The Motorsport Innovations Leading the Way in Eco-Friendly Driving

There was a time when owning an eco-friendly vehicle meant that the owner had to compromise on speed, size and driving range. These ‘green’ vehicles were noticeably smaller, owing to their smaller, fuel-efficient engines. These days however, the trend is subtly changing with big car manufacturers such as BMW, Tesla and Prius rolling out hybrid vehicles that are equally eco-friendly.

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What many may not know is that these carmakers drew inspiration and borrowed from their Formula One (F1) counterparts. A few years ago, no one would have imagined that the Motorsport industry would be mentioned in the same breath as environmentally friendly technology, but that is in fact now happening.

In recent years, Motorsport has seen the introduction of a raft of regulations aimed at improving the efficiency of their super cars. This has already had a positive impact on the development of new road car technologies as innovations from the F1 world trickle down to regular cars. Likewise, racing industry has now started using newer technology like mechanical tubing (similar to FinishLineST™) for high performance. There are many companies who manufacture the same, for example, Webco Industries (get more information). Such innovative methods might help in the rapid growth of the motor racing industry.

New Formula One regulations

The new F1 regulations introduced to the sport in 2014 saw changes in the way the supercars’ engines were made. The traditional 2.4 litre V8 and V10 fuel-guzzling engines were abandoned in favour of downsized, turbocharged 1.6 litre V6 ones with more hybrid power. The hybrid power units, known as Energy Recovery Systems (ERS), were good for adding more horsepower to the engines, increasing their speed.

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The ERS is a truly innovative piece of technology. It works by harnessing the energy released when a racing car brakes. Normally, this energy would be lost as heat and friction. However, the ERS is able to harness and store this energy, allowing it to be released at the push of a button when the driver needs more speed, e.g. when overtaking.

While this might seem insignificant on the surface, it really is a big deal. These new engines fitted with ERS units enable the F1 cars to burn no more than 100 kilos (about 140 litres) of fuel in a race. This makes them 35% more efficient than their 2013 predecessors. Breaking it down further, this means that the cars’ thermal efficiency is improved. Previously, racing cars used about 25-30% of the total energy released when they consumed or burnt gasoline, meaning that 70-75% got lost as heat energy. Now with the new engines, they are approaching up to 40% more efficiency, and companies are working to increase this even further.

These innovations have been possible thanks to the efforts of Max Mosley, who was the head of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) in 2006, when he called for the Motorsport industry to develop a greener outlook. He pioneered the idea of the ERS and had a vision that the innovations developed in the industry would eventually find their way to regular road cars. Those interested in Mosley and his work in Motorsport can find out more on this blog.

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Trickle-down effect

As previously mentioned, some of the technology developed by the Motorsport industry has been adopted in the making of regular cars. This is very welcome, since it means more fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly cars will soon be on the roads, resulting in less carbon emissions and a cleaner planet for everyone.

Six Power-Saving Tips You Haven’t Heard Before

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Save energy and money by employing the following tips:

 

  1. Constant Low Heating
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Instead of turning your heating off when the office is empty, even over weekends, it has been found that keeping the heat on all the time, but turned down low is better. In this way, instead of having to heat the office up from icy cold, it will not need so much power, nor will it take too long to get the office back up to the point that everyone is toasty warm and completely productive again!

 

  1. Just One Degree Down: And Then Another
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Try turning the thermostat down just one degree: if you keep it on 20°C put it down to 19°C and so on. In the event that you and your staff feel a little bit cold, encourage the wearing of jumpers and practices like closing doors and windows during the colder months. It will not take long for everybody to adjust to the slight drop in ambient temperature. And then you can start all over again, and drop the thermostat a further degree! (Do not take this too fat though, you do not want your staff to become uncomfortably cold!)

 

  1. Getting Unplugged
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Always unplug electrical appliances that are not being used. Even computers on standby or mobile phone chargers that are not connected to the device can still draw a charge, running up your office bill and wasting valuable resources. Obviously, in a busy office there are likely to be many such devices, potentially representing a small fortune in wasted energy! Viking is a great source for office supplies & appliances.

 

  1. Challenge An Employee!
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Get the support of your workers by challenging them to get involved with the job of saving money and energy. You can appeal to their civic sense by asking them to help save the planet in their own small way, or you can offer them a percentage of the money you save: whichever policy best fits in with your employment guidelines. Ask the staff to S.O.S. or Switch Off Switches, ask them to keep their eyes peeled for gadgets and devices that are plugged in but never switched off and encourage them to turn off their own appliances at the end of the day. It will soon become habit for them and before you know it, you will be seeing a great they will be saving you money without any more nagging from you!

 

  1. Embrace the LED
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LED lighting is a fantastic invention. It provides bright, clear light but draws much less current than traditional halogen bulbs, saving between fifty and ninety per cent of the energy demands of old-fashioned bulbs. It is a constantly developing field and it is possible now to install sensors that drop the wattage to ten per cent until it senses someone coming into the room, ideal for office environments where you want to save energy wherever possible. Visit Recouplighting for more information about Retail LED Lighting options for your office.

 

  1. Be Up-to-date
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Investing in new equipment for the office is a big expense and one that you might be tempted to put off for a while. But, do not be too hasty in dismissing the thought: modern computer equipment, especially new monitors are designed to save energy, meaning that your investment will quickly pay for itself in the form of energy savings!

Lead A Greener Lifestyle With These Bite-Sized Ideas

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never thought much about eco-friendly my lifestyle is. That is, not until recently when I started getting concerned about how high my energy bills were! There is also the rising cost of fuel to consider too. Without petrol, I can’t drive my car.

Money is often the driving force behind people’s decisions to adjust their spending. If their costs rise, but their income doesn’t, they have to make some judgement calls in their lives. The good news is that you can lead a greener lifestyle without giving up on the things you love.

Intrigued? Keep reading to learn about some bite-size tips for leading an eco-friendly life. Here is what you need to know:

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Replace your appliances and electronics

I know this might sound a bit odd, but you should think about buying new appliances and electronics! Why? Today’s modern gadgets use far less energy than the ones sitting in your home today.

When you use energy-efficient appliances and electronics, your utility bills won’t be so high. And that means you will use less energy, leading to a greener lifestyle!

Upgrade to LED lighting

Is your home full of “old-fashioned” incandescent and halogen bulbs? If so, it’s time you removed them and fitted LED lamps in their place! The thing about LEDs is that they don’t need to heat up anything to generate light.

They are electronic “diodes” that emit little heat. And, most important of all, they use a small fraction of the energy conventional bulbs need! Some of you might be thinking that LED lighting is expensive.

That might have been the case years ago. But, today, they are just as affordable as the alternatives. And they are available in a broad range of fittings, lumens and styles. One thing I love about LED lights is they come on instantly. No waiting around like you have to with CFL bulbs!

Be more eco-friendly when you do your washing

The hotter the temperature, the more energy washing machines need. Today’s detergents are capable of removing even stubborn stains at just 30 degrees Celsius! And, when your washing machine has finished, hang your clothes to dry!

Tumble dryers use an awful lot of energy. If you live in a cold and damp climate, you might not have much choice but to use a tumble dryer. But for those of you living in sunnier climes, let your clothes dry naturally.

Recycle your waste

One of the biggest bugbears that environmentalists have is the fact we send a lot of our waste to landfill sites. As you can imagine, at some point in the future we will run out of places to dump our rubbish!

Most councils in the UK run free recycling schemes for householders. You can usually recycle cardboard, paper, plastic and metal without having to leave your home! And, for bulky items, you can always take your waste products to your local recycling centre.

Remember: the more things you can recycle, the less waste you send to landfill sites!

 

Having a Green Valentine’s Day

Having a Green Valentine’s Day

Having a Green Valentine’s Day
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The Valentine’s Day card market was worth £42.5m in 2012, and its value continues to increase in spite of social networking and texting. Although it ranks below Christmas, birthdays and Mother’s Day, the Valentine’s market is still big business, and its card and gift market still causes lasting damage to the environment- particularly when you consider that £262m is spent on flowers alone! So, this year, ditch tradition and do something green for Valentine’s Day. Here are our suggestions:

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The Future’s Bright, the Future’s…Electric?

 

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Admittedly, cars aren’t really my thing; as long as they get me from A to B safely and cheaply, and they’re a nice colour (I’m not a fan of white cars – sorry owners of white cars), I’m not that concerned with their make and model, how quickly they can reach 60mph and whether they have the latest gadgets, buttons and switches that thrill quite a lot of people.

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Creating a Mobile Medical Centre from Shipping Containers

In areas that suffer from wars, famines, or natural disasters, people are often deprived of the most basic of medical needs. There are countless agencies and charities which work all over the world trying to bring relief as best they can, but getting the help to the most vulnerable people is often a massive logistical challenge. For a number of years, the US Army has been using shipping containers to set up temporary bases and field hospitals, and this is something that is now catching on in the civilian world. Intermodal shipping containers can be easily transported by road, rail, sea, and air, meaning that you can get them to just about anywhere in the world, fast.

The Ease of Construction

With shipping containers coming in standard sizes all over the world, it is very easy to design a plan that can convert any shipping container where ever it is. The work could be done to the same plan in a workshop in the USA, Australia, France or South Africa, with the design not having to change at all. Their uniform size also means that they can be joined together and remove the interior walls to create a larger room. If you require a mobile surgical unit, you can create an operating theatre which is going to be big enough for your needs. If you just need a first aid station or nurse’s station, then you might be all right using a single shipping container. There are now more options to design custom shipping containers to suit a specific purpose as they can be prefabricated with everything that will be needed for when it arrives at its destination. You can load all of the supplies inside of the shipping container before transporting, and when it arrives at its destination, it can be quickly assembled and put to use straight away.

Transporting Shipping Containers is Easy

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In the 1950’s, the transportation industry all over the world agreed to make shipping containers standard sizes. You can send a shipping container from one side of the world to the other. When it arrives at its destination, it can be unloaded and loaded with ease. The term Intermodal refers to the fact that you can transport a shipping container by various means of transport.

  • Sea – Container Vessels transport millions of shipping containers each year.
  • Air – Although more expensive a shipping container will fit inside the hold of a cargo plane, or beneath a cargo helicopter.
  • Rail – Shipping containers fit easily onto cargo trains.
  • Road – The most common way for a shipping container to arrive at its final destination is by truck, which can load and unload without the use of a crane.

Using all of the methods of transport that are available, it is possible to get a number of shipping containers that are converted into medical centres, anywhere around the world, within a matter of days. Converted shipping containers make an ideal solution when having to deal with natural disasters that can occur all over the world. You can have all of the equipment that you might need, in a location that it is needed, within a few days. The first 48 hours of any disaster is the most important, so the sooner you can establish your facilities in the area that that you need them, the better.

Building a Temporary Hospital

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Although it is not ideal for a long term solution, shipping container hospitals can be built to assist local populations with their medical needs. They can supply medical services in areas where the infrastructure has collapsed, or is in a state of disrepair. The shipping containers are also built extremely sturdily, so they can survive both harsh treatment, and also harsh conditions. In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines and other surrounding countries, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. As well as over 6,300 people being killed throughout South East Asia and the Philippines, buildings and infrastructure were also devastated. Many shipping containers that were kitted out for medical purposes were shipped to the Philippines where they helped to provide vital medical aid to the local population.

Environmentally Friendly and Cost Effective

Recycling shipping containers is not only an environmentally friendly thing to do, but it is also cost effective when compared with building a temporary structure in situ. It is not only governments and aid agencies that are utilising these rectangular building blocks! You can find shipping containers for sale in Washington, as well as the rest of the USA, and people are using these to build affordable building. From schools and shelters for the homeless, to people building their homes, people are using shipping containers in an effort to make affordable, and durable buildings to both live and work. Recycling and repurposing shipping containers to create a temporary structure is an excellent way to put these rectangular boxes to another use when no longer needed for normal freight. A normal Portakabin is very expensive, and not as easy to transport as a shipping container.

By choosing to convert a shipping container you can equip the inside with as much equipment as you need, and be able to transport the shipping container to any destination on our planet, with relative ease. There is a lot more to the humble shipping container than first meets the eye!

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Simple ways to cut the carbon footprint of your premises

These days, everyone seems to be talking about cutting their carbon footprints. However, as the old adage goes, actions speak louder than words. If you’re determined to limit the environmental harm that your actions and lifestyle cause, there are some quick and simple steps you can take. One key area to focus on is your property. Bear in mind that domestic and business premises are responsible for around 40 per cent of the UK’s carbon emissions. The following tips should help you to boost the efficiency of your property.

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