Archive for the ‘Renewable Power’ Category

Theo Jansen: Kinetic Sculptor
November 28, 2010

I came across this Dutch artist on my internet travels, he basically creates giant walking robot skeletons powered by the wind. Some look absolutely amazing! I like how complex these machines are but how beautiful they look when they are moving. He seems like a bit of an eccentric inventor  “Eventually he wants to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives.”

 

Click here to see some films of them in action.

Eco-Living and Sustainability
May 14, 2007

It was nice to see Gordon Brown addressing sustainability in new build homes yesterday, after what seemed like a final failing push from Labour before the elections with the Code for Sustainable Homes in March. The code set standards for some level of sustainability in design and build but is only applicable to new builds and has already been criticized for not being mandatory. Our homes account for 30% of CO2 emissions produced by the UK .

As shown in the table above China’s CO2 emissions have been slowly creeping up along with the growth of Chinese industry, and they followed America’s footsteps on the Kyoto Protocol, The International Energy Agency predicts that this year or next China will surpass the United States as the world’s No. 1 producer of greenhouse gases. However it is interesting to see some of China’s poorest people taking advantage of the sun and converting to solar energy. China plans to spend up to $4 billion by 2010 developing renewable energy. This could prove significant in twisting America’s arm into renewable energy and reducing CO2 emissions.

Saab BioPower
April 23, 2007

Everytime I fill up the car now I find myself questioning the use of my car in Southampton and find myself thinking about the CO2 emissions the car is releasing. Often this chain of thought is out weighed by how much I enjoy driving, but the future of driving in the UK seems to be getting more and more expensive with road tolls and more speed cameras sprouting up, one option for cheaper road travel is to invest in an eco friendly car and enjoy government incentives such as reduced road tax and cheaper fuel costs.

Saab BioPowerSaab have recently started advertising Saab BioPower on television. The new Saabs run on Bioethanol which is a concentration of gasoline and ethanol, in theory it will cut back on our demand for gasoline and reduce air pollution.

In Brazil Bioethanol cars have been about for years, the Brazilian supply of sugar cane is the basis of their bioethanol industry. So everything seems set for Saab’s Biopower, sadly though in this country there are only a handful of places scattered over the country that users can fill up at. At this stage in the life of eco-friendly cars you can’t go wrong with the Toyota Prius, which has a normal fuel tank and an electric motor and the intelligence to know which source of power to use when. Saab denying people the use of any fuel station will hinder sales of their BioPower cars.