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EV Sales In France Exceed 5,500 In 2012

Electric vehicle sales are coming on strong in Europe. In 2012, 5,663 completely electric vehicles were sold in France — double the figure in 2011. You may be thinking that 5,663 is chump change. That’s where a registered vehicle comparison puts things into perspective. Here’s the math: There are about … [continued]

Clean Links: Solar, Wind, EV, & Policy News

Other than our 60+ stories from the past week, here are a few more noteworthy ones worth a look or two: Solar Energy http://youtu.be/zlCmFIMm8bM 1. MidAmerican Renewables, LLC Completes Acquisition of 550-MegawattAC Topaz Solar Farm from First Solar (solar farm in video above) MidAmerican Renewables, LLC, a subsidiary of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, … [continued]

How WindFlip Will Deliver Gigantic Floating Turbines to Site

To tow the new gigantic off-shore wind turbines being developed in Europe far out to sea, a Norwegian company has devised a clever and simple mechanism. Their Windflip tows the turbine out almost horizontal – and then when it gets to the site tilts it up into position; using just the weight of seawater.

The structure contains 29 air filled compartments. Once at the site each of the compartments inside the Windflip is sequentially filled with water, causing the stern to slowly submerge, so that both the Windflip barge and the turbine it is holding flip up 90°.