The Green Wrap-up 23.February, 2013

Tesla Motors has been spending way too much money building each Model S. That reality, and how the company is remedying the situation, was one of the main talking points during a conference call that followed the release of the automaker’s fourth-quarter letter to investors and financial results.
Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global alliance working towards a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on people, animals and the environment, created the Think Beyond Plastic competition for innovative entrepreneurs working on solutions to the world’s serious plastic crisis.
When we consider the field of engineering, the images that come to mind run the gamut from airplanes to bridges to 3D printers. Yet we rarely think about how the processed food we consume has been designed with the same amount of attention and detail as any piece of cutting edge technology.
  • GreenJoyment(Ally): This sounds like a really good read. I think that junk food items should feature a warning label similar to the Surgeon General’s warning on a pack of cigarettes. Junk food is deadly, and people are manipulated into eating a tremendous amount of it every day, through crafty advertising and addictive chemicals and additives.  
Industrial designer Hakan Gürsu calls this creation a V-Tent – it’s a collapsible, solar car cover that shields parked cars from wind and weather while converting the sun’s light into electricity that can to charge any EVs that happen to find their way underneath the V-Tent, and power any nearby street lights to make the chargers more visible at night.
Researchers at Ohio State University have discovered a new way to extract energy from coal while preventing 99 percent of the carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. The technique, called Coal-Direct Chemical Looping (CDCL), harnesses coal’s energy without burning it. This new groundbreaking technology, which could revolutionize one of the dirtiest industries on the planet, will be tested at a larger-scale pilot plant currently under construction in Alabama.
At 261 MPG, the production version Volkswagen’s high-efficiency XL1 is nothing less than a supercar. It may not be super-fast, but its task is not conquering LeMans – its mission is to change the automotive landscape and establish a new standard in high-mpg commuting. The new VW XL1 does that, and looks for all the world like a streamlined hyper-exotic at the same time it’s behaving like what it is: the world’s most fuel efficient car (in series production, anyway).

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