It’s always amazing when brilliant people put their minds together to build stuff that benefit mankind – such as this praiseworthy project called Wave Star Energy.
Located in Denmark, this facility has been created to tap widely-available kinetic wave power and convert it into electricity. The power station does its job with its kinetic-energy harvesters (called ‘floats’) which move up and down with the kinetic motion of the waves. The plan is to have each full scale device to be equipped with at least 20 floats of10 m (66 feet) in diameter to maximize its full potential.
The Wave Star Energy is a power station that converts kinetic wave energy into electricity.
According to the official Wavestar website:
“Right now, alternative energy exists in a vacuum, but Wavestar want everyone to work closer together to realize the dream of unlimited clean energy. Wavestar plans to lead this movement by building the very first energy parks where wave energy machines can be placed in between the wind mills. This is a win-win as it increasing efficiency and reduces costs for all. When wind and wave join forces to produce clean energy, everybody wins.
This is a brand new and revolutionary idea in an industry that often fails to see the bigger picture. At Wavestar we don’t just want to produce electricity; we want to power a whole movement that understands we need many clean and elegant solutions working together in order to meet the planet’s energy needs.”
According to the company, this revolutionary technology is created to “meet the planet’s energy needs.”
How did they come up with such an idea? The website mentions:
“Sailing enthusiasts Niels and Keld Hansen came up with the concept behind Wave Star in 2000, but the idea originated when they were sailing near their parents’ summer house. They began to talk about how they could harness the powerful forces beneath them. The company purchased the rights to the machine in 2003 after seeing the huge commercial potential of wave energy. The Hansen Brothers remain as consultants at Wave Star while the Clausen brothers, the family behind Danfoss, are now the main shareholders.”
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Wave Star hopes that the machine will be available for sale by 2017.
Wave Star aims to make their 1 MW machine for big oceans available for sale by next year, 2017. The company also intends to keep developing their machine, possibly doubling its size and capacity in the near future so that it can power more homes.
17-Year-Old Discovers An Ingenious Way Of Cleaning Polluted Streams
Her practical pollution cleaner is made out of Styrofoam and hair clips!
A 17-year-old girl just won herself a $150,000 college scholarship with her clever seaweed-based gel that effectively cleans polluted streams.
The Bangor, Maine aspiring MacGyver concocted an ingenious substance from seaweed to create an "alginate" gel that she mixed with aluminum and magnesium. Anchored in place by blocks of foam and plastic hair clips, she successfully trapped polluting phosphorus in local streams, earning her the Global Good Prize Award.
Teen genius Paige Brown
Paige Brown was shocked when she learned during one Bangor High School chemistry class just how much phosphorus polluted the local waterways. The phosphorus came from fertilizers farmers infused into their fields, which then leached and saturated the ground water, finally making its way into what Paige initially believed to be pristine streams....
These Awesome Airless Tires by Michelin Will Never Go Flat
Such a total badass!
No matter how cautious a driver you may be, you will surely experience having a flat tire sooner or later – and it can surely be a hassle, especially if you’ve never changed a flat tire before.
Actually, even if you know how to change tires, the process isn’t easy and can be potentially time-consuming. Your best bet, of course, is to get roadside assistance or drive to a service center for repair.
Looking at this tire technology by Michelin, we can’t help but wish this becomes available for cars soon.
The Michelin X Tweel Turf is an airless radial tire "completely eliminates" flat tires.
Inventor Demonstrates His Very Own Prototype Of Bicycle Car Called PodRide.
This futuristic bicycle car just might be one of the coolest rides ever!
Sometimes, it's not a question about what we can or cannot do but what can fit into our minds--endless possibilities and ideas. Much like the brilliant imagination of this man whose invention is now propelling its way to introduce a new, refreshing and fun ride.
Mikael Kjellman, a Swedish design engineer and inventor of PodRide took his inspiration from both a bicycle and car combined or a "bike car". This futuristic velomobile may not be as big as the typical vehicles that we have today but some of its features are car-like. The same four wheeled ride, sitting position, seat height and size that resembles small cars.
PodRide also has a 250-watt crankshaft-mounted motor to increase a rider's pedalling power and an electronically-limited top speed of 25 km/h (15.5 mph). Other remarkable features include waterproof fabric body, a full LED lighting system, 14-speed hub transmission and back cargo compartment.
Here's an interesting PodRide demo.