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Articles tagged with: emissions

Virgin Airlines Drops $1.4B On Fuel-Efficient Engines

Modern day aircrafts currently run on fossil fuels that both pollute the environment, and are a limited natural resource (AKA, it cannot be recreated or made). Thankfully, Virgin Airlines is stepping up to the plate by spending $1.4 billion on ultra fuel-efficient engines.

Rather than adopting biofuel technology, which is still at an infant age, Virgin Airlines is instead investing in ultra fuel-efficient aircraft. The engines are designed by CFM International and are touted to save $1.6 million in fuel costs each year, per plane.

Chinese Bus Stops Get Solar Power!

Japan is looking to pass a ruling that will have solar panels on all new buildings and houses by 2030. A recent report showed that 14 bus stops in China had solar panels installed on them. Each bus stop will feature five solar panels, with the power of delivering 800 watts of electricity on a sunny day.

I am not well-versed in solar technology but hope that solar panels can be safely disposed of without harming the environment.

Wind-Powered Watch, Eh? Count Me In!

While most watches require a battery to operate, this one won’t require you to visit the repairman anytime soon! The watch pictured on the left was designed by Julien Moise and operates solely on wind power. The watch has a red turbine wheel that encircles the watch’s dial. When the wearer wants to check the time, he or she will simply blow on the turbine, allowing the watch to generate enough power to display the time on a digital screen.

New Hydrocycle Lets You Bike In Waters

A new Hydrocycle is out on the market, it’s basically a watercraft that lets you “ride it” much like riding a bicycle, except you’ll be in water. The rider will move the pedals in a clockwise fashion to spin a 12″ propeller, allowing the Hydrocycle to drive smoothly on rivers, lakes, or even oceans at speeds up to six miles per hour. The Hydrocycle uses polyethylene pontoons that were developed by a professional canoe designer for optimum buoyancy (don’t worry, you won’t have to hold your breath to stay afloat)!

NASA Discovers New Fuel: Animal Fat

ets usually run on high-octane oil byproducts, however, NASA has tested jets running on fuel based animal fat. In March and April of this year, researchers at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center in California tested biofuel made of chicken and beef waste fat in the engine of a DC-8 airplane. NASA hopes that the study makes people realize that biofuels do not necessarily have to come from plant sources. According to NASA, fuel can come from algae or rendered animal fat. NASA doesn’t believe that fossil fuels are necessary as a fuel source.

The researchers tested the new animal-based biofuel through an engine burning Jet Propellant 8 fuel, similar to the industry standard Jet-A used in commercial aircraft.

Hewlett-Packard’s “Green” Data Research Facility

HP has recently announced the opening of a new facility that will focus on sustainable datacenter technologies. HP has collaborated with HP Labs, their central research division, and HP Critical Facilities, to build a fully equipped 50,000 sq. ft. data research center in Ft Collins, Colorado. Half of the new facility will be dedicated to a live installation that will focus on HP’s Sustainable Datacenter Project.

The datacenter project will utilize datacenter sustainability technologies from HP Labs to combat energy emission problems. Hewlett-Packard’s new facility is…