Alternative energy technologies to grow at 40% a year

Despite a sluggish forecast for the overall high-tech industry in the near term, alternative energies technologies are expected to grow at a 40% annual rate through 2012, and semiconductors used in these applications will see a comparable growth, according to The Information Network. The semiconductor market in 2008 was nearly $800 mln and will more than double to nearly $2 bln in 2012.

80% of Americans would switch to hybrid cars if they could afford them

Majority of Americans are willing to sacrifice perceived reliability, luxury, performance and comfort for better gas mileage as they plan their next vehicle purchase. Perceptions exist that gas-only cars are less expensive, more luxurious, and offer better design and comfort, Ruder Finn reports. Only 6% of respondents think hybrids are luxurious and just 12% feel they are better priced. 67% of respondents said they were likely to purchase a hybrid vehicle within the next 3 years. More than 80% of respondents said they would like to sell their gas guzzlers for more fuel-efficient cars today, but 87% stated they cannot afford to do so.

81.2 mln smart meters in Europe by 2013

According to Berg Insight, the installed base of smart electricity meters in Europe will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 15.6% between 2008 and 2013 to reach 81.2 mln at the end of the period. After massive rollouts in Italy and the Nordic countries, the turn has now come to France, Spain and the Netherlands to receive smart electricity meters. Berg Insight expects that new installations will reach a rate of 11 mln units annually in these countries by 2013.

81% of IT organizations pay attention to green-ness

81% of organizations thought that the ‘Greenness’ of their IT suppliers would become ‘much more important’ over the next few years, according to IDC. 18% of the organizations surveyed considered the greenness of the IT suppliers before making a selection and another 30% expected to do so in the near future. In Japan 52% of the organizations surveyed indicated that this is already part of their procurement process.

60 mln smart meters in Europe by 2012

According to Berg Insight, the number of smart electricity meters will exceed 60 mln in Europe by 2012. This will mean that one in four consumers will receive electricity bills based on their actual consumption and gain immediate financial benefits from energy savings.