Monday, December 18, 2017

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Finmeccanica has been present for some time in India, especially in the transport sector for which significant investments for metro lines and railways are planned. Energy is another challenge to be overcome for sustainable growth.

Among developing countries, India is one of the most favored by foreign businessmen: along with the advantage of having qualified, low-cost manpower (with a widespread knowledge of English), there is also a solid institutional-bureaucratic system that favors investments and the presence of a solid banking and finance structure.

Unlike China,... Read More

And that is a tall order in a land that has virtually no sweet water, and is already facing strong water stress!

Qatar went from a poor pearl-fishing country to one of the most ground-breaking economies in the world, in less than half a century. The small peninsula harnessed its gigantic natural resources as the main motor of its development. Today, Qatar is negotiating a delicate turn between phase 1 and phase 2 : going from a booming, yet single-sourced economy, to a more diversified, long-lasting and developed one.

The consequences of such a transition should not be underestimated.... Read More

"We will soon see roll-up cell phones and laptop computers on the market," says Professor Xiaodong Li of the University of South Carolina. Li in a published report in the journal Advanced Materials shows that the "once-cotton T-shirt" can be used as a repository for electricity.

Li used small cotton swatches to show that the fabric acts as a capacitor. Capacitors have the ability to store electrical charge. The "activated carbon textile," the name Li calls his work in the study, acts more like double-layer capacitors -- which are also called a supercapacitors because they can... Read More

Unemployment. Austerity. War. Terrorism. Climate Change. The world needs superheroes now more than ever. Along comes Marvel's "The Avengers" to rave reviews and boffo box office. In tough times, movie audiences crave escapist entertainment and larger than life superheroes, which could help explain why "The Avengers" set a box office record for the biggest opening weekend ever in North America, tied for the fastest film to reach $1 billion and is currently the third highest grossing film of all time with a worldwide haul of nearly $1.4 billion.That's a lot of people that are absorbing the film's... Read More

Solyndra was never about the facts. It was never meant to be. House Republicans put on a cynical show trial to attack the Obama Administration’s clean energy policies. They dragged Nobel Prize-winning physicist and Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu to Capitol Hill in order to brow beat one of the most respected scientists in the world over the DOE Loan Guarantee Program.

Sadly, Republicans might have committed serious damage to American competitiveness in the global clean energy race. The United States is attempting to compete with China, Germany, Brazil and other nations whose... Read More

Staffetta Quotidiana and Fondazione Energia awarded Flavio Cattaneo, Terna’s CEO, the recognition of Man of the Year, a prize that since 1992 has been assigned to those who during the course of the year have distinguished themselves in the energy sector.

"Terna, headed by Flavio Cattaneo, was at the center of the Italian energy and electricity sector’s transformation during 2011, a year of radical changes, and more than any other operator, had the merit of drawing attention to the problem, raising questions that await to be faced and resolved. Cattaneo also presented the essential... Read More

Last Sunday 12,000 demonstrators from all walks of life formed a human chain around the White House to call on President Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. Today, in a major victory for pipeline opponents the State Department ordered a new route, effectively killing the controversial project, according to a TransCanada spokesperson who told the National Journal it would die "because the new route would require a new Environmental Impact Statement and a public review that would take months, if not years."

Demonstrators at the Lafayette Square rally and encircle... Read More

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