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daily link  Wednesday, December 11, 2002


Denmark to build wind power plant in Philippines: "Construction of the 25-megawatt plant in the northern province of Ilocos Norte will begin next year and will be completed in 2004, the Department of Energy said Tuesday. It will be the first commercial wind plant to be established in this country through a 25 million-dollar funding from the Danish International Development Agency. The plant will be built and operated by Danish firm Northwind Power Development Corp., which is to sell the electricity to a local distributor at rates below that of traditional power plants, the energy department said. A state firm is also planning to set up a 40-megawatt wind power plant in the northern Philippines by 2004. If both projects are completed, the Philippines will become the region's biggest user of wind-power, the department said"  11:53:55 PM  permalink  

Renewable energy relegated to niche play in Asia: A new EIA report on Asia reports

  • more than one billion people without access to power, largely in rural communities, in 2000
  • The World Bank's lending to energy efficiency and renewable schemes made up about 64 percent of total energy financing in 2001 and 2002, up from 16 percent in the 1990s. 
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) in October approved a $33.1 million loan to develop biomass power generation in rural China and also has funded projects in India and Indonesia
  • Shell estimates solar power costs would fall by 20 percent every three years.
  11:49:06 PM  permalink  

Materials News from MRS: Materials Research Society news, with much up to date detail on nanostructured materials.  6:30:25 PM  permalink  

Gateway Gears Up Grid Computing: Gateway Inc. is "linking thousands of display PCs in its nationwide chain of stores to create a grid computing environment capable of scaling to 14 teraflops of performance. Through its Processing on Demand initiative, which will be unveiled this week, Gateway is making available the computing power of almost 8,000 PCs spread across its 272 Gateway stores.. Because the company routinely upgrades the PCs in the stores, the computing capabilities on the grid feature the latest technologies, they said... Users pay 15 cents per processor hour to access as much power as they need—up to more than 14 teraflops, or 1 trillion floating-point operations per second." At 14-teraflops, according to a Top 500 Supercomputer ranking, "the second-most powerful supercomputer on the planet."  If this catches on, there are lots of comparable networks of computers that could compete with gateway (or be aggregated into a single even more powerful grid service). I wonder how that will accelerate molecular modeling, both for biotech and nanotech.  1:10:07 PM  permalink  

Stefan Huesemann recently finished a PhD in the field of information exchange systems in the filed of humanitarian development projects.  Several notable elements:

He refers to current IDML use by The Development Gateway which uses "the so called AIDA IDML for information exchange with its partners and information providers (like the OECD, UNDP, FAO, Worldbank etc.)."

  12:15:06 PM  permalink  

Directory of Development Organizations 2002: "This Directory lists 25,000 contacts of organizations that offer (non-) financial support, market access, information and advice to the enterprise and poverty-reducing sectors in low-income countries. Contact details include the organization's mail and street address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address and Web page details, if available. This Directory is intended to provide a comprehensive source of reference for development practitioners, researchers, donor employees, and policymakers who are interested in private sector development and poverty alleviation, particularly in low-income countries. "  Dowloadable in PDF.  Statistics below.  Last update December 2001.

Volume
Megabytes
Pages
Countries
Contacts
Weblinks
(incl. overlaps)
I.A
 Africa
1.5
271
57
5,186
2,440
I.B
 Africa
1.6
276
II.A
 Asia and the Middle East
1.8
286
50
5,560
3,248
II.B
 Asia and the Middle East
1.7
282
III.A
 Europe
2.1
318
50
6,235
5,144
III.B
 Europe
2.3
325
IV
 Central America and Caribbean
1.7
270
34
2,627
1,446
V
 Oceania
0.4
61
20
515
377
VI
 South America
1.9
310
14
3,058
1,772
VII
 Canada and the USA
1.8
232
2
2,286
2,338
Total
16.8
2,631
227
25,467
16,765

  12:07:44 PM  permalink  

 

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