Archive for July 31st, 2010

India: Doubling Renewable Energy Capacity Would Have Negligible Impact on Power Tariffs

A study by one of the leading ratings firm in India shows that the cost of doubling the renewable energy generation capacity over the next five years would be negligible.

The Indian government has announced a the National Action Plan on Climate Change according to which the contribution of renewable energy resources to power generation would be increased to 10 percent by 2015 and 15 percent by 2020, as opposed to the current four percent. The main thrust would be on solar and wind energy infrastructure. The state electricity boards are also mandated to increase purchase of power from renewable energy sources by one percent every year.

Infrastructure development for tapping renewable energy sources for power generation is important as India looks to reduce its carbon emission output to offset international pressure for mandatory emission reduction targets and to reduce its dependence on foreign supplies of energy resources. (more…)


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Fossil Fuels Get Tons More in Subsidies than Renewable Energy

fossil fuel subsidies

Fossil fuel subsidies are huge. It is something many of us now know, but which even more people don’t. Thus, it is something we come back to from time to time on here.

A new report out by Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows that governments worldwide spend a ton more on fossil fuels than on renewable energy.

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Russia Plans its Largest Wind Farm and 1st Major Solar Plant

Russia wind energy

Russia, heavily focused on oil and gas, has just unveiled plans to build its biggest wind farm. The country also intends to build its first solar power plant soon. Are the heat waves and fires getting to the country and President Medvedev?

Perhaps, but Medvedev has been talking about diversifying Russia’s energy base and economy for a little while now.

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Russia Plans its Largest Wind Farm and 1st Major Solar Plant

Russia wind energy

Russia, heavily focused on oil and gas, has just unveiled plans to build its biggest wind farm. The country also intends to build its first solar power plant soon. Are the heat waves and fires getting to the country and President Medvedev?

Perhaps, but Medvedev has been talking about diversifying Russia’s energy base and economy for a little while now.

(more…)


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CRM Week in Review – Call Recording, RFP’s, and Customer Service
This week in the CRM, the industry witnessed many exciting changes and trends. Early in the week, I discussed the trend these days of cell phones to come with call recording features that enable the user to record live interviews, sound clips, or ambient audio. Beneficial for journalists, podcasters, and laymen alike, the call recording applications of any phone, not just smartphones, can let the user record sound and publish through social media sites or by converting the files to mp3s and publishing with services such as Soundcloud, Houndbite or Libsyn.
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UC Week in Review

UC Week in Review
It was a busy week in the Unified Communications (UC) sector this past week.
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Quallion Supplied Li-ion Battery for X-51A WaveRider Scramjet Flight

Quallion LLC, a developer of customized lithium-ion batteries, modules and packs for medical, military, aerospace, and vehicle applications (earlier post), supplied the Li-ion battery pack for the first flight of the hypersonic X-51A WaveRider ScramJet Demonstrator Program.

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Quallion X-51A Lithium-Ion Battery. Click to enlarge.

Quallion developed a high discharge rate 3.3Ah pouch cell for the X-51. The program chose to use rechargeable lithium-ion chemistry over the traditional silver-zinc solution to reduce ground maintenance prior to launch, which would allow for testing of the system without the need to replace the battery. Thus, Quallion LLC developed a high energy density and high discharge rate pouch cell to be the basis for three separate battery packs enclosed in one envelope on the vehicle.

This cell design had to be robust enough to handle three different performance requirements while maintaining the program’s weight goals.

The 3.3Ah cell is designed for greater than 10C capabilities for more than 50 cycles and high safety characteristics, with a gravimetric energy density of 120 Wh/kg and volumetric energy density of 252 Wh/L.

Quallion is developing an advanced lithium-ion anti-idling HVAC system for heavy-duty trucks, and is also targeting its systems for hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery-electric vehicles.

WaveRider. On 26 May, in its first flight attempt, the Boeing X-51A WaveRider successfully completed the longest supersonic combustion ramjet-powered flight in history—nearly three and a half minutes at a top speed of Mach 5. The Waverider ScramJet Demonstrator Program is sponsored by the US Air Force Research Laboratory (USAFRL) and built by a consortium of The Boeing Company and Pratt & Whitney. The hypersonic—i.e., in excess of Mach 5 (3,800 mph; 6,145 km/h)—test vehicle is designed to achieve Mach 6+ speeds at an altitude of 100,000 feet.

During its first flight, the unmanned WaveRider vehicle was carried beneath a US Air Force B-52 and dropped from an altitude of about 50,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean off southern California. A solid rocket booster fired and propelled the cruiser to greater than Mach 4.5, creating the supersonic environment necessary to operate the engine.

The booster was then jettisoned and the Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne SJY61 scramjet engine ignited, initially on gaseous ethylene fuel. Next the engine transitioned to JP-7 jet fuel, the same fuel once carried by the SR-71 Blackbird before its retirement.

The vehicle’s fuel-cooled engine design serves both to heat the JP-7 to an optimum combustion temperature and to help the engine itself endure extremely high operating temperatures during the long burn.

The flight reached an altitude of about 70,000 feet and an approximate speed of Mach 5.

There are three remaining test vehicles for future test flights.


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Sanyo Completes New Factory for Automotive Li-ion Batteries; Initial Capacity of 1M Cells Per Month

Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. has completed its new factory for automotive lithium-ion batteries in its Kasai Plant (Kasai city, Hyogo prefecture, Japan.) The factory will start with a production capacity of 1 million cells per month, with the aim to expand the production scale depending on demand.

Sanyo has already been supplying nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries for hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) to Ford, Honda and Volkswagen, and co-developing NiMH batteries with PSA Peugeot Citroën.

In addition, Sanyo is co-developing lithium-ion batteries for hybrids (HEVs) with the Volkswagen group. Sanyo lithium-ion batteries for Plug-in HEVs (PHEVs) will also be applied in Suzuki vehicles.

The completion of the new factory will make it possible for Sanyo to further meet demands of the lithium-ion batteries from various auto makers.

Earlier in the week, Panasonic, which already has a 50.05% stake in Sanyo as of last year (earlier post) made a tender offer to purchase the remaining shares of Sanyo Electric Co and Panasonic Electric Works (PEW). Sanyo would thus become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Panasonic, rather than a consolidated subsidiary as it is currently. Panasonic will offer ¥138 per share (US $1.60) per share of Sanyo to complete the acquisition.

In June, an EV racing car powered by Sanyo Lithium-ion battery systems hit an all-time record for electric vehicles (EV) at the 2010 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado.

The EV racing car owned by Team Yokohama EV Challenge, a team of The Yokohama Rubber Company, participated in car/truck class of the exhibition division, and finished with 13 minutes 17 seconds as the best time, breaking a previous record of 14 minutes 33 seconds.

The 37 kWh (385V, 96 Ah) pack in the car comprised 6,656 cylindrical 18650-format cells.


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CSIRO Develops New Technique for Quick Detection of Petroleum Hydrocarbons; More Rapid Response in Cases of Contamination

CSIRO scientists in Australia have developed a new technique for the rapid on-site detection and quantification of petroleum hydrocarbons (commonly derived from crude oil) in soil, silt, sediment, or rock.

Developed in collaboration with waste technology specialist, Ziltek Pty Ltd, the technique enables the quantification of the presence of petroleum hydrocarbons simply by using a hand-held infrared spectrometer to take readings at the site of interest, without the need to take samples or perform any kind of processing.

While the technique could be used for oil exploration purposes, it will be particularly useful in assessing and monitoring contaminated sites such as coastal land following off-shore oil spills and industrial sites planned for urban redevelopment.

Petroleum hydrocarbons are a valuable resource, but can also be pretty nasty environmental contaminants. They can remain in the environment for extended periods of time and can be harmful to wildlife, plants and humans. Better tools to detect them makes a rapid response possible.

—Sean Forrester, CSIRO scientist

The technique uses an infrared signal to detect the presence of petroleum hydrocarbons in samples. By contrast, current methods use sampling and processing techniques that are labour intensive, time consuming, require sensitive equipment and are not well suited to on-site analysis.

The ability of this new technique to rapidly detect the presence of contaminants at the site has the potential to provide significant cost advantages, in terms of reduced testing costs and the avoidance of delays. Rapid analysis allows immediate measures to be undertaken to prevent further contamination or to limit contaminant spread.

—Sean Forrester

A significant portion of the time and financial costs involved in assessing and remediating contaminated sites is consumed by monitoring and analysis. By decreasing analysis time and reducing costs this new technique can assist in the fast and effective identification of oil and other petroleum products in the environment, as well as treatment and protection of environmental assets threatened by petroleum contamination.


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CSIRO Develops New Technique for Quick Detection of Petroleum Hydrocarbons; More Rapid Response in Cases of Contamination

CSIRO scientists in Australia have developed a new technique for the rapid on-site detection and quantification of petroleum hydrocarbons (commonly derived from crude oil) in soil, silt, sediment, or rock.

Developed in collaboration with waste technology specialist, Ziltek Pty Ltd, the technique enables the quantification of the presence of petroleum hydrocarbons simply by using a hand-held infrared spectrometer to take readings at the site of interest, without the need to take samples or perform any kind of processing.

While the technique could be used for oil exploration purposes, it will be particularly useful in assessing and monitoring contaminated sites such as coastal land following off-shore oil spills and industrial sites planned for urban redevelopment.

Petroleum hydrocarbons are a valuable resource, but can also be pretty nasty environmental contaminants. They can remain in the environment for extended periods of time and can be harmful to wildlife, plants and humans. Better tools to detect them makes a rapid response possible.

—Sean Forrester, CSIRO scientist

The technique uses an infrared signal to detect the presence of petroleum hydrocarbons in samples. By contrast, current methods use sampling and processing techniques that are labour intensive, time consuming, require sensitive equipment and are not well suited to on-site analysis.

The ability of this new technique to rapidly detect the presence of contaminants at the site has the potential to provide significant cost advantages, in terms of reduced testing costs and the avoidance of delays. Rapid analysis allows immediate measures to be undertaken to prevent further contamination or to limit contaminant spread.

—Sean Forrester

A significant portion of the time and financial costs involved in assessing and remediating contaminated sites is consumed by monitoring and analysis. By decreasing analysis time and reducing costs this new technique can assist in the fast and effective identification of oil and other petroleum products in the environment, as well as treatment and protection of environmental assets threatened by petroleum contamination.


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1-for-20 Reverse Stock Split for Advanced Engine Technologies, Developer of OX2 Engine

The common stock shares of Advanced Engine Technologies, Inc., the developer of the OX2 rotary engine (earlier post), have been reverse split 1-for-20. The announcement was made following the recent approval of the proposed reverse stock split by current shareholders.

We believe the reverse stock split will facilitate long term growth and increase shareholder value. The goal was to provide AET with the treasury stock needed to raise additional capital in the public and private sectors to complete development and subsequent commercialization of the OX2 engine.

—AET Chief Operating Officer, John Luft

As of the reverse stock split, more than 43,000,000 shares or options to purchase shares had been issued out of the 50,000,000 shares authorized by AET’s Articles of Incorporation. This left AET with an insufficient number of treasury shares available to issue so as to raise working capital, the company said.

The reverse split, which was approved by AET shareholders on 23 July 2010, will reduce the number of shares of outstanding common stock from approximately, 33,885,000 shares as of 11 Nov. 2009, to approximately 1,694,250 shares, based upon the reverse stock split ratio of 1-for-20. Rights to exercise previously granted, but not yet exercised, stock options will also be adjusted based upon the 1-for-20 ratio.

The OX2 is a 4-stroke, 1.1-liter internal combustion engine that weighs 75 percent less than and is half the size of traditional internal combustion engines.

The rotary engine is an 8-cylinder barrel configuration, using a stationary head and cam plate, and rotating cylinder block and piston plates. Each cylinder fires twice per revolution and two cylinders fire simultaneously, resulting in four times the output per revolution of a conventional four-stroke engine at the same displacement. The engine can be adapted to run any combustible gas or liquid as fuel.

With its expected higher power-to-weight ratio, multi-fuel capacity and anticipated low emissions and fuel efficiency, the OX2 has a practical application in the commercial and industrial generator markets. Additional future applications may include marine, light-duty farm and construction equipment, light aircraft and hybrid electric vehicles.


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1-for-20 Reverse Stock Split for Advanced Engine Technologies, Developer of OX2 Engine

The common stock shares of Advanced Engine Technologies, Inc., the developer of the OX2 rotary engine (earlier post), have been reverse split 1-for-20. The announcement was made following the recent approval of the proposed reverse stock split by current shareholders.

We believe the reverse stock split will facilitate long term growth and increase shareholder value. The goal was to provide AET with the treasury stock needed to raise additional capital in the public and private sectors to complete development and subsequent commercialization of the OX2 engine.

—AET Chief Operating Officer, John Luft

As of the reverse stock split, more than 43,000,000 shares or options to purchase shares had been issued out of the 50,000,000 shares authorized by AET’s Articles of Incorporation. This left AET with an insufficient number of treasury shares available to issue so as to raise working capital, the company said.

The reverse split, which was approved by AET shareholders on 23 July 2010, will reduce the number of shares of outstanding common stock from approximately, 33,885,000 shares as of 11 Nov. 2009, to approximately 1,694,250 shares, based upon the reverse stock split ratio of 1-for-20. Rights to exercise previously granted, but not yet exercised, stock options will also be adjusted based upon the 1-for-20 ratio.

The OX2 is a 4-stroke, 1.1-liter internal combustion engine that weighs 75 percent less than and is half the size of traditional internal combustion engines.

The rotary engine is an 8-cylinder barrel configuration, using a stationary head and cam plate, and rotating cylinder block and piston plates. Each cylinder fires twice per revolution and two cylinders fire simultaneously, resulting in four times the output per revolution of a conventional four-stroke engine at the same displacement. The engine can be adapted to run any combustible gas or liquid as fuel.

With its expected higher power-to-weight ratio, multi-fuel capacity and anticipated low emissions and fuel efficiency, the OX2 has a practical application in the commercial and industrial generator markets. Additional future applications may include marine, light-duty farm and construction equipment, light aircraft and hybrid electric vehicles.


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TEICH + Ryann = An Eco-Fashion Match Made in Accessory Heaven
ryann teich eco-friendly accessory photo
Courtesy photo.

Talk about a double dose of green fashion fun: Designer Raina Blyer, of Ryann and Creem, has collaborated with handbag designer Allison McGowan of TEICH on a multifunctional belt/wristlit — a modern approach to the fanny pack — that can be worn together or separ… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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TEICH + Ryann = An Eco-Fashion Match Made in Accessory Heaven
ryann teich eco-friendly accessory photo
Courtesy photo.

Talk about a double dose of green fashion fun: Designer Raina Blyer, of Ryann and Creem, has collaborated with handbag designer Allison McGowan of TEICH on a multifunctional belt/wristlit — a modern approach to the fanny pack — that can be worn together or separ… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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