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  • EVs to star at Frankfurt show | Business Spectator
    Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu EVs to star at Frankfurt show 11 Sep 2013 3 42 PM Climate CleanTech BMW s first ever electric vehicle to headline climate conscious models in Germany You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP Electric cars by German builders are just some of the nearly 70 world premieres at the 65th edition of the IAA auto show opening later this week German premium maker BMW has an entire hall to itself where pride of place will be given to the new i3 its first ever fully electric model with a driving range of between 130 300 kilometres which is scheduled to hit Europe s showrooms in November Another hotly awaited model at the show opening in Frankfurt on Thursday will be BMW s plug in hybrid the i8 The Munich based group will also present the definitive version of its new Series 4 the coupe version of its Series 3 limousine and the x5 eDrive prototype a plug in hybrid take on its x5 SUV Volkswagen Europe s biggest car maker is also going electric with its first fully electric models the e Golf and the e

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  • Zinc-air batteries to join the charge | Business Spectator
    totaling 1 9 billion worldwide it costs about a third what lithium costs it weighs about half what lithium weighs in comparable applications and while lithium ion batteries have caught fire under certain trials zinc is environmentally benign going to zinc oxide the main component of baby powder after playing out in a battery And zinc oxide is easily recyclable Brost claims the ZAF battery itself will be recyclable But let s look at what ZAF scientists say their prototype can do Brost wrote in a white paper that research institutes and industrial labs have verified the basic function of rechargeable zinc air cells but three basic problems have remained the air catalyst must be stable and convert oxygen to hydroxide during discharge and evolve oxygen during charges the zinc electrode must be protected against air oxidation in order to prevent self discharge and must be able to be formed and reformed hundreds of times without loss of energy or shorting the cell and the alkaline electrolyte cannot lose water as it is exposed to a continual stream of air nor can it react with air contaminants such as carbon dioxide Brost says the ZAF prototype battery solves these problems First they ve achieved 400 Mh kg when previously 180 Mh kg was the norm with zinc air batteries which means that the prototype has achieved at least two times the energy output of currently used lithium ion batteries They ve developed a highly efficient bi directional air cathode and made all three components of the battery bi directional And they have developed the first solid state electrolyte to be used in a battery Instead of a typical liquid or paste alkaline electrolyte the ZAF battery uses a solid polymer electrolyte that limits the amount of oxygen that can pass through while allowing ions to pass freely This substantially increases the number of recharges and extends the battery life Brost notes that problems of dendrites forming in zinc batteries are addressed through proprietary anode and electrolyte designs that both limit dendrite growth and prevent shorting Howard Wilkins chairman emeritus at ViZn and holder of a patent on the ZAF battery reports that ZAF licensed a fuel cell technology developed at Lawrence Livermore National Labs The technology was a fuel cell that was mechanically rechargeable it had to be rebuilt to recharge We found a way to make it electronically rechargeable That increased the energy by 300 percent and then we made it rechargeable he says He says the electrolyte in the ZAF battery has been proven rechargeable at 500 charges and researchers are trying to get beyond that When asked if 500 charges would be sufficient Wilkens noted that a ZAF battery lasts almost three times as long as today s batteries so in a cell phone for example a ZAF battery might only need to be charged once a week rather than several times a week One of the main applications ZAF is aiming its research toward is the

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  • Joan Melcher | Business Spectator
    US Given its history of disappointment a clean set of financial numbers is needed to restore confidence Politics Australian Election Federal Budget International News Asia Europe USA National Affairs Latest stories Gagging visas are an attack on democracy The skyrocketing price of a journalist visa for Nauru will limit coverage of Australian prisoners on a vassal state It is an insult to the democratic principles this country stands for Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Joan Melcher Zinc air batteries to join the charge An American zinc air battery company claims a novel electrolyte will solve the recharging problem that has plagued the technology by Joan Melcher 11 51am September 10 Search Markets Global Indices Index Last Chg Chg DOW JONES 16437 05 7 7 S P 500 1842 37 4 2 0 2 NASDAQ 4174 66 18 5 0 4 FTSE 100 6739 94 48 6 0 7 NIKKEI 15912 06 31 7 0 2 Hang Seng 22846 25 58 9 0 3 The Spectators US labour market can withstand the chill Callam

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  • Opel EV price slides as competitors emerge | Business Spectator
    the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Opel EV price slides as competitors emerge 10 Sep 2013 9 48 AM Climate CleanTech GM s European brand cuts price for first time by A11500 in Germany other markets to follow You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Reuters General Motors European brand Opel has announced a 17 per cent cut in the price of its Ampera electric car in Germany at this week s Frankfurt car show where rivals will be showing off their electric models for the first time Effective immediately we are lowering the price of an Ampera to 38 300 euros A55 000 which is a cut of almost 8 000 euros 11 500 in Germany Opel Chief Executive Karl Thomas Neumann told an industry conference on Monday Speaking to reporters Neumann said it was no coincidence that the price cut coincided with the premiere of key competitor models like the electric version of the Volkswagen Golf hatchback and Up minicar We see a tremendous chance given all the talk about electro mobility and we want to remind people that we have been in the market already for one and a half years he said Price cuts will also be made in other markets but due to differing tax laws the price tag and the size of the reduction will be different from country to country a company spokesman said Opel s finance chief Michael Lohscheller said the price cut would not have any impact on its target of a slightly narrower loss for Opel this year given the relatively low sales figures He also said that a better than expected first half would not mean it would upgrade its outlook either The second half is traditionally weaker than the first half in the

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  • Voting for a quick cleantech harvest | Business Spectator
    in that we moved early on environmental issues and now have a wonderful place to live We ve avoided the smogs of Beijing and of London and Manchester from an earlier age we have not killed too many rivers and not destroyed the ecosystems that support many industries and communities We achieved these benefits by seeing the economic benefits of a healthy environment We re not doing so well with the current challenges however Countries with more pollution are from necessity grasping the economic and industrial leadership in cleantech Have no doubt that Australia will be buying and adopting cleantech solutions we just have a choice of whether we would prefer to manufacture or import them The vested interests have done a good job so far of protecting their revenue streams and delaying the growth of cleantech The chief executive of any company is paid to protect shareholder value The comments from a chief executive of a large company must however always be taken with a large serve of salt Remember the lights were going to go out in Melbourne if there was a price on carbon how did that ludicrous comment make the front page and why would any sane politician pay any heed Origin Energy was once the most outspoken of advocates for renewable energy when it was growing its solar business was looking at wind farms and had invested into geothermal Its slick TV advertising even managed to position it as the leading green energy company As times change so does the source of shareholder value Origin is now a vocal critic of the same Renewable Energy Target as its retail business stutters its renewable investments are canned and everything is now riding on being able to sell its gas Very few companies ever take a position that will not deliver commercial benefit Origin s position of a few years ago was entirely commercially driven as it should be and is today Vested interests will never see much further than the annual results and certainly do not care about driving long term economic outcomes for the country through building new industries creating new centres of excellence and changing the business models that enabled their success That of course is the job of politicians So what will the election bring for cleantech Either way there will be changes to names numbers and supporting programs all governments have to do this to show they are new A Coalition win may see the end of the Cleantech Investment Program and Cleantech Innovation Program which have each delivered great benefits for both mature companies seeking to become more efficient and emerging companies looking to grow There will be shouts of outrage about change and or about lack of change Whatever happens it will only be a blip The fundamental drivers of cleantech have a much longer lifecycle than that of politicians of any colour and the global momentum continues to build The policy settings may determine how much industry and how

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  • John O’Brien | Business Spectator
    disappointment a clean set of financial numbers is needed to restore confidence Politics Australian Election Federal Budget International News Asia Europe USA National Affairs Latest stories Gagging visas are an attack on democracy The skyrocketing price of a journalist visa for Nauru will limit coverage of Australian prisoners on a vassal state It is an insult to the democratic principles this country stands for Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu John O Brien Voting for a quick cleantech harvest Australia has moved early on environmental issues in the past and reaped the rewards How quickly we rise above vested interests will determine our next bounty by John O Brien 8 56am September 06 1 comment Search Markets Global Indices Index Last Chg Chg DOW JONES 16437 05 7 7 S P 500 1842 37 4 2 0 2 NASDAQ 4174 66 18 5 0 4 FTSE 100 6739 94 48 6 0 7 NIKKEI 15912 06 31 7 0 2 Hang Seng 22846 25 58 9 0 3 The Spectators US labour market can

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  • Melbourne CBD wins sustainability tick | Business Spectator
    with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Melbourne CBD wins sustainability tick 5 Sep 2013 12 37 PM Climate CleanTech Smart Energy City receives international prize for green building adoption program You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password By a staff reporter The City of Melbourne has been recognised as a global leader in cultivating green buildings in a ceremony in London overnight Lord Mayor Robert Doyle was presented with the award for the category of Energy Efficient Built Environment one of 10 categories in the inaugural C40 and Siemens Climate Leadership prize The city beat finalists including Berlin and New York for the green buildings award The award was for the city s Sustainable Buildings Program which brings together support for building owners and managers to complete energy and water retrofits with city designed and managed property tax based financing We know that sustainability and liveability are inexorably linked For us to maintain a high standard of living we need to set the highest standards in sustainability Cr Doyle said We know that our retrofitting program 1200 buildings is expected to generate economic uplift of 2 billion and create 8000 jobs Research suggests that the Gross Local Product of the City of Melbourne increased from 58 billion in 2008 to 68 billion in 2012 Employment has received a major boost with 50 000 additional jobs created over the same period The construction and building industries professional services and downstream real estate services have experienced the largest jobs growth Melbourne s efforts to create an energy efficient landscape for retrofitting existing buildings and setting minimum standards for new buildings have led to the highest density of new green buildings in Australia We are providing building owners with the tools and the know how to reduce energy use save water and lower carbon emissions If you need finance to enable a retrofit we can facilitate it through the Sustainable Melbourne Fund Our

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  • Electric vehicle jump start, solar turnaround | Business Spectator
    Chinese domestic market at a price below cost therefore our business performance was materially impacted the company said in a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Global solar installations are projected to reach a record 37GW this year up 20 per cent over 2012 with Japan and China installing 9GW each Even with this growth China s energy mix will still continue to be dominated by coal according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance s latest research analysing scenarios to 2030 China has started to change course towards a cleaner future But despite significant progress in renewable energy deployment coal looks set to remain dominant to 2030 More support for renewable energy natural gas and energy efficiency will be needed if China wants to reduce its reliance on coal more quickly said Jun Ying country manager and head of research for China In wind turbine maker Sinovel reported a net loss of CNY 457 9 million in the first half of the year compared with a net income of CNY 11 2m a year earlier In contrast wind power developer Datang Corp saw its first half profit more than double to CNY 231m as increased grid capacity allowed output to expand Suntech Power Holdings meanwhile said that it has reached an understanding with creditors that will allow a conversion of debt to equity and the introduction of a strategic investor The main unit of the Chinese company had filed for bankruptcy earlier this year In a filing Suntech said it expects to enter a restructuring framework agreement in the next week or so On the trade disputes front the European Union found that Chinese solar panel makers did indeed benefit from government subsidies although this does not undermine the amicable solution with China which resulted into the undertaking applied from the beginning of August in the context of the anti dumping proceeding John Clancy spokesman for EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said in a statement Carbon and oil EU CO2 jumped last week as Syria tensions sent oil soaring European Union carbon advanced last week tracking natural gas power and a surge in crude oil European Union Allowances EUAs for December 2013 gained 2 9 per cent to end the week at EUR 4 57 t compared with EUR 4 44 t at the close of the previous week The EUA market was relatively quiet at the beginning of last week Only 2 9Mt of front year EUAs exchanged hands on ICE on Monday 26 August a public holiday in the UK This was far below the 15 day moving average of 8 3Mt Prices climbed above EUR 4 50 t on Tuesday and spiked to EUR 4 72 t at the start of trading on Wednesday West Texas Intermediate crude rose as much as 3 per cent Wednesday on the New York Mercantile Exchange its highest since May 2011 on concern that conflict in Syria may threaten oil supplies from the Middle East Higher oil prices can influence

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