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DisaSolar’s organic solar panels makes its way to the Middle East

DisaSolar, an SME based in France, are specialists in custom-made solar modules. Apart from installing customised solar panels, the company pursues development of the third generation organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells, using organic materials.

Disasolar is on the way to become a world leader in the manufacturing of printed organic solar modules, incorporating numerous prestigious French and international laboratories.

On the occasion of the World Future Energy Summit, the French delegates of Disasolar will visit the French pavilion to meet potential partners, clients or other stakeholders of the expanding photovoltaic & renewables energy markets.

DisaSolar has worked on the biggest project of the world, the Burj Khalifa. The company set up solar panels implemented by French specialist, Duval Messien, to feed a lightning rod system.

Stéphane Poughon, Chairman of DisaSolar, said: “The development of the organic & customised photovoltaic subsidiary in France will enable us to realise big similar projects to the one we’ve just carried out in Dubai, for the highest tower in the world.”

The dedicated solar engineers and technicians provide expert design and consulting services on solar energy projects: energy opportunity assessment, energy efficiency analysis, system design, installation and training. The solar custom-made expertise brings a design integration playing on lightness, transparency, colour and flexibility.

With aims to reduce dependence on conventional fuels and meeting the growing energy demand, the region is focussing on adoption of renewables. DisaSolar wants to bring its solutions offer to improve this market features in the Middle East region.

The custom-made photovoltaic specialist can provide integration of panels on vehicles, trains for the transport industry, military tents for the defence, integration of transparent solar panels on architectural roofs and facades.


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Honda Accord awarded Green Car of the Year 2014

The Honda Accord has been chosen as the Green Car of the Year 2014, but this year the award goes not to just one model but three: the Accord, Accord Hybrid, and Accord Plug-In Hybrid.

Green Car Journal sponsors these awards every year since 2005. It announced the winner on November 30 at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

“Honda’s 2014 Accord clearly leads by example in the ‘green’ space and is a deserving winner of the 2014 Green Car of the Year honor,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com.

Cogan says the Green Car of the Year award is “an important part of Green Car Journal’s mission to showcase environmental progress in the auto industry.”

In the Green Car of the Year programme, Green Car Journal‘s editors identify five finalists after an extensive vetting process. The winner is selected by a majority vote of the Green Car of the Year jury.

The Accord was chosen from among a field of five finalists, including the Audi A6 TDI, BMW 328d, Mazda3, and Toyota Corolla. No electric cars made the cut this year.

Jurors include leaders of influential environmental and energy efficiency organisations, such as Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of Ocean Futures Society. Cousteau has served as a Green Car of the Year juror since the award’s inception.

“When you consider the Honda Accord’s cost and the mileage it delivers with standard and hybrid power, you’re not only economically ahead of the game but also improving environmental impact by using less petroleum and cutting CO2 emissions,” said Cousteau.

The Accord Hybrid gets 50 highway mpg and the Accord Plug-In hybrid gets 115 miles per gallon equivalent, the highest of any mid-size hybrid sedan in the United States.

Representing Honda’s next generation fuel cell vehicle, the ultra-aerodynamic car is scheduled to launch in the United States and Japan in 2015, and in Europe a little later, Tetsuo Iwamura, president and CEO of American Honda Motor Co., announced at the show.

“Using renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, water, biofuel – the fuel cell has tremendous potential for zero-emissions mobility,” Iwamura said. “In addition, fuel cell vehicles have great potential to offer extended range and performance and the utility that car buyers have grown to expect.”


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EU lowers CO2 emissions limits for vans

The CO2 emission standard for new light commercial vehicles sold in the European Union is being cut to achieve climate targets under draft legislation approved by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee on Tuesday.

Today the limit stands at 203 grams per kilometre (g/km) of CO2. If the legislation is carried out, the CO2 emission limit will fall to 175 g/km after 2017, and then three years later will drop again to 147 g/km by 2020. The text of the legislation, already informally agreed with EU ministers, paves the way for achieving further CO2 reductions after 2020, and provides for the introduction of a new test protocol.

The 147 g/km by 2020 target represents maximum average emissions from vans of up to 2.61 tonnes without any load and 3.5 tonnes laden.

By 2020, manufacturers will have to produce enough cleaner models to achieve an overall balance of 147 g/km with their older, heavier or more polluting vehicles, or penalties will apply.

“The target for vans of 147g CO2/km is very ambitious, with independent research showing that it will necessitate full hybrid technologies,” said the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).

Given the current economic climate with plummeting van sales, “it is difficult to invest extra cash upfront in more costly technologies for the future,” the ACEA said.

Lower production volumes of vans do not allow the economies of scale that are possible for cars. Furthermore, says the ACEA, because there are three very different classes of vans, there are few one-size-fits-all technological solutions.

According to the European Environment Agency only one percent of vans sold last year were liquefied petroleum gas and natural gas, and just 0.5% were electric.


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New plug-ins attract US buyers

In the United States, sales of both plug-in hybrids and battery electrics are way up over last year, with more than 59,000 electrified vehicles sold by the end of August – surpassing sales for all of 2012.

An updated nationwide analysis released by the Union of Concerned Scientists on Wednesday shows that Americans have purchased almost 140,000 plug-in vehicles in the last three years.

The growing number of plug-in vehicle sales is reducing the need to burn fossil fuels; 40 million less gallons of gasoline have been burned per year in each of the past three years.

There are more choices from more manufacturers at a range of prices. The Chevy Spark EV and Nissan LEAF, for example, are currently available with $199-per-month leases.

Consumers are seeing many more electric options in dealers’ showrooms, and many more will be there shortly. BMW will soon release its i3 electric car in the United States and new models from Volkswagen and Cadillac will be arriving soon.

Game-changing automotive technologies often take many years to become a significant part of the new-vehicle market. For example, the Toyota Prius recently claimed the spot of best-selling car in California after 12 years on the market, the scientists point out.

They predict that the electrified vehicle market will overcome its current challenges, writing, “Plug-ins face higher hurdles than hybrids did a decade ago, so a steady increase in sales and number of models should be seen as a positive sign that plug-ins are poised to be a significant segment in the U.S. auto fleet.”

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Dubai Municipality educates on new green building legislation at The Big 5

 The Dubai Municipality will be presenting the latest Dubai Green Building Code at The Big 5, offering attendees the opportunity to understand more about the regulations and their impact on the industry for the future before they go-live in early 2014.

The new legislation will be mandatory for all new buildings across residential, commercial and industrial sectors. The code covers a range of construction features, including building vitality, ecology, as well as energy, water and waste efficiency and effectiveness.

Information on the Dubai Green Building Project, of which the new regulations are derived, will be provided along with the rationale behind its implementation, and the role it will play in Dubai’s drive for sustainability. There will be a full outline the requirements for assessment and certification of green buildings together with a follow-up workshop that will provide more in-depth information on assessment procedures. The seminars will include a comprehensive overview of the testing procedures of products within the new regulations and the certification process.

Engineer Abdulla Rafia, Assistant Director General of Engineering at the Dubai Municipality, said: “The new Green Building Code will be implemented next year, and we are currently working to strengthen our efforts in educating the necessary audiences on the requirements they will have to meet.

“We are ready, our testing and certification centres are ready; we want to ensure that the industry is also ready and has access to the relevant training and information they require in advance of the launch. The Big 5 provides an excellent platform for us to engage with a wide range of stakeholders and communicate this key information.”

These free-to-attend seminars will also provide key insight into the progress of Dubai’s construction market, and the key successes and challenges, including that of meeting the increased demand for power and water that comes with the on-going growth and development.

“The new legislation from Dubai Municipality is an important step towards realising sustainable construction processes with a long-term view,” comment Andy White, group event director, The Big 5. “The Dubai construction market is one of the most active in the region and presents significant opportunities for the future, it is vital that those looking to capitalise on these fully understand the new regulations and the positive impact they will have.”

The seminars will take place on the 25 and 26 of November during The Big 5 at Dubai World Trade Centre.

For further information and to register for a place, please click here.

In addition to the seminars delivered by the Dubai Municipality, The Big 5 will host a number of educational platforms, with seminars and workshops focusing on key challenges and trends within the industry. Furthermore, the two-day Sustainability Design & Construction Conference will run in parallel and host a series of regional and international experts to discuss urban development, iconic architecture and present case studies of several local sustainable buildings.

Middle East Concrete and PMV Live will take place alongside The Big 5, providing insight on the latest technologies and innovations from across the concrete and plant, machinery and vehicle sectors.

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TNT agrees biofuel deal for delivery fleet

International courier firm to use old cooking oil to run its vehicles in the emirates thanks to the new deal with with Lootah Biofuels, which will supply its B5 biodiesel

Courier delivery company TNT says using biodiesel for its deliveries across Dubai, and much of the UAE, will reduce carbon emissions by 32 tonnes a year. TNT has partnered with Lootah Biofuels, which makes biodiesel from used cooking oil (UCO), and has built a strong reputation in the region since it began operating in 2010.
A spokesman for Lootah said: “The key benefits of this initiative include carbon foot print reduction as well as reduction of UCO waste. It is expected that the agreement will reduce carbon emissions by 18% per year.
“Through using B5, UCO is put into sustainable use as opposed to being discarded as waste, thereby impacting the environment negatively.
“This is a further step towards environmental sustainability.”

Bryan Moulds, TNT Express managing director Middle East and Sub Continent Associates, said: “We are pleased to work with Lootah Biofuels which shares the same vision as we do for a sustainable environment.
“This joins our other regional initiatives such as recent CNG vehicle fleet in Pakistan in our continued efforts to reduce carbon emissions globally. With this agreement, we look forward to creating an eco-friendly environment with economically viable biodiesel, thus promoting H.H. Sheikh Mohammad’s vision for a green and sustainable Dubai.”
For Lootah Biofuel the agreement is seen as progress towards its targets. Yousif Bin Saeed Al Lootah, CEO of Lootah Biofuels said: “Keeping in line with UAE’s vision, the project is a significant step towards sustainable development and the Expo 2020 bid for sustainability. “Our mission is to deliver economic, operational and environmental benefits for longterm customer satisfaction and sustainable growth and with the TNT agreement we hope to take the consumption of B5 biodiesel to the next level.”
Lootah Biofuels is a fully owned subsidiary of SS Lootah Group. Biodiesel is an alternative fuel for diesel engines, which is sustainable using oil from plants used in cooking… and it produces lower emissions.

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