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Monthly Archives: June 2008

Ex-Intel Chief Advocates Electric Vehicles

Written by , on June 29, 2008

Former Intel CEO and Chairman and Time’s Man of the Year in 1997, Andy Grove, is known for his ability to sense when larger circumstances require changes in a company or an industry — and what those changes should be. “The drumbeat of the electrical transportation is accelerating like nothing I’ve ever seen in my […]  Read more »

Solar DC Power Ideal for Data Centres

Written by , on June 29, 2008

Data storage in the United States accounts for about 1.5% of all electricity consumed – more than all of the television sets and almost as much as 6 million household. It is one of the fastest growing areas of power consumption, predicted to overtake aviation in greenhouse gas production if present trends continue. Internally, computers […]  Read more »

UK to Spend £100 billion on Renewables

Written by , on June 27, 2008

In announcing plans for the UK to spend £100 billion pounds ($au207 billion) on renewable energy over the next 12 years, British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, said “This is a green revolution in the making. It will be a tenfold increase on our current deployment of renewables, and a 300% increase on our existing plans: […]  Read more »

Greener Jet Engine

Written by , on June 25, 2008

Pratt & Whitney has developed a jet engine that is significantly cheaper to run, more efficient and less polluting than current engines. The "geared turbofan" engine burns 12 to 15 percent less fuel than other jet engines and cuts carbon dioxide emissions by 1,500 tons per engine per year. Current jet engines have fans that […]  Read more »

Mazda Announces Sustainable Vehicle Plans

Written by , on June 24, 2008

Mazda Corporation has announced that it will begin testing the world’s first hydrogen hybrid cars with a dual-fuel system, enabling the use of either hydrogen or petrol, on public roads in Japan this year. Mazda will display its Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid minivan and RX-8 Hydrogen RE at the G8 Hoddaido Toyako Summit in July. […]  Read more »

Major Contributions to Open Source

Written by , on June 23, 2008

GlaxoSmithKline, the world’s second largest pharmaceutical company, which has spent a fortune researching cancer, has announced that it is making most of its information available to the research community for free. Glaxo’s logic is that academics and small companies to do pioneering work — identifying new targets for medications, discovering early warning signs and figuring […]  Read more »

The Netherlands Invests in Renewable Energy

Written by , on June 20, 2008

The Dutch Government has announced that it will invest 7.5 billion euros ($12.25 billion Australian dollars) in energy supply between now and 2011 with priority given to renewable energy, energy saving and CO2 reduction. About 4 billion euros ($6.5 billion) of the 7.5 billion euros will be invested in renewable energy. Just over 1 billion […]  Read more »

Chinese Wind Power Estimates Blow Out

Written by , on June 20, 2008

At the end of last year, China’s installed base of wind power totaled just over 6 gigawatts. This led in April to  the current Five Year Plan being revised to increase the target for 2010 from 5 gigawatts to 10 gigawatts. Experts now believe that China has already exceeded 10 gigawatts capacity and could achieve […]  Read more »

Solar Ink

Written by , on June 20, 2008

Innovalight, a start-up company in California, plans to produce a liquid "silicon nanomaterial" using "quantum dots" which can be printed using the same roll-to-roll printing technology used for printing on paper. This means it will be able to put the ink on flexible surfaces like clothing and portable chargers. At the same time, the company […]  Read more »

Mitsubishi and Peugeot Join Electric Car Race

Written by , on June 20, 2008

The Nikkei business daily has reported that Mitsubhishi Motors Corp will tie up with France’s PSA Peugeot Citroen in the production of electric vehicles, supplying technology and next-generation batteries. Mitsubishi Motors is planning to commercialise a pure electric vehicle by 2010. Mitsubhishi will supply Peugeot with technology relating to the conversion of electricity into drive […]  Read more »