Awesome … this was one word that came on our mind when we read about this Solar-powered VW Bus. Brett Belan and Kira Belan are the couple behind this project, they both love clean power and care about our environment. Brett has great passion in building power plants, started when he was still in high school. Now, with great EV revolution around us, Brett wants to create something of his own, powering vehicles simply off the sun or win, the sky is the limit.
As a camper van, this Volkswagen Bus requires a lot of power, therefore, the surface area is perfect for a large PV array that can tilt for a maximum solar exposure. At the same time, that large space underneath the panels can be used for more elbow room in the bus. There are four 305watt LG panels installed on the roof and 1,200watt array pivots at the front of the van. There are actuators that can tilt the array for a maximum of 40-degree, for optimum output.
Green architecture normally focuses on residential and commercial buildings like offices and the like. Today YAJ architects presented their proposal, an eco-friendly industrial building of the future. The Architects presented their Train Depot of the future that is designed to have almost zero energy performance. The train depot will make use of ground water heating and cooling. It will also have solar panels installed and sensor-driven natural ventilation. In this way, travelers can already enjoy distance traveling with comfort and of course with care to the environment. They do not need to worry about their carbon emission. In addition, the building’s appearance is complete with natural colors.
Traveling is relaxing, fun, and exciting. However, it can be more exciting and rewarding if you know you are traveling in a eco-friendly way. You have enjoyed a great travel can offer, while keeping the environment safe. Traveling while caring for the environment is easily achievable with the help of eco-friendly designs related to travel just like the Whitepod, an eco-friendly hotel by Sofia de Meyer. The whitepod is situated in the village of Les Cerniers and is surrounded by snow. Travelers will surely enjoy the panoramic view of the mountains right at the heart of the Swiss Alps. With the 7km ski slopes with private ski lifts, being in the whitepod resort is perfect for nature and adventure lovers.
Traveling can be so much fun and it can sometimes cause harm to the environment with the gas used for transfer from one place to another, the energy used for fun activities and luxurious stay. However, one can now travel with care to the environment especially if one opt to stay at eco-hotels like the Dar HI Eco-Lodge in Nefta, in Southern Tunisia. The one of a kind lodge uses minimalist furnishings, thus saves a lot of space. The glass wall allows the natural sunlight to enter and serves as the lodge’s lighting system. The eco-retreat house, lodge, and spa is a product of renovating the local date grove instead of totally wrecking the structure.
Made of approximately 12,000 reclaimed whole plastic bottle, the Plastiki is an environment friendly masterpiece from environmentalist David de Rothschild together with some handpicked scientist. The highly pressurized recycled plastic bottles consists the 60-foot Plastiki Catarman. Aside from the recycled plastic bottles, the catarman’s masts are also made of reclaimed aluminum irrigation pipes and the ropes are again made from recycled plastics. The Plastiki will be powered by a small array of solar cells and windmills. In the spring of 2010, the Plastiki has a plan to have an anticipated 4-month sail time across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to Sydney.
If you are constantly traveling via plane of ship, then you will definitely are familiar with the life vest or life jacket. These constantly used item for a recurring briefing by the attendants on planes and ships, also wear as time flies even if they are not in use and thus unused life jackets are then destined to landfills. Giving a new life to these discarded life jackets it was being recycled and reused as a bag and called it the Bag to Life. This eco-friendly bag has the ability to hold, the user’s pens, wallet, and other important items.
When traveling, luggage is our best friend. Here is where we place our clothing and other important things needed during our travel. Generally, known and stylish luggages are made from top quality first hand materials. However, today, travels can already do their part in saving the environment with the eco-friendly luggage design by Chiara Goose called the Cardboard Luggage. As the name suggest, this one of a kind luggage is made of cardboard while keeping the style and playful look those luggage made from first hand materials have. Though, this cardboard luggage may not survive with the hard handling with your local airport porters, it is a one useful and functional luggage that is made of double-corrugated cardboard, metal rivets, and cotton cording.
By the time the traveler arrives to his or her destination, the cardboard luggage can be his or her shelving unit as the luggage unpacks. In this way, travelers don’t need to dig those items placed at the bottom, which is a timesaver as well.
Cruising on a yacht can never be as luxurious as any other holiday trips available. Being luxurious sometimes can harm the environment as luxury travelers normally use energy more than the usual. However, designer Ben Mazur will combine ecology and luxury with his one of a kind concept design called the Hermes 66 Eco Yacht. Made with the use of hemp fiber and linseed oil based resins, this eco-friendly yacht will be utilizing hydrofoil and aerofoil technologies in order for it to provide incomparable performance to its motor powered counterparts that. The technology used also allows the yacht to provide an extremely smooth ride and big thrills.
Cruising over the calm seas has never been so relaxing if done with a luxurious and eco-friendly yacht like the Enso Catamaran by Zack Stephanchick. This catamaran allows everyone to be with the world while keeping the environment safe all the time. The 140” Wingsailed Enso Catamaran got an inspiration from Zen Buddhism and some other eastern philosophies. In addition to the eco-friendly features, the Enso Catamaran also has a spacious interior that will allow everyone to have a relaxing and luxurious cruising experience. With the enso’s clean lines and sleek outer finish, everybody will surely love to sail anytime.
Unveiled at the 2009 LA autoshow, the Honda P-Nut concept car is an acronym for Personal-neo Urban Transport car that features a gas engine, hybrid engines, or a full electric powertrain in the future. The car has a three-seater design and has a futuristic look that some may love and for others to dislike. The compact design of the car made the Honda P-Nut an ideal car for urban living as it also has enough interior cabins for storage. With this design, owning a fashionable car while keeping the environment safe from harm has never been so easy. The P-Nut from Honda is just a mere addition to the green vehicle designs.
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