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The Netherlands Can Feed the World. Here’s Why It Shouldn’t

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Recently, National Geographic published an article called “This Tiny Country Feeds the World,” where the author extolled the innovations of a small European country that has managed to become a global powerhouse in agriculture and technology—the Netherlands. Now the second biggest exporter in value of agricultural products after the U.S., the country has managed to cut down carbon emissions and its use of fertilizer and pesticides while implementing cutting-edge technology and increasing yields. The article opens with a vivid description of ... Read More »

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


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 »

MasterCard transforms Aid Distribution


Humanitarian organizations are increasingly asked to provide aid in a climate of political and economic unrest. To address this challenge, MasterCard today launched the MasterCard Aid Network, an end-to-end, non-financial service designed to streamline aid distribution even in the absence of telecommunications infrastructure. Now, impacted populations can secure basic needs swiftly with the simple dip of a card. MasterCard_Aid_Network“With MasterCard Aid Network, we are transforming the way NGOs and other aid agencies can deliver support ... Read More »

For the fourth time in a row an engine with a Continental Turbocharger is named “International Engine of the Year”


The winner of the world’s most prestigious engine competition this year is the 362 PS hybrid motor that powers the BMW i8 – with a high-performance turbocharger from Continental that makes a key contribution to its efficiency. Second place went to Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine, which won the competition three times running from 2012 to 2014, also features a Continental turbocharger. “Our congratulations go to BMW together with our thanks for the close and trusting collaboration on this project,” said Wolfgang Breuer who heads u... Read More »

Transport for London names Atos as Primary Service Desk contractor


Atos, a leading digital services company, today announced it has been awarded a contract to run Transport for London’s Primary Service Desk. The service is due to begin in March 2015. The 3 – 4 year contract worth up to £6 million will see Atos deliver a high quality Service Desk solution, which will drive service improvements, cost efficiencies and deliver innovations in service to end users Steve Townsend, Chief Information Officer for TfL said “Transport for London promised we were going to transform the way we provide our Information ... Read More »

Iconic Houses: Welcome Villa Cavrois!


It is a testimony to a lifestyle of the late 1920s with clear guidelines that governed the design of the building: air, light, work, sports, hygiene, comfort and efficiency. ... Read More »

BASF receives best supplier award from PSA Peugeot Citroën


By presenting this award, the French automaker is paying tribute not just to the product CathoGuard 800 but also to BASF’s commitment. “As the main supplier to PSA, we are very pleased and proud to receive this award. It shows recognition for BASF’s power to create innovative high-quality products which save costs and are globally available. The award also confirms the close partnership that exists between BASF and PSA,” says Laurent Vaucenat, Global Account Manager Renault/Nissan and PSA at BASF. The BASF Coatings division has already been awa... Read More »

Rail Expansion for APM Terminals Gothenburg


Container capacity at APM Terminals Gothenburg will jump by 50% this fall with the implementation of two new specialized rail cranes and the completion of an expansion project which will add a sixth access track to accommodate three full trains of 750 meters length simultaneously, compared to two at present. Through improved operational efficiency created by these investments, the terminal’s rail volume capacity will rise by 50% annually. “This is a very positive step for Swedish industry” noted APM Terminals Gothenburg CEO Keld Pedersen,... Read More »

SSE and National Grid sign one year contract at SSE’s Peterhead power station


The contract will allow National Grid to call up to 780MW of Peterhead’s 1180MW capacity to provide these support services – but prevents the plant from business-as-usual participation in the electricity market. Its capacity will therefore be unavailable to the market unless called by National Grid. The award of the contract will not impact SSE’s £15m investment to improve the stations flexibility and efficiency. This investment will continue as planned in 2014/15. Nor will it impact on the proposed Carbon Capture and Storage project at Pete... Read More »

Acer Showcases New Back-To-School Product Portfolio at “A Touch More Connected” Launch Event in New York


“Acer has built its reputation by putting personal computing in the hands of the many and making technology accessible for more people,” said Jason Chen, Acer CEO and Corporate President. “Today we demonstrate how our products are the best example yet of this mission - how we are using technology to create better connections between people and their information and bringing happiness to more people.” Renee James, Intel President, added " We are very proud of our long-term relationship with Acer; congratulations to the new Acer management tea... Read More »

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