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Green Economy

Circular Economy: Redesigning Economy Beyond A Product

Published on February 22nd, 2019 | by The Beam

The recent debate around circular economy tends to focus primarily on product redesign. But a circular ‘economy’ encompasses more than just product design, it's about product business development and the interactions between players in the ecosystem. ... Read More


Air Quality

VW Settlement Funds Support The “Little Roady” Autonomous Shuttle

Published on February 22nd, 2019 | by Cynthia Shahan

The Little Roady, an autonomous shuttle pilot project, now offers self-driving transport in Rhode Island, and it is an awardee of some of that VW dieselgate settlement funding. RIDOT (the Rhode Island Department of Transportation) is using these self-driving shuttles as a pilot project to fill a transit gap between its downtown-Providence Amtrak station and a business park across the river... Read More


Cars

Tesla Model X Over 22% More Efficient On Winter Highway Than Audi e-tron Or Jaguar I-PACE

Published on February 22nd, 2019 | by Dr. Maximilian Holland

Just in case anyone needs yet more proof that the much vaunted "Tesla killers" are really all bark and no bite, here's more real-world proof from EV rental specialists nextmove. They show the Tesla Model X is vastly more efficient than the alleged "competition" in highway driving conditions. It seems Audi and Jaguar still have more homework to do to get to passing grade on the basics of EV engineering, but let's give them some points for showing up... Read More


Autonomous Vehicles

Elon Musk Deconstructs Tesla’s Production Ramp Timelines

Published on February 22nd, 2019 | by Kyle Field

Elon Musk recently went on ARK Invest's "For Your Innovation" podcast, where he talked about Tesla's progress with autonomous vehicle tech and the company's production ramp rates for Model 3 and beyond. His comments shed light on his view of the company's progress with the Model 3 production ramp compared to earlier estimates and help the rest of us better understand the company's oft criticized delays... Read More


Clean Power

Top 2019 Solar Trends Foretold By IHS

Published on February 21st, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

Solar energy analysts at IHS Markit have identified the Top Solar Trends in 2019, including globalization, photovoltaics+storage, panel evolution, China and other hot spots... Read More


Cars

Where Will Electrify America Drive “The Golden Spike?”

Published on February 20th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

Nine months after their first station came online, we are starting to see the Electrify America network come together. As more stations come online, it’s looking like a three-way race to see which transcontinental route for EV rapid charging will open first. Just as with the original transcontinental railroads, today's transcontinental EV routes will improve safety and save lives... Read More


Clean Power

Record 29% Concentrating Solar Cell Aims At Low-Cost Manufacturing

Published on February 20th, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

A novel combination of high-grade spacecraft solar cell material and advanced light-concentrating lenses has yielded solar panels with a record 29% efficiency that may become available for general rooftop use by 2022. The crux in the commercialization of the planar optical micro-tracking technology will be cost-controlling manufacturing process, which is the current stage of study for Insolight, the cell developer... Read More


Clean Transport

34 Emerging Market Countries Where Electrification Is A Great Idea

Published on February 20th, 2019 | by World Resources Institute

Electrification is a key step to creating low-carbon cities. Replacing fossil fuel-powered vehicles, stoves, furnaces with electric alternatives reduces emissions and creates a host of other benefits. But not all cities are equally suitable for electrification. In some cases, electrification is impractical or can actually increase greenhouse gas emissions... Read More


Clean Power

The Polar Vortex And The Green New Deal: Theory Vs. Reality

Published on February 20th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley

Researchers at Wood Mackenzie studied electricity usage in the US during the recent polar vortex weather event and determined that there is insufficient renewable energy resources and battery storage available at present to keep the electrical grid operating during such times of high stress. ... Read More


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