Meet this solar Polar Explorer made from recycled plastic
A Dutch couple managed to combine two great ideas in one. Not only did they want to go to the South Pole, they also built their own polar explorer, a solar-powered vehicle constructed mostly from recycled plastic that is formed by a 3D printer. Clearly, they are on a world-changing mission.
Plastic Omnium, Solar Voyager, MIT, H2 alliance.
Lighter tanks for hybrids: Plastic Omnium presented a new tank for plug-in hybrids that weights 40 percent less than current metal tanks. It will first be used for hybrids from Hyundai from late 2016 and three other manufacturers from 2018.
Another solar-powered journey: U.S. engineers have developed a ship that is solely powered by the sun and can drive without a crew. The Solar Voyager is set to cross the Atlantic from Massachusetts to Portugal; a journey that will take about four months. As reported yesterday, the Solar Impulse 2 is getting ready for that same leg of its journey.
All eyes on the driver: The MIT will pay Tesla owners living in or near Boston up to 1,000 dollars if they fit their EVs with cameras to keep an eye on the driver’s behaviour. The research project aims to further develop safety features and could expand to other cities at a later date.
H2 alliance: Plug Power and HyGear are partnering to supply the former’s customer’s with the latter’s Hy.GEN technology. The small scale, on-site fuel cell system will be offered as an option under Plug Power’s GenFuel platform.