LeDiamond Announces Continuous Double Side Emitting LED Module

Tesla 4003 2in1 can be applied to design ultra-thin double side emitting lighting fixtures due to its uninterrupted light emitting area with quick assembly and reliable performance.

There is no dark area between the LEDs, hence it allows to reduce the distance between LED module and diffuser. Using Tesla 4003 2in1 in ultra-thin lighting fixtures eliminates the weakness of spots that occur in traditional PLCC modules.

The light output of each module is 500 lm @ 12 V with 350 mA. The image shows an example using 4 pieces of 4003 modules with WAGO connectors to extend the module length which leads to an overall light output of 2000 lm.

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LeDiamond Opto Corporation is committed to develop high-efficiency LED components and light sensor components, with White reaching 180 lm/W @ 5700 K (CRI70), and Warm White 160 lm/W @ 2700K (CRI80) which have already gone into mass production.  LeDiamond’s R&D team has many years of practical experience in LED packaging and can quickly focus on customer product needs and provide solutions to shorten customer development process to reach a win-win strategy with customers.

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Beijing Puts Brakes on New Solar Panel Capacity

A new low-key announcement from Beijing is hinting at a quiet struggle taking place behind the scenes in China’s promising but embattled solar panel sector, with the regulator saying it will stop the building of most new manufacturing capacity. On one side of this struggle are local government officials, who may be encouraging solar panel makers in

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Renewables Are Customizing PPAs for Mining Industry, But More Dialogue Necessary

Goldcorp’s Chilean operations has dedicated time and effort to exploring renewable energy for its 200 MW El Morro project, which has encountered delays because the company’s environmental permit was challenged before the Supreme Court and the company lost.  Energy Manager Rodrigo Diaz has conducted several studies to explore the feasibility of rene

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Fix the EU Emissions Trading System, And Carbon Markets Can Be Serious Business

What do the following have in common: New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Quebec, Alberta, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, California, Beijing, Guangdong, Hubei, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Tianjin, Tokyo, Kyoto, Saitama and 28 countries in Europe?

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New Software Optimizes Grid-scale Energy Storage, Gathers Vital Information for Grid Operators

When developing new energy projects, there are several software applications that can help with technology procurement decisions and monitoring. These programs are especially helpful in emerging technology fields like energy storage, where data can answer previously hazy application questions and potentially increase return on investment (ROI).

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Unseasonal typhoons catch up with Shell’s drill ship

Maysak has intensified further, winds at the centre now 95 mph.

I can see the Polar Pioneer from the bridge – one of two rigs Shell has mobilised to cross the Pacific and head for the Arctic.

It’s been about three weeks since we last saw the Noble Discoverer, the other rig involved with Shells drilling programme in the Arctic. That was off the coast of Brunei. We know they’re heading for Hawaii en route to Seattle.  To get there they’ll most likely take a Great Circle route.

This means they’ll head north after rounding the southern tip of the Philippines and take a course in the shape of an arc. It cuts down the distance they need to travel. The Noble Discoverer is old, it’s older than me and I was born in the sixties. It’s also slow and extremely vulnerable to bad weather on transits like this. These vessels like to avoid bad weather when they can, in fact they’ll do anything they can to keep out of the way of it.

This is where it gets sticky. Typhoon Maysak formed a few days ago, near the Marshall Islands, and its track has taken it in the direction of the Discoverer. Not nice for such an old vessel, a vessel which started life as a log carrier, not even a drill ship.

It’s very unusual for Typhoons to be manifesting with the frequency and intensity that they have this year in this area. The season should be busy from May to November normally, not now. I’m sure the Discoverer planned their journey around this belief. The irony isn’t lost. Have they run smack, bang into an impact of climate change? More intense, extreme weather events like this?

Countries like the Philippines and Pacific Island Nations are in the front line of these events. They’ve been getting hammered more and more in recent years. Maysak may touch down in the Philippines in a couple of days and our thoughts are with anyone that might be in its path.

And the Noble Discoverer? Well what’s worse for them is that they’ll likely need to go north to avoid Maysak, unlike the Philippines they can get out of the way….but the weather’s not looking too good up there either.

They’re sending this thing to the Arctic? What a bunch of jokers.

Latest: Maysak has intensified further, winds at the centre now 95 mph.

Rob Taylor is the Logistics, Projects and Actions Manager on board the Esperanza.

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2015 – my last year as head of Greenpeace

There is an old African proverb that says ‘if you want to travel fast go alone, if you want to travel far go together’. After five and a half years at Greenpeace, I think together we have travelled fast and far. And, we have travelled together. But it is nearly time for me to embark on a new journey.

By the end of this year I will be stepping down as the Greenpeace International Executive Director. The journey is far from over, and I will stay on it with you. I will then take on my most important role with Greenpeace, as a supporter and volunteer.

A volunteer on a journey, like those currently aboard the Greenpeace ship Esperanza. Six courageous volunteers, who stand for us all, are making #TheCrossing. Like the tip of an ‘iceberg’ made up of seven million concerned people, they are following Shell’s giant oil rig, the Polar Pioneer, as it makes its way across the Pacific towards the Alaskan Arctic to undertake dangerous Arctic oil drilling.

Why am I sharing this with you now if I won’t be leaving for nine months? It’s because the Board of Greenpeace International needs to begin the search for its next Executive Director, and such a search is public and requires extensive consultation. In the coming weeks we will be saying more about it. For the present, we have produced a statement that explains this announcement.

As I say in the statement, this is not a sudden decision for me. It’s not that I could not do more here, at Greenpeace International. I’d be happy to continue to work with, or rather for, all of you. But over the last year I have been feeling a strong pull to return home to South Africa. I have been away for 17 years and it feels that the time to return is upon me.

I watch with despair how the South African government, my government, is rolling out plans to spend as much as a trillion Rand (US$ 85 billion) on an absurd deal with Russia to build some seven nuclear reactors.

So, when Greenpeace International has made the smooth transition to new leadership I will be devoting whatever skills I have acquired over the years to the fight for energy justice in South Africa. I believe this to be one of the biggest challenges facing my country since the ending of apartheid.

This struggle is of course about not only about climate change, it’s also about development and making sure that the roughly one-in-five South Africans without electricity have access to clean power. It is also about democracy. For over 60 years we have seen that nuclear power and democracy don’t mix.

WSSD Tour around South Africa. 09/04/2002 © Greenpeace / Daniel Beltrá

I want to do what I can to help my country develop based on democratic, 21st century, renewable energy systems. Currently, there is only one nuclear power plant in Africa, at Koeberg, just outside Cape Town. As we said when we hung a banner on it in 2002, during the Earth Summit, it should be the first and last.

It’s a tough call, but for every activist there is a battle we must fight, and this is mine.

Over the last few months I have been discussing with the International Board Chair, Ana Toni, when the best time would be for me to step down. We have discussed how best to ensure the smooth transition I mentioned. As a result, I have agreed to stay on in my current position until the end of the year, at latest, to allow for a successor to be found and the handover to be completed. I will carry on as normal in helping win as many campaign victories as possible.

Greenpeace has come a long way as an organisation in recent years. We’ve strengthened our links to other groups in civil society and become a strong partner in the broader justice movement. We’re including our volunteers and supporters in strategic decisions, we’ve moved to a more open and ‘people-powered’ approach to campaigning and are more active than ever in the key environmental battlegrounds.

Kumi Naidoo at Climate Action in Chicago. 09/24/2011 © Stephen Carrera / Greenpeace

Success or failure in these battlegrounds will decide the fate of our environment and the legacy that we pass on to our children.

I am confident that with the support of so many people we are on the right path to achieve those bigger, and urgently needed campaign victories.

Over the coming months I very much look forward to continuing to work with all of you while the search for my successor gets under way.

They say in any struggle you must lead, follow or get out of the way. In my view, we must all become leaders.

I will continue to follow the development of our fabulous organisation. And, wherever possible, I will join you in getting in the way of the destructive forces that are preventing a just transition to a green and peaceful future.

Kumi Naidoo is the Executive Director of Greenpeace International.

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Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo announces he intends to step down by the end of 2015

After five and a half years as the head of Greenpeace International, Kumi Naidoo today announced his decision to step down as the organisation’s Executive Director. In agreement with the Board of Greenpeace International, Kumi is staying on until 31 December 2015, at the latest, to ensure a smooth transition to new leadership. The Board is now embarking on the difficult task of searching for a replacement. Meanwhile, Kumi continues in his current role of leading Greenpeace and promoting the organisation’s campaigns.

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Aldi commits to Detox

Aldi commits to Detox

In a world of toxic and cheap throwaway clothing, big retail stores have the opportunity and ability to change the way our clothes and products are made.

Aldi, one of the top ten retailers in the world, has joined the Detox movement and committed to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from their textile products by January 1st, 2020.

Aldi is growing. The supermarket giant is not only strong in its home market of Germany but is seeing sales rise in Europe. The company is also rapidly expanding in the US and Australia. This Detox announcement shows an increasing momentum towards a cleaner and more efficient model of production in the discount sector.

Among the 31 companies committed to Detox are other big retailers – such as Marks & Spencer in the UK and Coop in Switzerland – which means that it is possible to have a sustainable turnover of products, maintain profitability and keep the things you sell toxic-free.

In addition to the need to combat their toxic-trail, Greenpeace is calling on these retail leaders to consider new business models. By planning and managing resources in a responsible way, big retailers can revolutionize the design and production of goods. Toxic-free manufacturing offers the perfect starting-point to rethink how our products are made and used.

Today, Aldi took a stand and acknowledged its responsibility for the whole lifecycle of its textiles. This is a huge step forward and another victory for all of you who have been a part of the Detox campaign since we began four years ago. Looking back, it is quite incredible to see the progress that we have made together. This gives us inspiration to go even further!

Kirsten Brodde is a Detox campaigner at Greenpeace Germany.

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