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U.N. chief welcomes announcements made in Climate Summit

U.N. chief welcomes announcements made in Climate Summit

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed bold new actions to addres...

Climate Summit sees intiatives and commitments

Climate Summit sees intiatives and commitments

Various bodies and entities on the Climate Summit in New York have announced the...

Climate Rally reaches 310,000 participants

Climate Rally reaches 310,000 participants

The number of people who joined the People’s Climate March this September 21 rea...

China takes big step in reducing ozone depleting gases

China takes big step in reducing ozone depleting gases

China has taken a big step towards reducing its hydrochlorfluorocarbons by closi...

Ozone layer on road to recovery – U.N.E.P., W.M.O.

Ozone layer on road to recovery – U.N.E.P., W.M.O.

The ozone layer is on the road to recovery, but unified action is still needed t...

Green vacation: Go on an eco-friendly safari

Green vacation: Go on an eco-friendly safari

The primary goal of modern-day eco-friendly African safaris is to lessen the ove...

Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could lose around 2 percent G.D.P. due to climate change – A.D.B. report

Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could lose around 2 percent G.D.P. due to climate change – A.D.B. report

Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could be looking at economic losses of around 2 ...

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Technology

More ethanol-tolerant yeast for more biofuel production

More ethanol-tolerant yeast for more biofuel production

Thursday, 09 October 2014

Yeast is an important component in the ethanol production process; however, high concentrations of ethanol are toxic to yeast. In order to improve the...

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Politics

New Yorkers support renewables, opposes fracking – N.R.D.C. poll

New Yorkers support renewables, opposes fracking – N.R.D.C. poll

Sunday, 12 October 2014

A state-wide poll commissioned for the Natural Resources Defense Council reveals that New Yorkers oppose fracking and support clean, renewable energy....

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Living Green

Kitchen green-over: Seven easy steps to an eco-friendly kitchen

Kitchen green-over: Seven easy steps to an eco-friendly kitchen

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

According to a World Health Organization Report, the global temperature has gotten warmer at about 1 degree Celsius over the 20th century. Although th...

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Renewables

Low-Carbon

Sony Pictures Entertainment installs 60 E.V. chargers for employee use

Sony Pictures Entertainment installs 60 E.V. chargers for employee use

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

A total of 60 charging stations have been installed at Sony Pictures Entertainment’s lot and offices in Culver City, California. The installation is s...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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Lithium-ion batteries’ cost seen dropping by 2017

Pike Research says the installed cost of lithium-ion batteries will fall by more than one-third by the end of 2017 as manufacturing efficiencies improve and access to lithium expands.

This drop in prices will affect the cost of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, which rely almost exclusively on lithium-ion batteries.

Pike Research's report indicates that the installed prices of EV batteries could be reduced by as much as $523 per kilowatt-hour in 2017.

Revenue-wise, the market for lithium-ion batteries for transportation could grow from $2 billion annually in 2011 to more than $14.6 billion by the expected year.

"The market for lithium-ion batteries will be driven primarily by plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles, which require much larger battery packs than hybrids," says research director John Gartner.

"Battery chemistries that prioritize energy capacity over power density can satisfy both the PHEV and EV battery segments, enabling vendors to offer products to multiple vendors for multiple models."

Government subsidies, which initiated the growth of the hybrid and electric vehicle market, will still continue driving the market, Pike said.

The report also stated that nearly half of demand is likely to come from Asia, led primarily by China. Europe and the United States are likely to constitute 25 percent and 21 percent of the market, respectively.

Despite the plethora in battery chemistries being commercialized, all with unique properties for power, energy density, and life cycle performance, greater interest in the lithium-ion phosphate chemistry will persist in years to come due to its superior performance characteristics coupled with increased safety. – EcoSeed Staff



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