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Writing the WA wheatbelt, a place of radical environmental change May 18, 2017 6.16am AEST

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A message ploughed in the land calls on the federal government to help drought-affected farmers near the wheatbelt town of Kondinin in 2001. Liza Kappelle/AAP

Mercedes Benz Unveils Hybrid Car Powered by Solar Paint

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We’ve seen vehicles with solar roofs that provide an extra boost of power, but the gorgeous Mercedes Benz Vision G-Code takes energy generation to a whole new level. The secret is the car’s paint, which is designed to generate power for the vehicle as an alternative fuel source. The Sports Utility Coupe is just a concept right now, but even if the vehicle doesn’t make it into production, the clever technology could be used to power cars in the future.

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The paint generates power in two ways: the first is by acting like a sort of solar panel to turn solar light into energy. The second is by generating power through electrostatic charging as the wind moves against the surface of the car. When added to the hybrid engine system, which includes an electric motor for the rear wheels and a combustion engine for the front wheels, the car combines power and clever sustainability.

 

http://inhabitat.com/new-mercedes-benz-concept-car-is-powered-by-its-paint/

GrainCorp optimistic on rail

GrainCorp managing director Mark Palmquist says his company wants to move as much grain as it can by rail.

GrainCorp managing director Mark Palmquist says his company wants to move as much grain as it can by rail.

IN SPITE of the high profile problems in moving grain by train this year, GrainCorp managing director Mark Palmquist believes the rail freight situation is better than it was a year ago

 

http://www.theland.com.au/story/4666635/graincorp-optimistic-on-rail/?cs=4932