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Power Outages in San Francisco, New York, and LA

April 22nd, 2017

Via: Inverse: A series of power outages in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City on Friday left people across the country struggling to complete their morning commutes. There is currently no evidence to suggest that this is more than just a coincidence, despite worries about some sort of cyber attack. New York City […]

First Coal-Free Day in Britain Since Industrial Revolution

April 21st, 2017

Via: BBC: Britain went a full day without using coal to generate electricity for the first time since the Industrial Revolution, the National Grid says. The energy provider said Friday’s lack of coal usage was a “watershed” moment. Britain’s longest continuous energy period without coal until now was 19 hours – first achieved last May, […]

New Apple Headquarters: That’s No Roof

April 19th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — Make sure to watch this in fullscreen mode and at the highest resolution your display supports. At first I thought, haha whatever roofing material they’re using looks like solar panels. *squint at screen* “That’s not… Can’t be. Is it?” Yep. It is. Aesthetically, I get […]

U.S. Electricity Demand Peaked in 2007

April 13th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — There are many likely small components of this, such as efficiency gains, small scale solar masking loads behind the meter (might explain 1% of demand decline), and high prices for electricity in some areas. But… Via: Bloomberg: Part of the reason is that a grim […]

World’s Largest Solar+Battery Project Announced in South Australia

April 11th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. Via: Electrek: A new project put in motion in South Australia in order to help with the region’s energy problems is likely to become the largest solar plus battery project in the world. Lyon Group, an energy company backed by Mitsubishi, Blackstone and Magnetar Capital, has […]

Zunum Aero Developing Electric Powered Aircraft for Regional Flights

April 5th, 2017

They’re actually going to be hybrid to start, according to the Zunum Aero website: Did you know that short-haul flights produce over 40% of aviation emissions? With our aircraft, we believe these will be largely eliminated within twenty years. Our aircraft are “hybrids to electrics” that sip fuel only when they have to, will use […]

Teardown of Tesla Drivetrain

April 4th, 2017

Multiple groups are working on jailbreaking it. Via: Jehu Garcia:

Tesla’s Market Cap Surpasses Ford’s

April 3rd, 2017

Via: Bloomberg: Tesla Inc.’s Elon Musk poked fun at short sellers as his electric-car maker’s stock surged to a record, vaulting its market value past century-old rival Ford Motor Co. “Stormy weather in Shortville…” the chief executive officer tweeted Monday, as Tesla shares climbed as much as 5.8 percent. The maker of Model S sedans […]

Daimler Moving Electric Car Plans Forward by Three Years

March 29th, 2017

Via: Reuters: Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler (DAIGn.DE) is accelerating its electric car program, it said on Wednesday after announcing that it had failed to cut fleet emissions in Europe for the first time since 2007. Daimler put its emissions numbers down to customers increasing preference for sports utility vehicles (SUVs), which tend to be more polluting […]

Has Lithium-Battery Genius John Goodenough Done it Again? Colleagues Are Skeptical

March 21st, 2017

Via: Quartz: Researchers have struggled for decades to safely use powerful—but flammable—lithium metal in a battery. Now John Goodenough, the 94-year-old father of the lithium-ion battery, is claiming a novel solution as a blockbuster advance. If it proves out, the invention could allow electric cars to compete with conventional vehicles on sticker price. The improbable […]

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