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Telecom Namibia launches FTTP range | TeleGeography.com

Telecom Namibia has launched fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband services for businesses and consumers with connection speeds of up to 120Mbps/40Mbps (download/upload) in selected areas, including Maerua Mall in Windhoek, the Swakopmund Central Business District (CBD) and the Omeya Residential and Golf Estate, with plans to gradually expand the service to other towns and business districts in the country.


The new ‘Speedlink LitePlus’ range of FTTP-based packages includes several ‘unlimited’ monthly tariffs starting from an entry-level 15Mbps service, whilst the telco also announced it is boosting the connection speeds of existing Speedlink ADSL broadband packages by up to two-times free of charge.

The commercial launch of FTTP follows Telecom Namibia’s nine-month user trial (December 2013 to 30 August 2014) in homes at the Omeya Residential and Golf Estate (30km south of Windhoek) to ensure stability and reliability for customers.

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UK to streamline business broadband subsidy scheme to boost uptake | TeleGeography.com

A GBP100 million (USD163 million) business broadband subsidy scheme is set to be overhauled by the government amid slow take-up. According to the Financial Times, just GBP7.5 million of the GBP100 million set aside to subsidise business broadband in cities has been allocated, with only six months of the scheme left to run.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in June 2013 it was announced that government plans to spend GBP150 million on broadband infrastructure to create 22 ‘super-connected cities’ had been scaled back following legal challenges. In its place it was revealed that funds would instead be distributed to small businesses in the form of vouchers, with these designed to pay for installation of faster broadband.


The change in plan came after fixed line incumbent BT and cableco Virgin Media brought a legal complaint against the fixed line element of the original project, with both claiming it could benefit rival companies. Subsequently, the state said it had decided to scrap the funding scheme in its original form amid suggestions that it was facing a lengthy European Union (EU) investigation into State Aid infringements.


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Israel: Cellcom updates network sharing deal with Golan; reaches passive infrastructure agreement with Pelephone | TeleGeography.com

Israeli mobile network operator Cellcom has announced that it has updated an existing 2G/3G indefeasible rights of use (IRU) agreement and 4G network sharing agreement with rival Golan Telecom. With the revised agreements valid for a ten-year period, they include ‘stipulations as to ownership and mutual IRU rights in the 4G radio equipment as well as the establishment of a joint venture for the joint operation of the 4G radio network’.


The updated agreements remain subject to regulatory approvals, Cellcom noted, adding that if approved it expects its revenues from Golan to be at annual levels similar to those recorded in 2013 and 2014 for the duration of the agreements.

Meanwhile, Cellcom has also confirmed that it has entered into a cooperation agreement with another rival – Pelephone – related to maintenance services for passive elements of cell sites, including unifying passive elements and streamlining costs, through a common contractor. It said that the contractor to be selected by RFP process will enter into separate agreements with each of the cellcos, for a period of at least five years. Again, this agreement remains subject to regulatory approval.

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Australia: Optus launches LTE-A commercially in four cities | TeleGeography.com

Australian mobile network operator Optus claims to have become the first in the country to provide LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) services on a commercial basis. In making the announcement the cellco confirmed that carrier aggregation is now live on its 2300MHz spectrum in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, while coverage will be extended to Canberra ‘within weeks’.

Commenting on the development, Optus Networks’ managing director Vic McClelland said: ‘As the first to launch Carrier Aggregation in Australia on a live commercial network, Optus had proven its commitment to innovate and invest to deliver a great network … Optus was the first to launch TD-LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation in the world, and we are the first to launch this capability on any Australian network … We are future proofing our network in response to consumers’ growing appetite for mobile streaming, browsing and downloading.’

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NASA probe will reveal 3D architecture of forests from space | Richard Moss | GizMag.com

NASA probe will reveal 3D architecture of forests from space | Richard Moss | GizMag.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

NASA is developing a laser-based instrument for deployment on the International Space Station that will probe the depths of Earth's forests from space in a bid to reveal more about their role in the planet's carbon cycle. After its completion in 2018, this Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) lidar will join the likes of the Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite in studying Earth's vegetation on a global scale.

"GEDI will be a tremendous new resource for studying Earth's vegetation," said Piers Sellers, deputy director of the Sciences and Exploration Directorate at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "In particular, the GEDI data will provide us with global-scale insights into how much carbon is being stored in the forest biomass. This information will be particularly powerful when combined with the historical record of changes captured by the U.S.’s long-standing program of Earth-orbiting satellites, such as Landsat and MODIS."

GEDI carries three specialized lasers and an optics system that divides the three beams into 14 tracks on the ground. These tracks will be spaced 1,640 (500 meters) apart, covering a total of around four miles (6.5 kilometers). And the system will systematically canvas all land between 50 degrees latitude north and south – enough to cover most of the tropical and temperate forests.


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China: Binhai Eco City aims to be a case study for green urban planning | Stu Robarts | GizMag.com

China: Binhai Eco City aims to be a case study for green urban planning | Stu Robarts | GizMag.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

The cities of the future are envisioned as green oases powered by clean, renewable energy. A joint Chinese-Singaporean project hopes to provide a case study for just such cities. Binhai Eco City is designed to be an example of how cities can be completely green developments.

Binhai is located on the outskirts of Tianjin in north China and will be connected to another planned eco-friendly development in Beijing by a high-speed rail connection. Beijing Bohai Innovation City covers a planned 17.6 sq km (6.8 sq mi) and aims to set a new standard for environmentally-conscious urban planning. The Binhai Eco City Master Plan covers a much smaller 0.2 sq km (0.07 sq mi) but like the Beijing project has received international recognition, having been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival 2014.

The Eco City development has planned green belt land to the north of the site and aims to push the green land towards the center of the site. Founder of project architects Holm Architecture Office (HAO) Jens Holm explains that the plan mimics an outstretched hand, mixing green and functional areas.


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"This design allows the green areas to slide in-between each finger, inviting direct interaction throughout the day and night and creates five islands that house the cultural buildings," Holm says in a press release. "The direct access to the green surroundings makes the Eco City Master Plan distinctive and affords its future inhabitants a vibrant and healthy place to live, work and play."

Catherine Devin's curator insight, September 22, 2014 2:24 AM

Beaucoup de projets d'urbanisme mais aussi de bâtiments individuels en Chine vus sur le web. En matière de développement durable, plus vraiment de prééminence des premiers pays industrialisés; les pays émergents, les BRIC développent beaucoup d'initiatives à partir desquelles nous pouvons aussi apprendre (énergies renouvelables par ex).

Faire une visite de temps à autre à la cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine à Paris vaut la peine. Cf l'exposition "Réenchanter le monde", jusqu'au 6 octobre ?

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Scrobby the autonomous solar panel-scrubbing robot | Colin Jeffrey | GizMag.com

Scrobby the autonomous solar panel-scrubbing robot | Colin Jeffrey | GizMag.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Solar panels need regular cleaning to ensure they are working at their optimum efficiency, and spraying them with the hose from the ground or relying on a heavy downpour won't necessarily get the job done. Like the windows on your house, they need to be scrubbed and polished for maximum effect. Enter Scrobby, a solar-powered, autonomous robot prototype designed to keep domestic solar panels clean and clear.

Designed to wash and scrub solar panels positioned at angles of up to 75 degrees, just one Scrobby is purported to be able to clean a solar array measuring up to 10 x 20 m (32.5 x 65 ft) – and this is only because its wire tether will only stretch that far.

The wire tether, however, is only for safety so that Scrobby has no chance of falling off the roof and destroying itself or, worse, hitting some unsuspecting passer-by on the head. Scrobby actually takes user commands from an app contained on a smartphone or tablet and also sends details of its schedule to the same app via Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.

Cleverly, the makers claim that – once installed – Scrobby requires neither external power nor water to run as it collects both from the environment. It has a solar panel to charge its batteries, but the clever part is that it has a collector on its docking station to catch rainwater, meaning that it can be a truly independent and autonomous device.


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Netflix launches German service through DT tie-up; Vodafone to collaborate too | TeleGeography.com

US-based Netflix, which offers its popular over-the-top (OTT) video streaming service in a number of major markets across the world, has added Germany to its portfolio via the signing of a distribution partnership agreement with Deutsche Telekom (DT).


Under the terms of the deal, Netflix’s application will be made available on the telco’s ‘Entertain IPTV’ platform as well as being added to all Entertain set-top boxes (STBs) in the coming weeks.


The launch comes hard on the heels of this week’s announcement that Netflix is launching in France from November, thanks to a deal it has signed with Bouygues Telecom. As in France, Netflix’s German app will be priced at EUR7.99 (USD10.35) per month.

In a related development, Netflix also intends to offer a mobile app offer in Germany and – as it has done previously in the UK and the Netherlands – has opted for Vodafone to carry the service.


According to a report in the German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche, ‘Netflix will position itself in Germany more broadly than in any other country before.’ Rival mobile operator E-Plus is also said to be keen to offer Netflix to accelerate the rollout of OTT video streaming in Germany.

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Afghanistan: USD6.5m spent on six unused towers | TeleGeography.com

US watchdog the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has criticised the State Department and the Department of Defence (DoD) for funding six telecom towers which have not been used and have led to one fatality, the Washington Times writes.


In a note to US Secretary of State John Kerry, inspector general John Sopko pointed out that the US had spent USD6.5 million on the towers, despite notice from local telcos that they would not connect to the infrastructure due to security concerns – having received repeated threats from the Taliban – and that the DoD did not want to keep them due to the high cost of fuel to power the towers’ generators.


Nevertheless, the State Department had forged ahead with the construction of the towers, with a view to expanding telecommunication services ‘to the civilian Afghan population in underserved and strategically important provinces,’ ranking the infrastructure as one of the agency’s ‘highest strategic communication priorities.’


Having been turned down by the DoD and local telcos, the state department considered handing over the towers to the Afghan government but decided against such action on the basis that Afghanistan continues ‘to struggle with lacking resources and technical capacity to operate and maintain these towers.’


Making matters worse, the towers were not equipped properly for air-traffic safety and a helicopter collision with one of the towers led to the death of an international security force soldier.

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South Africa: MWEB debuts unlimited VSAT broadband for businesses | TeleGeography.com

South African internet service provider (ISP) MWEB has launched a suite of uncapped satellite broadband products, aimed at potential business subscribers in underserved areas, TechCentral reports.


The unlimited options include speeds ranging from 1Mbps to 10Mbps, and are priced at a level to make VSAT the ‘preferred connectivity option for businesses that have high internet data requirements and no fixed-line alternatives available’; the introductory 1Mbps offering costs ZAR915 (USD83.8) per month, while the premium unlimited 10Mbps connection is marketed at ZAR3,075. These charges exclude satellite dish, modem and installation, and are subject to a twelve-month contract.

MWEB Business product head Hennie van Tonder said demand for VSAT has been particularly high from the mining, agricultural, construction and education sectors; the executive added: ‘Even with the more recent aggressive rollout of fibre infrastructure in South Africa, it has only incrementally increased the available services to outlying areas.’

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China Mobile switches to ‘naked device’ strategy | TeleGeography.com

China Mobile will focus on selling cheaper and unsubsidised handsets that are compatible with its Time Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) 4G network.


Bloomberg quotes the general manager of the cellco’s technology department as saying that it will offer 4G devices from CNY600 (USD97.5) this quarter and around 70% of 4G devices will cost less than CNY1,000 by the end of the year.


China Mobile, the largest operator by subscribers in the world, is looking to cut some USD2 billion in subsidies for high-end smartphones and will instead concentrate on selling ‘naked devices’ without subsidies or contracts.


Chairman Xi Guohua explained the cellco’s change of tack: ‘The direction of our development is to completely focus on the mass market. We have 4G devices selling for less than CNY1,000. I believe [that] subsidy or no subsidy, discount or no discount, the common person will be able to appreciate this.’

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While We March for the Climate, Governments Meet With Polluters | Janet Redman Op Ed | Truth-Out.org

While We March for the Climate, Governments Meet With Polluters | Janet Redman Op Ed | Truth-Out.org | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

I’m going to guess you’ve heard of the People’s Climate March by now. It’s been all over Facebook, the blogosphere, buses, and subway cars—it’s even shown up on network news, which has been something of a black hole for climate activism.

But in case you’re just getting back from vacation (or a cave), here’s the deal: on Sunday, September 21st, tens of thousands of people are expected to flood the streets of New York City to call on global leaders to take action on climate change.

What’s been somewhat forgotten in the truly herculean effort to make this the biggest climate mobilization ever is what global leaders are doing in town in the first place.

The truth is, they’ve been called to New York by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to meet in an unofficial capacity, because formal negotiations for a global treaty to stabilize the climate aren’t going so well.

In fact, little more than a year out from the December 2015 deadline for signing a deal, countries can’t even agree on a fundamental approach to curbing heat-trapping greenhouse emissions.

One option is a binding treaty that mandates a clear target for reducing overall emissions and assigns each country a fair share of the work. The second option is a nonbinding “pledge and review” process by which each nation records what pollution cuts it thinks it can make. According to this plan, we’d add up those pledges, hope they’re enough to avoid climate chaos, and come back in a few years to see how governments have done.

The United States is the primary proponent of the latter option, for the record.

But emissions cuts are not the only hang-up.

If there’s frighteningly little political will to take common-sense action in the face of devastating ecological disruption—i.e., to stop burning fossil fuels and put clean renewable energy in place as fast as possible—there is even less appetite to pay for it.


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We actually have a very easy win-win-win option for All:

 

Our governments and us need agreements with  the oil/gas/coal/frickenfracken/tar sands that the outrageous subsidies we have handed over to oil/gas/coal/fracken/tarsands be used to help transition to a safer, more affordable, more productive Renewable Energy Economy ....and to redefine economy as more than cash.

 

The dead energy industry has the skills and resources their children need for them to make that transition....so why aren't they helping?

 

All hands on deck now!

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Skyscraper finalists announced for International Highrise Award 2014 | Stu Robarts | GizMag.com

Skyscraper finalists announced for International Highrise Award 2014 | Stu Robarts | GizMag.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

The International Highrise Award recognizes the world's best highrise of the last two years, as according to an expert jury. It claims to be the world’s most important architecture prize for highrises. This year's shortlist features buildings in Milan, Rotterdam, Sydney, Paris, Barcelona and New York.

The International Highrise Award was set up in 2004 by the City of Frankfurt, Deutsches Architekturmuseum and DekaBank. It seeks to honor buildings that combine "exemplary sustainability, external shape and internal spatial quality, not to mention social aspects, to create a model design."

The last International Highrise Award, in 2012, was given to 1 Bligh Street in Sydney, which was awarded the Best Tall Building in Asia and Australasia by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in the same year. The building, designed in partnership by Ingenhoven Architects and Architectus, was said to "set new standards on its continent regarding social, cultural, urban-planning and sustainability."

This year’s five finalists were selected from 26 nominees in 17 countries, with the eventual winner to selected by a jury of industry experts that includes last year's winner, Christoph Ingenhoven.

"Good architecture requires a willingness to take risks and a desire to try things out," says Ingenhoven in a press release. "All the finalists took this approach – there can be no innovation without experimentation. Our shortlist comprises three different prototypes of the future."


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Stockholm is giving 100% to be a clean sustainable capital by 2050 | City Talk | ICEI.org

Stockholm is giving 100% to be a clean sustainable capital by 2050 | City Talk | ICEI.org | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Stockholm is built on 14 islands and is characterized by many waterways and parks. Due to its focus on environmental sustainability, in 2010 Stockholm was selected as the first European Green Capital. 85% of Stockholm’s inhabitants are employed in the service industry and there is almost no heavy industry, which helps to maintain the city very clean. One of the five fastest growing cities in Europe, with currently around 900.000 inhabitants, Stockholm is Sweden’s capital, biggest city and its cultural, political and economic center.

The city is very determined to reduce its CO2 emissions. The goal is to cut carbon emissions by 44% by next year, compared to 1990 levels. Also, by 2050 the city aims to be 100% powered by renewable energy. Actions are following intentions: Stockholm’s CO2 emissions have already been reduced from 5.3 tons of CO2e /person in 1990 to 4.0 tons CO2e/person in 2005.

Climate change will affect Stockholm, with temperatures rising, heat waves increasing, drier summers and wetter winters. The main threat will be the potential impacts of Lake Mälaren flooding, which would affect buildings, industries and arable farms. A change in groundwater levels could also pose a greater risk of landslides, erosion and soil chemistry variations.


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China Clamps Down on Web, Pinching Companies Like Google | Keith Bradsher & Paul Mozur | NYTimes.com

China Clamps Down on Web, Pinching Companies Like Google | Keith Bradsher & Paul Mozur | NYTimes.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Google’s problems in China just got worse.

As part of a broad campaign to tighten internal security, the Chinese government has draped a darker shroud over Internet communications in recent weeks, a situation that has made it more difficult for Google and its customers to do business.

Chinese exporters have struggled to place Google ads that appeal to overseas buyers. Biotechnology researchers in Beijing had trouble recalibrating a costly microscope this summer because they could not locate the online instructions to do so. And international companies have had difficulty exchanging Gmail messages among far-flung offices and setting up meetings on applications like Google Calendar.

“It’s a frustrating and annoying drain on productivity,” said Jeffrey Phillips, an American energy executive who has lived in China for 14 years. “You’ve got people spending their time figuring out how to send a file instead of getting their work done.”

The pain is widespread. Two popular messaging services owned by South Korean companies, Line and Kakao Talk, were abruptly blocked this summer, as were other applications like Didi, Talk Box and Vower. American giants like Twitter and Facebook have long been censored by China’s Great Firewall, a system of filters the government has spent lavishly on to control Internet traffic in and out of the country.


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The Coming Climate Revolt | Chris Hedges | Truthdig.com

The Coming Climate Revolt | Chris Hedges | Truthdig.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Chris Hedges made these remarks Saturday at a panel discussion in New York City titled “The Climate Crisis: Which Way Out?” The other panelists were Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Kshama Sawant and Sen. Bernie Sanders. The event, moderated by Brian Lehrer, occurred on the eve of the People’s Climate March in New York City.

We have undergone a transformation during the last few decades—what John Ralston Saul calls a corporate coup d’état in slow motion. We are no longer a capitalist democracy endowed with a functioning liberal class that once made piecemeal and incremental reform possible.


Liberals in the old Democratic Party such as the senators Gaylord Nelson, Birch Bayh and George McGovern—who worked with Ralph Nader to make the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Mine Safety and Health Act, the Freedom of Information Act and the OSHA law, who made common cause with labor unions to protect workers, who stood up to the arms industry and a bloated military—no longer exist within the Democratic Party, as Nader has been lamenting for several years.


They were pushed out as corporate donors began to transform the political landscape with the election of Ronald Reagan. And this is why the Democrats have not, as Bill Curry points out, enacted any major social or economic reforms since the historic environmental laws of the early ’70s.

We are governed, rather, by a species of corporate totalitarianism, or what the political philosopher Sheldon Wolin describes as “inverted totalitarianism.” By this Wolin means a system where corporate power, while it purports to pay fealty to electoral politics, the Constitution, the three branches of government and a free press, along with the iconography and language of American patriotism, has in fact seized all the important levers of power to render the citizen impotent.


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Fact Checker: Is Tesla NV jobs indicator too high? | Reno Gazette Journal

Fact Checker: Is Tesla NV jobs indicator too high? | Reno Gazette Journal | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

The number of Northern Nevada jobs projected to be created because of the Tesla battery factory deal hinges on an economic idea called a multiplier.


Some say the multiplier touted by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval's economic development office is overblown and not nearly so many jobs will be created. Fact Checker will try to determine if this claim is true.


Warning: Numbers and economic terminology lie ahead. A valiant attempt will be made to beat back as many as possible.


When the Tesla announcement was made earlier this month, the Governor's Office of Economic Development posted a summary of its "economic impact analysis." The analysis itself was prepared by a company called Applied Analysis.


The analysis projects that 22,715 jobs could be created in Northern Nevada thanks to Tesla.


It looked at the economic effects of the Tesla plant on Storey County, where the factory will be built at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center, and on Washoe County, where many of the employees and supporting businesses are expected to locate.


Tesla is expected to build out the project in four phases with these assumptions, according to the analysis: The year 2015 will see 700 jobs created. In 2016, 1,000 more will be added. In 2017, there will be 3,000 more. And in 2018, 1,800 will be added, bringing the jobs total to 6,500.

This level of jobs is expected to hold steady through the 20-year forecast to 2034.


These are "direct" jobs, meaning they will involve workers hired by Tesla.

Important: These 6,500 are merely assumed to be the number created based on what Tesla has said it expects to create. The legislation approved by lawmakers and the governor calls for incentives for up to 6,000 jobs. More or less could be created.


Additional businesses will be needed to support Tesla — parts suppliers, trucking companies, janitorial service, etc. These will create indirect jobs. The governor's analysis puts these at 7,814.


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Buddhist singing bowls could inspire highly efficient solar cells | Nick Lavars | GizMag.com

Buddhist singing bowls could inspire highly efficient solar cells | Nick Lavars | GizMag.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

While the unique shape of Buddhist singing bowls is vital to the creation of their signature sound, a researcher from Australia National University (ANU) has used their design as the inspiration for a new breed of solar cells. In completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge, Dr Niraj Lal found that just as the bowls cause sound to resonate, miniaturized versions can be made to interact with light in much the same way, inspiring solar cells better able to capture sunlight.

Previous research has established that light behaves differently when working at the nanoscale. Downsizing his bowl-inspired cells to this level, Lal, now working at ANU, was able to demonstrate a device with the ability to capture significantly more light and convert it to electricity.

"Current standard solar panels lose a large amount of light-energy as it hits the surface, making the panels’ generation of electricity inefficient," says Niraj. "But if the cells are singing bowl-shaped, then the light bounces around inside the cell for longer."

Niraj calls this process "plasmonic resonance"" and says his nanobowls perform at four times the efficiency of flat solar cells in the lab, which when made from single materials such as silicon have an efficiency of 25 percent.


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Political will is only barrier to 100% renewables | Paul Brown | Climate News Network

Political will is only barrier to 100% renewables | Paul Brown | Climate News Network | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

A new handbook shows how forward-looking communities around the world are already moving away from reliance on fossil fuels and generating their own power with 100% renewables − while also becoming more prosperous and creating jobs.

The report, How to Achieve 100% Renewable Energy, is being released today, ahead of the UN Climate Summit in New York next Tuesday (September 23), when the UN Secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon, will call on world leaders to make new commitments to cut fossil fuel use.

The World Future Council, based in Hamburg, Germany, has issued the report to show that it is only lack of political will that is preventing the world switching away from fossil fuels. It believes that the leaders at the UN summit need to set ambitious targets and timetables to achieve the switch to renewables.


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Telecom Italia continues appeal against Antitrust decision | TeleGeography.com

Italy’s incumbent fixed line operator Telecom Italia (TI) has said it will appeal a EUR103 million (USD133 million) fine handed down by the country’s Antitrust Authority for alleged abuses of its dominant position in the wholesale market.


The Authority’s decision was backed up earlier this year by the Regional Administrative Tribunal (TAR) in the province of Lazio, and came following an investigation which was launched back in June 2010 following complaints from rival operators FastWeb and Wind, joined later by Vodafone Italy, BT Italy and the Italian Association of Internet providers (AIIP). The complaints related to the supposed high number of rejected applications for wholesale connections and alleged unfair discounts offered by TI to large business customers.


Though it says it has already paid the penalty, TI is hoping to have the Authority’s decision overturned by early-2015 at the latest. Vodafone and FastWeb have also launched separate civil suits relating to the same matter, worth EUR1 billion and EUR1.7 billion respectively.

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Belarus’ Cosmos TV offers 100Mbps for all | TeleGeography.com

Privately owned Belarussian cable television and broadband provider Cosmos TV says its network modernisation programme has now been completed, enabling it to offer all subscribers internet access at speeds of up to 100Mbps.


The cableco is championing its so-called ‘Honest Unlimited’ services, which guarantee a stable download speed, regardless of the amount of traffic used.


The DOCSIS 3.0 based service is available to most users with the peak 100Mbps ‘Alpha+’ service costing BYR400,000 (USD38.2) per month – when purchasing the equipment.


Further, Cosmos TV says that in areas where it only provides internet access via standard Ethernet – such as Shabani and the area around Filimonov – additional equipment is required.

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Australia: NBN Co completes penultimate Long Term Satellite Service ground station | TeleGeography.com

NBN Co, the company overseeing Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) project, has announced a ‘key milestone’ for the Long Term Satellite Service (LTSS), having completed the construction of the ninth Satellite Ground Station at Waroona in Western Australia.

With this being the penultimate station – there will be a total of ten sites when the network rollout is complete – the company noted that each comprises two, 13.5 metre satellite dishes, though the sites at Wolumla and Kalgoorlie have an extra two dishes each for back-up, telemetry and tracking. Once complete, the NBN’s network of Satellite Ground Stations are expected to enable the launch of the LTSS by early 2016, or ‘sooner, if possible’.

Matt Dawson, NBN Program Director Satellite, said of the development: ‘The completion of NBN’s ninth Satellite Ground Station is a key milestone in delivering fast, reliable internet to remote and regional Australia … When fully operational, each NBN satellite Ground Station will be capable of transmitting ten gigabits per second.’

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Greece: Three existing cellcos apply for 800MHz/2600MHz licences | TeleGeography.com

Greece’s National Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT) has announced that on the deadline of 15 September 2014 it received three applications for 4G mobile licences in the 800MHz (digital dividend) and 2600MHz spectrum bands, from the country’s trio of existing cellcos Cosmote, Vodafone and Wind Hellas.


The announcement on the EETT’s website did not add any further details at this stage, but as previously reported by CommsUpdate a bidding contest is scheduled for late-September or early-October, while the EETT has set the starting price for each of six 2×5MHz blocks in the prime 800MHz (791MHz-821MHz, 932MHz-862MHz) range at EUR51.5 million (USD69.1 million), meaning that the digital dividend auction should raise a minimum of EUR309 million.


The 800MHz/2600MHz auction as a whole has a minimum bid value of EUR380 million. A final list of qualified bidders – which is virtually guaranteed to include all three existing operators – will be announced on 25 September.

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President Obama has a huge gas problem | Peter Moskowitz | Al Jazeera America

President Obama has a huge gas problem | Peter Moskowitz | Al Jazeera America | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Later this month, hundreds of delegates will gather inside the U.N. to talk about climate change. President Barack Obama plans to attend the climate summit and reportedly wants work on a deal with other world leaders to “name and shame” countries that aren’t actively pursuing serious climate action.

But outside the U.N., thousands of activists will be protesting with one message: Whatever Obama accomplishes at the U.N., it won’t be enough to save his climate legacy.

The Obama administration has been tough on coal, directing the Environmental Protection Agency to severely limit the amount of CO2 that power plants are allowed to emit. But at the same time, the administration has embraced natural gas. Environmentalists say that embrace has created a chasm between Obama’s rhetoric and his climate-fighting actions.

That’s because a growing body of scientific evidence that shows gas development produces significant amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide.

At the People’s Climate March on Sept. 21, activists say they’ll be pressuring the president to address his support of oil and gas. If he doesn’t, they say, he risks squandering his entire environmental record.

“He’s hoping that by killing coal and replacing it with natural gas, he’s coming out a winner, but the science is increasingly saying that’s not going to be the case,” said Anthony Ingraffea, an engineering professor at Cornell and a prominent hydraulic fracturing critic. “At best, his strategy means we’ll break even, but over decades. The Climate March is saying we don’t have decades.”

For many environmentalists, there seem to be two Obamas:


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Architects envision Washington DC's first elevated park | Adam Williams | GizMag.com

Architects envision Washington DC's first elevated park | Adam Williams | GizMag.com | @The Convergence of ICT & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Four competing teams of architects have unveiled their proposals for what will become the first elevated park in Washington, DC . Measuring roughly the same length as three American Football fields placed end-to-end, the 11th Street Bridge Park project will be built upon the foundations of a former freeway bridge that spans the Anacostia River and serve the communities which lie either side.

The 11th Street Bridge Park project was conceived by The Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC), and has received funding from the Washington, DC city council. At this stage, the proposals are still relatively lacking in specifics, though we can expect more details to be revealed once a winning proposal is chosen and work begins in earnest.


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