VUW students to develop website on impact of energy choices

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington
A group of Victoria University of Wellington students will spend the summer developing an interactive website that will allow the public and government organisations to see how the energy choices we make today will impact New Zealand in 2050.

The venture is a partnership between Victoria and the National Energy Research Institute (NERI), with support from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, youth-led climate change organisation Generation Zero, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), the British High Commission, and the Department of Energy and Climate Change in the United Kingdom.

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Research and Markets: Analyzing the Renewable Energy Industry in Australia

This research presents an in-depth analysis of the Australian renewable energy industry. In its research report – Analyzing the renewable Energy Industry in Australia – the report looks at this superbly charged industry which is growing at a breakneck speed in Australia.

Starting off with a basic overview of the global energy industry, the research focuses on the global renewable energy industry. A market profile, global market capacity, market-wise analysis, GHG emissions, challenges facing the development of the renewable energy market worldwide is all analyzed in this section.

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Research and Markets: Analyzing China’s Biofuel Industry 2014-2020

Although biofuels are mainly used to replace or supplement the traditional petroleum-based transportation fuels, they can also be deployed to generate heat and electricity. Being an alternative to fossils, biofuels can be applied to existing vehicles with little or no engine modification. Although they release CO2 when burned in internal combustion engines, they differ from fossil fuels partly because their use reduces the net emission of carbon dioxide and other gases associated with global climate change and partly because they are biodegradable.

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1.8m to be invested in Māori-led science & innovation

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) announced today that a further $1.8 million will be invested over the next two years to develop the science and innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources, and people for the benefit of New Zealand.

“MBIE’s Te Pūnaha Hihiko Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund aims to strengthen connections between Māori and the science and innovation system,” says Anne Berryman, National Manager Science Development.

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GM politics stifling good policy: Edwards

SOUTH Australian Liberal Senator Sean Edwards says an outbreak of beet western yellow virus has “blindsided” croppers in his home State this season.

But he believes the potential solution – strengthened plant biotechnology research – is being stifled by SA Agriculture Minister Leon Bignell’s penchant for putting politics ahead of science based policy-making.

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NZGL 2014 Impacts and Outcomes report released

New Zealand Genomics Limited (NZGL) has released its 2014 Impacts and Outcomes Report, showing a substantial increase in the number and range of research projects supported within the New Zealand research environment.

The genomics infrastructure service provider was established in 2010 to provide New Zealand scientists with an integrated suite of genomic services involving gene sequencing, bioinformatics and genomics appropriate IT.

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Eight Wire Cloud Solution Heads For The US

Another example of the stunning companies where angel investors have the opportunity to contribute their enthusiasm, experience and networks.

A New Zealand-based data management startup aiming to revolutionise the way businesses move data to the cloud has just launched in the US after a whirlwind 11 months in its own backyard.

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NZX Backs NZ’s Growing Angel Movement

NZX, the operator of New Zealand’s stock exchange, has thrown its support in behind New Zealand’s growing angel movement, by sponsoring the Angel Association of New Zealand (AANZ).

Angels are businesspeople who invest their money and often their time in early-stage and startup companies in order to help them grow and become the next generation of employers and innovators.

This partnership between AANZ and NZX is an important one as it not only provides extra resource to help New Zealand angels develop their skills and networks on a national basis, it also strengthens ties for companies-backed by angel investors with the more formal capital markets, says Marcel van den Assum, an angel investor and chairman of the AANZ.

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