Sunday, July 30, 2006

Fhybrid Hydrogen Powered Scooter

Crijn Bouman, Graduate Student of our school developed a simulated prototype of hydrogen powered scooter, which he calls the Fhybrid. The Fhybrid tops out at 65 km/hr (40mph) and has a range of 200 km (124 miles)--the range is extended due to energy recovery during braking. Acceleration is better than the average traditional scooter. The perfect city flitzer, this bike emits no noise nor fumes. It is driven by a 69 Nm motor in the front wheel, and has a unique parking assist capability: the scooter can be powered slowly in reverse to aid slotting it into that last tight spot on city streets. That's the theory at least.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Power purse

“Power Purse” from Solar, designed by doctoral student Jo Hynek. The “Power Purse” is a truly functional purse that is covered in solar panels and can charge mobile accessories such as cell phones, mp3 players, etc. Is it worth the $300 pricetag though?

source: mobilemag

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Happy Planet Index

The Happy Planet Index (HPI) is an innovative new measure that shows the ecological efficiency with which human well-being is delivered.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Light Objects: A design competition on sustainability

Open to anyone, entrants are encouraged to go beyond mere “sustainability,” and push the idea of lightness - creating objects that are actually beneficial for the environment instead of just less bad.
Deadline: 13th August 2006
competition homepage