Biofuels to help clean up Chernobyl land

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The Belarus government has teamed up with Irish firm Greenfield to build one of Europe’s largest bioethanol plants which would convert crops grown on contaminated land into fuel. Tags: Biofuels Belarus bio-ethanol biofuel Chernobyl crop Edie Greenfield plant Land blighted by the nuclear fallout from the Chernobyl disaster could be cleaned up by growing biofuel crops, scientists say.

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Four Siemens 1200 kW electric motors power world’s largest truck; all-wheel drive

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BelAZ (based in Belarus) wanted this to not only be the biggest truck in the world but also to carry 25% more payload than the world’s biggest dump truck at the time. The world’s biggest truck—the more than 800-ton GVW BelAZ 75710 mining truck—is powered by an electric drive system comprising four electric traction motors from Siemens, each with an output of 1,200 kilowatts (approximately 1,800 hp).

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Estonian PPP GoSwift wins global Transport Award for smart border crossing point service; traffic queue management

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Following the success of the Estonian project, the same queuing service has been implemented at five Lithuanian border crossing points and at one Finnish border point on crossings to Russia and Belarus. An innovative solution for managing traffic queues at international borders is the winner of the 2015 Transport Achievement Award offered by the International Transport Forum at the OECD.

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UN: world population is expected to reach 9.7 billion in 2050 and could peak at nearly 11 billion around 2100

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Belarus, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, Serbia and Ukraine will experience a net inflow of migrants over the decade, helping to offset population losses caused by an excess of deaths over births. The world’s population is expected to increase by 2 billion persons in the next 30 years, from 7.7 billion currently to 9.7 billion in 2050, according to a new United Nations report.

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UNECE to align heavy-duty vehicle engine emissions requirements with Euro VI

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The amendment to Regulation Nº 49 (which covers the emission of pollutants by heavy duty vehicle engines) of the 1958 UNECE agreement on vehicle type approval and its mutual recognition will allow all non-EU parties to the agreement, including Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Malaysia, Montenegro, Norway, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Switzerland, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey and Ukraine to apply these new ceilings.

European consortium investigating graphene-based materials for lightweight cars; energy-efficient and safe vehicles

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The 66 new partners come from 19 countries, six of which are new to the consortium: Belarus, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary and Israel. The University of Sunderland (UK), working with a consortium of five other research partners from Italy, Spain and Germany, has been selected for funding by the €1-billion (US$1.4-billion) Graphene Flagship research initiative in Europe ( earlier post ) for their iGCAuto proposal.

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UNECE Adopts Type Approval for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles’ Electric Safety Requirements; Applies in 41 Countries

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100 includes the 27 Member States of the European Union, the European Union itself, as well as Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Malaysia, Montenegro, Norway, Russian Federation, Serbia, Switzerland, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Tunisia and Turkey. Generic format of the approval mark pursuant to Regulation No. 100. “1” 1” is replaced by the distinguishing number of the country which has granted/extended/refused/withdrawn approval.

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