that should improve their use, prevent them from being damaged and, frankly, scare the crap out of people. The branches of the tree will follow the sun, avoiding shadows, and resting in...

It looks decidedly Retro, but the Toyotron Hunter is one of a range of electric motorcycles from the Thai based company. Electric motorcycles haven’t exactly faced the same kind of surge (so to speak) as hybrid motorcars with the majority of motorbike makers reluctant to scare their existing customers off by producing such an oddball contraption. That’s left the market (if there actually is one) wide open to others. To be fair, though, it most definitely works out to be cheaper than running a scooter, which we all know can...

Innovation is going to be key to our fight against climate change and some individuals and companies have definitely got it while others are left watching in bemusement. Club4Climate is a one such innovative idea; founder Andrer Charalambous has had the unique idea of using the motion created on dance floors to generate electricity, which can then be used in part to provide power for the club. The entire project is based around improving clubbers’ energy consumption and diminishing the negative effect on the environment. Organic...

The USB Greenhouse is a quite unique little gift that is the perfect gift for the special botanist in your life (you know who you are, right?). The egg shaped green house is not just the perfect size for a small plant to grow healthily and your computer doesn’t just act as a power source to give the plant ideal growing conditions, but it will even monitor its growth and conditions to ensure that you haven’t killed it and aren’t in the process of doing so – it’ll even tell you when it needs watering. It includes...

Posted on Jul 10 2008 - 12:43pm by Richard Sharp
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Hydrogen fuel receives mixed opinions from scientists. While many believe it is the fuel of the future poised and ready to be developed so that it can power cars and home systems, others believe it is too expensive to convert into a usable power rendering it essentially useless. Whichever side of the line you fall on you might be interested to learn about the home hydrogen fuel station. Realistically, the home refuelling system in its current iteration is unlikely to be used for refuelling a car. While the system is capable of generating...

Solar power is so last week. Wind power is the new portable power choice of the eco gadget fan, especially those that live in the UK – after all, we enjoy persistent gales more frequently than we enjoy extended periods of decent sunlight. However, short of erecting a 200ft turbine and dealing with the hideous complexities of tapping in to the power that it produces there was no genuine and affordable solution. For marginally less than £40 you can get what looks like an adapted handheld fan that is, in fact (you might have guessed by...