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American Superconductor profits down; Sinovel blamed

Electrical systems company American Superconductor Corporation announced that their revenues and profits for the first quarter of this year and the whole of fiscal year 2010 were hurt following cancelled supply deals with its largest customer.The company’s revenues for the first quarter ended June 30 fell to $9.1 million from $97.2 million a year earlier. Net loss was $37.7 million, or 74 cents a share, compared with $9.2 million, or 20 cents a share, year-on-year.

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Solar-powered water purifiers fight fluorosis in African villages

Solar-powered water filtration systems will be deployed in villages in Senegal to help mitigate the high rate of fluorosis, the very high concentration of fluoride leading to tooth and bone decay, among locales.Filtration, separation and purification company Pall Corp. developed a new solar-powered water filtration system, which is particularly important in places like Senegal where the majority of the population does not have access to electricity.

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Johnson Controls invests $70 million in battery recycling center

Investment will enhance the environmental safety of the battery recycling plant

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Sierra Club names ‘greenest, coolest’ schools in U.S.

In time with the opening of the 2011-2012 school year, the Sierra Club released the names of the United States’ “Coolest Schools,” universities and colleges that execute the most notable actions to solve climate change issues and promote sustainability. The list, released for the fifth time this year by the San Francisco-based grassroots environmental organization through its magazine Sierra, named the University of Washington in Seattle as 2011’s top green school.

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Blythe 1-GW C.S.P. shifts to PV, finds panels more economical

Developers of the Blythe solar power project, supposed to be the largest solar thermal power plant using solar troughs, have decided to use solar photovoltaic technology instead because solar panels are said to be more economical. Germany’s Solar Millennium A.G. said it will convert the first 500 megawatts of its 1,000 MW solar power plant being built in the Mojave Desert in California to solar PV panels.

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Vestas to provide 202 MW of turbines to E.ON wind project

Project to provide power for more than 60,000 American homes

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Latin America and the Caribbean to phase out incandescent bulbs

In a meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, government representatives from 26 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean signed a United Nations Environment Program-backed initiative that will phase out incandescent lamps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions while saving energy.

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Suu Kyi speaks out against controversial Myitsone hydro project

Myanmar opposition politician, Aung San Suu Kyi, said that the Myitsone Dam, a large hydropower joint-effort by Myanmar and China, lacks sound planning which will lead to social and environmental consequences. The planned Myitsone Dam would be 152 meters high with an installed capacity of 3,200 megawatts to 6,000 MW, and is expected to be completed by 2017. Located at the Irrawaddy River, the main waterway of Myanmar.

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Taiwan’s first zero-carbon building earns LEED certification

Taiwan’s first zero-carbon building, the Y. S. Sun Green Building Research Center at National Cheng Kung University, earned the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. The center is also considered the world’s first ever “green” education center.

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U.S. releases $12-million genomics research grant for biofuels

The United States departments of Energy and Agriculture are releasing a total of $12.2 million in study grants to 10 projects across the country which will improve biofuel and bioenergy crop production. The funding will be awarded under the joint Plant Feedstocks Genomics for Bioenergy research program, a competitive grant program first set up in 2006 to support fundamental research in biomass genomics.

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