November 11, 2009

Solar People Mover Designed for Italy

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Iosa Ghini Associati, an Italian design team, has designed a people mover for the city of Bologna. At a total length of 5084 meters, the monorail and two terminals, one at the airport and one at the main train station, feature photovoltaic panels on the southwest side. The station roofs are angled to house the solar system without taking away from its general design. Plants are incorporated both around the exterior and along its walls.

Via Design Boom

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October 12, 2009

i-Scoob it in the Snow

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The i-Scoob is a concept that will make snow treks more fun and environmentally friendly. The two seater snowmobile has a hybrid internal combustion engine/electric motor. Foldout solar panels give extra energy in places where there is no power source and options include its engine working as a generator or the ability to plug into an electric socket. Controlled with a joystick, it also has an LCD that displays performance, navigation and climate control information. Heat is retained inside as the i-Scoob is designed to use the greenhouse effect.

Via Diseno-art

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September 23, 2009

Tom Lopez, the Gardener's Inventor

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When Tom Lopez decided to repair his wife's broken down tiller motor, he replaced it with an electric one run by solar charged batteries. But he didn't stop there. The inventor, who has a degree in aerospace engineering, came up with 10 walking tractors, used for plowing or weeding, that were converted to solar power as well. He also has been working on a solar riding tractor and hopes that the entire line will be picked up by an investor for mass distribution. We hope so, too.

Via Reporter Herald

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September 22, 2009

Luxury Plus on Super Solar Yacht

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Dennis Ingemansson has designed a 45m super yacht for the Dutch company Esthec. The ship generates solar energy to keep the electric engine going and is light weight, has recyclable parts and little maintenance. Shown at the Monaco Yacht Show 2009, it features a high tech interior and swimming pool. We want one!

Via Super Yacht

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