How Composites Could be Very Helpful in Storing Energy for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Composite materials are the new hot thing in the market. As you already know, Tesla Motors have a few different models of electric cars, and Toyota has their hybrid models. The future is looking more and more electric, but there’s an important issue that needs to overcome – battery life. Namely, Tesla models can go around 320 miles (515km) maximum without recharging their batteries (this is, of course, the extreme example, you shouldn’t risk going that far without charging).

Composites are great materials which will most likely revolutionise the way cars handle storing their energy.

Introduction to composite materials

A composite material is a material which is a combination of more than two materials that don’t lose their macrostructure, which enables us to design a material which is better than any of the materials that it is made of. For example, Aluminium Composites are used as insulation or as facades of buildings. This means that Aluminium Composites are stronger yet lighter-weight than the constituents.

Detail information about composites – Polymer & Ceramic

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Polymers are efficient in storing energy and are a potentially great choice when it comes to this use. They are popular due to their lightweight, dielectric strength which is high, and scalability. Unfortunately, the polymers that are in use today aren’t such a great choice when it comes to hybrid and electric vehicles. The polymer, which is called BOPP, has issues with operating in high temperatures, thus requiring extra cooling equipment, which in turn increases the vehicle weight and price. However, there is a new polymer which is being developed! The polymer has a ‘sandwich structure’ and it aims to solve all the problems that the BOPP has.

Ceramic is used in combination with polymer composites as a filler material. It improves power and energy density, and it protects from dielectric breakdown. It’s only a matter of time before these composites are perfected and become commercially available, replacing the current standard that we have today.

How composite materials are used for energy conservation

Composite materials are mainly used in car bodies because they lower the overall weight of the vehicle which increases fuel efficiency. This also applies to electric and hybrid cars. Composites are also used for energy conservation because they aren’t difficult to make, are better than the materials which they are made of, and are energy efficient. Constant advances are made in this field, and we’re in for a bright, green future. Organizations like advanced composite materials Asia are constantly researching and developing this characteristic of composite material.

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The conclusion is that composites are taking the world by storm – just look at how many sales Tesla Motors made with their vehicles. Of course, if it weren’t for these electric modes of transportation, composites wouldn’t be as prevalent as they are now, but their popularity and efficiency will only keep growing. More and more cars will come up with this kind of composites, and we can say that it will change the automobile experience in near future.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - September 23, 2016 at 5:21 pm

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Why Vegan Eating May Not Be Environmentally Friendly

Many of the world’s vegans maintain the lifestyle because they consider themselves to be making a sacrifice for the sake of animals and the environment. At face value, it would seem that veganism has good intentions and would be more environmentally friendly and ethical given our current technological advances. Yet, the argument that eating a vegan diet is morally justified or even environmentally friendly may be flawed.

While it would be different if modern day vegans were gathering their food in the wild or growing it themselves, if we assume that vegans and omnivores are plugged into the modern food production complex, we get a very different image.

How Much Land Do We Need?

One of the largest arguments of vegans is how environmentally friendly their decisions are, but this is only partially true when compared to meat eating omnivores. A 2016 study entitled Carrying capacity of U.S. agricultural land: Ten diet scenarios showed the environmental toll each style of eating requires.

The worst diet, as far as how much agricultural land is required to sustain it, is a 100% omnivorous diet. Only 467 million people could be sustained on the arable land within the United States if we ate 100% animal protein.

However, with a diet that is only 40 or 20% omnivorous, more people can be sustained on our land (752 and 769 million respectively) than with a vegan diet (only 735 million). In short, veganism requires more land than those who are eating under 40% of their diet as protein.

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The New Vegan: Great Recipes, No-Nonsense Advice & Simple Tips

This may not even consider how much land and emissions are needed for vegans to supplement the nutrition they lose through their diet. Many vegans consume vitamin B12, creatine, pea / rice protein and amino acids like carnitine in order to get proper nutrition. All of these supplements tax the land even further.

If this all seems too theoretical, here is a sobering fact: calorie for calorie, producing lettuce creates more greenhouse gas emissions than bacon. No vegan is going to replace all their bacon calories with lettuce, but it is an indicator of the flawed logic of vegan promoters.

All Sentient Life Matters

Another major problem of veganism is how detrimental it is for small animals and insects. This is due, in part, to the fact that grazing animals don’t require much alteration to the many square miles of land where they eat. In contrast, growing crops requires clearing the native vegetation, which kills thousands of animals and insects per square mile.

In Australia, each 100 kg of usable beef cost 2.2 animals to produce (this includes both the cow and animals on the land killed in the process). However, 55 animals die to produce 100 kg of usable plant protein. This is 25 times more deaths than the same amount of beef.

Two methods contribute to this disproportionate ratio. Firstly, clearing land to produce crops kills insects, snakes, and mice. The ploughing often leaves a field of dead animals for the birds to feast upon. Second, the fumigation within grain storage can kill thousands more mice within granaries.

If vegans and other animal-rights activists believe a diet low in meat is saving lives, these statistics provide a sobering look.

Where Do We Go Next?

The intention of the vegan diet may be well-meaning, but the results do not support the overall goal. Looking forward, humans must learn how to sustain themselves on a diet that is partially omnivorous, but under 40% of their daily calories. The animals we do consume must be processed in healthier, more sustainable, and in more humane ways. If we do this, and keep in mind that all sentient life is valuable, we will make less of an impact on the earth and remain in integrity with our roles as stewards of earth.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - September 20, 2016 at 12:45 pm

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How To Make Your Home Eco-Friendly

Now is as good a time as any to make those all-important changes towards a greener lifestyle and start helping both the environment and your wallet.

We all need to be aware of the problems and the negative impact which we’re causing to the environment and should be aiming to reduce the carbon footprint on this beautiful earth!

Going eco-friendly, it can be quite overwhelming to know where to start though, as greener living can involve anything from washing your clothes on a lower heat and buying eco-friendly products, to the mammoth task of re-designing your house to be greener. That might be fine for some, but the aim of the game here is to help the environment whilst also trying to save you money in the long run.

The eco-friendly home infographic below by Roofing Outlet is great for pinpointing some of the key changes which you can start implementing today, in a handy and manageable format which is designed room-by-room. Let’s go green!

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The Eco-Design Handbook: A Complete Sourcebook for the Home and Office

The Eco-Design Handbook: A Complete Sourcebook for the Home and Office

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Posted by Eco Warrior - September 16, 2016 at 6:30 am

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Why We Need To Save The Bees

Did you know bees are one of the most significant pollinators on earth? Many people think bees are an annoyance and hate when they’re buzzing around. However many of us don’t realise that they play a massive role in supporting us – one third of all food in world has been created thanks to the help of bees.

Pollinators help:

  • Preserve genetic diversity.
  • Enhance biodiversity.
  • Help plants reproduce.
  • Augment fruit yields.
  • Assist with the dispersion of species into new regions.
  • Therefore they support fauna & flora at each part of the food chain.

Over the past few decades, the bee population has dramatically declined all over the globe. There are several significant factors that have contributed to the decline, however the most significant is the use pesticides. Any Pest have investigated this pandemic and detailed all of their findings on the beautiful infographic below.

Not only does it reveal some shocking statistics it also offers some supportive advice on how we can support these ancient insects, from small changes in our gardens to education. For all the info on why we need to save the bees, let’s check out the infographic below!

What statistic shocked you the most? Let us know your thoughts on the bee decline in the comment section below!

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The Bee Manual: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Keeping Bees (New Ed)

The Bee Manual: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Keeping Bees

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Posted by Eco Warrior - September 16, 2016 at 5:45 am

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Win a Free Eco Kettle

Those kind folks at boilerguide.co.uk are giving away a free Vektra Vacuum Eco kettle worth £75.00!

The Vektra eco kettle is a smart environmentally-friendly innovation that combines kettle and vacuum flask technology to boil water efficiently then keep it hot for up to four hours. This means you don’t continuously re-boil, saving money, time and energy.

To enter the contest, all you need to do is click the big blue Facebook Like entry button below and you will automatically be entered into the competition.

Full details of the eco kettle we are providing can be found clicking here.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - September 9, 2016 at 2:14 pm

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Dubai’s remarkable faux rainforest – Will it help conservation?

Dubai’s architecture is famously bold and innovative, often looking more like something out of science fiction than reality. Now they’re embarking on one of their most fantastical projects yet, an epic  mega-project to create a tropical rainforest extending to 7000 square metres, inside a skyscraper hotel.

The venue is the extraordinary Rosemont Hotel and Residences, a member of Hilton’s luxury independent brand Curio, and it’s being built right in the middle of the city’s famous business district, not far from the legendary Dubai Internet City and Al Kazim Towers.

A full-scale tropical environment

The huge hotel complex, complete with two 53 storey towers, should be ready to welcome guests from 2018, and is billed as much more than an ordinary hotel and apartments. It’s being developed as a destination in its own right, a place where your every leisure and entertainment need is taken care of in one place.

It’s all thanks to the creative experts ZAS Architects Dubai, who have teamed up with Dubai architects Kieferle & Partner to pin down the buildings’ extraordinary design, the centre of which is the man-made rainforest. It’s due to be a, “landscape akin to a full-scale tropical environment – complete with adventure trails, a sandless beach, a splash pool, waterfalls, streams and a rainforest cafe”, plus an extraordinary Jurassic-inspired prehistoric-style marsh.

As realistic as possible

This is much more than a mere showcase. Advanced tech is being brought into play to generate an advanced sensory rain system, so clever it mimics the sensation of being surrounded by rainfall, “without actually getting wet.”, thanks to intelligent sensors that control the rain, detecting the presence of people and preventing it from falling on them. Clever recycling tech means the water is  collected, stored and recycled to create the right kind of super-humid tropical rainforest environment.

The enormous forest will be on the top level of a special ‘entertainment podium’ that connects the hotel and residential towers, and it’ll eventually be open to the public as well as hotel guests and residents.

Will the experience help to educate its wealthy patrons?

Very few of us actually get to experience a genuine rainforest in person. They are usually, by nature, remote, difficult and expensive to access. Let’s hope the remarkable faux forest taking shape in Dubai will help bring home the importance of tropical rainforests to the super-wealthy: those who are the most likely to visit it, stay in the hotel and buy apartments in the  complex.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - September 9, 2016 at 8:34 am

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Sports and outdoor shops – How does Sports Direct rate?

Sports Direct have hardly been out of the headlines in recent weeks due to its treatment of warehouse staff. But is Sports Direct the only sportswear retailer with a poor workers’ rights record?

Ethical Consumer help answer this question in their new guide to sports and outdoor shops.
The guide rates and ranks 13 retailers, looking at their usual range of issues from toxic chemicals and environmental reporting to workers’ rights and supply chain management policies.

As you will see from the statistic on the image above it’s not a rosy picture. However, they also reveal their Best Buy recommendations showing that some options are better than others.

Visit their website to find out more. You’ll need to subscribe to see the score tables and Best Buy information but the article on the page is free to all users.

We hope you find the guide useful and informative.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - September 9, 2016 at 8:20 am

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Going Green in Business

These days, it’s becoming more important than ever for companies to implement green measures. Going green in business is not only a necessity in order to help the environment, but it’s also become a critical factor for their success.

There are many ways in which becoming more eco-friendly can benefit a business, from keeping employees happy and healthy, to improving sales and consumer loyalty. You don’t have to make huge changes in order to see these benefits, just take a look at some of the suggestions below, and find out more about how going green can improve your business both internally and externally.

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Better Green Business: Handbook for Environmentally Responsible and Profitable Business Practices

Better Green Business: Handbook for Environmentally Responsible and Profitable Business Practices

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Posted by Eco Warrior - September 7, 2016 at 11:11 am

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4 Tips to Make Your Manufacturing Processes Eco-Friendly

Manufacturing forms one of the major pillars of the economy. This sector produces goods that you need almost every day and generates thousands of jobs. However, despite the good, this very industry is guilty of causing damage to the environment. Luckily, changes are being made and the negative impact on the environment is reducing as compared to yesteryears. If you are into manufacturing, these are four ways you can make your processes eco-friendly.

Conduct Regular Energy Audits

Every process in the manufacturing unit will consume lots of energy. While there is no way to completely eliminate this need, you can definitely adopt practices that are energy-efficient.  One of the best ways to minimize the usage of energy is to understand and know the percentage of energy that different equipment and processes consume. Once you have a fair idea of this, you can make the necessary changes. Conduct regular energy audits to find out where the energy is being expended, figure out the different ways you can make improvements. For example, switch incandescent bulbs with CFL, replace HVAC filters, opt for programmable thermostats to reduce energy waste. Bring in an expert if required.

Utilize Renewable Energy

Factories and manufacturing units consume a considerable amount of energy. Even if you take steps to minimize the consumption, you won’t be able to reduce it beyond a point. However, you can tap into renewable energy sources such as the wind, sunlight, rain, etc. Using a combination of two or more sources will ensure that even when one element is absent, the others can cover the energy requirements.

Reuse and Recycle Waste

Encourage the use of recycled materials within your facility. Whatever waste is produced in the unit, try to recycle whatever is possible. If you don’t have the capacity to do cardboard recycling or glass recycling, send the recyclable material to a recycling company. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to invest in a recycling machine if you produce large amounts of recyclable waste material regularly. If you have aluminum or wood as your by-products, you can donate the sawdust to farms around you. They can use it for landscaping and bedding for their animals. Discarded paper or cardboard can be used for packaging. Keep a check on your waste and inspect on how you can re-use or recycle it.

Conserve Water

It would be wise to implement a water-efficiency program in manufacturing facilities. This would help in conserving large amounts of water and saving money on buying, heating, treating and disposing of water. Call in a local water company to audit your unit. They can devise strategies and methods that will help you in conserving water. Additionally, it will also assist you in minimizing discharges to sewers and waste water. Invest in water-saving products and you will reap positive results in the long run.

Look for alternative methods of making your processes eco-friendly. Implement the techniques that have been proven successful. Don’t be afraid to experiment or try out something new.


Erich Lawson

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Erich Lawson is passionate about saving environment by effective recycling. He has written a wide array of articles on how modern recycling equipments can be used by industries to reduce monthly garbage bills and increase recycling revenue. You can learn more about environment savings techniques by visiting Northern California Compactors, Inc blog

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Posted by Eco Warrior - August 31, 2016 at 7:29 am

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Have You Saved Money On Energy Over the Summer Months?

The British summer can be temperamental, to say the least. With temperatures rising ever so slightly there is a chance that you have saved money on your energy bills over the last few months. With summer coming to a close it’s time to plan ahead for next year and look at some changed you can make within your home, making it more energy efficient and eco-friendly!

The UK Is Getting Hotter

Statistics have shown that by the 2040s more than half of summers in Europe will be warmer than the early 2000s.  Green Deal Scotland brand DMS Installations claim that:

“The 2016 Energy trends report shows that temperatures in the last yearly quarter were on average 0.5 degrees warmer than a year earlier, with average temperatures in both January and February being warmer than a year earlier.”

Energy suppliers suggest that if you are aiming to be eco-friendlier you must adjust your heating requirements over the summer months. The British summer can be changeable therefore it is worth keeping an eye on your home heating, reducing it or turning it off on the warmer days.

Looking ahead the temperature of British summers has risen steadily over the past fourteen years and predicted temperatures suggest that they will continue to rise between now and 2080 when the average summer temperature in Great Britain will be between 16.79°C and 17.79°C

Source: http://www.designbysoap.co.uk/is-britain-getting-hotter

Source: http://www.designbysoap.co.uk/is-britain-getting-hotter

The Green Deal and Insulation

We are becoming a green nation and as part of the UK’s movement to reduce carbon emissions by 80% before 2050, the Green Deal has been introduced. The Green deal encourages home and business owners to pay for energy efficiency improvements with what they save on their energy bills whilst improving the energy efficiency of their home.

Make sure that your home is insulated during the warmer months. Having Insulation in your home whether it be in the cavities or in the lost, means that your home will enclose the heat from outdoors whilst keeping the cooler air indoors.

Many of us consider Insulating our homes only when it gets to the colder months, however, home insulation is a long-term investment that will pay off no matter what season it is.

By insulating your home, you could be saving year on year as one of the most attractive benefits of cavity installation is that home owners could be saving up to £150 per year on energy bills. Store the energy that is within your home with insulation as it will stop any heat escaping! Heat escapes through the walls and will decrease the amount of energy you need to keep your home heated.

Winter is Coming Should I Invest in Solar Power?

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There are many debates that surround solar energy within the UK. Not only is it an effective and eco-friendly way of sourcing energy and it popularity has soared in Britain over the past few years. With the weather improving, energy harvesters have even been warned that Britain may have made too much electricity this summer due to the growth in wind and solar farms!

If you have considered solar energy installation within your home, you are in good company as solar panel installation has never been as popular. Homeowners are now opting for solar energy due to the support that is being received from the UK government.

Solar panels work by feeding the power they harvest directly into homes or into the local electricity grid. The Telegraph has also reported that due to the rise of solar energy the demand on the national system is expected to be a record low this year.

Of course, solar energy is one of the eco-friendliest ways to power your home. Solar power captures the sun’s energy. As the suns energy has photovoltaic cells power can then be harvested and used. Solar panels are not only efficient during the summer months as they can also generate some electricity on duller colder days.

With the weather heating up it could mean that UK residents could be saving massive amounts on their energy bills in years to come. Renewable energy also seems to be the way forward as the government and energy installers are backing greener methods of energy supplies. With demand for solar energy rising it may be a great time to invest in the market.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - August 30, 2016 at 2:44 pm

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