Models – Recent environmentalist award finalists and winners!
Posted in Models by Ferne Edwards on July 8th, 2008
The section below is republished with permission from the Going Solar Transport Newsletter #65, 23 June 2008, compiled by Stephen Ingrouille. Going Solar, www.goingsolar.com.au/transport. This newsletter provides an excellent commentary on local sustainable transport issues in Melbourne.
2008 Banksia Award Finalists
Tindo the Solar Electric Bus (Adelaide)
â€œThe Adelaide City Council has set a new international standard for sustainable commuter transport with the introduction of Tindo â€“ the worlds first solar powered electric bus. Harnessing the power of the sun, Tindo is a carbon neutral vehicle thats recharged using solar energy generated by a unique solar PV system installed on the roof of the Councils new Adelaide Central Bus Station. Tindo was built by respected New Zealand bus and coach manufacturer Designline, and operates every day on the Adelaide City Councils free Connector Bus service, carrying up to 40 passengers in air conditioned comfort. At the heart of Tindos cutting edge technology are 11 sodium-nickel chloride Zebra batteries, which are lightweight and virtually maintenance free, are designed for long life, arent affected by external temperatures, and deliver an operational range of 200 kilometres between charges. Tindo represents a significant investment by the Adelaide City Council into a sustainable future for the City of Adelaide.â€
Inner Northern Busway (Brisbane)
â€œThe Queensland Governments $333 million, 1.2 km, Inner Northern Busway, stretching from Queen Street to Upper Roma Street (INB), is the critical link in a network of busways that will eventually span Brisbane. The Translink-owned INB will give buses a safe, direct, traffic-free run through the most congested parts of the inner city, help reclaim Brisbanes heart for pedestrians and cyclists and underpin new â€˜walkable urban developments. It will also facilitate unparalleled integration of transport services by placing a cycle centre within a busway station and a busway station within a rail station. Nationally, the INB is one of the first heavy, civil infrastructure projects to holistically address sustainability, incorporating carbon-saving measures into the busways design, construction and operational plans and setting a new industry benchmark. The INB will offer commuters compelling new reasons to swap their car for the bus each day and join the fight against climate change.â€
Metro Transit Awards
â€œThe Metro Awards – created to recognize leaders in the mass transit industry around the world – are used to reward systems that have shown an â€˜unparalleled ability to succeed. Calgary Transit (Canada) won the Special Merit Award for Contribution to the Environment for its Ride-the-Wind program. The program â€¦ uses wind-generated electricity to power the city’s light-rail transit system. It has increased power costs by less than one-half of one per cent per passenger – a cost transit officials argue is nominal considering the benefits to the environment. The award was one of 11 announced by a panel of judges in Copenhagen, Denmark. Others initiatives include: car heaven, which encourages Alberta drivers to turn in their older, polluting vehicles for six months’ worth of transit passes; bus wash water recycling, which uses recycled wastewater; and low-sulphur diesel fuel.â€
Ref: Colette Derworiz, Calgary Herald 9/4/08