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New 9.8 Megawatt Solar Farm In Gallup, New Mexico, Will Save City $785,000 In First 8 Years

By taking advantage of otherwise unusable land located in a floodplain, and with financing provided by the solar company itself, Gallup, New Mexico, …

New Mexico

Transform any bike into an electric bike

It's even flat-proof<p>The GeoOrbital wheel is an all-electric front wheel replacement that snaps onto any bike in 60 seconds. Lasting 30 miles on a charge. It's filled with a hi-density foam making it flat-proof.<p><b>Transcript:</b> The Geoorbital wheel is an all-electric front wheel replacement that snaps …

Electric Bikes

How to avoid a catastrophic ‘Hothouse Earth’

Humanity only has a handful of decades to determine the future of our planet.<p>A new study tells a tale of two Earths.<p>In one, humans are able to rein …

Climate Change

Tesla outsold Jaguar in the US last month

One model beat the British firm's entire range.<p>The Tesla Model 3 was supposed to be a watershed moment for the company – a move into the mainstream …

Why solar is likely to power the Home of the Future

It’s growing cheaper and more popular each year<p>Right now in America, there are about 2 million homes with solar panels. Considering there are about 90 million single-family homes, that doesn’t seem like a lot. But consider this: we’re now on track to start adding a million new solar-powered systems …

Solar Power

'Flow' battery to charge electric cars in seconds

Electric cars could be charged up and ready to go within seconds, according to scientists developing a new type of energy storage system. Chemists …

University of Glasgow

Analyst: Renewable energy will be 'effectively free' by 2030

Analysts at Swiss investment bank UBS believe that by 2030, we could all be living without much of a carbon footprint — at least at home. The analysts believe that the cost of renewable energy will continue to dive heading into the next decade, and that by 2030, costs will be so low they will …

Renewable Energy

Here’s what charging your electric car will look like in 2030

EVs to hit 11 percent of new car market by 2030, with up to 40 million charging stations worldwide.<p>A new study finds that electric vehicles (EVs) and …

Electric Vehicles

Baltimore is closer to becoming first major U.S. city to ban water privatization

Advocates say such a move would be a win for low-income communities and communities of color.<p>Baltimore is on the verge of becoming the first major …

City Politics

A megadrought destroyed the Mayan civilization. We’re next.

Under Trump's policies, such megadroughts will become the new normal.<p>A new study finds that it was a severe and long-lasting megadrought that …

Climate Change

This boring little box can fix the nightmare of installing EV charging stations in condos

Electric vehicle charging infrastructure is becoming less of an issue and more of a big business, but there’s still an aspect of it that has been somewhat neglected: charging for condominiums and apartments.<p>Today, we take a look at a boring little box that can fix the nightmare of installing EV …

Electric Vehicles

The Battery Boom Could End Up Burning Some Investors

Some of the latest battery technologies may become obsolete before reaching the market because of the breakneck pace of advances in the …

Lithium Ion

New electric vehicle charging station unveiled with record capacity of ‘up to 475 kW’

The electric vehicle charging infrastructure industry is evolving at a high pace as it is trying to keep up with the growing deployment of electric vehicles.<p>Now a manufacturer is trying to push the boundaries of charge rates by unveiling a new station with a record capacity of ‘up to 475 …

Alternative Fuel

Elon Musk confirms Saudi Arabia wants to take Tesla private, he elaborates on thought process behind the deal

Elon Musk confirms that the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund has approached him “multiple times” about taking Tesla private and he said that he came out of a meeting with them last month with the impression that they had the capital needed to take the company private at $420 per share.<p>Musk …

Tesla

Electrification Is Pushing Adoption Of AWD

The boom in global all-wheel-drive vehicle demand is forecasted to continueA Wards Intelligence report, “AWD Electrified,” reveals how the shift to …

Electric Vehicles

5 Factors That Will Cushion the PTC Phaseout for US Wind

The U.S. wind industry will face tough times post-2021 when the value of the Production Tax Credit drops to 60 percent in 2022 and 40 percent in …

Renewable Energy

German Startup Sono Motors Begins Testing Solar, Battery-Powered Electric Car

The car also uses moss as an air filter.<p>Sono Motors<p>Stephen EdelsteinView Stephen Edelstein's Articles<p>twitter.com/SAEdelstein<p>German startup Sono …

Electric Vehicles

Sono Motors Sion EV has Solar Panels on Body

The ultimate EV would be a vehicle that never needs to stop driving to charge. A car such as this would be able to pull power from the road or …

Solar Panels

You probably have no idea just how much water is needed to produce electricity

You’re likely within a few feet of an electric switch. When you turn it on, some power plant many miles away starts producing the electrons your device needs.<p>Despite the growth of renewable-energy solutions, most of those electrons are still generated by fossil fuel or radioactive fuel. The trouble …

Fossil Fuels

Red Tide Is Devastating Florida's Sea Life. Are Humans to Blame?

Science & Innovation<p>"Anything that can leave has, and anything that couldn't leave has died."<p>The first thing you notice is the smell. It’s not a scent, exactly, but a tingling in the nose that quickly spreads to the throat and burns the lungs. But then you see the carcasses.<p>Thousands of sea …

Florida

Elon Musk Makes $82 Billion Gambit to Silence Tesla Critics

The wild tweet hit Wall Street at precisely 12:48 p.m. Tuesday -- and things just keep getting wilder.<p>Seemingly out of the blue, Elon Musk proclaimed …

Tesla

CO2 Levels Reached an 800,000-year High in 2017

Using ice cores drilled in Greenland and Antarctica, scientists have a pretty good record of how the composition of Earth’s atmosphere has fluctuated …

Climate Change

How Tesla Made the Model 3 Better Than the Model S

It’s no secret that the Tesla Model S shares a lot of components with other cars, especially when it comes to modules that control various features …

Tesla

The World’s Most Radical Sailing Yacht Stands the Test of Time

The 12-year-old 289-foot Perini Navi superyacht is still one of the world’s most technologically advanced and largest private sailing yachts.<p>When he …

Sailing

Planet at Risk of Heading Towards Apocalyptic, Irreversible ‘Hothouse Earth’ State

We only have 10-20 years to fix this.<p>This summer people have been suffering and dying because of heat waves and wildfires in many parts of the world. The past three years were the warmest ever recorded, and 2018 is likely to follow suit. What we do in the next 10-20 years will determine whether our …

Climate Change

Atmospheric carbon last year reached levels not seen in 800,000 years

The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in Earth’s atmosphere reached 405 parts per million (ppm) last year, a level not seen in 800,000 years, …

Climate Change

Portugal breaks temperature records as European heat wave sizzles on

Eight locations in Portugal have hit their highest-ever temperatures amid a heat wave across Europe. Two people are reported to have died in …

Europe

Europe faces record 48C temperatures this weekend as hot African air sweeps in

The heatwave is causing havoc across Europe.<p>We’ve been let off lightly in Britain so far with temperatures peaking in the early 30s.<p>That’s set to …

Northern Ireland

Musk says Tesla will be self-funded, shunning Wall Street

The most eye-popping moment in Tesla’s earnings call with analysts Wednesday was not when Chief Executive Elon Musk apologized to the analysts he dissed on a previous call in May. It was not the fact that Tesla posted a $717-million loss for the quarter, or cut down on its cash burn.<p>The real …

Tesla

We’ve been talking about a national grid for years. It might be time to do it.

A massive new study confirms a national energy grid would pay for itself.<p>The US does not have a national energy grid.<p>Instead, functionally speaking, it has three grids: the Eastern Interconnection, ERCOT (a Texas grid, basically), and the Western Interconnection. Though there are a few small ties …

Electrical Grid