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Cleantech ticker: 8 May 2009

tickerCleantech news as it happens — check back for regular updates:

  • How can the thermal conductivity of the seafloor be determined accurately enough to be able to predict the later influences of temperature on buried cables connecting offshore wind turbines to the electrical grid? Experts at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt have developed a new measuring instrument to calculate those effects;
  • On 12 May, ITS Europe together with the Helmond local authority, Logica, Peek Traffic and TNO will host a demonstration at the first European test site for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication services;
  • Researchers writing in the online edition of the journal Science say the best bet is to convert the biomass to electricity, rather than ethanol;
  • British Gas has announced it will cut electricity prices by 10 per cent with immediate effect;
  • A government-funded body has set out its 20-year outlook for Britain’s automotive industry in a new report;
  • Wales has become the first part of the UK to launch national standards for sustainable buildings;
  • Passenger numbers on the East Midlands Airport Skylink bus service have increased by 13 per cent over the past year – which has resulted in a reduction in vehicle carbon emissions;
  • While the £512 million Edinburgh Trams Project has been working on bringing the vehicles back onto the streets of the Scottish capital, Scottish transport minister Stewart Stevenson has suggested that Department for Transport research shows buses had lower vehicle carbon emissions than trams;
  • One of the world’s most prominent campaigners on global warming, Prince Albert II of Monaco, visited the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge this week to find out how research there is contributing to the fight against climate change.

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