The Loremo.

Loremo
I came across the Loremo somewhere in spring 2006, its one of those cars everyone who doesn’t like to fuel up their car will love. The designers of the car claim it will only use 1,5L per 100Km witch is pretty amazing considering that average car will usually drink around 15L for the same distance. Loremo manages their fuel efficiently by keeping it light (450Kg) and aerodynamics this combined with a 2 cylinder turbo diesel engine the Loremo is the most fuel efficient car I came across to far. Loremo came up with 2 versions of the car the LS and the GT, the main difference between the 2 is speed and efficiency. The GT version has 50HP witch translates to a top speed of 220Km/h and will do 0-100 Km/h in 9 seconds, the costs for this extra horse power is gas mileage. The GT will give you 2,7L to a 100 Km and is also about 4000 euros more expensive then the LS. The Loremo LS is more fuel efficient but only has 20 horsepower with makes it considerably slower (0-100 in 20 sec top speed 160) but then a wise man once said “why would I need speed, if your important people will wait”

Safety 

A 450Kg car doesn’t come across as being very safe, to increase strength of the car Loremo chose to rethink their door locations. On a regular car the position of the doors also brakes up the strength of the chassis. The Loremos door opens by taking the front of in a Lamborghini like way. This allows the car to be split up in cells and have three solid support bars in the length of the car to increase safety and allow for a very good crumple zone
Conclusion

the Loremeo is a great initiative towards 0 emission cars I can only hope other company’s will soon follow . Sadly enough the Loremo wont be in stores any sooner then 2009 so until then I guess were walking.
For more information check their website www.loremo.com/
Loremo

Wind Mills

Wind Mills

When we think of decentralized home energy there are a lot of options out there. We can choose, water, solar or wind energy. When it comes to fitting your home with some kind of home energy device people usually think of solar energy, both water and wind power seem to have to many disadvantages and seem to be to costly. Well that’s history now, all over the world company’s are coming up with residential wind mills, wind energy will probably catch on faster then power companies would like. One of these wind mills originally designed by a Dutch engineer is the Energy Ball. By curving the rotor blades in such a way that the center of the mill depressurizes the wind turbine essentially turns in to a wind magnet. In the average wind generator you can see an energy return of about 60% but the unique blade construction of the Energy ball gives a return of about 85% making it very efficient. The other advantage of these types of blades is the noise reduction making the energy ball perfect for residential areas. These wind mills come in 3 types 2 of witch are not for sale yet, the finished one is the V100 this small wind energy device weights about 30KG and will on average produce about 500W with 220V this will not power your whole house but can reduce your electrical bill by about 15%. Assuming the electricity prices wont suddenly rise sky high it takes about 10 years to earn back your investment. But after that its free energy. The energy ball doesn’t require a lot of maintenance just a couple of new rotors every 10 years or so and it will last you for about 25 years by witch time there is probably an other free energy device on the market. The energy ball will set you back around €3000,- and is one of the cheaper residential windmills I came across.

For more information go an see the website at http://www.homeenergy.nl/

Jumping Stilts

Jumping Stilts
When you think of environmentally friendly transportation you probably think of an electrical car or a bike, but what’s wrong with walking, our ancestors walked al the way from Africa to were you live now. Humans are pretty good at walking I read somewhere that a human can walk up to 600 Km on the amount of energy one 1L of gasoline can provide witch makes human performance in general quite efficient … but not very fast. So when I came across this gadget I just had to write about it. Essentially they look like an inspector gadget invention. Their called Jumping stilts, Power stilts, 7 League Boots, flying Stilts, Velocity stilts, Bionic boots, Powerskips or Powerizers there seem to be several brand out there in a price rage of $300 and up. The people who came up with this contraption probably did not have a form of passive transport in mind but were more in to extreme sports. However what people fail to see it that these human performance improvement gadgets have the potential of being the ultimate fuel efficient vehicles.

These Jumping Stilts are made out of high performance materials also used in aero space engineering the spring blades in these stilts have a remarkable spring to weight ratio witch allows for the wearer to make kangaroo like jumps and run really fast without to much effort.

Conclusion

Jumping stilts require some training and although I have not seen any “jumping stilts accident statistics” I can imagine you can fall pretty hard. They are a great gadget for the people who are in to the more extreme sports, and all the other ones should maybe stick to inline skates