Honda’s 1st EV Car Delivered To Couple
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., has delivered its first all-electric 2013 Honda Fit EV to couple, Matt and Becky Walton, in Southern California. The couple was the first to sign up to lease the Fit EV at their website. The 2013 Honda Fit EV is a sustainable and energy-efficient transportation because it has a low consumption rating of just 29 kilowatt hours (kWh) per 100 miles and can fully recharge from empty in less than 3 hours. The Fit EV will be available for lease-only in key markets starting in California and Oregon and has lease price of $389 per month over a three-year term.
Indonesia Launched “Crash Program” On Renewable Energy
Indonesia has launched a major renewable energy development program in the country. The crash program seeks to develop thousands of megawatts of renewable energy technologies. Indonesia’s fossil fuels supplies are depleting quickly, thus, there is a need to explore other forms of energy especially renewable ones. Indonesia’s rate for geothermal generation ranges from USD$0.10/kWh to nearly USD$ 0.20/kWh depending on the region. The country operates a 1,200-MW geothermal power plant and plans to double this by 2014.
More Wind Energy Projects for Quebec
The government of Quebes announced the development of a new 700-MW wind energy project. This move was commended by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). This new project reiterated the commitment of the government and its leaders to renewable energy. The goal is to have a 4,000-MW of renewable power by 2015. Quebec’s wind potential is massive and it is expected to grow exponentially through the years.
Five Firms Out of the Brazilian Wind Market
The national development bank, BNDES, has declared that five companies are no longer eligible for financing after they failed to meet local- content requirements. The companies are: Vestas Wind Systems A/S, Suzlon Energy Ltd., Siemens AG, Acciona SA and Fuhrlaender AG. Since the companies can no longer avail of the loan from BNDES, it’s either they will suspend on construction on some projects or switch vendors.
In Germany, a group of researchers at the Light Technology Institute (LTI) will start working on organic solar cells. The project is scheduled for a duration of four years and has a grant of EUR 4.25 million from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The project aims to enhance the efficiency of organic solar cells to more than 10 percent. Currently, organic solar cells exhibit moderate power efficiencies only. Thus, it can’t compete with inorganic solar cells so more research are being done to fully enhance its potential.