Category Archives: transport

Hyperloopy

I recently looked at the hyperloop system proposed by SpaceX founder Elon Musk and highlighted a number of problems with the proposed system, notably its likely very high costs, the technical challenges involved in building it, the barf enduing ride and the … Continue reading

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The Hyperloop hyperbole

I discussed the hyperloop proposal sometime ago and I thought I would be worth updating on its progress. On the one hand, they have managed to build a test track and run some tests. However, the critics argue they’ve barely … Continue reading

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A review of Arcologies

One concept for how to reduce the environmental impact of cities is arcologies. The word itself is a combination of the words “architecture” and “ecology”, which neatly sums up the idea of developing self sustaining buildings with the minimum of environmental impact. … Continue reading

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Volvo, electric cars and the value of red tape

Last week Volvo announced that they were planning to only build hybrid or battery electric cars after 2019. And France went so far as to suggest they will ban all petrol powered cars from 2040 onwards. Well in many respects … Continue reading

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Hydrogen Woo

As a follow up to my article on scam water devices, I thought it would be useful to do one on hydrogen and water powered cars. One of the problems with being involved in renewable energy research, in particular fuel … Continue reading

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Water woo devices

I came across this video promotion for a self filling water bottle device, being marketed by a company called Fontus. It supposedly can refill itself by condensing water straight out of the air, being powered by a small solar panel, thus … Continue reading

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Electric boats going mainstream

I did a review awhile back on various low carbon shipping options. Its interesting to note that the one option I didn’t consider was pure electric boats. This is largely because of the range issue. The idea of electric boats, … Continue reading

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