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Water: It’s one of the most precious resources on Earth, but its importance seems forgotten in the western world where its ease of access is often instantaneous. But for 768 million people worldwide, it’s a daily struggle to find safe water, and in result, 1,400 children under the age of five die from water-based diseases every day.
Inspired to offer solution to this issue in a creative way, designer Arturo Vittori invented stunning water towers that can harvest atmospheric water vapor from the air. The nearly 30-foot tall WarkaWater towers can collect over 25 gallons of portable water per day, and are comprised of two sections. The first is a semi-rigid exoskeleton built by tying stalks of juncus or bamboo together; the second, an internal plastic mesh similar to the bags oranges are packed in. The nylon and polypropylene fibers act as a scaffold for condensation, and once droplets of dew form, are funneled by the mesh into a basin at the base of the structure.
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For most of us, cars are something we buy, not build. Part of the reason for that is that each brand of vehicle has their own proprietary components, and building a car that’s a hybrid of labels, or different year models isn’t a simple endeavor (and might take 24 years, at least if you follow the recipe of Johnny Cash). Another reason is that many of us don’t have the skillset or the tools to fabricate an entire vehicle, and kit cars can be quite expensive.
But what if there was a DIY vehicle platform that was not only affordable, but also street-legal, open source, and versatile, with the option for an electric drivetrain or an integrated hybrid engine? That might change the game entirely, at least for those of us who like tinkering and aren’t afraid to get our hands dirty. And it’s here.
by Forrest Dump, WTC
Japans official reaction to the Fukushima disaster.
A Japanese based company, Kyocera, one of the biggest producers of LCD touch panels for the last 30 years, has launched the country’s largest solar plant, officially named Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant. This incredible spectacle will easily provide electricity for for over 22,000 of the countries homes. (more…)
7th & 8th May 2014 – Manchester, UK
The UK’s newest sustainable building and refurbishment event, an essential and informative event for the construction industry covering everything from training opportunities and renewable technologies to sustainable materials and legislation updates.