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News you might have missed: 9 March 2009

newspapersSo what else is happening in the cleantech sector this week? Here are some recent headlines you might have missed:

  • More US residents used public transportation last year than at any other time for the past 52 years, according to news from the American Public Transportation Association;
  • Quanta Services today named Peter Lorenz as president of Quanta Renewable Energy Services;
  • A draft horse named “King” will this week hoist Southern Maryland’s first residential wind turbine into place;
  • Tampa Electric has signed a contract to purchase energy from a proposed 25-megawatt photovoltaic plant starting in 2011;
  • The ethanol trade group Growth Energy says boosting the amount of ethanol in petrol from 10 to 15 percent could generate $24 billion and help create 136,000 jobs, Reuters reports;
  • Researchers at the University of Milano are testing an ethanol-powered fuel-cell system to evaluate its investment potential;
  • Lower supplies and growing demand are likely to lead to higher ethanol prices this year, according to a Merrill Lynch estimate published in Reuters;
  • US scientists say they’ve successfully created an artificial ribosome, the protein-making factory at the heart of a living cell;
  • Researchers in China have discovered that soil containing chicken manure can break down crude oil contamination 50 percent more quickly than “regular” soil.

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