Pipistrel nears launch of new hydrogen-powered 19-seater

Pipistrel nears launch of new hydrogen-powered 19-seater

Slovenia’s Pipistrel Aircraft, best known for its range of lightweight two-seaters, is nearing the launch of a new hydrogen fuel-cell- and battery-powered 19-seat hybrid that it hopes will revolutionise the commuter-category segment.

Dubbed the “Miniliner”, the aircraft could enter service by 2030, the company says, and will offer a substantial cut in operating costs against current designs.

Pipstrel says the Miniliner will be able to perform short point-to-point services between cities, boosting connectivity for underserved locations, or what it calls “microfeeder” flights into bigger hubs.

Power from the fuel cells will be sufficient for most departures, but batteries are provided to boost short-field performance, allowing departures from runways down to 800m (2,620ft). This, it says, will allow access to 80% of Europe’s airports.

While Pipistrel sees the optimum flight length as between 160-215nm (300-400km), the Miniliner will be able to fly for around 1,000nm on a single tank of liquid hydrogen.


Read the whole article in FlightGlobal.


The Peace Building

The Peace Building

A place where we can build a global culture of peace.

The Peace Building is set to be the first ever peace museum and education centre in London. It will be a meeting point where all generations can learn about peace builders through history; share stories of peace movements; and remember the countless victims of conflict. It will be a space where we can start to build a global culture of peace. Together.

There are eight war museum in London. We need a peace museum to provide an alternative discourse and champion the power of peace building.

The Peace Building will inspire and equip people of all ages to act peacefully in all aspects of their lives; from the individual level (fostering inner peace) and our relationships with others – to streets and communities (including the global community). We will work hard to become a centre of excellence in peace education through our learning programmes for schools and colleges – both in the centre and through outreach. The centre will also provide public spaces to reflect, relax and explore… Including a cafe, exhibition space, a reference library, studios, meeting rooms, a space for quiet reflection, and an events space for talks, lectures, conferences and concerts.


This information comes from the website of The Peace Building.


The world’s largest private initiative regarding the ocean: REV Ocean

The world’s largest private initiative regarding the ocean: REV Ocean

REV Ocean is focussed on reversing negative environmental conditions in the ocean by increasing knowledge and developing concrete sustainable solutions.

https://www.revocean.org/

From understanding to sustainable solutions with four unprecedented ocean initiatives:

1) Exploring our blue planet with the world’s largest and most advanced research and expedition vessel.
https://www.revocean.org/vessel/

2) Connecting data, people & technology to drive sustainable ocean governance and blue economy. Constructing an intelligent, all-encompassing and open-access Ocean Data Platform.
https://www.oceandata.earth/

https://www.revocean.org/platform/oceandata/

Video: https://vimeo.com/367752466

3) Gathering decision-makers, NGOs, scientific communities and other key stakeholders at the World Ocean Headquarters at Fornebu, Oslo.
https://www.revocean.org/headquarters/woh/

4) The Plastic REVolution Foundation has been established to find the best opportunities to support Ghana and pilot solutions that can be scaled-up globally.
https://www.revocean.org/plast_ghana/

Basic income and why it is a good idea.

Basic income and why it is a good idea.

“Ideas can and do change the world,” says historian Rutger Bregman, sharing his case for a provocative one: guaranteed basic income. Learn more about the idea’s 500-year history and a forgotten modern experiment where it actually worked — and imagine how much energy and talent we would unleash if we got rid of poverty once and for all.


This information comes from the TED Talk by Rutger Bregman.


For more information about Rutger Bregman visit his website.


Alice – electric aircraft

Alice – electric aircraft

Eviation Alice is an electric aircraft designed to take 9 passengers up to 1,000 km at more than 240 knots.

Our solution is electric from conception. Starting from scratch we take a holistic approach to aircraft design, allowing us to fully optimize the benefits of electric aviation. Our state-of-the-art aircraft is powered by four key capabilities:

Electric by design
Radical and holistic re-thinking of the airframe, propeller and motor maximizes energy management and flight efficiency.

Ultra-light design
Our battery takes up 65% of the aircraft’s weight, and it takes a state-of-the-art all composite body to makeup for that.

High energy density battery
Combining Lithium-ion for high power needs and a proprietary Aluminum-Air system for range, hitting the 400Wh/kg mark and more

Autonomous 
flight
Built from day one as an Optionally Piloted Vehicle,
for increased flexibility and expansion of services today, and full autonomy when regulations permit.


This information comes from the website of Eviation.


 

Volvo Group unveils construction’s first ever electric excavator

Volvo Group unveils construction’s first ever electric excavator

The construction industry may become a little more pleasant to be around thanks to Volvo Group, which demonstrated a prototype of the world’s first electric excavator at its “Innovation Summit” in London on Tuesday.

Volvo Construction Equipment says the EX2 model – which is still a research project – has zero emissions, is 10 times more efficient and 10 times quieter than a conventional unit, and also has lower lifecycle costs.

The EX2 is powered by two lithium ion batteries with an energy output of 38KWh, enough to carry out a demanding task such as digging compact ground for eight hours. The hydraulic system has also been replaced with electromechanical linear actuators that Volvo says helps to optimise the transmission chain.


Read the whole article by GCR Staff in Global Construction Review.


The School of the New Spirituality

The School of the New Spirituality

The School of the New Spirituality is a non-profit educational organization founded by the author of Conversations with God, Neale Donald Walsch.

Our intention is (1) to share the messages of CwG with like-minded people, (2) create a global community through which parents can derive support and share experiences, (3) increase our children’s understandings of the CwG Core Messages.

We also seek to create a safe space in which older children (“tweens” and teens) may come together to share ideas, ask each other questions, and form a community — all without fear of bullying, mistreatment or discrimination, or any inappropriate interactions.
 
We are an international organization, with members of our Board of Directors being natives of nations around the world, and with our website being visited and its tools and resources being used by people across the globe.


This information comes from the website of The School of the New Spirituality.


Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza focuses on environmental sustainability

Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza focuses on environmental sustainability

Zaha Hadid Architects recently broke ground on the Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza, a modern mixed-use campus that combines intelligent technologies with environmental sustainability. Designed with the sweeping curvaceous lines and futuristic appearance that the architecture firm is so well known for, the project is one of the final works architect Zaha Hadid worked on before her death early this year. The eight-story complex features a layout inspired by the symbol for infinity “∞” and integrates many green building systems, including rainwater collection and smart energy monitors.

Located in Baiyun New Town of Guangzhou, the 167,000-square-meter Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza will serve as the new headquarters of Infinitus (China) Company Ltd. The campus will comprise a collection of modern facilities that include a new global R&D center, a Chinese herbal medicine research and safety assessment center, as well as a corporate exhibition center and gallery. The buildings are arranged in a series of “infinite rings” wrapping around the central atria and courtyards to emphasize open communication, connection, and collaboration…


Read the rest of the article by Lucy Wang in Inhabitat.


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