Gore Predicts Rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline
Al Gore, who considers the Keystone XL pipeline as an atrocity, said he thinks President Barack Obama is likely to reject the controversial project between Canada’s oil sands and U.S. Gulf Coast refineries. Former Vice President Gore, who has a Nobel Peace Prize for advocating action against global warming and climate change, expressed in a Rolling Stone magazine article dated June 18, that the world is finally acting to address the risks of CO2. Gore said that his optimism was based in part on the administration’s recent announcement to limit carbon from power plants.
Siemens Join Mitsubishi in Bid to Acquire Alstom
CEO’s of Siemens AG and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. argued their bid for a joint acquisition of Alstom SA’s energy operations, claiming that their offer beats an offer from General Electric Co. as they fight over to win the backing of the French government. Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser said that his bid will safeguard jobs and investments, three weeks after GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt pitched his offer to the same crowd. The German-Japanese proposal offered 14.2 billion euros compared with GE’s 12.35 billion euros.
Nordex Secures Three Turkish Wind Farm Orders Totaling 44 MW
Nordex SE, the German wind turbine producer, secured orders to provide 44.4 MW of its wind turbines to three wind farms in Turkey. Nordex will supply six of its 3-MW turbines to the Urla project in Izmir, nine of its 2.4 MW machines to Yenihasar farm and another two 2.4 MW generators to the Pitane project, also located in Izmir. Nordex will source the towes and some of the rotor blades locally, which will bring-in more subsidies. Development will be done between spring and summer next year.
Move Over Silicon, New Circuit Material Developed
Researchers from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering have now overcome a major roadblock in carbon nanotube technology by developing a flexible and efficient hybrid circuit combining carbon nanotube (CNT) thin film transistors with indium, gallium and zinc oxide (IGZO) thin film transistors. The new hybrid material could take the place of silicon in making transistors since carbon nanotubes are more transparent, flexible and can be processed at lower costs. The developers say that combining CNT thin films with IGZO thin films is a perfect marriage because their strengths have been joined and their weaknesses hidden.