Some plastics can be recycled, but transparent film plastics are presently not considered worth reclaiming from landfill. An EU project aimed to change that, promoting flexible painted and laminated plastic film (commonly used for food, toys, cosmetics, and industrial parts) as a valuable recycling resource.
A fleet of 130 virtual electric cars is set to commence on the roads of Munich, Germany. A smartphone's software records and processes the driving data to reveal how electric vehicles would perform the corresponding operational cycles in environmental and economic terms.
More than 6 billion Euro per year can be saved in German power production costs provided all of the suitable areas in the North and Baltic Seas were used by offshore wind energy production. This is the result of a Fraunhofer IWES study commisioned by the Offshore Wind Energy Foundation.
New research suggests that even if carbon-dioxide emissions came to a sudden halt, the carbon dioxide already in Earth's atmosphere could continue to warm our planet for hundreds of years. Thus, it might take a lot less carbon than previously thought to reach the global temperature scientists deem unsafe.
Swiss chemist Michael Graetzel, noted for his discovery of a new solar cell that's easier and less costly to produce than silicon-based cells, has won the first $50,000 Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy from the University of Louisville.
TUM CREATE presents an electric taxi for use in tropical megacities at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show. EVA showcases a new super-fast charging system recharging the battery within 15 minutes, a range of 200 kilometers and an individual air conditioning. As the first university in the world, TUM presents electric vehicle concepts for different climate zones.