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[22.10.2014]

Canadian Solar to Introduce Diamond Module at 2014 SPI

Canadian Solar Inc. announced that it will introduce a new, groundbreaking Diamond module at the upcoming Solar Power International (SPI) exhibition.

[21.10.2014]

736 KM (460 miles) WITHOUT CHARGING

The team Andrej and Jasna  drove  on 11th and 12th of October from Bled in Slovenija till Dubrovnik in Croatia (726  km  and 5000 to 6000 meters of uphill) without charging.

[20.10.2014]

Power supply for cruise ships

Hamburg gets an environmentally friendly alternative for supplying power to cruise ships lying at port.

[20.10.2014]

Onshore wind cheaper than coal, gas and nuclear, according to European Commission report

Generating electricity from onshore wind is cheaper than gas, coal and nuclear when externalities are stacked with the levelised cost of energy and subsidies, according to an Ecofys study ordered and endorsed by the European Commission.

[18.10.2014]

Willingness of new photovoltaic customers to invest in storage systems has risen significantly

SMA and Deutsche Energieversorgung are able to score with end customers this year.

[17.10.2014]

Natural gas boom will not slow climate change

The recent natural gas boom due to the use of technologies such as fracking will not lead to a reduction of overall greenhouse gas emissions.

[16.10.2014]

World premiere of One World Solar Collector ahead at Fakuma fair

World novelty entirely made of plastic –licenses for the new solar collector now available.

[15.10.2014]

European Commission study shines light on the true cost of energy

The European Commission study on “Energy subsidies and costs in the EU”, released, demonstrates that the direct total cost of conventional energy technologies, such as coal and nuclear, is much higher than the direct cost for solar energy.

[15.10.2014]

Ancient sea level changes

RSES scientists have produced the first detailed record of sea levels over the past 500,000 years and spanning five ice ages, using microfossils from sediments in the Red Sea.

[14.10.2014]

Efficiency Enhancements to Define Solar PV Technology Roadmap for the Next Five Years, According to NPD Solarbuzz

Opportunities exist for a variety of solar PV technologies, but panel power ratings must continue strong upward growth trends.

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Due to landscape fragmentation, Brazil's rainforests are releasing more carbon dioxide than previously thought

Because of the deforestation of tropical rainforests in Brazil, significantly more carbon has been lost than was previously assumed. As scientists of the Hemholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) write in the scientific journal Nature Communications, the effect of the degradation has been underestimated in fragmented forest areas, since it was hitherto not possible to calculate the loss of the biomass at the forest edges and the higher emission of carbon dioxide. The UFZ scientists have now closed this knowledge gap. According to their calculations, the forest fragmentation results in up to a fifth more carbon dioxide being emitted by the vegetation.

Enormous Progress in Ocean Acidification Research: New Report Summarises Current State of Knowledge

Never before have so many scientists conducted research on what impacts the declining pH value of seawater has on animals and plants in the ocean. The experts have now compiled their results for the second report on ocean acidification of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which will be made public today at the twelfth conference of the Parties to the Convention. Major focus is placed on the consequences that also have an effect on us human beings.

Fraunhofer lighthouse project: »critical rare earths«

Mobility would be at a standstill without electric motors and their powerful permanent magnets. These owe their useful magnetic properties to the chemical elements neodymium and dysprosium, which belong to the group of rare earths. Sometimes called critical raw materials, nobody is sure whether the supply of rare earths will hold out in the medium and long term. But ensuring that these raw materials remain available on the world market is far from easy, and prices have been rising steadily for years.

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Ways of a new water policy 4/4

A vision for the future: if the Bundestag, i.e. German Parliament, passes a water conservation law that requires builders to install efficient fixtures, promotes private retrofits such as water-saving showers, toilets, washing machines and dishwashers and demands a water penny from large consumers, we will soon consume only half as much water as we do today. Every year 25,000 liters of water per capita would thus be saved, i.e. 250,000 liters in ten years. A family of four would save a million liters of water without sacrificing any comfort.

Water in trouble 3/4

Even in today’s water-rich Central Europe we are heading for a water shortage. Our water is being used, contaminated and wasted. Poison in water, chemical waste, fertilizers and air pollution threaten our most important means of survival.

So water is more than H2O 2/4

All founders of religions, philosophers and wisdom teachers from all periods and civilizations knew about that. The wonderful young man from Nazareth, an ecologist even 2,000 years ago, said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” Responsible handling of water is religious service. And to those who wanted to follow him, ecologically-minded Jesus called out; “Be springs of living water.” He did not speak of impure or contaminated water. Parson Kneipp taught in the 19th century: “Aqua sanat – water heals!“

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