Thursday, July 9, 2015

A helicopter that shuts off mid air? Don't worry, it's on eco-mode

The Future of Green Transportation

The French aircraft manufacturer Airbus debuted Bluecopter, the eco-friendly chopper that lessens emission by cutting off one engine during flight leaving the other to run more efficiently. After 28 hours of testing, the company confirms that Bluecopter's design can effectively decrease fuel consumption by up to 40%. Less fuel = less greenhouse gas emissions. To top it off, the eco-chopper limits noise pollution to 10 decibel effective perceived noise (A fancy way of saying, the helicopter is under noise expectations). This new technology comes in right on time as the world of green transportation is making headlines.

Big news was also made with the safe landing in Hawaii of Solar Impulse 2, the solar powered solo plane making its way around the world. This puts into perspective how far green transportation tech has come, and, gives hope for more innovation in what could be the very near future.

Quick Fact: The U.S environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that 27% of U.S greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation alone. This means that transpo is the 2nd largest contributor, surpassed only by the electric industry.

When planning green events, a major component is how to get your guests to town as sustainably as possible. Could eco-helicopters and planes be the future of sustainable events?

Comment your thoughts below! And be sure to come back in September as I celebrate Car Free and Zero Emissions holidays with a week long feature on sustainable transportation.


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