Archive for the ‘design’ Category

New Leaf a hit. Has anyone driven one yet?

Nissan Motor Co. said Thursday that it is enjoying brisk demand for its new Leaf electric car in Japan, with purchase orders in the first three weeks surpassing half of targeted sales of 6,000 vehicles for the full business year ending March 2011.  The Japanese car maker said it has received pre-orders for 3,754 vehicles [...]

The problem with Belo Monte

Yesterday famed “Avatar” Director James Cameron attended a rally in Brazil to protest the construction of the Belo Monte Dam.  Cameron mused  that a real-life “Avatar” battle is playing out in Brazil’s Amazon rain forest, where indigenous groups are trying to halt the construction of a huge hydroelectric project.  So what’s so wrong with hydro [...]

Why are we selling this off?

Nuclear reactors in mainland China

Earlier this week Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL) announced that it had successfully burned a fuel bundle that uses Natural Uranium Equivalent (NUE).  NUE is fuel is made by mixing recovered uranium from spent fuel of light water reactors with depleted uranium from enrichment plant tails. According to AECL President and Chief Executive Officer, [...]

'Clean15' announces new contest

The second “Clean 15“  competition was launched yesterday and the expectations for this years entries are extremely optimistic.     The “Clean 15″ clean-tech competition connects visionary large companies with Canadian clean-tech opportunities. The relationships are intended to facilitate commercialization for Canada’s clean-tech researchers and developers, as well as support and stimulate the country’s clean-tech [...]

The future is Bloom…or bust

How do you get Arnold Schwarzenegger out to a press conference? Well if it’s not to do some damage control you better be promising something pretty big. Which is exactly why the California governor was at the official Bloom energies product launch and press event yesterday. Indeed the promise of cheap, reliable, emission free energy [...]

Small thinking for big problems

I watched a riveting movie last night that kept me intrigued and involved, which is a pretty sizable feat. Collapse, directed by Chris Smith (American Movie, Yes Men), is an American documentary film exploring the theories, writings and life story of controversial author Michael Ruppert. Collapse premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September [...]

No experience? What about innovation?

The Ontario governments announcement last week of a $7 billion ‘manufacturing’ investment deal with Samsung has been met with a large amount of criticism and scorn. Many people are wondering why a back room agreement had to be utilized to hook the South Korean giant. With all the government bailouts and corporate malfeasance that has [...]

'Time of use pricing' will help us all

If you throw in a load of laundry at five o’clock on a weekday afternoon, it will cost you 73 cents. But if you delay that chore until late in the evening, you’ll pay just 34 cents. Ontario is the first province in Canada to introduce time-of-use pricing designed to encourage electricity consumers to reduce [...]

Google gets into the energy game

Google took a step toward entering the energy business with the creation of a subsidiary called Google Energy and a request with a federal agency to buy and sell electricity on the wholesale market. The search giant formed a Delaware-based company called Google Energy on December 16 of last year, according to Delaware state records. [...]

Thorium anyone?

With the official announcement late last month that the CANDU reactor technology is now on the bidding block, the Harper government has signaled its disgraceful exit form the nuclear power market deciding instead to maintain a public hold over R and D and isotope production. As many economists and political historians welcome the proposed sale, [...]

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