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Hong Kong’s policy on environment-friendly commercial vehicles to tighten

Hong Kong’s policy on environment-friendly commercial vehicles to tighten

Hong Kong’s Environmental Protection Department will be tightening its qualifyin...

Philippines’ new wind farms add 303 MW to country’s power supply

Philippines’ new wind farms add 303 MW to country’s power supply

Two new wind farms in the Philippines have added 303 megawatts of clean energy t...

Geneva talks require “business unusual” approach – W.W.F.

Geneva talks require “business unusual” approach – W.W.F.

A “business unusual” approach is needed in the Geneva Talks to successfully deli...

New battery uses old batteries for greener energy storage

New battery uses old batteries for greener energy storage

Energizer has developed the world’s first high-performance battery made with rec...

Global warming to bring more devastating weather patterns

Global warming to bring more devastating weather patterns

The United Nations World Meteorological Organization confirmed that global warmi...

Jamaica to get 36.3 MW wind farm by 2016

Jamaica to get 36.3 MW wind farm by 2016

A 36.3 megawatt wind farm in Jamaica has received $62.7 million in funding from ...

A.D.B. provides Thailand with $85 million to develop wind power plant

A.D.B. provides Thailand with $85 million to develop wind power plant

The Asian Development Bank will be providing a company in Thailand loans to deve...

Business

Georgia taking leadership role in developing solar power

Georgia taking leadership role in developing solar power

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The state of Georgia is emerging as a leader among the 50 states in promoting and implementing the use of solar energy, in part because of both busine...

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Technology

Penn State develops CPV system for rooftops

Penn State develops CPV system for rooftops

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Researchers at Penn State have developed a concentrating photovoltaic system that is small enough and light enough to be mounted on a building’s roof....

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Politics

New draft text for climate agreement in Geneva reached

New draft text for climate agreement in Geneva reached

Monday, 16 February 2015

A new climate change draft text has been reached during the one-week United Nations-facilitated Geneva talks, leading to a binding treaty that is expe...

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Living Green

Wall-to-floor eco-friendly interior design

Wall-to-floor eco-friendly interior design

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The materials you surround yourself with—from flooring and window coverings to furniture and accessories—have a great impact on the health of your hom...

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Renewables

Vestas supplies Poland, U.K. with turbines

Vestas supplies Poland, U.K. with turbines

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has announced that they have secured orders this week for two projects in Poland and the United Kingdom. The orders c...

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Low-Carbon

PG&E plans ambitious E.V. charger roll-out in California

PG&E plans ambitious E.V. charger roll-out in California

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

An estimated 25,000 electric vehicle chargers could be deployed in California by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. PG&E is seeking permission from Cal...

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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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