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Association of the European Space Research Establishments formally founded

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On March 10, the Association of the European Space Research Establishments – ESRE – was formally established as an International Non-Profit Organisation according to Belgian Law (AISBL). ESRE gathers the leading space research centers of CIRA (Italy), DLR (Germany), INTA (Spain), NLR (Netherlands) and ONERA (France). With the creation of ESRE, the leading national space research centers in Europe decided to strengthen their cooperation and to propose common R&D actions in order to advance cutting edge science and innovative technologies... Read More »

Excitement Guaranteed – the New 2016 Porsche 911 R

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Produced as part of a limited production series, the original 911 R (R for Racing) was entered in rallies, in the Targa Florio and in world record runs. Like its legendary predecessor, the new 911 R features a systematic lightweight construction, a high level of performance and an unfiltered driving experience. The 911 R is limited to 991 units worldwide, and represents the lightest available version of the 911 with a curb weight of just 3021 pounds. Powered by a 500 hp four-liter naturally aspirated flat-six engine which is mated to a six-spee... Read More »

European Medium-Range Weather forecast model upgraded

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The changes nearly halve the distance between global weather prediction points, substantially increasing the effective resolution of the final forecast.  As a result, ECMWF’s numerical weather predictions are more accurate than they have ever been before. Europe’s weather can now be predicted with more detail, with greater accuracy, and as a result, up to half a day further ahead. WMO welcomes the upgrade, which will have global benefits. ECMWF is a Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre for medium range forecasts, and a global producing... Read More »

Volvo Cars calls on automotive industry to standardize electric car charging

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To support this drive towards a global standard for electric car charging, Volvo Cars has decided to throw its weight behind the Charging Interface Initiative, a consortium of stakeholders that was founded to establish their Combined Charging System (CCS) as the standard for charging battery-powered vehicles. Volvo Cars is one of the leading makers of plug-in hybrid cars and will offer a plug-in hybrid variant on every new model as it replaces its entire product portfolio in the coming years. It will introduce a fully electric vehicle by 201... Read More »

Tele2 Netherlands boosts network capacity, indoor coverage with Nokia LTE small cells

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Nokia's Flexi Zone solution has already been installed at Tele2's new flagship store in Amsterdam, which will open soon, to provide a stunning experience to subscribers, testing new phones and the performance of Tele2's LTE network. Flexi Zone creates a network of low-power LTE access points that can easily complement an operator's existing macro base station-based infrastructure, thus delivering ultra-fast broadband speeds to subscribers. Overview of the products delivered by Nokia: Flexi Zone solution including the industry's smalles... Read More »

First results of real­world fuel consumption

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In November 2015, with media coverage casting a pall over the automotive industry, PSA Peugeot Citroën decided to take a unique approach by publishing real-world fuel consumption data for its cars in order to be transparent with customers. PSA Peugeot Citroën is the first carmaker to adopt such an approach and is today publishing initial fuel consumption metrics for three of its most popular vehicles. The measurements were made under a protocol developed with the NGO Transport & Environment, on public roads near Paris (25.5 km urban, ... Read More »

Crédipar launches Interparc Connect Management, a new fleet management solution for professionals

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Designed as a telematic fleet management system, Interparc Connect Management is a one-stop solution for retrieval of data from the on-board computers of connected vehicles. In addition to information relating to long-term lease financing contracts, notably excess use alerts, amendments, vehicle renewals, servicing and maintenance, Interparc Connect Management can upload reliable vehicle-related data, notably real-time mileage, excess mileage alerts, fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and geolocation. Interparc Connect Management relies on a te... Read More »

Nissan ready to kick off Blancpain Championship defense at Circuit Paul Ricard in France

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Nissan's 2016 lineup will continue the development of the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 at the Blancpain pre-season test at the venue where the team triumphed in 2015. Victory in the Six Hours of Paul Ricard last season was a key step in the team's drive for championship success. For 2016, Nissan will not only defend its driver's endurance championship, but also contest the Blancpain sprint title for the first time. At this week's test, Nissan's full line-up of seven GT-R drivers will complete laps aboard the No.23 (Pro) and No.24 (Pro-Am) entrie... Read More »

New High-tech Visual Technologies for Opel Design Center

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The groundbreaking ceremony for the development and modification took place on Tuesday with Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann in attendance. Mark Adams, Vice President Design and Uwe Baum, Deputy Chairman of the Opel Works Council, also took to the shovels. “Outstanding design has always been one of the key factors of the Opel brand,” said Dr. Neumann. “The development of the Design Center will give our creative minds new possibilities. That will help us take the next step in our model offensive. It will also further strengthen the position o... Read More »

Panasonic Photovoltaic Module Achieves World’s Highest Energy Conversion Efficiency of 23.8% at Research Level

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The previous record for the conversion efficiency of a crystalline silicon-based photovoltaic module was 22.8% *4. Panasonic has broken the record for the world highest conversion efficiency by a full percentage point. Panasonic had announced a world’s highest conversion efficiency of 25.6%*4 in its silicon heterojunction cells in April 2014. With this achievement, Panasonic holds the world records of conversion efficiency for both crystalline silicon-based solar cells and modules. Panasonic developed a unique silicon heterojunction structur... Read More »

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