Category: Misc

Melting Markets, Melting Ice Caps

Are the current targets for cutting carbon emissions realistic or setting us up for a fall? Dr Thomas R. Schneider, member of the IEEE, a professional association for the advancement of technology, investigates. {pagebreak} Carbon targets While the European Commission has been working to allocate member countries with their own specific targets by 2012, the… Read more »

2009: A World Of Seismic Change

At a time of worldwide recession, increasing scarcity of basic commodities and with an untried president in the White House, 2009 will be a year of profound change and turbulence. Old economic rules will be obsolete, the international banking system re-engineered and all the old certainties called into question. {pagebreak} Against this formidable backdrop of… Read more »

Evaluating A Supply Chains Carbon Footprint

Carbon-to-ServeTM methodology has been developed to generate an end to end supply chain view of the carbon intensity and cost of products of products as they move from source to production. Professor Alan Braithwaite recently presented a paper on the subject to The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport’s Logistic Research Network Conference. This is… Read more »

Renewable energy 30%of electricity in Spain in Feb

Renewable energy resources produced 30% of the electricity consumed in Spain in February 2009, a goal set in 2001 by the EU to be reached by 2010 and which seemed impossible just one year ago. This is according to data from the Electric Network reported this week by Spanish Newspaper El Pais. {pagebreak} In 2008… Read more »

Norwegians pursue better energy technologies

The Research Council of Norway has announced that it will grant funding to eight national research centres for the development of environmentally friendly technologies. Each centre will receive up to NOK 20 million (EUR 2.26 million) a year for five years. {pagebreak} Various topics will be covered during this period, including solar, bioenergy and wind… Read more »

Stockholm and Hamburg win first European green capital awards

Stockholm and Hamburg were last week named as the first winners of the new European Green Capital award. The Swedish capital will be European Green Capital in 2010 followed by Hamburg in 2011. The European Commission’s new award scheme encourages cities to improve the quality of urban life by taking the environment systematically into account… Read more »

Energy team gets green light

Bellville Rodair International (BRI) doesn’t just move with the times, it listens to its customers and sets the pace which other freight forwarders try to follow. Just one example of this is the way BRI has led the way in the race to go green. The global demand for renewable energy paved the way two… Read more »

Phoenix Solar AG: Board of Directors proposes to raise dividend distribution

Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), a leading photovoltaic system integrator listed on the TecDAX, reached a decision today on a proposal to be put to the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders to raise dividend distribution to EUR 0.30 per share for the financial year 2008 (2007: EUR 0.20). This resolution is subject to the adoption of… Read more »

Global investments in renewable energy initiatives exceed 160 billion Euros

Governments around the world have committed more than €160 billion to support renewable energy initiatives despite the economic downturn, according to a Deutsche Bank analysis. Europe, Asia and the US share key investment themes in solar and wind industries, smart grids, electric and hybrid cars, energy efficient buildings and advanced lighting. In addition, 250 new… Read more »

Solar wafer inspection in a split second

The solar wafer production has high demands on quality control. Automatic optical inspection by machine vision systems is therefore of great importance. The business division of image processing & intra-logistics in Eckelmann AG, Wiesbaden, has developed a system for inline inspection of mono- and polycrystalline raw wafers, which steadily detects errors in geometry, surface defects… Read more »

US Short on capacity to fully exploit wind and solar

The US has inadequate transmission capacity to carry the energy that wind and solar power projects could produce, according to a report by two renewable-energy groups. The wind power projects waiting to be linked to transmission lines could supply 20 percent of the nation’s electricity needs, according to the report issued by the Solar Energy… Read more »

Welsh wind power ‘not hitting target’

The Welsh Assembly Government has “little hope” of hitting its 2010 renewable energy target, claims a leading British environment spokesman. Montgomeryshire AM Mick Bates said there was a “stifling lack of progress”, especially in wind farm development. The assembly government has pledged that it will increase green energy by 10% by 2010. It said £6.5bn… Read more »

KUKA Systems wins industry award for its welding process for fiber-reinforced plastics

Augsburg, 25 February 2009 (pm|dg) – The award presented by the automotive industry to KUKA Systems last summer for its new and highly flexible welding process for fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP) is now followed by a further trophy: the international industry association JEC Composites is to honor the Augsburg-based company with its Innovation Award 2009 in… Read more »

New chief representative in China

February 15th 2009 – IT Power Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Zhang Dianjun as the new Chief Representative for its China operations. IT Power sees the China energy market as a significant growth area and plans to expand the China office to make the most of the opportunity. Mr Zhang will… Read more »

Global business groups claim climate deal ‘possible’

Business organisations from across the world, including Europe, the United States, China, India and Brazil, have voiced their support for a global climate change agreement at this year’s UN meeting in Copenhagen. “Business is committed to supporting a successful outcome at the COP15 in Copenhagen, which we believe is possible in spite of the economic… Read more »

Green recruitment: expanding through the downturn

The current economic climate has led to a gloomy few months for the recruitment industry but the green job sector has so far remained strong. This week, leading green recruitment firm Acre Resources reported that it has seen the UK climate change job market grow by over 50% in the last year as companies start… Read more »

Aquamarine agrees 1000MW Site Development Agreement

Aquamarine agrees 1000MW Site Development Agreement with Airtricity for its Wave and Tidal Technologies Aquamarine has signed a Development Agreement with Airtricity, the renewable energy development division of Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), aimed at developing sites capable of hosting 1,000MW of marine energy by 2020. {pagebreak} Under the Agreement, the two companies will enter… Read more »

Cities could become the new power plants

An embryonic movement is growing in Europe to build “smart cities” that will challenge the status quo. Such cities would become self-contained units, their buildings gleaning energy from the powerful weather systems sweeping across their roofs and feeding it down to homes below and vehicles in the streets. Electric cars in the garages would double… Read more »

3M Forms renewable energy division

One of the world’s largest manufacturing companies has formed a renewable-energy division to increase its presence in the growing solar and other alternative-energy markets and offset pressures on its other businesses. While traditional businesses are being crippled by the economic downturn, the overall solar market is growing. 3M Chief Executive George W. Buckley said last… Read more »

EU Parliament backs new renewables goals

A summit regarding Europe’s future energy policy last week has seen MEPs backing proposals for new EU targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% before 2050. And, the meetings of the full EU Parliament in Strasbourg saw support for a 60% renewable energy target. {pagebreak} As Europe continues to re-draft its energy policy following… Read more »

Swden lifts ban on nuclear power and boosts renewables

The Swedish government heralded a dramatic change in power generation, when it gave the green light to new nuclear reactors last week. Plans have been announced to overturn a near 30-year ban on atomic plants as part of a new drive to increase energy security and combat global warming. Ministers said they would present a… Read more »

DIS AG Welcomes Qualification Initiative of the Federal Government

* Practical experiences of DIS AG confirm: Extensive and sophisticated qualification concepts work* Andreas Dinges: “It is time to add some life to the initiative.” Düsseldorf – October 22, 2008. DIS AG, the market leader in hiring and placement of skilled personnel and managers, welcomed the government’s new educational initiative, which was introduced and resolved… Read more »

Investment must triple to save the planet

Clean energy investment needs to more than triple to US$515 billion a year to prevent planet-warming emissions reaching levels deemed unsustainable by scientists, the World Economic Forum (WEF) said in a report last week. {pagebreak} The massive investments required in renewable energy sectors such as solar and wind energy need to be made between now… Read more »

DIS AG Optimises Recruitment Processes

* Opinions of applicants and employees of fundamental importance* Nationwide survey of over 3200 people in Germany’s industry sector Düsseldorf, July 9, 2008 – DIS AG is currently optimising their recruitment processes for the industry sector, {pagebreak} in order to counteract the lack of skilled employees, and to be able to satisfy future demands faster… Read more »

Aquamarine Power Market and Technology Overview

WAVE AND TIDAL ENERGY Population growth, rising demand for energy, annual increases in power costs, political uncertainty, pressure to cut carbon emissions: any one of these issues would make the development of secure supplies of clean energy important; together they make it imperative. That’s why there is strong demand for the power that wave and… Read more »

Dinges: New Assessment of Temporary Work

* Findings by D-Statis and OECD show definite demand* Demonstrating higher appreciation for temporary employees* Lack in skilled personnel: better utilisation of available potential {pagebreak} Düsseldorf, September 10, 2008 – Andreas Dinges, Chairman of the Board of DIS Deutscher Industrie Service AG, has today called for a re-evaluation of social realities and job opportunities posed… Read more »

Degerenergie announces key role in world future energy summit 2009

DEGERenergie (, global market leader in the field of tracking systems for solar plants, is actively participating in the World Future Energy Summit 2009 in Abu Dhabi. The summit is considered a major event worldwide for eco-friendly technologies and renewable energies. Tracking systems from DEGERenergie increase the energy yield of photovoltaic systems by up to… Read more »

DIS AG Exclusive Personnel Service Provider for Apple Premium Reseller Stores

* Exclusive contract across Germany with re:Store GmbH, the Apple Premium Reseller* First outlet to be opened on September 12* Deployment of innovative e-recruiting tool eMaRS {pagebreak} Düsseldorf, September 10, 2008 – DIS AG, the market leader in hiring and placement of skilled personnel and managers, will exclusively provide personnel for the new chain of… Read more »

DIS AG: Squeeze out finalized

* Squeeze out of minority shareholders of DIS Deutscher Industrie Service AG (DIS AG) registered in commercial register* Payment of the compensation to minority shareholders and option holders started* Annual General Meeting of 14 August 2008 is called off {pagebreak} Dusseldorf, June 19, 2008 – The commercial registry of the local court of Düsseldorf (Amtsgericht… Read more »

Somont: 14.5 million euro order from REC

Somont, a 100% subsidiary of 3S Industries AG, has received from the Renewable Energy Corporation ASA (REC) an order for delivery of its “RAPID” automatic string soldering systems. The machines with a total value of 14.5 million Euros will be delivered to Singapore where REC is setting up a new, world class, integrated photovoltaic production… Read more »

DIS AG: Considerable increase of sales and result in 2007

* Sales increased to 452.8 million euro, earnings before taxes (EBT) increasedby 28 % to 64.9 million euro* Focus on specialists and executives answers market trends* Disproportionate growth of divisions engineering and IT {pagebreak} Dusseldorf, March 25, 2008 – DIS Deutscher Industrie Service AG achieved a further positivegrowth in sales and results for the fiscal… Read more »

Green energy hopes for Obama bounce

While many small businesses struggle with tight credit and declining sales, one fledgling industry is experiencing a boom in investment and sales growth: renewable energy. Alternative-energy firms are reporting an influx of enquiries and business from a wide range of companies looking to increase their energy efficiency – especially from those that believe the Obama… Read more »

Halftime at the "Careers Night" of DIS AG

Thousands of jobs still waiting for applicants Dusseldorf, April 14, 2008 – DIS AG “Careers Night” has been a great success already athalftime. For the whole month of April, interested people could set the course for theirprofessional future in their leisure time at DIS AG. {pagebreak} The nationwide event provides an overview of the chances… Read more »

Solid Legal Basis for Minimum Wage in Temporary Employment

* DIS AG welcomes federal cabinet’s decision regarding Posting of Workers Act (German ‘Entsendegesetz’)* This will effectively prevent wage and social ‘dumping’* Quick implementation of legal process is required {pagebreak} Düsseldorf, July 17, 2008 – DIS AG, the market leader in hiring and placement of skilled personnel and managers, welcomes the compromise regarding the Posting… Read more »