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North Caucasus hydropower to increase with three new projects from RusHydro

North Caucasus hydropower to increase with three new projects from RusHydro

Three small hydropower plants developed by RusHydroare set to begin construction...

Discrediting advertisements on carbon pollution standards outrages organizations

Discrediting advertisements on carbon pollution standards outrages organizations

The Natural Resources Defense Council, and more than two dozen organizations, is...

Supercritical steam for super productive solar thermal plants

Supercritical steam for super productive solar thermal plants

By using supercritical steam, solar thermal power plants could produce enough en...

Nepal gets first wind-solar hybrid system

Nepal gets first wind-solar hybrid system

The Asian Development Bank has handed over the country’s very first wind-solar h...

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger...

Chile’s largest solar power project officially open

Chile’s largest solar power project officially open

The 100 megawatt Amanercer Solar CAP Power plant in Chile has been officially op...

Five gigantic things happening in sustainability

Five gigantic things happening in sustainability

Understanding this mainly becoming typical ‘S’ word has always been part of the ...

Business

Ascent Solar announces milestone agreement for their J.V. in China

Ascent Solar announces milestone agreement for their J.V. in China

Thursday, 03 July 2014

Thin-film solar module manufacturer Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. has announced the achievement of a significant milestone for their joint venture i...

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Technology

Politics

Living Green

Elemooni: Eco-friendliness for kids

Elemooni: Eco-friendliness for kids

Monday, 07 July 2014

A new group of nano explorers could change the way children learn about positive values, the environment, and believe it or not, the periodic table of...

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Renewables

R.E.S. Americas orders 166 MW-worth of wind turbines from Vestas

R.E.S. Americas orders 166 MW-worth of wind turbines from Vestas

Monday, 07 July 2014

Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has received an order from Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. for 166 megawatts worth of wind turbines for a wind...

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Low-Carbon

World Bank to help Kosovo, Kazakhstan become more energy efficient

World Bank to help Kosovo, Kazakhstan become more energy efficient

Thursday, 19 June 2014

The World Bank has approved a $31 million-project for Kosovo and a $21.7 million-grant for Kazakhstan that will both be increasing the countries’ ener...

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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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