Eco racing cars are already starting to grow in number. More and more designers are already into this kind of vehicles. Joining the World Solar Challenge are the students from Cambridge University with their solar powered racing car called Bethany. It has a 6m2 worth of solar cells on the top of the car that collects solar power. The Bethany has the ability to achieve 60 miles per hour and weighs as light as 170 kilograms only. In addition, it also has an energy-efficient hub motor and an energy generating braking system. The students from Cambridge University who designed the Bethany are hoping to win in the World Solar Challenge.
We have featured different solar powered boats here in iGreenSpot numerous times and today, it’s time for the world’s largest solar powered boat, Turanor to shine.
The Turanor is a boat with loads of solar panels on top of it, a 5,380 square feet of solar panels installation that is, which obviously propels the boat that is now circumnavigating the globe. The boat is solely powered by solar power and the excess energy gathered by solar panels is stored in a giant lithium-ion battery. In this regard, the world’s largest solar powered boat, Turanor has the ability to run at a speed of 15 miles per hour and can sail for three days on cloudy weather using the stored energy.
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It is good to hear that many of the business establishments are now showing concern about the environment and the Starbucks Eco-friendly Reclamation Drive Thru is a living proof. This brand new coffee shop of Starbucks is located in Tukwila, Washington.
Made of recycled shipping container, the said coffee shop is the first and probably a new branding strategy of the said coffee brand. The shop has been designed according to LEED green building standards and it consists of four shipping containers.
The elegantly designed coffee shop is done through the outstanding work of the resident architects of Starbucks. The structure is designed in-house as part of Starbucks’ initiative of encouraging green architecture in order to reduce energy use and definitely carbon emission. Despite of the structure being made of recycled materials and following LEED green building standards, the designers are still able to Starbucksified the building as it showcased the same stylish and trendy architectural design that their other coffee shops have.
The designers get the inspiration of the used shipping container drive thru from their company’s use of containers when shipping coffee and tea from their sources around the globe. Instead of just letting the container wallow after delivery, they decided to make use of it and so the reclaimed shipping container drive thru is born.
At present, this shipping container Starbucks coffee shop is the first one, but it could be the prototype for the next retail locations. Are you a die-hard Starbucks drinker? If you are, click here to get a free $100 Starbucks gift card. The building is not yet LEED certified. However, the company is hoping that the Starbucks Eco-friendly Reclamation Drive Thru will achieve the LEED certification soon.
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