10 July/August 2011 | Renewable Energy Focus
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Elsevier launches biofuel research tool
ELSEVIER, WHICH pub-lishes Renewable Energy Focus, has launched a new
online search and discovery tool for biofuels: the Biofuel Information Discovery Tool.
Elsevier Biofuel provides biofuel managers and research develop-ment professionals instant access to the scienti c, industrial, and commercial biofuel information needed for continuing innovation.
According to Elsevier, the new tool should help companies make key decisions more quickly and effi ciently, using keywords to pin-point the exact information needed. Moreover, with the Elsevier Biofuel Tree Thesaurus, research profession-als can navigate through more than 900 journals and 800 books, and 5.8 million patent documents.
Marcus Gay, Biofuels Infor-mation Consultant for Elsevier Biofuel, says: Bioenergy RD&D
(Research, Development and Demonstration) is a complex interdisciplinary challenge. As a former bioenergy R&D manager, I am acutely aware of the technical, economic and commercial chal-lenges faced by professionals in the industry. We have sought to pull together scienti c and commercial information, enabling research-ers to have this critical binocular vision during every stage of the development process.
Dr Skye Thomas-Hall, Senior Scientist for algae-based biofuel developer Cellana, says: Having tested the beta version of Elseviers biofuels discovery tool thoroughly, it became immediately apparent how limiting internet-only search is by comparison. The combination of high quality journal, book and patent information in one location increased my effi ciency by at least 15%-20%.
Inteli Selects Oracle for Portugals EVsInteli, a private, non-pro t association, is working with Oracle to install 1,300 slow charging stations and 50 fast charg-ing stations in Portugal, to support the governments MOBI-E vehicle electri ca-tion project, described as the rst true universal and integrated platform for electric mobility.
Portugal produces 43% of its current electricity from renewable sources.
The pilot project, which is being rolled out across 25 municipalities and main highways throughout the country, will consist of an integrated platform able to deliver electric mobility in a single system, open and easily accessible to each user. Additionally, Portu-gal will host one of Renault-Nissans bat-tery plants, which will support the rollout of EVs across Europe.
The MOBI-E platform will include the implementation of Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing. This will deliver base rating and billing functionalities, enabling monthly at rate and time-of-day rating of electric-ity consumption, network usage and/or additional service charging such as parking, roaming between Electric Vehicle (EV) operators and Energy Retailers, as well as the settlement and clearing of all transac-tions among the service providers.
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