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News you might have missed: 18 March 2009

newspapersMissed a cleantech news item or two while you slept last night? Not to worry: Greenbang is here with our daily roundup of news you might have missed:

  • IT pro James Martin this week pledged to give Oxford University up to £36  million to help it overcome any cash shortfalls during the economic downturn, The Independent reports;
  • Britons will need to reduce their electricity consumption because the nation is facing a future gap between available energy supply and demand, The Register reports;
  • SunPower Corporation is seeking $75 million in funding to help it expand its photovoltaics plant in the Philippines;
  • The former CEO of Ausra has founded a new firm — Chromasun — that will market a solar light- and heat-powered device that can run an air-conditioner;
  • IBM and the Marine Insitute Ireland have completed deployment of a SmartBay system to monitor environmental conditions in and around Galway Bay;
  • Delphi Corporation and the Rochester Institute of Technology will receive $2.4 million in federal funding to promote the development of solid oxide fuel cells;
  • Government agencies and businesses in Amsterdam expect to spend $1 billion over the next three years to make the city “smart” in energy consumption and delivery;
  • Danish firm A.P. Moller-Maersk says it’s investigating ways in which carbon dioxide might be shipped — rather than piped — to offshore storage sites under the ocean;
  • California’s Pacific Gas & Electric this week says it’s begun accepting bids for a 2-megawatt solar development expected to be completed later this year.

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