In the early days of water travel, the wind was the source of the energy used to power a large vessel (unless it was being rowed – backbreaking work, if you’ve never tried it!). As times have changed, and technology has advanced, we’ve seen steam, fossil fuels and nuclear energy used to power ships across vast expanses of water. It seems that we’re almost taking a step back in time to move forward now…
“The E-ship 1 system represents an annual fuel saving of 25% and avoids the emission of 5.000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, and at the same time does not need a constant or complicated maintenance system.”
Read the full article about the E-1′s oceanic voyage:
Owned by German company, Enercon, the vessel is docked in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. The ship was designed specifically for the transport of wind turbine materials and uses wind technology itself for propulsion.
Quite a wonderful accomplishment, don’t you think? Using a technology to share that technology with others…does it give you some ideas along the same lines?
From news.discovery.com (which has some awesome blogging going on by Tracy Staedter, and others) is this mention of using alternative fuel help future plane travelers take to the skies in a more eco-friendly way…
Staedter says “Oscar Viñals is at it again. From the designer who brought us Sky Whale, comes the AWWA·QG Progress Eagle concept plane, which has six hydrogen fuel cell engines, rear wind generators for electrical power and quantum solar cells to harvest sunlight. The sweeping curves reduce drag and produce 75 percent less noise than current planes. Viñals thinks the plane could be airborne by 2030. We can only hope.”
Get the details on Progress Eagle here (including really cool renderings): Envisioning the Eco-Jet
The 2014 Sky Whale by Viñals is a story that you should catch up on as well: The future of sustainable air travel: A chat with designer Oscar Viñals
and take a look at the drawings laid out by Yanko: Sky Whale
With so much of our time being spent to make ‘friends’ around the globe through virtual meetings, wouldn’t it be cool to hop aboard one of these jets and say hello to that individual “IN PERSON”? Are you dreaming up your own method of transportation? What forms of renewable energy can you use to power your vehicle(s)? Maybe your next tweet should be to an aeronautical engineer to enlist their help…you could be flying high!
Along with modernization has come an increase in noise pollution worldwide. Although this technology was introduced approximately a year ago, its relevance remains timely. As we move further along the path to more organized and efficient mass transportation worldwide, consideration must be given to the impact the noise will have on the surrounding environs and inhabitants (both human and other…) Sustainability of the materials is another concern – and that, too, is addressed.
Take a look at the: BREMEX ANNSYS for railways – watch the videos posted there! The system was designed by
a company based in Slovenia, and has been installed in Russia and Germany. Visit their website by clicking on the logo above. Their purpose is developing systems that solve worldwide railway problems relating to noise, wear and tear, friction, vibrations, jolts, corrugation, maintenance problems, and railway working conditions. All their solutions are supported by revolutionary WONROS™ (Wear Out and Noise Reduction On Source) technology.
And, read about their involvement in the Better Cities for Better Life conference held in Prague in 2014.
Advantages of the BREMEX system:
- 99 % reduction of high frequency braking noise
- Reduces vibrations and strokes on the rail brake
- Effective anti-wear protection of rail braking segments and wagon wheel flanks
- Effective anti-noise and anti-wear protection for exposed parts on the switches, check rails, etc
- Operates at all extreme weather conditions with the same material (DBM 50)
What noise reduction systems do you envision to make the world a more soothing place to inhabit, while providing increased mobility to the masses?
The aircraft – called Solar Impulse-2 – has traveled it’s first leg of what will be a 5 month trip. The 2 pilots will take turns piloting each leg of the trip with stops along the way to spread the message about the aircraft that uses no fossil fuel. The route will cross the Pacific and Atlantic oceans while skipping from continent to continent.
One of the challenges will be that they may have to fly for five days and five nights to cross the oceans.
This newer Solar Impulse model has a wingspan of 72m, which is wider than a 747 jumbo jet. And yet, it weighs only 2.3 tons.
Its light weight will be critical to its success.
So, too, will the performance of the 17,000 solar cells that line the top of the wings, and the energy-dense lithium-ion batteries it will use to sustain night-time flying.
Operating through darkness will be particularly important when the men have to cross the Pacific and the Atlantic.
Here’s the flight path:
Witness the historic landing of the first leg which takes place at night:
We wish them great success as they traverse the globe and prove that solar power is where more expertise should be focused.
Do you have any skills to contribute to this VERY important technology?