India's GMR Group, which was building a 800 MW gas fired combined cycle power project, has sold 70% of its stake in the project for US$481 million to a consortium of Manila Electric Company and First Pacific from The Philippines. While GMR is said to have made a handsome profit of US$246 million through the deal, it also underlines the difficult si...
Graphene for Solar Energy Devices -An Academic Research and Development Landscape Analysis for the year 2012
Graphene which is a flat monolayer of carbon atoms tightly packed into a two-dimensional (2D) honeycomb lattice. It is a basic building block for graphitic materials of all other dimensionalities. In the last few years the novel material has received a lot of attention from the global research and development community. The material can be used i...
The data center demand is increasing due to trend such as virtualization, consolidation, and cloud computing. Many companies are increasing their investments in data center space due to the rising use of online streaming media, online gaming, high-performance computing, and other services. Increasing needs for data storage and physical space constr...
There’s a wonderful scene in “Almost Famous” in which Philip Seymour Hoffman tells the teenage aspiring writer/protagonist, “I met you. You are not cool.” I’ve always loved that line, because I feel like what he was really saying was, “You are your own kind of cool.” On my best days, this is how I would describe myself – my own kind of cool. I’m n...
The recent announcement of the acquisition, by Australia's Macquarie, of a large gas-fired power station in the UK (the 540MW Baglan Bay plant) is seen by some observers as a sign of the market for gas plants turning round. However, is it really? Well, it all depends. Gas spreads are still in the doldrums really. But in the UK at least, there is s...
Silence has always been a distraction for me. I need music or a medley of conversations to help me focus and concentrate. I always have music in the background, and when I work on something important, I have a few favorite playlists that help inspire and focus me. Recently I took a closer look at one of my favorites: Leonard Cohen, a musician/poet ...
For More EVs on European Roads, OEMs Have to Significantly Reduce Car Weight, while Authorities Put Necessary Legislation in Place
According to the latest AID newsletter, Electric Vehicles (EVs) & Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) sales reached 20,558 units in Western Europe for the first 10 month of 2012. During the same period, the United States registered 38,000 units sold, half of it being Chevrolet’s Volt. Worldwide not more than 100,000 electric vehicles are expec...
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