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Two Swiss companies have teamed up to build three floating “solar islands”, each with 100 photovoltaic panels, on Lake Neuchâtel this year. Each of the floating islands — made by energy company Viteos and photovoltaics specialist Nolaris — will measure 25 metres in diameter, are to be used as laboratories to test concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies. CSP plants concentrate sunlight onto boilers to produce steam, which is sent via a pipeline to a shore-based plant where it drives steam t

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EV fans will not look back at this year’s Geneva Motor Show as a great one. There were high hopes the production version of the BMW i3 would be there, but it wasn’t. And nobody could confirm the rumor that it will get small rear-hinged back doors (like the Mazda RX-8). But BMW did confirm that the i3 is on track for this year: the unveiling of the production model, beginning of regular production, and first deliveries. We should expect to see the production car before summer, maybe next month at the New York auto show.

Fortunately, there were several other plug-in introductions. PluginCars.com covered a number of them, including the Land Rover Electric Defender, VW XL1, and Audi A3 e-tron. But here are a handful more, all concepts rather than vehicles approved for production.

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PV demand in Europe reached 16.5GW in 2012, representing 57% of the 29 GW global PV demand in 2012. Source: NPD Solarbuzz Marketbuzz, March PV demand in Europe reached 16.5GW in 2012, representing 57% of the 29 GW global PV demand in 2012. Source: NPD Solarbuzz Marketbuzz, March 2013. Blogger Tim Murphy Tim Murphy Tim Murphy has over 20 years of experience delivering PV engineering solutions as distributed power generation in the industrial and built environments. 

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