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  • Plan to expand US hybrid, small car support hits hurdle | Business Spectator
    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 Plan to expand US hybrid small car support hits hurdle 4 Sep 2013 9 47 AM Climate CleanTech Policy Politics Republicans lawmakers bill would expand advanced car program to heavy duty trucks 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 Democratic proposals to widen the scope of the US Department of Energy s loan program for advanced cars could falter in the face of Republican opposition in Congress Last week the DOE said it was planning an active outreach campaign for its Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program created in 2007 to spur the development of plug in hybrid and electric vehicles The department said it has more than 15 billion still on hand to dole out to potential applicants Currently the program is limited mostly to manufacturers of light duty passenger vehicles or their components Two Democratic Senators have introduced a bill to allow component manufacturers further down the supply chain and makers of efficient medium and heavy duty trucks and buses to also be eligible for funding This program has helped American companies retool their plants to create new high tech products and new American jobs including helping companies bring jobs back from Mexico said Senator Debbie Stabenow a Democrat from Michigan Stabenow introduced the legislation with Ron Wyden the Democratic chairman of the Senate energy committee It is unclear exactly how much interest the administration would attract without expanding the parameters of the program especially while holding applicants to higher financial standards and given political divisions The agency promised more than 8 billion in funding to five companies between 2009 and 2011 including a 5 9 billion loan to Ford Motor Co 1 5 billion to Nissan and 465 million to Tesla Motors Inc Tesla repaid its loan earlier this year but the program s failures have garnered considerably more attention This spring Republicans blasted the DOE for its failure to vet Fisker Automotive a maker of pricey plug in hybrid sports cars now struggling to find a buyer and repay nearly 200 million in government loans The Department promised the company a 529 million loan but it froze Fisker

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  • Eight to battle for cleantech title | Business Spectator
    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 Eight to battle for cleantech title 2 Sep 2013 9 57 AM Climate CleanTech Finalists announced in Australian Cleantech Competition with judges to weigh invention and commercial potential 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 Eight companies specialising in technologies from solar cell manufacturing to lighting efficiency to hot water heaters will compete for the title of Australia s best clean technology in Sydney next month The Australian Cleantech Competition said the finalists were global leaders and a demonstration of smart and sustainable technologies The judges assessed business plans from 30 semi finalists short listing those that have the greatest potential to be a commercial success and thereby facilitate the greatest environmental benefits The finalists BluGlass Limited with its breakthrough LED lighting and solar cell manufacturing technology called Remote Plasma Chemical Vapour Deposition RPCVD Elevare Energy a power electronics company using its technology to make energy storage with batteries commercially viable reducing GHG s and rising power prices Global Future Solutions a biotechnology company producing environmentally safer products for the Oil Gas Poultry Life Sciences and Sanitation Industries Microheat Technologies advanced fluid heating technology compact and energy efficient point of use instantaneous hot water heater Organic Response a revolutionary lighting control system using Distributed Intelligence to deliver maximum energy savings with optimal occupancy comfort RayGen Resources solar technology that combines the most efficient solar cells with the most efficient collector to produce the world s lowest cost concentrated solar system Specialty Coatings EnerSheetTM is a fibreglass composite roof sheeting product with embedded thin film solar photovoltaic PV material Z Filter sseparates solids from liquids by trapping them inside a single zippered filter element a Sock The top 30 finalists were previously announced in June and over the past two months have received extensive mentoring and support from some of country s leading advisors to help them develop and grow

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  • Japan tests 500km/h train | Business Spectator
    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 Japan tests 500km h train 30 Aug 2013 9 36 AM 1 Climate CleanTech World s fastest train tested expected to be ready for passengers in 2027 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 Japan is trialling the world s fastest magnetic levitation train which will travel at speeds of up to 500 kilometres per hour when ready in 2027 Bloomberg reports Central Japan Railway plans to begin work on the 5 1 trillion yen 57 1 billion maglev line between Tokyo and Nagoya as early as April the news site said The maglevs will rocket passengers to Nagoya a city of 2 3 million people from Tokyo in as little as 40 minutes for the 286 kilometre journey from as short as 95 minutes now JR Central said The company plans to dig 248 kilometres of tunnels to make the line straight enough to support the

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  • Vestas unveils giant turbine | Business Spectator
    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 Vestas unveils giant turbine 30 Aug 2013 6 49 AM Climate CleanTech Wind power Danish wind turbine eyes offshore market with new 8MW model 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 Danish wind turbine maker Vestas is banking on a more powerful design to become a leading player in the offshore market where it has lagged competitors like Germany s Siemens We want to be a strong top two player in the offshore market by 2020 Vestas offshore senior vice president Uffe Vinther Schou told reporters at a site near Odense where the prototype V164 turbine is 90 per cent complete Supplying turbines offshore where noise and visual pollution face less public resistance is seen as a major growth area and a key challenge for new chief executive Anders Runevad Under his predecessor Ditlev Engel Vestas issued five profit warnings as it struggled with overcapacity and falling state subsidies The new turbine will have power output of 8 megawatts MW dwarfing Siemens 6 MW offshore turbine which has been a popular choice in recent offshore tenders Vestas biggest offshore turbine currently has capacity of 3 3 MW The V164 will be a game changer Mr Vinther Schou said Mr Vinther Schou said Vestas is still interested in getting a partner in the offshore segment but said the company will get the V164 to market even without collaboration Vestas said last year it was in talks with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries from Japan but no partnership has been announced Chief technology officer Anders Vedel said there had been no major problems with the prototype and he still expected it to be installed in the first quarter of 2014 Vestas needs a lever to get into the offshore market and the V164 could serve

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  • California tops US solar ranking | Business Spectator
    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 California tops US solar ranking 27 Aug 2013 7 47 AM Climate CleanTech Renewable energy Solar energy State comes out on top again with strong growth in solar installations 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 California keeps its US solar crown for a second year running becoming the first state to install more than 1 000MW in 12 months a new study shows The rankings by consultancy Ernst Young award each US state a score out 100 for criteria including a state s potential for certain technologies infrastructure and policies according to PV Tech The environmental news site reports that California came out on top again with 1 033MW of solar installed this year out of a total 3 313 MW for the nation Hawaii Nevada New Mexico and Colorado also made the top

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  • Are we being too optimistic on Tesla? | Business Spectator
    could get away with saying his company had been dumb in its approaches In the fourth quarter of last year we were extremely dumb at making cars In the first quarter we were maybe still pretty dumb laugh And we were slightly dumb in the second quarter And hopefully by the fourth quarter we will at least not be dumb he said according to CleanTechnica It shows an understanding that Tesla has a lot of improvement with Musk acutely aware the carmaker has a number of issues to counter including 1 Its current profit is largely down to selling zero emissions credits to rival automakers 2 It is valued on 200 times earnings meaning expectations are sky high 3 It has not yet cracked the code for an affordable high quality electric car and if it does will it damage the brand name The elephant in the room is the latter that of branding Tesla Motors is confident of producing a US35 000 electric car for the masses but would it still carry the Tesla name Right now the brand of Tesla is somewhat equivalent to a Mercedes In fact it s probably stronger more akin to Apple whereby there is a large group of followers on the edge of their seat to upgrade to the next innovation and a core group intrigued by what could be next Both Mercedes and Apple however don t go down market If Mercedes used its name to do so it would likely lose its market in the luxury segment This begs the question If Tesla puts its name to a 35 000 car regardless of how good it is does it tarnish the aspirational view of the brand such that its ability to sell luxury cars whittles away And if it does would it matter so long as you sell plenty of the affordable option As for the valuation the metrics are largely irrelevant with a company like Tesla On the surface it is overvalued to an incredible degree A company that sells just over 20 000 cars a year and on a price to earnings ratio in the hundreds the long term market average is around 15 should be worth a fraction of its current price But investors are seeing a company that could be a key cog in the future of the automotive sector They are witnessing the rapid development of new technology that could reshape the way we drive However if it fails to meet ever growing expectations at any time in the next 12 months it is priced such that its share price will get hammered Investors are banking on Elon Musk who last week outlined his innovative Hyperloop transport option to be the next Henry Ford He very well could be and with a market capitalisation of 18 billion he almost needs to be Print this page Are we being too optimistic on Tesla Daniel Palmer 19 Aug 2013 8 31 PM 1 Climate CleanTech More from Daniel

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  • CleanTech | Business Spectator
    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 CleanTech What is the future of mobility America is starting to move away from the automobile with new business models emerging to take care of our transport needs by Laurie Guevara Stone 8 09am August 15 Is Hyperloop the transport of the future Tesla Motors and SpaceX boss Elon Musk explains his plans for a faster more energy efficient transport option by Elon Musk 10 07am August 13 2 comments EV charger maker Ecotality says may file for bankruptcy Series of disappointing results leave US listed group on the edge by Reuters 8 50am August 13 EV charger maker Ecotality says may file for bankruptcy Series of disappointing results leave US listed group on the edge by Reuters 8 50am August 13 Performance of cleantech firms improved in 2012 report Cleantech firms market cap rises 18 to 170bn by Reuters 9 24am August 09 Tesla surge 18 on Model S success Market applauds second straight quarterly profit by Reuters 9 21am August 09 EV maker Tesla surprises with Q2 profit Elon Musk led electric car group had been expected to revert to red ink by Reuters 9 02am August 08 GM Daimler amp up US electric car price war GM and Daimler reduce prices struggle to match Tesla success by Reuters 8 43am August 07 1 comment EU seeks to defuse row over Mercedes coolant Brussels acts to break impasse still no sign of either side backing down by Reuters 8 40am August 07 Daimler requests court injunction against French sales ban Hoping for a temporary injunction as coolant row plays out by Reuters 10 09am August 05 CEFC backs Port Augusta project Sundrop Farms to use solar thermal tech when building 20 hectare

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/climate/cleantech?page=1 (2014-01-13)
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  • CleanTech | Business Spectator
    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 CleanTech Field narrows for brown coal cash grants Further detail revealed on 90m brown coal technology grant program 11 49am January 07 2 comments ARENA funds 530k for liquid battery Investment to help CSIRO and Boulder Ionics to commercialise ionic liquid production method 11 44am November 20 VIDEO Siemens Energy CTO on the energy revolution In this video interview with Siemens Energy Chief Technology Officer he enthusiastically outlines how a range of technologies including energy storage LED lighting solar more efficient homes computing power smart grids CCS and wind can lower our carbon footprint while enriching our lives by Tristan Edis 2 03pm November 19 4 comments Compressed air gives storage a lift Developments in utility scale compressed air storage are set to deal a blow to doubts about wind and solar s ability to significantly contribute to national grids by Tina Casey 4 32pm September 25 7 comments Sparks fly in a smooth Chevy encounter Easy on the ears but with some super acceleration the iconic American carmaker has produced a shining addition to the EV market by Silvio Marcacci 11 35am September 20 1 comment Setting the standard for Australian EVs Mitsubishi Nissan Holden and Tesla offer electric cars in the Australian market with more on the way Yet we remain without a uniform charging plug by Thomas Bräunl 8 06am September 16 Renault Bollore to team up for EV push Iconic French carmaker to team with battery specialist Bollore push into electric car market 12 22pm September 12 EVs to star at Frankfurt show BMW s first ever electric vehicle to headline climate conscious models in Germany 3 42pm September 11 All eyes on Australia s carbon storage surge Australia is set to become the home of the world s largest carbon capture facility potentially creating the template for the rest of the world by John Kemp 12 00pm September 11 5 comments Poland to pursue tech solution to climate Coal reliant nation s PM says emissions reduction lies in renewables innovation not coal

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