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A Battery That Could Change The World

Last week I happened to catch an intriguing documentary on NOVA called Search for the Super Battery.<p>The topic is of intense interest to me, as the development of better, cheaper batteries is critical for both the future of electric vehicles (EVs) and for the future electrical grid. Battery …

Clean Energy

Storage Will Be Energy’s Next Big Thing

The cost of renewables has been sinking. Harnessing the excess could be huge.<p>Think the plummeting costs of solar and wind are transforming the energy landscape? Then you should be betting on ways to warehouse that power.<p>To understand why, consider: Unlike almost all their rivals in the …

Energy

A tax incentive might finally make carbon capture a thing

Here’s a cool idea for you. Wouldn’t it be great to remove the excess atmospheric carbon dioxide responsible for warming our planet, and deposit it …

It’s not easy being green: Ivanpah solar plant near Nevada burns a lot of natural gas, making it a greenhouse gas emitter under state law.

A solar power plant at the center of the Obama administration’s push to reduce America’s carbon footprint has its own carbon pollution problem.<p>The …

Fossil Fuels

Replacing your old heater can save big, but not for long

Cutting Utility Costs by $100’s<p>Older heating and cooling units that don’t function well can make energy bills run up to 49% higher than newer models. …

Home Improvement

In petrochemical industry, a second wave of growth brought by shale

BAYTOWN, TEXAS – A decade ago, when Mike Zamora ran ExxonMobil’s Baytown petrochemical plant, his vision to expand the facility and boost its capacity was nothing but a pipe dream.<p>“There was really just very little business incentive at the time because we weren’t competitive within the global …

Oil & Gas Industry

The EPA says burning wood to generate power is 'carbon-neutral.' Is that true?

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt recently told a group of forestry executives and students that from now on the U.S. …

Fossil Fuels

TowerJazz and Newsight Imaging Announce Advanced CMOS Image Sensor Chips for LiDAR used in ADAS and Autonomous Vehicles | New-TechEurope

TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, and Newsight Imaging, today announced production of Newsight’s advanced CMOS image sensor (CIS) chips …

Imaging

What Consumers Buy | Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

Americans favor light trucks, including crossovers, SUVs, vans and pickups.<p>In other parts of the world, customers make different choices, largely …

Selling

Tesla releases rare details about Model 3’s battery cells, claims highest energy density and less cobalt

Tesla has been quite secretive about its latest generation of battery cells, the 2170 li-ion cells, which they designed for Model 3 and Panasonic is manufacturing them at Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 in Nevada.<p>The company has now released rare details about the battery cells – claiming the highest energy …

Tesla

MIT Invented a Tool That Allows Driverless Cars to Navigate Rural Roads Without a Map

Mapping rural areas is a barrier to autonomous vehicles operating in those areas, but cars might not need maps at all.<p>Google has spent the last 13 years mapping every corner and crevice of the world. Car makers haven’t got nearly as long a lead time to perfect the maps that will keep driverless …

Roads

The Transportation Problem No One Is Talking About

It could make autonomous cars in cities safer, too.<p>Right now, most self-driving cars–like those being developed by Google or Uber–can only operate in very limited urban areas of the United States. In part, that’s because these cars need extremely accurate 3D maps that are constantly updated to …

Artificial Intelligence

Top 10 Most Read Mobility as a Service Articles - April

View original post. Toyota Connected has announced the launch of a new startup division, d…<p>18 hours ago<p>5 min read<p>View original post. Today, close to …

Top 10

Skinny and sweet: U.S. refiner earnings depend on the oil diet

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shares of smaller independent U.S. refiners with less complex facilities surged in the stock market in the first quarter as investors expect strong earnings growth thanks to a fall in price of their primary cost - light, sweet crude oil coming out of West Texas - to more than …

Oil

White House reportedly exploring wartime rule to help coal, nuclear

President has used Defense Production Act's powers before for space industry.<p>According to reports from Bloomberg and E&E News, the Trump …

Natural Gas

Four questions on climate change

by Garth PaltridgeAn essay on the state of climate change science.<b>(1) Is the science of climate change ‘settled’?</b>The scientific uncertainties …

Climate Change

Tesla May Be The Biggest Winner Of China’s New Car-Market Rules

China is removing a limit on foreign ownership of carmaking joint ventures that has been in place since 1994, and that comes as welcome news for …

Why Lithium Is About To Replace Oil

The market for Lithium (Li) is about to explode.<p>What we are witnessing now is nothing less that the transition from a carbon- to a lithium-based …

Terrestrial Energy USA has MOU for siting a molten salt nuclear reactor in Idaho

Terrestrial Energy USA and Energy Northwest have agreed a memorandum of understanding on the terms of the possible siting, construction and operation …

How energy storage is starting to rewire the electricity industry

Lithium-ion battery energy storage facility in the US<i>A world of low-cost batteries will transform the way the electricity and automotive industries</i> …

Energy

The Externalities of Energy Production Systems

The economics term externality is a cost or benefit accrued by a third party from the actions of others where the third party did not choose to …

Fossil Fuels

Researchers believe it will be economical to convert CO2 into various fuels

Researchers claim they are on the cusp of a CO2-recycling revolution, which would capture CO2 from power plants—and maybe even directly from the …

Trump EPA will revise Obama fuel efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions rules for autos

The Environmental Protection Agency will overturn the Obama administration's tough new requirements to boost fuel efficiency and cut greenhouse gases …

Obama Administration

Scientists say we’re on the cusp of a carbon dioxide–recycling revolution

Every year, the billions of metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) we release into the atmosphere add to the growing threat of climate change. But what …

Koenigsegg’s Camshaftless Engine Explained; Watch It in Action

Suck, squeeze, bang, blow. These are the four strokes of the reciprocating, internal-combustion engine (ICE) that Nikolaus Otto patented in the 19th century. The action of the intake valves that allow an engine to breathe and the exhaust valves that let it expel spent gases were, until very …

Koenigsegg

U.S. Energy Providers Reach for Electric Cars to Increase Flatlining Energy Needs

Can EVs be the savior that the grid needs?<p>Audi<p>Despite more and more electronics becoming commonplace in the world, electricity demand isn't growing …

Energy Transition Monitoring methodology and country case studies

Under the current institutional and political context, energy and climate policies are more than ever on the international and national agendas, and …

No, Cities Are Not Actually Leading on Climate. Enough With the Mindless Cheerleading

The idea that cities are leading on climate change is applauded over and over and over. There’s just one problem.It's not actually happening.Retrofit …

Renewable Energy

Study Examines the Environmental Benefits of Autonomous Vehicles

It's commonly thought that autonomous vehicles will be beneficial to the environment, due in large part to their more efficient driving style. A …

EPA poised to announce rejection of Obama vehicle fuel efficiency rules

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to use a Virginia car dealership on Tuesday as the setting to tout its rejection of the Obama administration's landmark vehicle fuel efficiency rules, a move that could put automakers in the middle of a battle between the …

Obama Administration