Engineering

Power up the micro-turbines

Lucien Gambarota, president of renewable energy firm Motorwave, demonstrates the eco-friendly micro-wind turbines developed in conjunction with Dennis Leung and Michael Leung from the University of Hong Kong.

Friday, 16 March, 2007, 12:00am

Astral smogbusters

Guangdong is planning to launch a 2.3 billion yuan satellite monitoring centre designed to spot polluters, as part of the province's efforts to curb environmental contamination. Is this a good way to monitor pollution? Write to us

9 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

In their words

Brenda Yip Mei-yan, 25, engineer. Time: 51:11

I've been training twice a week by running 6km around Sha Tin. It has been a good day for me as it's my best time for 10km in the three years I've run here. I was surprised that the pollution seemed OK, but I think the early start helped.

Georgie Wheeler, 28, designer. 57:00

5 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Do your part and help reduce air pollution

Clean air is crucial for our survival. But the sky is now mostly grey, not blue.

China's massive economic expansion has led to pollution in the Pearl River Delta. China needs to build more power plants to meet the demand of factories, while well-off people use air conditioners which release harmful chemicals into the air.

20 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Higher growth blamed for failure to meet pollution targets

China's top environmental watchdog admitted yesterday that the government had failed to meet its conservation and pollution targets last year.

13 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Seven delta cities seek new air pollution laws

Calls for provincial legislation to tackle worsening air pollution in the region have been made by more than 70 Guangdong People's Congress deputies from seven cities in the Pearl River Delta.

Local media said the seven city delegations 'coincidently' tabled seven proposals on the issue at the ongoing congress meeting, detailing the parlous state of air quality in the delta.

8 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Rise of the machines

Machinery and Equipment Design

Award Winners

PC-3 Welding Machine by Year 2000

Lead Evaporating Air Conditioner and Instant Refrigerant Water Heater by Coolpoint Ventilation Equipment

Automatic COG Bonder NAB-110 by Frontier Precision System

Vpot-30 iPBX System by Connection Electronics

6 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Skyworth and TPV struggle with lower margins

Mainland television maker Skyworth Digital Holdings and Taiwanese computer monitor maker TPV Technology, drawn to making flat-panel televisions by growing global demand for the products, are struggling to maintain investor interest as intensifying competition drives down overall margins.

9 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Technology digest

hard-disk drive makers push hybrid storage

The world's leading hard-disk drive suppliers with factories in China and across Asia have formed the Hybrid Storage Alliance to provide more durable systems that run longer on a battery charge.

9 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Activist is denied medical attention

Sun Xiaodi harassed since winning award

An environmental activist who won international acclaim for exposing a radiation poisoning scandal in Gansu province has been denied medical treatment in Beijing for a potentially life-threatening tumour and is subject to constant harassment, a human rights group said yesterday.

4 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Pollution engulfs Bohai Bay fishermen

Fisherman Wang Xuesheng has felt first-hand the knock-out environmental punch delivered to the Bohai Bay seaside village of Qikou.

3 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Greens call for one-off steep rise in sewage fees

A one-off, steep rise in sewage charges would be more effective than a 'gradual and affordable' approach in cleaning up the harbour, says a green group.

1 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Conservation comes first, Hu warns local officials

Put energy, resources into saving environment, president says

Local authorities have been urged by President Hu Jintao to put energy and resources into conservation and shut polluting enterprises amid concerns that Beijing is losing the battle to cut pollution and energy use.

27 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Mainland should heed lessons on worker safety

The role of the private sector profit motive in driving industrial development is well known. It should need no help from the state. But this is not so with the health and safety of factory workers. That was the experience during the Industrial Revolution and it is repeating itself on the mainland.

22 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

TomTom GO 910

What is it? A combined Global Positioning System (GPS) device, travel toolkit and entertainment centre for vehicles. The GO 910 is the first GPS gadget to come with pre-installed maps of Europe, the US and Canada (Australia is also available). It was recently named 'Best Buy' by influential British consumer magazine Which?

10 Dec 2006 - 12:00am