Sunday, April 13, 2014

Farmer builds space shuttle and rocket on his roof!

About two years ago I posted a couple of interesting pictures of a 'missile' on a roof top I saw at Wired Aperture. It was actually a dismantled fighter plane oil tank that a man in Yantai (China) turned into a solar water heater for his home. The man's wife said her husband found the tank in a pile of iron scrap at a local recycling station.

This time, also in China, a farmer build a giant 'space shuttle and rocket' on his roof top.

Huang Yuzhan spent more than a year building the 7m high rocket and 3.8m high shuttle.

Realizing his childhood dream

He had always dreamed about building his own space shuttle ever since being a child. But while most people would give up such an ambition as impractical, this Chinese farmer could just not let the dream go.

Mr Yuzhan spent more than a year building the 7m high rocket and 3.8m high shuttle at his home in Xiapu village, in southern China's Guangdong Province. The rocket, complete with two boosters on either side, is now a prominent feature of the Xiapu skyline, rising high above the surrounding buildings.

Not really a 'giant' structure as claimed by Daily Mail

The impressive structure, which appears to be made of ceramic tile, sits proudly on the top of the farmer's house. Earlier this week, Daily Mail reported on former Chinese military man Jian Lin, who built a fully functioning replica of the People's Liberation Army's Type 63A light tank, featuring a cannon that actually fires.

Mr Yuzhan had always dreamed about building his own space shuttle ever since being a child

You can read further about this and see more pics at The Daily Mail.

TheGreenMechanics: That's one pretty cool hobby and imagination put into reality.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Briefing on 2014 Feed-in tariff Application Administration Guidelines

The Feed-in Tariff (FiT) program for renewable energy now covers Sabah FT Labuan. For the interested parties there will be briefing on the 2014 FiT Application Administration Guidelines in Sabah as follows:

Date : 16th April 2014
Time : 9.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.
Venue : Mini Theaterette, 2nd Floor, Wisma SESB, Kota Kinabalu
Registration fee : FREE

Following the announcement by the Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water on the 1st April 2014 on the quota allocated for Feed-in Tariff programme, SEDA Malaysia will be having a briefing session with members of the public and the industry on the upcoming release quota commencing 2nd May 2014.

The briefing covers update on the recent changes to the rules, regulations and administrative guidelines related to the Feed-in Approval (FiA) applications . SEDA portal stated that Registration is free, however seats are limited and you need to register early to book your seat.

Tentative Programme:

8.30 am : Registration
9:30 am : Briefing on Quota Feed-in Tariff application and other requirements by  Ir. Dr Ali Askar Sher Mohamad, Chief Operating Officer, SEDA Malaysia
10.30 am : Dialogue between SEDA Malaysia and Industries and Q&A
11:30 noon : End of dialogue session

TheGreenMechanics: If you've been asking how your application is being administered, and what is the process involved, this is a good time to catch up with things.

Jump here to register.