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Disruptive Innovation - Call for speakers
Lindholmen Software Development Day is looking for speakers on the theme of "Disruptive Innovation - Opportunities and threats in a new business environment", a very interesting topic. Are you the one?

»Potential questions:
- What are the key enablers in disruptive innovation?
- How does disruptive innovations affect the software companies in positive and negative ways?
- How can software companies embrace and utilize the strength, innovation and creativity required in a disruptive business?
- How will technologies such as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality change the landscape? What other technologies are key enablers in disruptions?
- How do you use open source in your innovations?
- How important is it to own the platform?
- How can the established software business collaborate to increase value?
- How can traditional companies benefit from new innovative companies?
- New methods and tools for open innovation?
Topics can span from pioneering projects and trends to applied techniques and best practices. The conference will be presented in several tracks: Main - Trends Business Methods & Tools Technical Gaming, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality Open Space Session
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I read that following the German Governments decision to subside electric cars weekly. Audi have decided that they need 3 electric models for 2016 & by 2025 25 - 30% of their sales will be electric.
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A somewhat rare **C30 Electric
The first electric C30 cars were built in 2011. This one is the updated 2014 model (yes, the regular C30 ended with the 2013 model, all 2014 C30's are electric).

Engine: 89 kW (120 HP), 250 Nm
Performance: 0-70 km/h (0-43.5 mph) in 5.9 s, top speed 150 km/h (93.2 mph)
Charging: Fully charged in 1.5 hrs with the 22 kW charger, or 8-10 hrs with a regular household socket, ten minutes to top up 20 km (12.4 mi) of range
Range: 164 km (102 mi)

Looks and feels like a regular C30, only more quiet and agile at low speeds. The regular gear stick is replaced with one similar to automatic geared cars. Only a few hundred were ever made, it was but a large scale test for Volvo. Many of them, like the one depicted here, belong to Sunfleet, Volvo's car sharing business. Most other cars were leased to government and private businesses. The C30 Electric isn't a too uncommon sight in Gothenburg, I suspect most of them are still in town.

Engine and charger from Siemens. Control systems developed in Gothenburg. Later hybrid models, including the new XC90 hybrid, owe a lot to this little car.

Disclaimer: I work for a supplier for among others Volvo, but I wasn't personally involved in the C30 Electric project. I drive a C30, but not the electric one.
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+Lev Osherovich​ well, the C30 probably has more in common technically with the 480ES than the old P1800ES. Front wheel drive, 4-seat, three door, hatchback etc.

The 480RS was the first "real" Volvo built in the old DAF factory in Netherlands. (The Volvo 66 and 340 were really rebranded, refurbished DAF models - the 340 were developed as DAF 77).

The 480ES was built from 1986 to 1995. I didn't know it never made it to the US. The design was something Volvo owners either loved or loathed. It was a far cry from the 240 and 740 series container shape.
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Global day of action
"For years we’ve watched our climate change. We’ve watched glaciers melt, seas rise, and storms get fiercer. We’ve watched this new reality transform our lives while too many leaders just stood by."

"Now the time for standing by and watching is over – and on November 13—14, 24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth brings the world together to let our leaders know. Join former US Vice President +Al Gore​, artists and influencers, and millions across the planet for a global day of action and music to celebrate progress across continents and send a clear message to world leaders: Take climate action now!"

"This is our moment. With the Paris climate talks approaching, a breakthrough is finally at hand. The stage is set and it’s time for our leaders to act. The world is watching. Join us."

https://www.climaterealityproject.org/

#WhyImWatching #24HoursofReality
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Update: Currently suspended because of the tragic events in Paris. Stay tuned.
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The Guardian take note of the Ripasso CSP, maybe you should too?
+John Despujols​​​​​​​, always paying attention to interesting stuff, shared this article by +Jeffrey Barbee​​​​​​​. I have long been fascinated by this cool design with it's world solar power efficiency record. When others talk about efficiency it's usually figures from the labs or controlled environments. In the real world, this system is already at 32-34% true solar-to-grid electricity conversion, generating 0.5 MW/ha. That's pretty cool. And it's kinda steampunkish too.

»What, wait, Ripasso who?
Ripasso Energy is a Swedish company located in Gothenburg. The company was founded by Gunnar Larsson, former CEO of Kockums, merited submarine manufacturer in Malmö. To those who know anything about submarines, the connection to fuel-free energy is pretty clear - the Stirling engine.

»The Stirling engine
Invented and patented by Robert Stirling in 1816, the Stirling engine was a simple yet ingenious heat engine that still fascinates us and finds it's uses today. The engine is powered by heat, or rather a temperature difference. Just like steam engines the Stirling engine is sometimes referred to as an external combustion engine, in contrast to the ICE, the internal combustion engine. For about a century the Stirling engine made duty primarily as a domestic engine, but was finally replaced by electric engines as countries were electrified.

»How the system works
The Ripasso design, the Ripasso CSP, consists of one or more reflecting dishes, each 12 m in diameter with a total area of 104 m2. The system automatically tracks the sun and concentrate all that sunlight at a tiny 10 cm2 (1.55 square inches) spot on the Stirling power converter, the Ripasso SPC, which generates the electricity and feeds it onto the grid. While the overall design is all very well made, Ripasso are not the only ones that have tried this. So, what's so special about Ripasso's solution?

»What Ripasso did that was so clever
Now, while a Stirling engine is rather simple in its basic design, operating one efficiently can be rather complex and difficult. There are different design variations and there is pressure, various types of gas, heat exchangers, control systems and a lot more to consider. The biggest catch is, in order to generate electric power, you either need a gear box or you have to lock the engine to a fixed speed, else the generator will not match the grid frequency. Either way you reduce efficiency, but this is where Ripasso excel with a clever solution. They have thoroughly optimized the engine and generator to work perfectly together, and for optimal efficiency they run the power converter on it's own, optimal frequency, feeding the grid through an inverter. This is key to their solar power efficiency world record.

»Will they make it?
As fascinating as technology gets, the interesting question is, can Ripasso make it "big" with their Ripasso CSP system? Ripasso claim their CSP is competitive and have "negligible degradation and 25+ years system lifetime" with "long service intervals" - and they have four years of operation at the pilot plant in South Africa to back it up. It's not like Ripasso are running short of competition, but they do have a product with an edge, and there ought to be a not too small niche for them. After four successful years, the time has come to scale up.

»Facts
Dish: 12 m (39.4 feet) diameter, 104 m2 (1,120 square feet) reflecting area, 95% spectral reflectivity, ~100 kW with 1 kW/m2 and 0.1 mrad tracking accuracy 
Power converter: 30kWe @ 2300 rpm, >40% engine efficiency, 200 bar max engine gas pressure, 720°C max sun receiver/heater temperature

»Links
http://www.ripassoenergy.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stirling_engine

Disclaimer:
Although I work at Consat, a company that deliver solutions for the Ripasso CSP, I have not been personally involved in this project.

#ripasso #solarpower #renewableenergy   #engineering #csp  
Using military technology and a zero-emission engine invented by a 19th-century Scot, Swedish firm seeks to revolutionise solar energy production
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Good to hear +Per Siden , I'll try to keep an eye on them.
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Electricity production costs, Sweden 2014
A new report by Elforsk stands out a bit and is well worth a look. The report shows that in terms of LCOE onshore wind power is among the cheapest power money can buy right now, en par with large scale hydro power.

According to the study coal power is cheapest only when carbon tax and emission costs are completely out of the equation (you can try this for yourselves, see below). Wind and large scale hydro are clearly the cheapest, which one depends on how you chose to look at interest and financial costs (yes, you can try this too). However, since coal is out of the question in Sweden and large scale hydro is never going to be expanded any further, the conclusion is that onshore wind is currently the cheapest way to produce new electricity.

No big surprise there perhaps. Other recent studies in the EU have come to similar conclusions. However, the report comes with a very nifty calculator. I wish more reports would make their full data available like this. Go play with it, it's really cool!

Note: You can run the calculator through Google Translate if you need to get going, but it won't operate as intended. Luckily the language isn't too challenging.

»Links:
Elforsk press release (Nov 19, 2014):
http://www.elforsk.se/Global/Press/Elforsk_PM_nya%20anl%C3%A4ggningar%2020141119_2.pdf

»The full report (in Swedish):
http://www.elforsk.se/Programomraden/El--Varme/Rapporter/?rid=14_40_

»English summary of the report (pdf):
http://www.elforsk.se/Programomraden/El--Varme/Rapporter/?download=englishSummary&rid=14_40_

#energy   #windpower   #sweden   #elforsk  
Information. Välkommen till Elforsks webbaserade beräkningsapplikation för att beräkna och jämföra elproduktionskostnaden för nya och framtida elproducerande anläggningar. Beräkningsapplikationen är ett komplement till rapporten ”El från nya och framtida anläggningar 2014” och utgör ett verktyg ...
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+Shean Bond, you might find this page where you can follow the power system of the NordPool energy market countries in real time (in plain English) of interest:
http://www.svk.se/Start/English/Operations-and-market/Nordic-System-Map/

[Edit: It seems to work poorly on Chrome for some reason. Maybe it's just me, but if you have problems viewing it try IE or Firefox.]
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Sweden overtakes Denmark on wind power
Over the last decades Denmark has driven the development of wind power, but the Danish Energy Association now concludes that "2014 will be the year when Sweden overtakes Denmark in installed wind power capacity and very likely in total electricity generated by wind turbines"

"By the end of 2013 Sweden had an installed wind power capacity of 4,382 MW, but keep expanding it month by month 'as stable as a Volvo on a rural road'."

According to the latest forecast from Swedish Wind Energy another 1,000 MW will be added over the year, bringing the total installed capacity up to 5,400 MW. Denmark already has an installed capacity of 4,900 MW, but the expansion is progressing more slowly now.

»Similar and yet different
There are some significant differences between Denmark and Sweden. Since most of the wind turbines in Sweden are installed in 2006 or later, they tend to be bigger on average than their older Danish ones. In 2013 Sweden's 2,663 wind turbines produced approx. 10,000 GWh (10 billion kWh), while at the same time Denmark's 5,100 turned out (11,000 GWh (11 billion kWh).

Another notable difference between the countries is that Denmark has invested heavily in offshore wind power lately, while 96 percent of the Swedish wind power is land based. But Sweden too is focusing more on offshore wind power now.

Compared to Sweden, Denmark still remains in a clear first place when it comes to wind power share of total electricity generation. In 2013 it was one third.

»Links
http://www.danishenergyassociation.com/
http://www.vindkraftsbranschen.se/en/
http://ny.svensk-vindkraft.org/engelsk-startsida/
http://www.newsoresund.se/sverige-snart-storre-an-danmark-pa-vindkraft/

»Update 2014-11
Estimates for Sweden at end if 2014:
Total number of turbines in operation: 3,040
Total effect: 5,363 MW
Total production 2014: 11,0 TWh 
Yearly production: 13,3 TWh
Sverige overhaler Danmark på vind. 2014 bliver året, hvor svenskerne drøner forbi med installeret effekt og måske også på samlet elproduktion fra vindmøller. 19. maj 2014 af Jesper Tornbjerg. Danmark har drevet udviklingen af vindkraft frem gennem de seneste årtier, men nu er Sverige ved at ...
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Awesome news. Thanks for sharing :)
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"Green" C30
Spamming the group with another "sighting", this time of a C30 belonging to the company car pool. It's not electric but an 1.8F flexi-fuel version. Runs good on any type of gas or ethanol or mix thereof. Striped "green".
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Flexible cars, these C30s!
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China investing more in renewable energy than Europe and the U.S. together
Ahead of COP21, data published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows that global investments in clean energy projects for the first time was spent in emerging economies, and not in OECD countries.

Over the past five years, 40% of the world's total added renewable energy was generated by China. The country’s renewable energy investments exceeded the combined total invested by the U.S. and Europe.

"2014 brought further proof that clean energy activity is shifting inexorably from 'north' to 'south', from developed to developing countries", report states. Across 55 major non-OECD countries, including India, Brazil, China, and Kenya, clean energy investment reached $126bn in 2014, all time high and 39% higher than last year.

"The majority of the $126bn invested in Climatescope countries did not emanate from OECD countries. Rather, it was south-south investment within the 55 nations that accounted for $79bn of the total, with the balance ($47bn) represented by north-south flows." That means, it's not primarily the OECD countries that fuel investments in the emerging economies, they're still accounting for less than half of what they have promised, but it is China and the developing countries themselves that are investing heavily. OECD is lagging behind.
Climatescope’s primary goal is to present the public with an almanac of clean energy investment and deployment facts on 55 of the world’s most important developing nations, along with 25 Indian sta...
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There was a report that NASA have observed via satalite 39 coal burning power stations in the Middle East & Russia emitting high levels of sulphur Dioxide.
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Google matches your donation to refugees 1:1
Donate now to help refugees and Google will double it.

Recipients are Doctors Without Borders, International Rescue Committee, Save the Childern and UNHCR.

When countries and politicians do no take their responsibility, we all have to step up.
Donate to help refugees and migrants in urgent need. Google will match your donation.
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It all began with 'the song of the dial-up modem'
+Rhonda Lowry​, VP of Emerging Social Web Technologies at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. gave a TEDx talk on the topic of "Literacy in a Networked Society" that I find exceptionally interesting.

Rhonda Lowry is not only a vice president at Turner, but her online persona is one of the top virtual musicians online, and she has some keen insights on what online identities means, and how they allow for completely new accomplishments. Lowry examines and explains identity online and elaborate on the revolution in connection - rather than categorization - of contacts.

#internet   #tedtalks   #society    #rhondalowry  
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+paul beard it sure is interesting, and a field where we have a lot to learn still. We may only have just begun asking the questions.

Rhonda Lowry's presentation is well worth the time.
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BZZZ! International Sound Art Festival 2014
HARP Art Lab  presents a festival of installations and performances by artists and bee-keepers at the Harplinge windmill.

July 4, 1:00 p.m. to SUNDAY July 6, 2:00 p.m.
Installations open from 1:00 p.m.
Concerts from 5:00 pm. Friday and 6:00 p.m. Saturday. Closing concert on Sunday 02:00 p.m.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
Charli Clark/Can Uzer, Agnes Mercedes, Rima Otilia Qvale, Leif Holmstrand, Michele Collins, Ruta Vitkauskaite, Bioni Samp, Maciej Baczyk/Aga Jarzabowa, Mikael Reuter, Simon Mattisson, Klara Andersson, Niklas Sjösvärd, +softday (Mikael Fernström/Sean Taylor), Rickard Fredborg, Ann Louise Liljedahl, Stefan Isebring/Hanna Östergren, Sara B Nilsson, Mikael Ericsson & Zabutom
Curator: Kajsa Magnarsson
 
EXHIBITION
Open Friday to Sunday 1.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.  July 4 to August 17.

GETTING THERE
Address: Kvarnliden 8, Harplinge, Sweden
BZZZ! INTERNATIONAL SOUND ART FESTIVAL 2014 a project about the life and death of honey bees. Program (pdf) HARP ART LAB SWEDEN has invited artists and bee-keepers to create installations and performances connected to the theme of honey bees, thereby transforming Harplinge windmill into a "hive" ...
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Ha ha, I think you would have made a great contribution +Russell Davison. Next time around!
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Abbott's government again proved wrong on dismantling LRET
Well known automation components company
+Schneider Electric concludes that extending - or even more so, expanding - Australia’s renewable energy target would lead to lower electricity prices.

"[Pacific Hydro general manager] Lane Crockett said the analysis [...] clearly demonstrats that zero fuel cost renewable energy will act as a hedge against future price rises in coal and gas."

"The analysis is important in the light of claims made by incumbent generators about the cost of the renewable energy target on consumers, and some even wilder claims in conservative commentators that renewables could add 50 % to consumer bills by 2020." 
Large energy users commissioned an analysis of the renewable energy target. They were surprised to find maintaining or increasing the LRET would lower energy costs.
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+Per Siden I really like your comment, very clever.
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