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+ - Six Nissan Leaf Electric Cars Can Power an Office Building->

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy (2660665) writes "How many Nissan Leafs does it take to power an office building? The answer, it turns out, is six. Nissan is the latest Japanese automaker to explore electric "vehicle-to-building" setups, this time with impressive results. The company started testing its latest system at the Nissan Advanced Technology Center in Atsugi City, Japan, during the summer. It found that just six Leafs plugged in to the building's power supply allowed it to cut peak-hour electricity use by 2 percent. Annualized, that's a savings of half a million yen (about $4,800 US) in electricity costs. How it works: The building pulls electricity from the plugged-in vehicles during peak-use hours, when power is most expensive, and then sends the power back to recharge the cars when grid prices fall. Nissan says the system is set up to ensure the cars are fully charged by the end of the workday. (Is this a devious secret way to make sure workers stay until a certain time?) Next up: Why not just do this using batteries--never mind the cars?"
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Facebook Cancels UK Launch of HTC First 54

Posted by Soulskill
from the second-guessing-the-first dept.
redletterdave writes "After AT&T unceremoniously canceled the HTC First after just one month on the market, Facebook announced the first phone running the Facebook Home operating system will not be launching in the U.K., as originally planned. From Facebook: 'Following customer feedback, Facebook has decided to focus on adding new customization features to Facebook Home over the coming months. While they are working to make a better Facebook Home experience, they have recommended holding off launching the HTC First in the UK, and so we will shortly be contacting those who registered their interest with us to let them know of this decision. Rest assured, we remain committed to bringing our customers the latest mobile experiences, and we will continue to build on our strong relationship with Facebook so as to offer customers new opportunities in the future.'"

Comment: Re:What about the USA (Score 1) 159

by webminer (#42734797) Attached to: Google Gives 15,000 Raspberry Pis To UK Schools
Why not kids in Asia, Africa or any other continent? Obviously, Google does not generate their revenue from US alone. They might be 'US-based' or whatever that means, but the people who work there are from tens of countries around the world and their products are consumed by people around the world. I understand you are American and obviously want to know why your fellow citizens are not benefiting from this. But this is not a zero-sum game. Every bit, anywhere in the world helps!

Comment: Re:Clueless guy visits a fulfillment center (Score 1) 112

by webminer (#38106112) Attached to: Inside Newegg's East Coast Distribution Center
I agree. Shipping15k packages a day is nothing. I work in the controls industry (software side, not PLC). Some of our biggest customers are big retailers. The most recent DC that I worked on ships no less than 150k cartons a day. They run 24x7 during peak seasons (Thanksgiving and Christmas). The conveyors we installed run at 500ft per min to accommodate the throughput.

Comment: Re:Not the best track record (Score 1) 466

by webminer (#33856136) Attached to: Indian Military Organization To Develop Its Own OS
Arjun MBT is one of the finest tanks in our part of the world. The problem with its development is not because of just DRDO. It has to do with the govt policy, the army constantly changing its requirements and finally the penetration of Russian arms agents in the Ministry of Defense. All these factors have delayed the induction of a tank that kicked Russian T-90s in every environment that the Indian Army fights in. The comparative field trials of the Indian Army a few months ago showed Arjun MBT has consistently performed better than T-90. So, DRDO came out with a better tank that Russians who have decades of tank-building experience.

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