It’s our first top 5 of 2013! With portable power packs, hybrid planes, tornado power stations, illegal plastic bottles and hi-tech tyres!
The portable power pack driving the developing world
We spotted this on Wired.com a while ago. It’s a power pack that plugs into just about anything — a solar panel, a mini wind turbine or a bike — and will power just about anything.
The plane that plugs-in like a Prius
Developed as part of the SUGAR (Subsonic Ultra Green Aircraft Research) project, this concept hybrid plane could reduce fuel usage by a whopping 70%! Don’t expect to see it in your local airport until at least 2030 though.
Tornado power station
We’ve all heard about wind power, but how about a power station that creates a controlled tornado and uses it to generate clean electricity? That’s the idea behind AVE — The Atmospheric Vortex Engine.
Ban the bottle
The US town of Concord, Massachusetts has banned the sale of small plastic water bottles in an attempt to reduce waste and encourage the use of tap water. The new law has produced mixed reactions, as you can see in the article comments over on the BBC website.
Tyres are the latest renewable resource
Tyre recycling is nothing new, but a US company have devised a way of fast-freezing old tyres and grinding them into an incredibly fine powder, making them suitable for more high-tech uses.