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Monthly Archives: July 2009

World’s Largest Solar Rooftop Announced

Written by , on July 31, 2009

Italy’s Milano Fiera trade fair facility has announced that it will soon be getting the world’s largest solar rooftop solar array. The photovoltaic system will cover 270,000 square metres of the roof, and carry a peak capacity of 18 megawatts. The system is due for completion next year. Zaragoza, Spain’s General Motor’s factory, currently holds […]  Read more »

New Biofuel Process Could Replace All Fossil Fuels

Written by , on July 31, 2009

Joule Biotechnologies Inc, a company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has revealed details of a process that it says can make 185,000 litres of biofuel per hectare per year. If this yield proves realistic, it could make it practical to replace all fossil fuels used for transportation with biofuels. The company also claims that the fuel […]  Read more »

Climate Scientists Want People in Graveyards

Written by , on July 31, 2009

Scientists are encouraging people to hang out in cemeteries in a bid to fight climate change. The idea is that by monitoring the effects of acid rain on marble headstones, researchers will be able to find out more about pollution levels. Professor Peter Cawood, president of the Geological Society of Australia, says the EarthTrek project […]  Read more »

“New” Nuclear: Generation IV Reactors

Written by , on July 20, 2009

The first generation of nuclear power plants were the experimental plants ot the 1950s and early 60s, which were also used to power nuclear submarines. The second generation were the commercial plants from the later 1960s to the 1990s. After the Three-mile Island and Chernobyl accidents, a third generation of nuclear plants was developed. These […]  Read more »

Europe Turning to Nuclear Power Production

Written by , on July 20, 2009

The Italian senate has voted 154-1 to overturn a 22-year-old prohibition on new nuclear power stations. Their decision is line with those taken recently in several other European countries as a means of reducing their carbon dioxide emissions. Sweden has lifed its 29-year ban on new nuclear plants, Spain has begun to reverse its 25-year […]  Read more »

Africa Trialling “Fertiliser Trees”

Written by , on July 20, 2009

The recent G8 meeting in in Italy unveiled a plan to commit $US 20 billion over three years to funding the development of agriculture to tackle persistent food shortages particularly in Africa. One of the most promising areas of reserch is the use of "fertilser trees". These are varieties of shrubs that capture nitrogen from […]  Read more »

Electric Mercedes Gullwing

Written by , on July 17, 2009

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that it is developing a electric gullwing super sportscar. The gullwinged electric SLS AMG will have four in-wheel electric motors with a combined peak output of 392 kW and a maximum torque of 880 Nm. It will accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in around 4 seconds putting it on the same […]  Read more »

More Efficient Geothermal Heat Extraction

Written by , on July 17, 2009

Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a new method for capturing significantly more heat from low-temperature geothermal resources. A technical and economic analysis conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has estimated that enhanced geothermal systems could provide 10 percent of the United States’ overall electrical generating capacity […]  Read more »

Major Companies Agree on Desertec Project

Written by , on July 15, 2009

A dozen major companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to proceed with planning the construction of the huge Desertec solar power project. The Desertec project would involve the construction of thousands of solar power plants in North Africa and the Middle East to supply 15 percent of Europe’s electricity by 2050. The anticipated cost […]  Read more »

ExxonMobil to Make Fuel from Algae

Written by , on July 15, 2009

ExxonMobil and biotech firm Synthetic Genomics have announced a new alliance to produce fuel made from photosynthetic algae. ExxonMobil expects to spend more than $600 million on the initial phase project. Exxon Mobil’s collaboration with Synthetic Genomics will last five to six years and will involve the creation of a new test facility in San […]  Read more »