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Reconstruction to Green Automotive Group
SolarWorld AG is planning to submit an offer to the US car maker General
Motors (GM) to take over the four German factories and the Russelsheim
development center of Adam Opel GmbH. To this end SolarWorld AG can make
available cash funds amounting to 250 million EUR and bank credit lines
worth 750 million EUR under the proviso that the federal government
provides a guarantee. The SolarWorld Group which has so far been
exclusively involved in solar power technology would subsequently develop
Opel into the first 'green' European automotive group. A core prerequisite
for the submission of the offer is the complete separation of Opel from the
GM Group and a compensation payment of 40,000 EUR per German job (totaling
1 billion EUR).
At the four German Opel locations it is the idea of SolarWorld AG to
continue the sustainable further development of the current successful
model ranges and, additionally, to produce a new generation of vehicles
with energy-efficient, low-emission drives in the future. The European
development center in Russelsheim is already working on solutions for
future-oriented electric drive vehicles like the 'Volt'. After the
restructuring of the product range the tradition-fraught German car maker
would especially offer electric drive and hybrid drive vehicles in the
future as well as models equipped with the latest technology like
extended-range electric drive vehicles that combine electric motors and
combustion engines in a highly efficient manner.
Two years ago SolarWorld AG had in a similar case taken over the solar
division of the Shell Group with a compensation payment of 100 million EUR,
consistently modernized it at various sites in the USA and taken it into
black figures in the course of this year.
'Sustainability is a comprehensive concept. The challenges of climate
protection and of the market can only be met if we move on from automotive
to solar-motive concepts', says SolarWorld Chairman and CEO Frank H.
Asbeck. The group has already been working for some years on the
development and testing of electric drive vehicles that are propelled by
solar energy and that even participate successfully in motor racing.
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・Frankfurt Auto Show: Live Reveal Of Opel Flextreme Diesel-Electric Concept Car! -----Jalopnik,Sep 10 2007
" We were at Frankfurt's Bockenheimer Depot for GM's revealing of the Opel Flextreme Diesel Concept, the latest sheetmetal incarnation of the company's E-Flex architecture. The system uses a series hybrid system supported by a diesel engine operating at peak efficiency to charge a battery pack from from power supply firm A123. GM vice chsirmsn Bob Lutz took time out from flogging training jets to act as MC for the event, which included a light show and modern dance routine straight out of Mumenschanz circa 1977, minus the toilet paper rolls. We'll have a gallery up momentarily. UPDATE: Full press release after the jump. "
"The coming of a new generation of energy supply
Wind energy has a huge potential. The EU Heads of State have unanimously agreed that 20% of the EU's energy, in the form of electricity, heating and transport fuels, must come from renewable energy sources in 2020.
For electricity alone, the share from renewable energy will have to increase from 15% today to 34% thirteen years from now, according to the European Commission. Provided the European Parliament and Council adopt an effective Renewable Energy Directive before the end of 2008, wind energy could provide over 12% of Europe's electricity by 2020.
Generation Wind is a campaign that highlights the barriers currently hindering the development of wind energy - some of which will be addressed if the draft Renewable Energy Directive is implemented - and the benefits it can generate for Europe. "
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・About Night Lights of the World, 2003
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