International recognition of the Spanish High-Speed Rail
Madrid, 26th of October 2011 (Ministry of Public Works and Transportation)
A consortium consisting of twelve Spanish and two Saudi enterprises, headed by ADIF and RENFE, will build and operate the high-speed railroad between Mecca and Medina, as Arabia Saudi authorities informed today.
According to the decision of the Saudi Arabian Government, the €6.7 billion ($9.3 billion) worth project has been awarded to the Spanish-Saudi consortium, Al Shoula Group. This is the biggest international contract won by Spanish companies.
The project was considered to be an urgent and priority need for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. With its 450 kilometres (280 miles) double electrified track, it will provide the pilgrims, whose number is growing every year, travelling from Mecca to Medina, as well as its residents, with an efficient and quality service.
The Spanish-Saudi consortium Al Shoula Group includes the three Spanish public companies, Adif, Renfe, Ineco (all of them under the authority of the Spanish Ministry of Public Works and Transportation), as well as Indra, OHL, Consultrans, Copasa, Imathia, Cobra, Dimetronic, Inabensa and TALGO, and the…
Spanish space technology will reach Mars for the first time in August, 2012, on board NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover. This environmental monitoring station is being built by the Center for Astrobiology, based in Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid).
The MSL is a scientific laboratory that will be installed in a robotic vehicle called Curiosity. Its goal will be to study the inhabitability of the red planet. Spain will contribute a Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) to this NASA mission, which will measure the temperature of the ground and air, the atmospheric pressure, humidity and ultraviolet radiation. An antenna will allow the data to be transmitted and thus put the rover directly in contact with the Earth. The MSL will be launched from Cape Canaveral (Florida) on the 25th of November.
The Center for Astrobiology of the Community of Madrid has been commissioned to design and build the station, which will have various sensors and collect data about Mars for five minutes, every hour of the day. Afterward, this information will be sent to a computer on the Curiosity, which will in turn transmit it to Earth.
Specifically, in order for this data to arrive at the three earth stations located in Robledo de Chavela (Madrid), Canberra (Australia) and Goldstone (California), the rover will have three communications systems, one of which will include a directional antenna.
The high-gain antenna…
Spain is the fourth largest producer of wind energy in the world, after China, the United States and Germany, with installed capacity of 19,959 megawatts. Iberdrola, Acciona and Neo Energía (EDP Renewables) are the major producers.
Spain ranks near the top of world wind energy production. Installed capacity reached 19,959 megawatts in 2010, 8% more than in 2009 (an addition of 1,609 megawatts). In this manner, wind energy has become the third most important technology for the Spanish electricity generation system, only surpassed by combined cycle gas plants and nuclear energy.
The country thus ranks among the largest energy producers such as China, the United States and Germany. The largest Spanish industrial groups producing wind energy are Iberdrola, Acciona and Neo Energía (EDP Renewables).
The Spanish wind sector is comprised of a total of 500 groups, and includes 150 wind turbine machinery production plants. Spanish companies are at the forefront in terms of turbine innovation, having been able to reduce their weight while also increasing size in order to generate more energy.
Financial consultant Ernst & Young ranks the Spanish wind market near the top of its “most attractive countries long-term”. The Spanish industry employs a total of 30,000, including those working directly in energy production, as well as others indirectly (linked to supply and services). It’s estimated that employment in this sector will double, to 60,000, in the…
Located in the south of the country (Seville) it stores heat in a salt solution in order to use it at night.
The company Torresol Energy, a developer and operator of concentrated solar energy plants, has opened the Gemasolar plant in Fuentes de Andalusia (Seville). This is the first commercial facility producing solar energy using a central tower configuration and a molten salt storage system. It works like this: using mirrors, the sun’s rays are focused on a point where fluid circulates, generating heat that in turn creates water vapor which moves a turbine.
The plant, which has been operative since May 1st, is unique in the world for several reasons. It can provide energy 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Gemasolar has a capacity of 19.9 MW and can provide 110 GWh per year, supplying 27,500 homes. At the same time it reduces CO2 emissions by 30,000 tons per year, obviating the need to burn 89,000 tons of lignite a year or importing 28,600 tons of oil.
The solar field is composed of 2,652 heliostats, which took seven months to assemble. These heliostats are distributed in the form of concentric rings around the tower, and the farthest is located at a distance of about one kilometer. The surface of each heliostat consists of 120 square meters of…
The company has created a tool based on ribonucleic acid, which synthesizes proteins, in the development of pharmaceuticals.
Sylentis is among the firms that are pioneering RNA interference research, and one of the seven companies in the world carrying out clinical trials to develop medicines. Currently there is no drug on the market that uses the tool being developed by the Spanish company.
RNA is the mechanism by which cells synthesize proteins needed in the body. However, in some cases this protein development process can malfunction, leading to disease. Researchers from Sylentis are targeting this relationship between RNA and proteins, using molecules designed with bioinformatic tools that inhibit protein creation.
Sylentis uses a mechanism that is different from most other drugs that attack proteins. The Spanish firm’s technique only attacks the creation process, thereby eliminating many of the side effects caused by the drugs which target existing proteins.
The company has three lines of research underway for different pathologies. The first and most advanced is ocular, with medicines for glaucoma and xerophthalmia. The second is focused on Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, while the third is aimed at the central nervous system for neurodegenerative diseases, dementia and ischemia.
Sylentis is part of the Spanish biotechnology group Zeltia, which began its work on the therapeutic properties of RNA interference in mammals after a 1998 discovery by US scientists Andrew Z. Fire…
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