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Author Archives: Gopi Sekhar
Hannah Elliott, Forbes Staff
Tesla today announced official pricing for its four-door electric sedan: $49,900 for a base Model S after a $7,500 federal tax credit.
The announcement comes after months of Tesla founder Elon Musk promising to deliver his first four-door electric car for around $50,000. (Tesla started selling its battery-powered $109,000 Roadsters in 2008.)
Of course, higher performing versions of the seven-passenger sedan will cost more: $59,900 for a 60 kWh (230-mile-range) model and $69,900 for an 85 kWh (300-mile-range) model. The 85 kWh performance Model S, which comes with additional equipment like Nappa leather interior and performance wheels, will cost $79,900 after federal tax rebates. Musk says it will go 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds. More…….
By Vivek Wadhwa, Wednesday, November 16, 3:48 AM
China has a severe shortage of skilled talent and, in a policy reversal, has decided to open its doors to talent from around the world. This could mean that the brilliant NASA scientists the U.S. laid off, could find new employment — and a new home — in Shanghai or Beijing.
Chinese research labs have long had difficulty recruiting qualified workers to perform necessary research and development, and its corporations struggle to find competent managers. The situation will likely get worse as China’s high-tech industries grow and it increases its national R&D spending from the present 1.62 percent of GDP, according to the Chinese government, to the planned 2.5 percent by 2020. China’s President Hu Jintao, in May 2010, declared talent development a national priority in order to fill the void. The goal is to dramatically increase the education level of China’s workforce and to build an innovation economy.
Posted by johntarantino1 on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 ·
LED’s Poised to Take Over CFL’s
According to experts in the LED industry, the LED lighting market is strong and constantly changing as the technology evolves. Only one year ago some bulbs would have cost almost double what they are priced today. Since LED technology is advancing so rapidly, newer LED bulbs are coming out brighter and cheaper than they were before. LED lighting has continued to gain market share in 2011 as governments around the world have adopted policies in favor of LED lighting because of growing environmental concerns. LED light bulbs for the home are one of the easiest ways to save up to 90% on your home lighting bills if you are switching from incandescent bulbs.
On September 13, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison
The most popular way to extend the range of an electric vehicle is to add a small gasoline engine coupled with a generator as done in the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. The most popular way to extend the range of an electric bus is to add a fuel cell that generates added electrons. During the Winter Olympics, 100,000 riders were transported up Whistler’s 12 percent grades on 20 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses. Now SUVs made by Hyundai-Kai, General Motors and Toyota are also testing Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV). More…
Groups sue U.S. EPA to close loophole, protect public health and the environment
June 16, 2011
Washington, D.C. —
Earthjustice, on behalf of Sierra Club, Montanans Against Toxic Burning, Huron Environmental Activist League and Downwinders at Risk filed a lawsuit in federal court today that challenges an egregious air pollution loophole supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The suit disputes the Obama EPA’s unprecedented assertion that burning industrial solid waste as a fuel—akin to coal or natural gas—is a form of recycling, and therefore not subject to key provisions of the Clean Air Act that protect people from the harmful air emissions that result. Industry groups have pressed previous administrations long and hard for just such a favor, but the Obama administration is the first to acquiesce so broadly to their demands.
SolarCity has made headlines for its unique business model. The company’s focus is on residential and commercial solar roof installation, and has spread its influence across the U.S. with great success. SolarCity has now received a $344 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy to outfit military housing rooftops with solar panels. More..
The ultimate model which addresses all possible aspects of environmental sustainability in rubber recycling is still Devulcanization but should start right from the collection of tires. This means the starting point should be at the tire collection centers or in the US possibly at the landfills. Here we are not talking about solid waste management anymore but effectively managing a vital raw material in process.
Addressed properly the tires would not be dumped in the open but would be separated out between passenger car and commercial vehicle (truck) tires, making it possible to split up the feedstock into types ie. Mostly Natural Rubber (80/20) from Commercial vehicle tires and Mostly Synthetic (60/40) for passenger car tires. This important step also makes it possible to shoe horn in a step which could see the eventual removal of the Butyl inner liners by grinding or peeling off. The resultant by-products would be butyl scrap feedstock and butyl free scrap tire feedstock, an interesting and very significant change to the current situation.
MOVE WITH PURPOSE, COMMITMENT
We live in a world that has taken its bounty and blessings entirely for granted for a very long time. The most basic levels of reciprocation to maintain balance in our environment were ignored and we might have pillaged our way to a point of no return. The only option left beyond packing up and leaving mother earth is to do away with polluting processes and address sustainability in any and all our activities.
The challenge before us is to make sustainable activity in the form of greentech and applications related to the improvements in efficiency and energy conservancy, cost effective and profitable. Fortunately, we do have solutions that can go a long way towards mitigation. Some challenges require us to invent, others called for applying common sense and using existing Smart solutions.
It did not come as a surprise when Sekhar Research Innovations (SRI) Sdn Bhd won the cleantech innovation award from the international technology consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan. SRI’s devulcanising process, which is a closed-loop rubber recycling solution that can match the volume requirements of rubber manufacturing, is not only an environment-friendly process but also holds out great commercial value.
SRI, founded by the doyen of modern rubber technology the late Tan Sri Dr BC Sekhar, is a renowned R&D firm working on ecological reuse of end-of-life tyres and waste rubber to produce premium tyres.
It won the Asia Pacific award in recognition of its technology’s uniqueness that will have a defining impact on new products, applications, functionality and customer value. The technology transforms the recycling of scrap rubber into a volume-based and industrially scalable process, said SRI CEO Gopinath B Sekhar in an interview.
“Our solution provides for substantial economies of scale by having a modular, high-volume processing system that lends itself to a very high-level of consistency in performance,” he said.
“Further, our energy footprint is lower than any other available devulcanisation technology and we have zero discharge.”
This is the first time that an eco-friendly technology will be able to match the sheer volume of tyre wastes generated in a way that is economically viable without relying on subsidies.
“Frost’s innovation award was a welcome validation of our efforts and achievements thus far,” Sekhar explained.
The product from SRI, which was a start-up based in the Malaysian city Petaling Jaya and is currently engaged in commercialising its process by opening a production facility in Malaysia, is a viable recycling solution that can address the problems of scrap tyres globally.
Sekhar said the world produces tyres in excess of 1 billion units yearly valued at more than US$130 billion. But scrapping them poses a major environmental hazard because it is difficult to dispose end-of-life tyres. It has been found that the option of producing tyre derived fuel by incinerating them is a global public health concern. More…..