Business and product announcements to cheer about:

Date: 16.01.2012

Business and product announcements to cheer about:

Sony has unveiled a paper-powered battery prototype in Japan.The technology generates electricity by turning shredded paper into sugar which in turn is used as fuel. If brought to market, the innovation could allow the public to top up the power of their mobile devices using waste material. The team behind the project said such bio-batteries are environmentally friendly as they did not use harmful chemicals or metals. The Japanese electronics giant showed off its invention at the Eco-Products exhibition in Tokyo last week.

The world's most fuel-efficient hybrid car is ready to go; there's a new way to store energy that outperforms most batteries and is much cheaper to produce; and technology exists to generate electricity by turning shredded paper into sugar which in turn is used as fuel. Meanwhile, in the US incandescent light bulbs are finally on their way out. They will be phased out in 2012 and all light bulbs will be required to meet new energy efficiency standards.

Toyota Motor Corp launched the world's most fuel-efficient hybrid car, as the company looks to fight off competition from pure electric vehicles. The compact car, dubbed 'Aqua' in Japan and the 'Prius C' overseas, has a listed fuel efficiency of 35.4 km/litre (83.3 mpg), beating the current top Prius, which gets 32 km/litre.

Rivals Nissan Motor Co and General Motors Co are seeking to share the green limelight with their Leaf and Chevrolet Volt electric cars, though sales volumes are expected to stay relatively low until the high price of batteries comes down significantly.

A team from the National University of Singapore's Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiative has come up with a new way to store energy that outperforms most batteries. That has important uses, especially for storing the energy produced by alternative technologies like solar and wind power.

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(Source: Jan 2012, ABC Carbon, It's Getting a Lot Easier to be Green: Good Product News for 2012, Accessed on 16/01/2012)

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