Posts Tagged ‘recyclable’

Coffee-Powered Vehicle Shows Average Speed of 66MPH

September 28th, 2011


Automotive engineers from Britain designed and built a vehicle that runs on coffee beans. Recently they carried out a test of their new car.

The modified Rover SD1 was able to break the speed world record for a car powered entirely by organic waste.

The test involved the car driven on the Elvington Race Track near York. It was estimated that the vehicle registered an average speed of 66.5 mph, which is almost 20mph faster than the previous record shown by a US team that created a car powered by wood pellets.

Together with Teesdale Conservation Volunteers of Durham, Martin Bacon, took an old Rover and got rid of a lot of parts to make it lighter, equipping it with “gasifier” and filters that transform waste coffee granules into power.

It would be interesting to note that the vehicle burns coffee in a way that resembles the burning of charcoal – coffee beans are heated up like charcoal and the combustion gases, such as CO2 and water vapor, are reduced by hot carbon to CO and hydrogen.

Afterwards the gases are filtered with the help of a cyclone filter and rock wool filter and the radiator is used for cooling. The cleaner and cooler gas is piped through the engine and into cylinders. The explosion then activates the engine.

The vehicle is expected to appear at Bang Live show in Manchester, being part of the city’s science festival at Campfield Market Hall.

[via Dailymail]

The Phoenix – World’s First Vehicle Made of Bamboo

April 14th, 2011

Dubbed “The Phoenix”, this eco-friendly vehicle is the world’s first car that is made of bamboo, which means that it is also biodegradable.

The Phoenix is the brainchild of designers Kenneth Cobonpue and Albrecht Birkner. It was built in just 10 days. The developers used bamboo, rattan, steel, and nylon.

The car is 153 inches long. It represents a great solution to one big problem linked with the waste produced by old cars that are no longer used.

Mr. Cobonpue mentioned that his project has the goal of showing the future of green cars by “using woven skins from organic fibers mate to composite materials and powered by green technology.”

The biodegradable skin that the vehicle is made of was designed to last the average amount of time that a person uses a car – in industrialized countries this period of time is equal to 5 years, while in other nation from 10 to 20 years.

In case the user wants to keep The Phoenix for a longer period of time, they can replace the skin, which is quite inexpensive. It is worth mentioning that the car’s frame can be easily adjusted for individual needs.

Currently the designers did not provide any data on the engine or motor of the vehicle.

[via Kenneth Cobonpue]

Jaguar C-X75 Hybrid Supercar Offers a Look Into the Future of Car-Making

October 4th, 2010

Jaguar recently unveiled its C-X75 Concept car. The presentation took place right before the opening of the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

It is worth mentioning that the electric hybrid vehicle marks the 75th anniversary of iconic Jaguar design. In addition, Jaguar C-X75 is meant to provide a look into the future of car-making technology.

The two-seater eco-friendly supercar boasts a propulsion system that combines two small micro gas turbine engines, offering 140 kW. The engines can be powered by LPG, diesel, biofuel or natural gas. » Read more: Jaguar C-X75 Hybrid Supercar Offers a Look Into the Future of Car-Making

Compact SimplyCity EV for Eco-Conscious Drivers

August 19th, 2010

This electric vehicle, called SimplyCity, was created using recycled or recyclable materials such as hemp fiber and wood.

These materials are lightweight and they reduce the overall weight of the car by approximately 30 percent.

The vehicle is powered by an electric motor.

The main goal of the engineers was to create a car that could boast low carbon emissions and low operating costs. » Read more: Compact SimplyCity EV for Eco-Conscious Drivers

T.25 City Car – More Efficiency and Safety, and Less Weight

June 29th, 2010

A British car design company called Gordon Murray Design Limited, based in Shalford, recently unveiled its eco-friendly vehicle entitled T.25.

The presentation took place at Oxford University and was a part of the Smith School’s World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment.

The new vehicle is a huge step forward in the field of city car design, being extremely lightweight, efficient and safe. The 660cc three-cylinder engine installed in the rear registers 51bhp and 42lb.ft of torque. It also emits only 86g/km of carbon dioxide and returns 74mpg on the combined cycle. » Read more: T.25 City Car – More Efficiency and Safety, and Less Weight

The Bug – Electric Vehicle Made Using Nanotechnology

April 7th, 2010

This urban micro vehicle was designed by Ricardo Fedrizzi, who decided to call his electric car the “Bug.” Inside there’s place for only two passengers.

The Bug boasts an aerodynamic shape, which improves the vehicle’s efficiency.

Besides focusing of environmental friendliness, the Brazilian designer also wanted to create a car that would be as lightweight as possible.

Fedrizzi wanted his eco-friendly vehicle to show high performance and promote economy. » Read more: The Bug – Electric Vehicle Made Using Nanotechnology

TRIGON – Small, Lightweight All-Electric Car for City Streets

March 10th, 2010

Alexandros TH Katinis and Kim Katinis from Greece are the authors of this all-electric vehicle.

The designers created the TRIGON Personal City Electric Vehicle believing that the most effective way to avoid traffic jams and cut the pollution level is to develop small eco-friendly cars.

For an improved efficiency the single-seat TRIGON was built as a minimum weight, minimum space and minimum load vehicle. Because the electric car is lightweight it will be able to travel long distances on a single charge. » Read more: TRIGON – Small, Lightweight All-Electric Car for City Streets

Easy-to-Assemble, Low-Cost Green Vehicle

February 15th, 2010

lillies-vehicle-conceptDesigned by Marcos Costa, this vehicle can hardly be called a car, being composed of very few parts.

Costa decided to name his project “Anything Moves a Bucket of Lillies,” and its goal is to make more people aware of the wasted that occurs as a result of car-making process today.

To create the car there is no need to use welding and painting techniques that are being utilized nowadays. » Read more: Easy-to-Assemble, Low-Cost Green Vehicle

Zeus – Stunning Eco-friendly Supercar

January 27th, 2010

zeus-electric-concept-carAccording to some designers, if all eco-friendly cars had a better design, the car-makers could register much better sales. One of such designers is the Portugal-based Joao Miguel Dias, who designed a “green” concept car and called it Zeus.

His car incorporates an electric engine hidden inside an aesthetically attractive body. Besides its good looks, the car is also very functional, allowing, for instance, the driver to enter the car in three different ways. The doors can open up to 50 degrees. » Read more: Zeus – Stunning Eco-friendly Supercar

BlitzenBenz – Eco-friendly Supercar that Uses Nanotech to Grow Its Own Parts

January 11th, 2010

mercedes-benz-blitzenbenz-conceptThis impressive concept car was designed by Geogre Yoo, and Blitzen-Benz from 1909 served as a source of inspiration for the author.

The futuristic concept is meant to shed light on the possible future of the rich racing heritage of Mercedes-Benz.

Yoo named its eco-friendly concept “BlitzenBenz.” The heart of the vehicle is a Hygenius hybrid hydrogen engine that produces power to turn on the four in-wheel electric motors. » Read more: BlitzenBenz – Eco-friendly Supercar that Uses Nanotech to Grow Its Own Parts