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Monday, October 14, 2002
Traction - Home
: "Traction is the leader in Enterprise Weblog software." And the CIA's In-Q-Tel is an investor and a happy user... 10:53:57 PM
Low-cost Klog Network
: "how you can create a low-cost knowledge weblog (klog) network using free and/or donor supported software" 10:23:21 PM
: "This story attempts to provide an impartial directory of different vendors that provide software for Weblogging" 10:20:49 PM
Radio comments into RSS
: "an unsupported way to get an RSS feed of your Radio comments (just change the usernum in the URL to your usernum)" 10:14:57 PM
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Nano batteries: "In the first year of a five-year collaborative effort with three other institutions funded by a $5 million grant from the U.S. Office of Naval Research, the research is showing progress toward its goal of creating a three-dimensional, millimeter-sized battery – considerably smaller than the centimeter-sized hearing aid batteries that are the smallest batteries on the market today. U Florida researchers have created both nano-anodes and nano-cathodes measured on the scale of billionths of a meter. They've shown in tests that these electrodes are as much as 100 times more powerful than traditional ones... Lithium-ion battery electrodes might sustain an average of 500 charges and discharges before wearing out .. , the nano-electrodes sustained as many as 1,400 charges.
[Like] lithium-ion batteries, these batteries are made of composites of small particles. Their ability to produce power depends on lithium ions diffusing throughout these particles. While microscopic, the particles are large enough to be measured in microns, or millionths of a meter. The nano-battery approach seeks to replace these particles with particles measured in billionths of a meter, which would enhance power storage and production because the lithium ions would have less distance to travel as they diffuse. Micro-batteries also could power tiny pumps or presses in MEMS devices." 9:35:07 PM
Syndicate Your Page
: A site that converts pages to rss feeds, as long as the items are enclosed in <SPAN class=rss:item> and </SPAN> 9:30:10 PM
Solar Photovoltaic Industry Cost and Price Trends: Page with many useful reference figures. Example: "competitiveness of solar PV in different market segments:"
Solar Price/Competing Energy source
: A South African high school student demonstrates a solar refrigerator: "Matthews' invention uses sunlight, captured by an array of solar panels, to drive coolant around a refrigerator the size of a large picnic cooler. Matthews' dream is to sell Solar Freeze to rural villages in Africa and Asia at below 500 rands (50 dollars) each." 10:22:04 AM
Bids required for Manthania, India solar thermal plant
: "Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation is implementing the Rs907-crore ($187m) project while the Rajasthan Power Distribution Agency has agreed to purchase all the power. DSD Dillinger of Germany, Larsen and Toubro and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd have been shortlisted under the prequalification process. The project is expected to be commissioned in 36 months. Parabolic trough technology will be used for collecting solar thermal energy. The parabolic mirror will have 2,20,000 square metres area for collecting solar energy. The project will receive funding of 128 million euro from KfW of Germany, US$45 million from the World Bank's Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Rs50 crore ($10m) each from the Government of India and the Government of Rajasthan. " 10:15:49 AM
Bolivia secures $60M for rural electrification (Oct 9, 2002)
: "Bolivia's government has secured provisional commitments for loans totaling approximately US$60mn towards a US$200mn rural electrification program, Bolivia's hydrocarbons minister Fernando Illanes said. The provisional commitments have come from the Andean Development Corporation (CAF), German development bank KfW and the World Bank. Bolivia's government will continue to seek other sources of financing and also expects to provide an undefined amount of funds itself, Illanes said. President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada has committed himself to providing electric power to 200,000 homes over the next five years, although the government envisages an emergency program to be implemented within the next 90 days. The plan includes extending distribution networks and installing solar power units in the more remote parts of the country." 10:09:39 AM
Solar power under spotlight in Thai Government
: "Porponth Sichanugrist is the acting deputy director of energy projects at the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA).. So far, only six megawatts of solar cells have been installed across the country, most of them as part of state-development projects in remote areas. The production relies heavily on imported technology. Initially, the National Energy Policy Office drafted a master plan to increase solar-energy production to 25.94 megawatts by 2006 and to 161.97 megawatts by 2011. .. In the next five years, NSTDA's solar energy operating unit is due to be privatised and become a distributor of solar-power products. A total of 300 million baht ($7m)would be invested in the venture. Seven or eight Thai companies were interested in contributing a total of 50 million baht with the state putting in 250 million baht, he said. .. The NSTDA and the Federation of Thai Industries have already spent 10 million baht on establishing a joint venture which, to date, has installed solar roofs on 10 factories that wanted to reduce their energy bills. " 10:06:58 AM