A natural gas pipeline explodes in California, more Chinese companies pursuing electric cars and a new energy saving contest for the water industry.
A section of a natural gas pipeline exploded in San Bruno, California on Friday killing at least four and injuring more than 50 people at the time of this report. The gas transmission pipeline is operated by the California based utility company, PG&E. The National Transportation Safety Board has become responsible for investigation the cause of the explosion and leading the cleanup of the explosion site. Investigators are looking into the possibility that the pipe was corroded and how far underground the pipeline was located. According to the NTSB, the explosion created a crater that’s about 167 feet long and 26 feet wide.
One of the largest makers of vehicles in China, is further pursuing the development of electric cars. Chery Automotive has agreed to purchase 110 lithium-ion batteries for a batch of electric cars that will be built in December. If the batteries perform to their expectations, then there is a chance that a stronger partnership will be formed between the two companies.
Imagine H20 has opened the 2010 Water Energy Nexus Prize. $100,000 and access to H20’s Incubator Program will go to the winner of the contest. Businesses can submit their energy saving water solution through Nov. 15th. According to Imagine H20, pumping, treating and distributing water accounts for approximately 3% of the U.S.’s electric power generation. Potential businesses can enter with solutions for water heating/cooling, pumping and transport or low –energy treatment. The winner will be announced in March 2011.
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