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[26 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]
Pathak, Indian Sanitation Expert accepts Stockholm Water Prize

Technology.am (Aug. 26, 2009) — Indian sanitation expert Bindeshwar Pathak has found a way that can save water, and lives, in developing countries.
Pathak was awarded this year’s Stockholm Water Prize for his revolutionary toilet at the World Water Week conference held in Stockholm.
To lower the risk to human health, he developed a twin-pit, pour-flush toilet known as the Sulabh, that uses two tanks to store waste matter with no smell or soil pollution, pending recycling as fertiliser.
It requires only 1.0 to 1.5 liters to flush instead …

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[24 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
Solar-Hydrogen a single technology that Can Supply World’s Energy Needs

Technology.am (Aug. 24, 2009) — As you are aware the world’s oil supply continues to dry out every day. At the present rate of consumption, coal will run out in 130 years, natural gas in 60 years and oil in 42 years.

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As a solution to this problem Derek Abbott, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University in Australia states that a solar-hydrogen economy is more sustainable and provides a higher total power output potential. He argues about the major non-renewable and renewable energy sources.
Nuclear …

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[20 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
Plastics Break Down Fast in Ocean

Technology.am (Aug. 19, 2009) — Plastic has long been considered indestructible. Contrary to the commonly held belief that plastic takes 500 to 1,000 years to decompose, scientists are now reporting that ‘indestructible’ plastics decompose with surprising speed and release toxic substances into the water.
They say that the hard plastic polystyrene begins to decompose with exposure to rain, sun, weather, and ocean within one year, releasing potentially toxic bisphenol A (BPA) and other chemicals into the water.
Researchers delivered their findings to the American Chemical Society (ACS), where they called …

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[19 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
Energy-Routing Algorithm could save lots of Energy and big Money

Technology.am (Aug. 19, 2009) — Researchers have developed a new way to route Internet traffic that could save energy as well as money of Internet companies like Google.
Researchers from MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, and the networking company Akamai say big Internet companies could save up to 40 percent on their electricity bills by using an algorithm to send Internet traffic to data centers where electricity is less expensive.
Data centers consume a lot of energy. Operators like Google and Amazon spend over $30 million a year on data centers. …

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[19 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]
UK Retailer Tesco To Display Carbon Footprints On Milk

Technology.am (Aug. 19, 2009) — UK based retailer has displayed the full carbon footprint of milk, is one of the top selling products in the market. It has been found that methane from cows account for the biggest proportion of carbon footprint.
A carbon footprint is the total set of GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions caused directly and indirectly by an individual, organization, event or product.
From now, all Tesco own-label milk products will display the carbon footprint label as part of an on-going drive to help shoppers make …

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[14 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
Italy Launches First Clean Hydrogen Power Plant

Technology.am (Aug. 14, 2009) — Italian energy company Enel launched the world’s first industrial-scale, zero-emissions power plant fueled by hydrogen.
Enel, Italy’s largest power company said the 12 MW and $67 million plant, at Fusina in Venice’s industrial zone of Porto Marghera, generates enough electricity to meet the needs of 20,000 households while avoiding the emission of 17,000 tons of CO2 each year.
The project aims to develop research into the uses of hydrogen, a clean gas which produces only water when it burns.
The hydrogen is brought …

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[10 Aug 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Italy Plans to Build Solar-Energy-Producing Statue of Saint

Technology.am (Aug. 10, 2009) — Italy plans to build a 200ft high, solar energy-producing statue of one of its most cherished saints, Padre Pio. The statue will be coated in a special photovoltaic paint which will enable it to trap the sun’s heat and produce solar energy.
A survey by a Catholic magazine once found that more Italians pray to Padre Pio than to Jesus or the Virgin Mary.
Padre Pio, whose real name was Francesco Forgione, was born into a poverty-stricken family in 1887 and died in 1968. He …

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[9 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
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Technology.am (Aug. 9, 2009) — University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) plans to develop a photovoltaic solar farm on 20 acres of land on the University’s campus. It will be the largest solar farm in the state.
The 2.1-MW solar system will be about the size of 22 football fields, and it will generate electricity for the 4,100-student campus in Princess Anne, Md., when it’s finished, which is expected to be by the end of the year.
SunEdison will finance, build, operate and maintain the 2.1-megawatt system under a solar …

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[8 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
GM to Launch Plug-In Hybrid SUV in 2011

Technology.am (Aug. 8, 2007) — General Motors Co unveiled plans to launch a plug-in hybrid sport utility vehicle under the Buick brand in 2011.
The new five-passenger midsized crossover is expected to be the first commercially available plug-in hybrid SUV by a major automaker, and would follow GM’s heavily touted Chevrolet Volt plug-in car into the market.
It will replace the previously planned Saturn Vue plug-in, which was shelved after GM shed the Saturn brand as it restructured under bankruptcy protection.
The Buick plug-in will be powered by next-generation lithium-ion batteries, which can …