Cairo University, Faculty of Engineering ranks eighth in eco-friendly car competition

cairo-universityThe Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, ranked eighth in the international competition for eco-friendly cars held in the Philippines from 6 to 9 February 2014.

Egypt participated in the competetion with two teams from the Universities of Cairo and Ain Shams. The race depended on energy-saving and high- efficiency cars manufactured by students from different countries all over the world. Each car had to score the greater distance using the least amount of fuel.

Sherief Morad, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, said that the Egyptian team has worked on the car in Egypt over the past two years. The car can make 122 km using one liter only of gasoline. Its body is made of the carbon fiber, a material of high strength and light weight, Morad said.

Hey Patrolman, Catch Me If You Can…That’s What I’m Talking About!

Hey Patrolman, catch me if you can!

My god, is n’t that really something!?  what are they going to do about that? From now on, NO traffic violation tickets…

Do you think that the Police Academy can come up with a competitive invention of a sort of flying Patrolmen or something? Jesus Christ!

The Sky car is ready to drive and fly!

Gilo Cardozo, a self-taught aviation engineer, inventor and founder of British-based Parajet has created a two-seat flying car. You see, I was just telling you in my previous post of  Jetman, cars manufacturers gotta come up with something!

And here we are, The Skycar is powered by:

  • Modified 1000cc
  • four cylinder
  • 140hp, ethanol burning
  • Yamaha R1 super bike engine with a lightweight automatic CVT(continuously variable transmission) gear-box.
  • Independent four wheel suspension
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Road acceleration, 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 110 mph.

The driver unfolds a parafoil wing from the trunk (boot) and attaches it to the rear of the car, to convert it to fly mode. He then flips a switch to change the transmission from road mode, which powers the wheels, to flight mode, which powers the rear fan.

It takes about three minutes to Convert it  from “road mode” to “fly mode” and visa-versa. And this due to the flexible wing technology invented by Mike Campbell Jones, of Paramania Powergliders.

The fan’s thrust propels the car forward, providing lift for the wing as the car reaches a takeoff speed of 35 mph. Once airborne, foot pedals move cables attached to the parafoil to direct the flight path. Top air speed is 100 mphat altitudes of 2000 to 3000 feet. Maximum altitude is 15,000 ft. with a range of 180 miles. The Skycar is also equipped with an roof-mounted ballastic parachute for emergencies.

Potential buyers will require a powered parachute license, rather than a pilots license, to fly a Skycar and the British government has approved the vehicle as street legal.

So, I guess that the competition has already started! What do you think  a Jetman Suit or a flying car? or both? what else?

Hey Jet Man, Wanna Take Me For A Shopping Ride?

Yves Rossy, Inventor and Former Swiss Air Force Fighter Pilot, he spent 5 years in developing his invention.

He mentioned that his invention is an absolute freedom.

This year, he unfolded the wings on his back and flew 186 mph which is about 300 km above the Swiss Alpes.

And with four small jet engines attached to his carbon wings, he managed to climb at 200 ft per minute before executing a series of stunts for a crowd of reporters watching  from a mountain top.

Rossy said that his 120 lb jetman suit is going to be available for the public after a few years away.

So, I guess that what we do watch in movies nowadays, can’t be called impossible or can’t really happen in the near or far future after all.

After few years from now, when this invention is going to be available for the public and God knows what else, think that one day, people are going to stop using cars!? Maybe cars manufacturers should come up with some flying cars and buses in order to compete with flying jets!

Electric Scooter

Some people have been keeping their eyes out  for a new electric scooter or motorbike to use when they need to get somewhere fast or a little further away.

Most of the Scooters or Motorcycles which use electric motors, cost a small fortune and can’t even go much further than the electric bike. That is until now.  The scooter using new nano-crystaline technology to improve efficiency over traditional iron-core motors and it eliminated the need for a transmission. The scooter does an impressive 65 mph and has a range of 100 miles if your average speed is 25 mph. Which in city driving, would be reasonable.

Now your starting to see how special this Neue Scooter just might be. The only thing that gives me real pause is the heftiness of the design. I haven’t seen one in person yet, but from the photos, it looks a little bit tiny.

The Latest Form Of Green Transport

It may look like the most dangerous motorbike in the world but this new invention is actually the latest form of green transport.

The electric Uno is the brainchild of 18-year-old Canadian Ben Gulak who spent several years developing the bike, which is controlled entirely by body movements.

The machine actually has two wheels, side-by-side, and uses gyroscopic technology to stay upright. It moves in the direction the rider leans – and the more you lean, the faster you go.

Ben claims that the bike could help beat pollution and he was inspired to design it after visiting China and seeing all the smog there.

He says: “The bike is fairly easy to ride, but takes a bit of getting used to because you have to learn to trust it.”

Fuel Cells Versus Batteries

Electric cars of some kind are likely to be the vehicle of any workable green, environmentally sustainable future. The question is only what kind of electric car will reside behind future garage doors. Currently, the electric-vehicle market is dominated by battery-powered electrics and plug-in hybrids (which are actually battery-electric cars capable of switching over to a conventional internal-combustion engine when the juice runs low while you’re on the road). But, as if a Thomas Edison lightbulb lighting up minds with innovation, there is an alternative to this technology in the works which may prove superior in many respects: the hydrogen-powered fuel cell.
A fuel cell vehicle is an electric car which is powered by electricity generated on board rather than stored in a battery. The electricity comes from a fuel cell that uses hydrogen and oxygen to generate electricity, emitting water vapor as a waste product.
The advantages of fuel cells over battery-powered electrics are partly a matter of convenience and party environmental. Manufacture and disposal of batteries have significant environmental costs. Advances in battery technology such as the development of lithium-iron batteries may somewhat reduce the environmental damage from both manufacture and recycling, but as long as batteries depend on scarce lithium, there are limits to how far this can be taken. Richard Suebi’s recent article in CleanTechBlog, “Assaulting Batteries,” described further advances in energy-storage technology that may be coming down the road, but all such possibilities remain speculative at this point. Fuel cell vehicles would simply undercut the entire battery question by producing electricity in the vehicle itself. In terms of convenience, a fuel-cell vehicle would require no time-consuming recharge, but could be refueled in a manner similar to the way it’s done with a conventional vehicle, at a commercial station carrying hydrogen gas – a “gas station” in a more literal sense of that phrase.
The chief disadvantage of fuel cells other than their relative unavailability on the market and, with current platinum-intensive technology, the high price tag, involves the storage of hydrogen gas onboard, which in current models is done with tanks pressurized to 10,000 PSI or more. This represents a certain hazard as is always the case with compressed gas storage, less so in a crash than the gasoline tank of an internal-combustion vehicle but worse than for battery-electrics using the latest battery technology.
GM has been working on a fuel-cell vehicle for over a decade. The company plans to have 1000 fuel-cell vehicles on the road over the next two years and has ambitious long-range plans to have over a million fuel-cell vehicles on the road by 2020. Toyota is also pursuing fuel-cell technology aggressively with a 2015 timetable to have a model on the market. It is likely that more refinements of the technology will be necessary before fuel-cell vehicles become practical.
Another question involves the production of hydrogen fuel itself. A promising possibility involves bio-production of hydrogen using green algae. Alternatively, hydrogen can be produced from water by electrolysis, making it as green as the way we produce electricity.

Air Freight – One of the Most Important Innovations of the last Century

Global trading has been a part of human life since people began to travel across continents and oceans but in the last century it became even more integral in terms of the world economy.

The invention of the aeroplane was a major turning point for man’s development and as soon as commercial planes were flying the potential for trade utilising air freight was realised.

Since the 1930’s people have been transporting goods overseas using aeroplanes and today the air freight industry is worth billions of dollars.

Read moreAir Freight – One of the Most Important Innovations of the last Century

How Green Can Car Rentals Be?

The amount of Americans who own cars is staggering. Up to 95% of Americans own vehicles, there are on average 2.28 vehicles per household, and American cars burn more fuel than the cars in any other nation. While public transportation options are getting better, Americans are still completely reliable on personal cars for both business and personal needs.

Even when American travellers leave their own vehicles behind their doors, they are reliant on cars for their vacations or business trips, and there are a number of rental car companies that cater to those needs. Enterprise Rent-A-Car and its subsidiaries, National and Alamo, are consistently ranked as some of the best companies, and they’re competing with a number of others – Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty. Enterprise is also the largest of the car rental companies, with locations within 10 miles of 90% of the population and a fleet consisting of more than one million vehicles.

While green initiatives catch on and more Americans began trying to trade out their personal vehicles for more sustainable modes of transportation, many car rental companies are still generating profits. In 2010, Enterprise brought in more than $12.6 billion; Hertz made more than $7.5 billion. With their profits growing so much, it’s hard to imagine what rental car companies could be doing to positively impact the environment – but many of them claim to be doing their part.

Enterprise recently implemented a plan, costing $150 million and spanning the next five years, to make many of their locations more environmentally friendly. They’ll improve over 1000 locations with green roofs (some using solar panels), a car wash water recycling program, and the first LEED Silver-certified rental location. They expect that this will cut water and energy costs by up to 35%. Hertz undertook similar updates to their locations in 2008, and focused on immediate fixes like lighting and HVAC systems at their locations. In addition, a number of rental car companies are starting to include hybrids and electric vehicles in their fleets, which consumers can rent if they want to be more environmentally friendly.

But is it enough? Avis claims that the average age of cars in their fleet is only 5 months, and Enterprise typically turns its vehicles over to the sales fleet before they hit 40,000 miles. In addition to the pollution caused by rental cars that are in use, rental car companies frequently purchase a huge amount of new inventory – and more cars being built certainly leads to more environmental impact from car manufacturers.

In general, as much as rental companies try to be more environmentally friendly, they are still essentially selling a product that’s unsustainable, and Americans need to keep sustainability in mind for travel as much as for the daily grind.

Network Rail Saves £40 million with ‘Bright Ideas’ Innovation

Network rail have announced that their newly introduced ‘Bright Ideas’ portal and could already have saved the conglomerate more than £40 million.

Although it was only launched in March of this year the portal has received more than 200 submissions of ideas to improve rail services and rail safety.

Some of the new proposals are already being implemented whilst others are at the investigation stage.

One of the most lauded rail safety ideas is a camera that is put in place to look for defects on rail wires overhead. The cameras, which were proposed by Kongsberg Maritime Ltd, can be utilised without the need to turn off overhead power or close the train line, leading to greater efficiency in the rail service. This will mean that Network Rail will incur less rail delay fines which could save them millions each year.

Amongst some of the other ideas which are currently being investigated are soundproof curtains which block out the noise of rail maintenance to nearby houses and safety fences which can be clipped into place and act as a barrier between workmen and trains whilst maintenance is being carried out.

Director of engineering for Network Rail Steve Yianni commented that the response to the new portal had been ‘fantastic’ both from UK and foreign companies. He went on to say that projected figures show that new innovations could save Network Rail up to £38 million over the next two years.

Yianni explained that the success of the scheme meant that it would most likely be carried through until 2019 by which time even greater savings on rail maintenance and rail safety could have been made.

He added that Network Rail wanted to hear from more company’s and inventors who do not normally work within the rail industry as they often had the ability to ‘think outside the box’. Yianni explained that the company would be happy to hear ideas from anyone who could help create further savings for the UK rail industry in the future.

Inventors and companies who wish to put forward an idea to Network Rail should submit a proposal which addresses the ‘challenges’ put forward by the company. Once a proposal has been submitted it is assessed by one of the innovation supply chain managers to ascertain if it should be investigated further.

Lucky candidates who pass through this stage will then have the opportunity to work with Network Rail to develop their idea into a workable money saving innovation for rail safety and rail maintenance.