Students Are Green for Go! Arctic Research Vehicles, Low-Emission Racing Cars and Sustainable Shoes Are All in a Term's Work for Students at Coventry University as the School of Art and Design Prepares to Launch This Year's Degree Show. MARY GRIFFIN Takes a Look at Five of the Most Innovative Environmental Ideas
Byline: MARY GRIFFIN
"IT'S AN event with energy, creativity and surprise," says Michael Goatman, Coventry University's head of industrial design.
Launching this weekend, the Art and Design Degree Show will display bright and bold concepts, imagined, researched and developed by this year's graduates in automotive, transport and product design.
And a large chunk of the work has an environmental twist, with students choosing designs that could boost sustainability from rural England to the Arctic Circle.
cars, pioneering public transport projects and a range of consumer products.
The industrial design show opens at the Maurice Foss Building in Cox Street on Saturday and runs until next Thursday from 10am to 5pm.
We got a sneak preview of some of the ideas on show...
SUSTAINABLE RACING CAR SAM Hare, 22, has been involved in motor racing from the age of 11, both as a driver and mechanic.
He came up with the idea for his final-year automotive design project after getting frustrated with the financial barriers in the sport and its lack of sustainability initiatives.
Single-seater racing cars in "feeder" series, such as Formula 3, are designed to be used exclusively in one category, making it prohibitively expensive for most young drivers to progress to Formula One without significant financial backing.
But Sam's concept keeps costs to a minimum, stipulating that each car's chassis must be designed to be modified easily and "upgraded" with different bodywork and powertrains.
The car's normal internal combustion engine would run on liquid hydrogen fuel and the only tailpipe emissions would be water.
Sam says: "My car could allow more people to take part, while at the same time boosting motor racing's green image."
RURAL DELIVERY VAN GROWING up in rolling countryside in the Northamptonshire village of Crick, James Bedding became accustomed to the sight of delivery vans clogging up country lanes.
So the transport design student set about designing an effective and environmentally friendly vehicle to better serve rural communities.
He says: "I think we've all seen pictures in the paper or footage on the news of a van or lorry getting stuck up some country road." James has created a compact and sophisticated rural delivery vehicle using a series of automated technologies, including satellite guidance and collision warning systems. It can even be programmed to drive on its own.
The compact dimensions (less than 5ft wide, 12ft long and less than 7ft high) mean it's nimble enough to cope with tricky country lanes but with a traditionalstyle load area and onboard refrigerated compartment it can still handle everything from furniture to fresh produce.
SUSTAINABLE SHOES DANN Forrester's interest in carbon footprints has led him to design a range of sustainable shoes. …