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Jul 26, 2016

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Lucirms upcycles glass bottles into gorgeous handmade lamps

Jul 26, 2016: According to Lucirmás, the majority of recycled glass ends up in pavement aggregate rather than in the production or new glass. In hopes of highlighting the importance and beauty of reuse, the design studio creates unique handmade pieces using a variety of techniques such as cutting with a wet diamond blade circular saw and thermal tempering. Waste minimization is a major focus of Lucirmás, which takes an eco-friendly approach to all aspects of the product’s lifecycle from design concept to end-use....

Participation sought for survey on perception of Volkswagen brand in US and Germany

Jul 26, 2016: Jost Requardt, a graduate student at the Institute of Marketing at the Leibniz University of Hanover, is conducting a survey on the perception of the Volkswagen brand in the US and Germany. GCC readers willing to contribute can do so...

Preliminary approval of VW 2.0L TDI settlement program in US

Jul 26, 2016: Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has granted preliminary approval of the settlement agreement reached on 28 June with private plaintiffs represented by the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) to resolve...

This luxury hobbit home in the UK could be yours for just $1 million

Jul 26, 2016: + Underhill Via CNET Images via Wm. Sykes & Son…

Starbucks trials recyclable paper coffee cups for potential global use

Jul 26, 2016: In the UK, only one in every 400 paper coffee cup is recycled. Starbucks is partnering with Frugalpac, a manufacturer of recyclable cups made entirely from recycled paper, to help combat this wasteful dilemma. The trial launched last week, possibly leading to the use of these Earth-friendly containers in franchises all over the world. Frugalpac, founded by engineer Martin Myerscough, aims at providing a better alternative to conventional paper cups. Every year about 58 billion paper...

Porsche ramping up hiring for Mission E; leveraging the 919 Hybrid

Jul 26, 2016: Porsche said it will hire more than 1,400 new employees in the Stuttgart region to work on the development and production of the first all-electric sports car from Porsche, the Mission E. (Earlier post, earlier post.) The company plans to...

Porsche Creating 1,400 New Jobs to Build Tesla-Competitive Mission E

Jul 26, 2016: Porsche will be increasing its hiring with 400 more newly created jobs than previously reported as it prepares to build its Mission E and compete with Tesla and Silicon Valley. In all, the German automaker has raised the number of new jobs it will create to more 1,400 from more than 1,000 already announced. More […] The post Porsche Creating 1,400 New Jobs to Build Tesla-Competitive Mission E appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Apple Brings Back Former Leading Executive to Head Up Project Titan

Jul 26, 2016: Apple Inc. has brought back a former senior executive to lead its Project Titan electric car initiative, according to people familiar with the matter. Bob Mansfield, previously a top executive under former chief executive Steve Jobs, will be running the company’s secret autonomous, plug-in electrified, vehicle project. Mansfield is known for having lead the hardware […] The post Apple Brings Back Former Leading Executive to Head Up Project Titan appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Margot Krasojevic designs Belgrade trolly system powered by piezoelectricity

Jul 26, 2016: The project uses 3d printed piezoelectric cells applied to each trolley pole, trolley bus elevation, tire and overhead wire. Aluminum consolidated carbon nanotubes, which increase the heat and electrical conductivity of the material embedded within the structure, are combined with the steel frame concrete clad helix. Aluminium frames are frames are printed with piezoelectric crystals which generate electricity from the air flow and pressure exerted from the trolleybus and it's overhead wire movement. Related:...

ExxonMobil to expand ultra-low sulfur gasoline fuels production at Beaumont Refinery; SCANfining

Jul 26, 2016: ExxonMobil will increase production of ultra-low sulfur fuels at its Beaumont, Texas refinery by approximately 40,000 barrels per day, further strengthening its integrated downstream portfolio while meeting environmental standards. Construction is scheduled during the second half of 2016 to install...

Tesla Model X Driver Shows Autopilot Lets Him Play Pokemon Go Hands-Free in Traffic

Jul 26, 2016: If you did not know, a Tesla Model X driver wants others to see the benefits of Tesla’s Autopilot to pass the time in bumper-to-bumper traffic while he plays Pokemon Go. The video taken on one of the most traveled highways in the U.S. – I-95 northbound nearing Washington, D.C. – comes two-and-a-half months after […] The post Tesla Model X Driver Shows Autopilot Lets Him Play Pokemon Go Hands-Free in Traffic appeared first on HybridCars.com.

European wind energy is now cheaper than nuclear power

Jul 26, 2016:   Wind energy has officially overtaken nuclear power as the most affordable energy option – at least in the countries surrounding the North Sea. In nearby European nations, the cost of wind is now 30% lower than nuclear, a promising development in the push for renewable energy around the world. At the rate of present installations, industry group WindEurope predicts these windfarms will generate a full 7% of all energy within Europe by 2030.   The reason for the drop...

Golar and Schlumberger form OneLNG JV; targeting development of low cost gas reserves to LNG

Jul 26, 2016: Golar LNG Limited and Schlumberger have formed OneLNG, a joint venture to develop rapidly low cost gas reserves to LNG. The combination of Schlumberger’s reservoir knowledge, wellbore technologies and production management capabilities, with Golar’s low cost FLNG (Floating LNG) solution,...

Handelsblatt: Prosecutors expand VW emissions investigation to engineers and managers

Jul 26, 2016: Germany’s Handelsblatt reports that prosecutors in Braunschweig have expanded their investigation over Volkswagen’s diesel emissions cheating scandal to engineers and managers. Fresh raids were conducted into engineers and managers. The number of managers under investigation has also expanded from 17...

UQM Technologies extends long-term electric drive supply agreement with Proterra

Jul 26, 2016: UQM Technologies Inc. signed an extension to its long-term supply agreement with Proterra to support Proterra’s growth demands. UQM is the primary supplier of electric propulsion systems to Proterra. The extension reflects the increased demand in the US marketplace for...

Green Commuter unveils vanpool and car share service in LA with Tesla Model X

Jul 26, 2016: LA-based Green Commuter is introducing a vanpool and car share service with a fleet of Tesla Model X vehicles. Green Commuter is based at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), where it was selected to become a portfolio company in...

Northwestern study finds Li3PO4 promising coating to limit dissolution of transition metals from Li-ion cathodes

Jul 26, 2016: The dissolution of transition metals (TMs) from Li-ion battery cathodes is a major contributor to cell degradation during cycling and aging. First, such dissolution decreases the amount of cathode material, directly contributing to loss of capacity. Secondly, dissolved TMs can...

Would You Be Comfortable Sharing Your Car With Others?

Jul 26, 2016: Elon Musk says in the future, we will all be sharing our cars with each other. It makes perfect sense. We only use our cars at most 10% of the day. They could be useful to others the rest of the time. Are you ready to share your car? The post Would You Be Comfortable Sharing Your Car With Others? appeared first on Gas 2.

Switzerland unveils cloud-like pavilion at Venice Biennale

Jul 26, 2016: Kerez’s pavilion is an attempt to think about, construct, and experience architecture differently. This experimental work designed for a specific location and occasion is an autonomous piece that, trying to avoid a conventional design framework, seeks greater innovation. Done to stand only for itself, and not to represent any other work of architecture nor a tendency or any other specific construction or design method, the Swiss pavilion is an abstract experience that boldly stands out from other...

Senior Executive Placed In Charge Of Apple Car Program

Jul 26, 2016: Bob Mansfield, an Apple executive since 1999, has now been placed at the head of the Apple car project. Will he move the project forward or give it the axe The post Senior Executive Placed In Charge Of Apple Car Program appeared first on Gas 2.

Nissan is gifting gilded Leaf EVs to winning Olympic Athletes

Jul 26, 2016: Who would even want to win a gold medal when you could have a golden electric car? Some gold medal winners at the upcoming Summer Olympic Games hosted in Brazil will also take home a special prize from Nissan: a shiny gold Leaf EV. The gilded electric cars will be offered to any of the 16 athletes sponsored by the automaker’s British office, provided they earn a gold medal in their sport first. http://www.carscoops.com/2016/07/gilded-nissan-leaf-sweetens-deal-for.html More At the...

Mercedes demonstrates a self-driving bus in Amsterdam

Jul 26, 2016: Sooner than you think, and with a nice new interior design too.

Rusty old ship transformed into a spectacular building filled with plants

Jul 26, 2016: Related: This pop-up rainwater pavilion in Edinburgh is designed to raise awareness about water Via Dezeen Images courtesy of shinslab architecture and photographer Kim Yong-Gwan…

Solar Impulse successfully completes solar-powered flight around the world

Jul 26, 2016: Today, Solar Impulse inhabitat.com/tag/solar-impulse/ completed its epic round-the-world journey, powered only by the sun’s energy. Swiss pilot and initiator Bertrand Piccard landed the experimental solar-powered aircraft in Abu Dhabi after 40 hours in flight from Cairo, Egypt—the XXth and final leg of an adventure that began more than a year ago. Taking turns piloting each leg of the journey, Piccard and SI co-founder André Borschberg have bagged numerous world records and XXX hours of flight...

Mazda Still Plans Diesel Engines For North America

Jul 26, 2016: Mazda isn’t letting Volkswagen’s massive Dieselgate scandal hamper its plans to bring diesel engines to North America. The Japanese automaker has been working on bringing its diesel engines to the U.S. for the majority of this decade, but has been delayed numerous times, leading many to believe it would never happen. But in an interview […] The post Mazda Still Plans Diesel Engines For North America appeared first on HybridCars.com.

SOM designs pedestrian-friendly revamp for the heart of Philadelphia

Jul 26, 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTtsmrT7y6k SOM’s masterplan for Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station Precinct was selected by Amtrak and designed in collaboration with Parsons Brinckerhoff, OLIN, and HR&A Advisors. The beautiful Beaux Arts 30th Street Station—the third busiest transit hub in the U.S.—will retain its architectural magnificence but be expanded to improve accessibility and comfort for the 30,000 passengers that use the trains every morning. New public plazas and pedestrian-friendly...

8 memorable milestones of the first solar-powered flight around-the-world

Jul 26, 2016: It took 26,098 miles, 510 flying hours, 17 individual flights, and zero fossil fuels. That’s the measure of the recently completed round-the-world flight by the Swiss-built solar-powered aircraft known as Solar Impulse 2. Designed, built, and piloted by two Swiss clean energy fanatics, SI2 flew around the globe to demonstrate the awesome potential of solar power. In doing so, the airplane and its pilots grabbed not only the attention of people around the world, but their hearts and minds as well. The Solar Impulse project was born out of a desire to show the world the potential of clean energy and it has certainly succeeded in that aim. Here’s a look back at the most memorable milestones of the epic circumnavigation.

Electroflight: A high-powered, high-speed electric plane

Jul 26, 2016: They haven't built it yet, but eventually this will be a 300+mph, emission-free electric racing plane.

14-year-old girl convinces major British grocery store to stop selling caged hen eggs

Jul 26, 2016: Related: Kid sisters raise $800,000 with origami to dig water wells around the world…

Handmade MPavilion will be the largest bamboo structure ever built in Australia

Jul 26, 2016: The 282-square-meter MPavilion 2016 designs have a rustic charm owing to its use of plant and earth-based materials. The roof and awning will be made of karvi panels, created from a mix of cow dung and earth, and will be supported by a 2.4-meter-high colonnade of bamboo columns. White lime daub will be applied to waterproof the structure. A 12-meter-tall tazia, an ornamental tower used in Indian ceremonies, will complement the structure and can be seen through the oculus in the suspended ceiling....

Scientists discover traces of air breathed by Earths very first animals

Jul 26, 2016: A literal breath of fresh air from the time of Earth’s first animals was recently found, extracted, and analyzed by University of Aberdeen scientists. The discovery of atmospheric gas trapped in a sample of halite shows that a breathable atmosphere was around before many scientists previously thought. The study, published in the journal Geology, details the analysis of an 815 million year old sample of halite, or rock salt. Oxygen measurements were taken from the traces of gases found...

Sales of Ford Fusion Hybrid, Fusion Energi jump in LA in June; up 35% and 40% y-o-y respectively

Jul 26, 2016: Ford Fusion electrified vehicle retail sales spiked in the Los Angeles market during the month of June, the first month of availability for the new 2017 model. Based on Ford June sales figures, Fusion Energi (the plug-in hybrid variant) sales...

Orbital ATK and ECAPS partner on high performance green propulsion system; bringing LMP-103S to market

Jul 26, 2016: Orbital ATK signed an agreement with leading European green propulsion technology firm ECAPS to develop, demonstrate and market a high performance green propulsion (HPGP) system. The HPGP system, which offers significant cost advantages and reduces the environmental risks associated with...

EPA finds moderate or severe corrosion in majority of diesel fuel underground storage tank systems studied

Jul 26, 2016: In a report released recently on corrosion inside diesel fuel underground storage tanks (USTs), the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found moderate or severe corrosion that could affect metal components inside both steel and fiberglass underground tank systems. Corrosion inside...

Self-built Tinhouse is a contemporary take on Isle of Skye vernacular design

Jul 26, 2016: Set on the northwestern tip of the Isle of Skye, the 70-square-meter Tinhouse overlooks beautiful views of The Minch strait. The holiday home is both modern and rustic with its gabled form and corrugated aluminum skin. The metal cladding also helps protect the home from the harsh elements. Rural Design founders Gill Smith and Alan Dickson designed and built the Tinhouse over the course of five years and chose materials for “an ease of build by one person.” The architects write: “In this way,...

Inside the world's first airport potato farm at JFK

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Tesla Scrambles To Finish ‘Gigafactory’ to Meet Model 3 Launch Date

Jul 26, 2016: Tesla Motors has yet to deliver its electric vehicles on schedule and has struggled to build them. Now the California auto manufacturer is reportedly behind the proverbial eight ball again In a recent interview with the New York Times, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company is scrambling to finish the $5 billion gigafactory in […] The post Tesla Scrambles To Finish ‘Gigafactory’ to Meet Model 3 Launch Date appeared first on HybridCars.com.

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews the Designers of the LowLine Underground Park

Jul 26, 2016: By now, you've probably heard of the High Line, but did you know that there is also an underground park called the LowLine proposed for downtown Manhattan? It may have seemed like a pipe dream at first but with many residents backing the project and New Yorkers…

Audi Plans Three Electric Vehicles by Decade’s End

Jul 26, 2016: As parent company Volkswagen Group shifts from diesel to electric vehicles, Audi plans to have at least three EVs by 2020 as part of a new major plan. The shift in focus was presented to managers last week, and CEO Rupert Stadler told a German newspaper that it expects electric vehicles to account for 25 […] The post Audi Plans Three Electric Vehicles by Decade’s End appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Innovative Lithium-Oxygen Battery Tech Could Significantly Increase EV Range

Jul 26, 2016: A new lithium-oxygen battery is being touted as potentially able to provide much longer ranges between charges for EVs. Also known as lithium-air, the tech has been in the news before with promise for five to 15-times more efficiency than standard lithium-ion batteries. However, it has been held back by a few issues such as […] The post Innovative Lithium-Oxygen Battery Tech Could Significantly Increase EV Range appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Tesla Claims to Have ‘World’s Fastest’ Charger with 145 Kilowatt Supercharger Rollout

Jul 25, 2016: Tesla has boosted power in its Superchargers to reassert its claim that it provide the “world’s fastest” charger, Electrek says. Tesla Motors has boosted some Superchargers’ power capacity from 135 kilowatts to 145 kW. That’s still ahead of the current Supercharger capacity. Tesla’s Supercharger website still says the power delivery rate tops out at 120 […] The post Tesla Claims to Have ‘World’s Fastest’ Charger with 145 Kilowatt Supercharger Rollout appeared first on HybridCars.com.

5 Cool Things About EVs Many People Don’t Think About

Jul 25, 2016: Major automakers have been selling all-electric vehicles for over half a decade in the U.S. and a fair number of people have turned to them as an alternative to traditional internal combustion powered transportation. At the same time, low gas prices have induced a spike in more gas-consuming truck and SUV sales, suggesting EVs are […] The post 5 Cool Things About EVs Many People Don’t Think About appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Jaguar Land Rover Talking to Ford and BMW About Opening Battery Plant

Jul 25, 2016: Jaguar Land Rover is in talks with Ford and BMW about building a battery plant for future electric vehicles, according to British newspaper The Times. Executives from the U.K.’s largest automaker are negotiating with U.S.-based Ford and German automaker BMW on a plant with the capacity to power several hundred thousand vehicles. The plant would […] The post Jaguar Land Rover Talking to Ford and BMW About Opening Battery Plant appeared first on HybridCars.com.

Coolpeds iBike weighs less than 30 pounds, costs less than $500

Jul 25, 2016: Coolpeds' iBike aims to relieve two of the most common e-bike pain points: high cost and heavy weight.

EPA issues endangerment finding on aircraft GHG emissions; opens door to regulation

Jul 25, 2016: The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a determination under the Clean Air Act that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from certain types of aircraft engines contribute to the pollution that causes climate change and endangers Americans’ health and the environment....

New nanolithia cathodes may address technical drawbacks of Li-air batteries; scalable, cheap and safer Li-air battery system

Jul 25, 2016: An international team from MIT, Argonne National Laboratory and Peking University has demonstrated a lab-scale proof-of-concept of a new type of cathode for Li-air batteries that could overcome the current drawbacks to the technology, including a high potential gap (>1.2 V)...

Bright yellow dome home completed for Mama Dolfine's orphanage in Kenya

Jul 25, 2016: Remember the German kid who took his heart and mind to Kenya to build a school for Mama Dolfine's orphanage? Against a variety of odds, he and his team have completed what is probably the first of its kind in the East African country - a bright yellow dome home with sleeping space for eight. As he finds his feet as a social entrepreneur, Torsten Kremser of A Better Me Foundation is discovering just how much money is required to build decent facilities. The dome home, a community hub and temporary...

Why are designers trying to turn bikes into cars?

Jul 25, 2016: The new Volata has a computer and lights built right into the bike. Is this a good idea?

Storybook Transylvania hotel built with clay and sand opens soon

Jul 25, 2016: Nestled in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains in the heart of Transylvania, a tiny Romanian town is now home to an incredible fairytale come true in the form of a hotel built from clay and sand. http://www.treehugger.com/travel/transylvanian-hobbit-hotel-built-out-clay-and-sand.html The hotel’s Romanian name is Castelul de Lut Valea Zanelor, which translates to “Clay Castle of the Valley of the Fairies” in English, an absolutely fitting moniker for these ancient architectural accommodations....

Daimler chief Zetsche: Daimler working toward swarm organization; mobility services, digitalization and e-mobility

Jul 25, 2016: In an interview with Germany’s Wirtschaftswoche, Daimler CEO Dr. Dieter Zetsche said that the company is implementing swarm organization management techniques to enable more rapid development in emerging critical areas such as digitalization, mobility services and e-mobility. The swarm organization...