Ford and Nissan are two of the global giants who are working towards fulfilling their clean tech goals. Expansion in hybrid and electric car technologies were recently announced by both of them at the EV Symposium and Exhibition held in Montreal. Their approaches though are quite different to one another. Ford believes in the approach of giving the end users multiple options. Thus they are going for hybrid car models with electricity plug in options. This they feel will also be more economically viable in the medium term. Nissan on the other hand has gone all out exploring the business innovation of experimenting with exclusive electric cars. They believe that they can leverage existing technologies to and scale them in such a way that it makes business sense.


Uploaded date:05/07/2017


Denmark already held several wind power records but its latest will shatter all previous ones. The country has now developed the largest wind turbine in the world capable of providing electricity to ten thousand homes. This business innovation was developed jointly by LM Wind Power and Adwen. It is also one of the largest mechanical structures on the planet. This will enable wind power to become more financially competitive. It should last for a minimum period of twenty five years. Only a few such turbines will be needed to power an entire city.


Uploaded Date:05/07/2017

At the World Humanitarian Summit held in Istanbul, global leaders outlined a system whereby development assistance must be localized for specific markets. India has emerged as one such strong market aided by the Eco-Green Livelihoods project in the central city of Raipur. India’s development landscape is dotted by en number of groups known as SHGs (Self Help Groups) comprised predominantly of women whose main task is to use microfinance loans for developmental purposes. They often work in close collaboration with NGOs or businesses for imbibing useful new technologies. The latest business innovation to hit the ground running has been mini solar panels fitted at slums or villages. The slum dwellers are provided training on how to build and then maintain them. This has allowed those outside the formal electricity grid to access solar energy for their needs. This is an environmentally sustainable initiative. The Raipur success could provide the spur for future action for building mini-grids of solar panels across the country.


Uploaded Date:01/07/2017

The first ever solar powered flight across the Atlantic has now taken place between New York City and Seville in Spain. The flight was originally intended to land in Paris to mimic Charles Lindberg’s cross-Atlantic flight in 1927, but had to resort to this due to turbulent weather conditions. A solar powered jet is extremely susceptible to turbulent weather conditions, so the team had to wait for the right time and weather conditions for this journey. The team behind this was led by the Swiss duo of Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard. The journey started out in Abu Dhabi but stalled for several months in Hawaii. This journey would not yet be called the most pleasurable of them, yet it raises hope that if properly scaled this could be a business innovation to rival everything. And some day in the future, airplanes could be flown using renewable energy rather than by burning fossil fuels.


Uploaded Date:29/06/2017


The Israeli city of Haifa has plans to start a pilot scheme for sharing rides on electric and hybrid cars. They have entered into an agreement with car2go that will conduct the operations for this electric car rental service. A similar agreement was inked in another Israeli city of Tel Aviv but failed to take off. There the plan was purely towards electric cars as opposed to a combination being used in Haifa. This business innovation by the state will surely contribute towards environmental protection as well as financial savings for the people using. About one hundred and twenty electric charging points will be set up by the Israeli Electric Corporation (IEC). The cars once rented from a certain point may be returned at any of the charging stations.


Uploaded Date:28/06/2017

Germany will be reducing its wind energy footprint this year in order to artificially reduce the total energy generated. Germany is a leader in renewable energy production and this move could hamper its reputation, feel some experts. Since the shutting down or reduction in usage of nuclear power plants, wind energy has taken its place but is now producing so much energy, that it is creating imbalances. While the southern part of the country is in greater need of energy, no sustainable method has been devised for the successful transportation of the same. Residents have opposed large grids, and the underground line-laying is running late from the initial dates understood. By the year 2030, around half of Germany’s total energy needs will be met by renewable sources.

A study concluded by the Sierra Club has confirmed a list of three cities that have already become exclusive users of renewable energy and seven more that are on the verge of achieving their targets over the next two decades. The tiny town of Greensburg in Kansas was the first to achieve this. The next two were Burlington in Vermont and Aspen in Colorado. Among those that are yet to but will soon fulfill their targets, on top is Georgetown in Texas. East Hampton in the state of New York will achieve the same by the year 2020. That year will also add Grand Rapids in Michigan to the list. Completing off the tentative list are San Jose, San Diego and San Francisco in California and Rochester in Minnesota.


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