The 2011 Chevrolet Volt got another marketing jolt Monday, when it received the North American Car of the Year. The car that runs on electricity for 40 miles (65 kilometers) before a backup gas engine kicks in beat out the Nissan Leaf, another electric, and Hyundai Sonata in the annual ceremony on the first day of media previews for the Detroit auto show. Forty-nine auto journalists from the U.S. and Canada made the picks. The vehicles are judged on innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value. It's the latest in a string of accolades for the Volt, which went on sale in limited markets in December and costs $40,280. It was named the Green Car of the Year at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November and Motor Trend and Automobile Magazine named the Volt the 2011 car of the year the same month. General Motors Co. Vice Chairman Tom Stephens said the Volt "represents the soul" of the new GM, on the rebound after enduring a government-led bankruptcy in 2009. GM sold between 250 and 350 Chevy Volts in December and Nissan's sales totaled less than 10 Leaf sedans in the past two weeks. Production for both is slowly ramping up. It will be well into 2012 before both the Volt and Leaf, which costs $32,780, are available nationwide. Early demand is strong: About 50,000 people already are on waiting lists. The Volts are being assembled in Detroit. GM predicts it will sell 10,000 of them in 2011 and between 35,000 and 45,000 in 2012. By way of comparison, Chevrolet sold 187,250 Malibu sedans in the first 11 months of 2010 with sticker prices that start at $21,975.
KDC Solar has collaborated with United Stationers Supply and Sudler Companies to design, install, own and operate a 3.25MW roof-mounted solar installation in New Jersey, US.
Suzlon Energy, a wind turbine manufacturer, has secured an order from Vedanta Group firm Hindustan Zinc to set up, operate and maintain 150MW of wind power projects in India.
General Motors (GM) and the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have signed a licensing agreement to use Argonne's patented composite cathode material to develop advanced lithium-ion batteries that last longer between charges and can charge at higher voltages.
Izhar Energy on behalf of REAP has organized four training program at Vision Hall Lahore Pakistan in collaboration with GTZ Pakistan. The training was attended by Engineers and Installers from Solar Energy Industry. The training includes theoritical and on job training.
Utility Partners of America (UPA) has won a contract from Itron, a technology provider to the global energy and water industries, to deploy a substantial water meter automation project for the Cleveland Division of Water in Ohio.
Canada-based Plutonic Power and GE Energy Financial Services have agreed to acquire three photovoltaic (PV) solar facilities with a combined capacity of 50MW from First Solar in Canada.
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U.S. researchers say they've produced a new class of solar cells that can repair themselves much like plants do through photosynthesis. By using carbon nanotubes and DNA, scientists at Purdue University have developed solar technology aimed at increasing service life and reducing cost, a university release said Tuesday. "We've created artificial photosystems using optical nanomaterials to harvest solar energy that is converted to electrical power," Jong Hyun Choi, a Purdue professor of mechanical engineering, said. Photoelectrochemical cells that convert sunlight into electricity contain light-absorbing dyes called chromophores, similar to chlorophyll molecules in plants, that degrade due to exposure to sunlight. "The critical disadvantage of conventional photoelectrochemical cells is this degradation," Choi said. The new technology gets around this problem in the same way nature does, by continuously replacing the photo-damaged dyes with new ones. "This sort of self-regeneration is done in plants every hour," Choi said.
GreenWave Reality has said that it will collaborate on the SmartCity Malaga project in Spain to provide its home energy management platform that allows consumers to easily monitor and control their energy usage.
US based Stion, a manufacturer of thin-film solar panels, will build a new production facility in Mississippi as part of an incentive agreement with the state that includes a $75m loan and other tax and training incentives.
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Erin's Pavilion, a welcome and visitor center built on the 80-acre site of the Edwin Watts Southwind Park in Springfield, Ill., recently earned LEED Platinum certification under the LEED for New Construction (LEED-NC) rating system.
Numerous industry and government leaders spoke at the opening ceremony, which was held on Friday, December 17, 2010. The factory represents more than US$125 million in investment.
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