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Which Power Source Is Most Efficient?

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In world first -- UNSW researchers convert sunlight to electricity with over 40 percent efficiency
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_release...
"UNSW Australia's solar researchers have converted over 40% of the sunlight hitting a solar system into electricity, the highest efficiency ever reported."

New world record for solar cell efficiency at 46% French-German cooperation confirms competitive advantages of European photovoltaic industry
http://www.ise.fraunhofer.de/en/press...
"A new world record for the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity has been established."

Australia develops world's most efficient solar panels
http://rt.com/business/212383-austral...
"?Australian researchers have developed a new method of using commercial solar panels that converts more electricity from sunlight than ever before."

What is the efficiency of different types of power plants?
http://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.cfm...
"One measure of the efficiency of …

Mergers and alliances shake up container carrier rankings

JOC › Maritime News › Container Lines
| Dec 09, 2014 11:40AM EST


Mergers and acquisitions and soon-to-launch alliances are changing the rankings of the JOC Top 40 Container Carriers in U.S. containerized trade. Volume increased 2.7 percent year-over-year to 23.7 million 20-foot-equivalent units in the first nine months of 2014, with Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co. accounting for 21.4 percent of total trade. The two partners in the 2M Alliance, scheduled to launch in January, had combined U.S. exports totaling nearly 2.2 million TEUs, or 22.9 percent of the market, while their 2.9 million TEUs in U.S. imports gave them a combined 20.4 percent market share. MSC and Maersk sit in the top 2 spots of the JOC Top 40 Container Carriers rankings with MSC in first place, holding 12.8 percent share in U.S. exports and 10.5 percent share in U.S. imports through September. Maersk follows with a 10.1 percent share in U.S. exports and 9.9 percent share in …

STRATFOR ANALYSIS : Seeking the Future of Europe in the Ancient Hanseatic League

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 03:04 





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By Mark Fleming-Williams







A bargain, forged in the fires of 2012's economic emergency, has defined the European Union for the past two years. 




It was an agreement made between two sides that can be defined in several terms — the center and the periphery, the north and the south, the producers and the consumers — but essentially one side, led by Germany, provided finance, while the other, fronted by Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Greece, promised change. 



In order to gauge this arrangement's chances of ultimately succeeding, it is important to understand what Germany was hoping to achieve with its conditional financing.





 The answer to that question lies in Germany's own his…

TWO LEADERS JOIN FORCES FOR GOOD : Jain Irrigation signs MoU with Horticulture Innovation Australia

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Source: IRIS | 09 Dec, 2014, 10.56AM 








A team of scientists from The Australian mango industry visited Jain Irrigation Research farm in Udumalpet, Tamil Nad and interacted with Senior Scientists of Jain Irrigation on December 1. 





The focus of the Australian team was to discuss the High technology Production package, Ultrahigh Density Mango that Jains have successfully developed and extended to Indian farmers. 



HIA is set to benefit from a new agreement signed today between (HIA) and the Jain Irrigation systems (JISL), India. David Cliff, director HIA and P.Soman, head of research and Extension Jain Irrigation signed the MOU in presence of the team of scientists.




The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will allow researchers from JISL and Australian agencies to undertake joint R&D in horticulture for the first time through HIA.





JISL is a major multinational company based in India engaged i…