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SPI Solar to acquire 360 MW worth of solar power projects in China

SPI Solar to acquire 360 MW worth of solar power projects in China

Solar Power, Inc. is set to become one of the largest solar developers in China....

Toyota hybrid exceeds 7 million mark in global sales

Toyota hybrid exceeds 7 million mark in global sales

The cumulative global sales of Toyota Motor Corporation’s hybrid vehicle have ex...

Suzlon eyes 2,000 MW of wind energy projects in India over next five years

Suzlon eyes 2,000 MW of wind energy projects in India over next five years

India-based wind turbine maker Suzlon has expressed its intent to build 2,000 me...

Solar power could be leading source of electricity by 2050

Solar power could be leading source of electricity by 2050

Solar power could overtake all other sources of electricity by 2050, according t...

U.N. chief welcomes announcements made in Climate Summit

U.N. chief welcomes announcements made in Climate Summit

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed bold new actions to addres...

Climate Summit sees intiatives and commitments

Climate Summit sees intiatives and commitments

Various bodies and entities on the Climate Summit in New York have announced the...

Climate Rally reaches 310,000 participants

Climate Rally reaches 310,000 participants

The number of people who joined the People’s Climate March this September 21 rea...

Business

Richard Flint, Yorkshire Water CEO, opens self-powered sewage works

Richard Flint, Yorkshire Water CEO, opens self-powered sewage works

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Consuming two years development time and a whopping £34 million investment, Yorkshire’s first self-powered sewage works site has been unveiled in Brad...

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Technology

New oxygen-removing catalyst developed for better biofuel production

New oxygen-removing catalyst developed for better biofuel production

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Researchers from Washington State University have developed a new catalyst that can remove oxygen from plant-based materials for a more efficient biof...

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Politics

U.S., China announce significant emissions reduction cuts

U.S., China announce significant emissions reduction cuts

Thursday, 13 November 2014

The Governments of the United States and China have announced that they will be making huge emissions reduction cuts in the future. The two largest ec...

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Living Green

Water, waste and power: What you need to get off the grid

Water, waste and power: What you need to get off the grid

Friday, 07 November 2014

Most people wouldn't ever voluntarily go "off the grid" for more than a few days at a time. To them, the idea would only make sense if it was a weeken...

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Renewables

EDF EN Canada begins construction on 74-MW wind power project in Quebec

EDF EN Canada begins construction on 74-MW wind power project in Quebec

Thursday, 13 November 2014

EDF EN Canada is set to begin construction of the 74 megawatt Mont-Rothery wind project in Quebec. Following the government of Quebec’s issuance of a ...

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Low-Carbon

Best Eco Cars of 2014

Best Eco Cars of 2014

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Eco-friendly cars, also referred to as green cars, are vehicles that have a lesser environmental impact than those that use fossil fuels like diesel o...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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Europe’s largest EV charging network to be installed in Estonia

By Oliver M. Bayani

Europe’s largest EV charging network to be installed in Estonia
An electric vehicle charging point in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.

Swiss power and automation conglomerate ABB could be building Europe's largest electric car charging network in the country of Estonia.

Scheduled to be operational by December 2012, ABB plans to start installing 200 of its "Terra" fast chargers in the second quarter of this year.

The network is billed as the world's first fast-charging infrastructure serving an entire country, according to a company statement.

ABB's Terra chargers run on direct current and can recharge an electric car battery within 15 to 30 minutes. In contrast, it will take eight hours to charge the same battery using a regular alternating current power outlet - the one found in homes.

First sold in May 2010, Terra chargers have been used extensively in wide-scale EV charging networks primarily in Europe, ABB said. In October, the company began installing Austria's first network of DC chargers for EV's for energy company Vorarlberger Kraftwerke.

Estonia EV charging plans

The Estonian government aims to install a fast charger in the country every 50 kilometers, creating the highest concentration of DC chargers in Europe by far if accomplished.

Earlier in the year, the Estonian government started providing 507 Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric cars to social workers around the country.

"The Estonian government would like to ensure that driving an EV in Estonia is as comfortable and safe as driving any other car," said Jarmo Tuisk, director of the Innovation and Technology Division at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.

Projects concerning electric cars and infrastructure are financed by the Green Investment Scheme funded by the export credit agency KredEx. The country offers subsidies of up to 50 percent for private EV purchases, according to ABB.

ABB started installing two types of Terra fast-chargers at some gasoline service stations owned by British Petroleum in the Netherlands as part of a nationwide trial last November.

In September, ABB was picked to build China's largest ever electric vehicle charging station project at the Shenzhen Universiade Center.

The conglomerate won the present order together with G4S and NOW! Innovations, which provide customer support and payment solutions, respectively.

Aside from how far a EV car can go, people are also paying attention on how fast they can charge EV cars before making a buy. The report from the University of Delaware published in May even said individuals would be willing to pay for more for every hour saved in charging time.

After surveying 3,000 Americans, the researchers found that consumers would be willing to pay an additional $3,250 premium per hour of charging time saved when buying an electric car capable of having 50 miles' worth of charge in 10 minutes from an external high-power charging station.

EV charging station sales are expected to multiply rapidly over the next five years and reach 1.6 million units globally by 2015, according to Pike Research.




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