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Call from Tesla

August 17th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — I had a call from a Tesla energy specialist yesterday. She confirmed what we learned a few days ago about the Powerwall 2’s ability to island grid tied inverters for backup purposes. She also said that Powerwall 2 demand is, “Extreme,” and far in excess […]

Confirmed: Grid Tie Inverter Continues to Generate Electricity During Grid Failure with Powerwall 2

August 13th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — Man, I’ve been waiting a long time to see this confirmed. Here it is! Tesla remains silent on generator backup options, but I have no doubt that people are going to start rolling their own if Tesla doesn’t address it. In any event, very special […]

Trump Threatens Venezuela with Unspecified ‘Military Option’

August 11th, 2017

Via: Reuters: U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday threatened military intervention in Venezuela, a surprise escalation in Washington’s response to Venezuela’s political crisis. Venezuela has appeared to slide toward a more volatile stage of unrest in recent days, with anti-government forces looting weapons from a military base after a new legislative body usurped the authority […]

New Zealand: Solar Battery Packs May Have to Be Stored Outside in Fireproof Enclosure Under Proposed New Rules

August 7th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — Behold, the batshit insane machinations of an out of control retail electricity cartel in its death throes. Via: Stuff: A new proposed battery safety standard would stop the installation of solar power systems’ battery packs, which have been described as the “future of energy”. Consultation […]

Small Alphabet Team Researching Energy Storage

July 31st, 2017

Via: Bloomberg: The research lab, which hatched Google’s driverless car almost a decade ago, is developing a system for storing renewable energy that would otherwise be wasted. It can be located almost anywhere, has the potential to last longer than lithium-ion batteries and compete on price with new hydroelectric plants and other existing clean energy […]

Motor Trend: The Tesla Model 3 “Is the Most Important Vehicle of the Century”

July 29th, 2017

Via: Motor Trend: The Tesla Model 3 is here, and it is the most important vehicle of the century. Yes, the hyperbole is necessary. The original Tesla Model S was a proof of concept—it was possible to make a long-range electric vehicle. The Model X showed that you could make an electric SUV. But neither […]

Bollinger Unveils New Minimalist All-Electric Truck with Up to 200 Miles of Range

July 27th, 2017

No pricing was revealed, which is good, since it would probably melt our faces off. Via: Electrek: Today, Bollinger Motors unveiled what it calls a “no nonsense back-to-basics all-electric sport utility truck (SUT).” The minimalist-looking vehicle with sharp edges and bare interior will not be for everyone, but with a promised range of up to […]

Toyota Set to Sell Long-Range, Fast-Charging Electric Cars in 2022

July 25th, 2017

Toyota made a strategic error in holding out hope for hydrogen fuel cell technology as the leaders in zero emission vehicles went ahead with lithium ion batteries. By opting to attempt to make solid state battery technology viable by 2022, Toyota might be trying to make up for lost time. Via: Reuters: Toyota Motor Corp […]

Japan Pictures Likely Show Melted Fukushima Fuel for First Time

July 22nd, 2017

Via: Bloomberg: New images show what is likely to be melted nuclear fuel hanging from inside one of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima reactors, a potential milestone in the cleanup of one of the worst atomic disasters in history. Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc., Japan’s biggest utility, released images on Friday showing a hardened black, grey […]

Fishermen Express Fury as Fukushima Plant Set to Release Radioactive Material Into Ocean

July 14th, 2017

Via: Telegraph: Local residents and environmental groups have condemned a plan to release radioactive tritium from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean. Officials of Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the plant, say tritium poses little risk to human health and is quickly diluted by the ocean. In an interview with […]

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